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WELCOME NEW FOUNDATIONS GRADS!

Last week we wrapped up another round of Foundations at FCF. Please welcome these new, friendly faces in class!

BREAKFAST CLUB
AM (left to right, back row): Lauren Brogan, Kathleen Berroth, Andrew Espenes
AM (front row): Amanda Pleasant-Brown

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NOONERS
NOON (left to right): David Rotenburg, Brett Keeler, Matt Lee, Myisha Lamar, Teada Sun, C.J. Miller

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NIGHT OWLS
EVENING (left to right, back row): Saeng Pion, Nathan Rose, Gary Glouner, Will Levin, David Krieger, Vangie Peaslee, Will Anderson
EVENING (left to right, front row): Raphael Jose, Danielle Schropp, Matt Fordyce

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FCF Athlete Spotlight: Aimee P. (3/3)

Aimee P.

Favorite place to go out for dinner?
Sitka and Spruce-They have the best god damn bread and butter! One of my first Whole30’s, I dreamt about their bread and butter the entire challenge and afterwards went directly there to order it. It’s a sourdough bread and fresh churned butter with sea salt on top. So simple. So good.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
If I could have any super power I would have the ability to fly. Easy commuting. Free air travel. It would be bad ass.

As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
I wanted to be a host on Evening Magazine. In elementary I went on a field trip to South Lake Union to see that big old boat that used to be there, anyway, Brian Tracy and Penny LeGate were there shooting a segment for Evening Magazine. We ended up meeting and taking photos with them. I was totally enamored and decided right then and there that I was going to be a host of Evening Magazine when I grew up. I applied to intern at Evening Magazine in college but was studying abroad in Prague and didn’t make it back in time for the internship. Instead, when I finally did come back to Seattle, I got a job at Monorail Espresso :)

Top three favorite movies?
I can list two, Princess Bride and Labyrinth. This question should really be, top three favorite television series because that is the new medium for excellent film. My top television series is Game of Thrones, duh.

Current favorite song?
Chet Faker-1998

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I used to live in LA and was an on-set barista. I worked on a bunch of movies and television shows and met famous people everyday. It was a pretty surreal job. It was a cool job to add to my resume: Aimee Peck- Barista to the Stars.

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Aimee P. (3/3)

Aimee P.

Favorite place to go out for dinner?
Sitka and Spruce-They have the best god damn bread and butter! One of my first Whole30’s, I dreamt about their bread and butter the entire challenge and afterwards went directly there to order it. It’s a sourdough bread and fresh churned butter with sea salt on top. So simple. So good.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
If I could have any super power I would have the ability to fly. Easy commuting. Free air travel. It would be bad ass.

As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
I wanted to be a host on Evening Magazine. In elementary I went on a field trip to South Lake Union to see that big old boat that used to be there, anyway, Brian Tracy and Penny LeGate were there shooting a segment for Evening Magazine. We ended up meeting and taking photos with them. I was totally enamored and decided right then and there that I was going to be a host of Evening Magazine when I grew up. I applied to intern at Evening Magazine in college but was studying abroad in Prague and didn’t make it back in time for the internship. Instead, when I finally did come back to Seattle, I got a job at Monorail Espresso :)

Top three favorite movies?
I can list two, Princess Bride and Labyrinth. This question should really be, top three favorite television series because that is the new medium for excellent film. My top television series is Game of Thrones, duh.

Current favorite song?
Chet Faker-1998

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I used to live in LA and was an on-set barista. I worked on a bunch of movies and television shows and met famous people everyday. It was a pretty surreal job. It was a cool job to add to my resume: Aimee Peck- Barista to the Stars.

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Steven C. (3/3)

Steven C.

Favorite place to go out for dinner?
Thai food is quickly becoming comfort food for me. Ping’s Dumplings is also a great place for dinner.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The top super power on my list has been shapeshifting. But the power to never twist my ankle would be a worthy choice too.

As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
Marine Biologist was my ideal dream job. In my youth, I loved—loved—flipping through field guides on sharks and reading about Alvin the deep-sea submersible. I’ll also share that SeaQuest 2032 and Flipper were favorite shows during that time.

Top three favorite movies?
StarDust, Emperor’s New Groove, and Mr. Nobody are three of my favorite movies. StarDust is a wonderful fairy tale about a young man trying to win the heart of his beloved. Emperor’s New Groove is filled with ridiculous skits thanks in part to David Spade and Patrick Warburton. Lastly, Mr. Nobody is a sci-fi drama about possibilities and relationships. The film explores alternative life paths the main character could have taken. What if you married another love or moved to a different city, how would life be different?

Current favorite song?
Based on my Spotify Year in Music, I would say my current favorite song is Brand New Day by Kodaline.

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
In 2011, I was a fashion designer along with my friend Dominique. Our collection was for the West 18th Street Fashion Show. This project is the latest e-textiles project I have done. In 2012, I gave a short e-textile primer at Ignite Seattle titled My Shirt Does More Than Sparkle.

Planning conferences and workshops are a yearly projects of mine. This past year, I organized the HIVE Conference for AIGA Seattle. For 2015, I’m organizing a creative retreat in Leavenworth for AIGA Seattle.

Lastly, I’ve been social dancing regularly for the last year. Lindy Hop, a type of swing dancing, is my social dance of choice.

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Steven C. (3/3)

Steven C.

Favorite place to go out for dinner?
Thai food is quickly becoming comfort food for me. Ping’s Dumplings is also a great place for dinner.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The top super power on my list has been shapeshifting. But the power to never twist my ankle would be a worthy choice too.

As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
Marine Biologist was my ideal dream job. In my youth, I loved—loved—flipping through field guides on sharks and reading about Alvin the deep-sea submersible. I’ll also share that SeaQuest 2032 and Flipper were favorite shows during that time.

Top three favorite movies?
StarDust, Emperor’s New Groove, and Mr. Nobody are three of my favorite movies. StarDust is a wonderful fairy tale about a young man trying to win the heart of his beloved. Emperor’s New Groove is filled with ridiculous skits thanks in part to David Spade and Patrick Warburton. Lastly, Mr. Nobody is a sci-fi drama about possibilities and relationships. The film explores alternative life paths the main character could have taken. What if you married another love or moved to a different city, how would life be different?

Current favorite song?
Based on my Spotify Year in Music, I would say my current favorite song is Brand New Day by Kodaline.

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
In 2011, I was a fashion designer along with my friend Dominique. Our collection was for the West 18th Street Fashion Show. This project is the latest e-textiles project I have done. In 2012, I gave a short e-textile primer at Ignite Seattle titled My Shirt Does More Than Sparkle.

Planning conferences and workshops are a yearly projects of mine. This past year, I organized the HIVE Conference for AIGA Seattle. For 2015, I’m organizing a creative retreat in Leavenworth for AIGA Seattle.

Lastly, I’ve been social dancing regularly for the last year. Lindy Hop, a type of swing dancing, is my social dance of choice.

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Aimee P. (2/3)

Aimee P.

How long have you been with us? / What keeps you coming to our gym?
I started at FCF in July 2010 which means I will be celebrating five years this year! I keep coming back because the trainers push me to be my best, even when I don’t want to. [I keep going to the gym] Because CrossFit keeps my ass in shape. Because of the supportive community. Because of the friends I’ve made (shout out to my girl Robyn who’s been with me since the beginning). Because I like to support small business. Because the trainers are all well informed and AMAZING! Because CrossFit forces me to be the best version of myself.

What class time do you usually go to?
I INVENTED the 3:30 class time. I kept bugging Andrew to have earlier afternoon classes. I wanted 2pm, he compromised at 3:30. My schedule changed a little bit this summer, so now I come in at 11am but I still pop in at the 3:30 from time to time.

Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
My favorite CrossFit workouts include anything that tones my tummy, buns, and thighs (squats, sit-ups, lunges) because beach bodies are the reason we show up everyday, right? But I really enjoy doing heavier Olympic weightlifting movements, specifically clean and jerks. Least favorite: Cast-wall walks

What’s your most recent PR?
I have an issue with hip and ankle mobility so landing in the bottom of a squat snatch has always been difficult for me (my height doesn’t help either). Because of this I pretty much always power snatch which means my snatches generally suck. That was until a few weeks ago, Zeb suggested I split snatch. This rocked my world. I PR’d my snatch at 40kg the first day. I’m excited to see where the split snatch will take me.

What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
As I mentioned before, I like to sail. My increased strength helps raise the sails, trim the lines, and raise my drink to my mouth faster.

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Steven C. (2/3)

Steven C.

How long have you been with us? What keeps you coming to our gym?
My second year anniversary with Crossfit SLU was Aug 2014. Its the community and friends that keeps me coming to the gym. Given that my office has moved to the U-District, the pull of the gym is stronger. I can’t image switching to another gym.

What class time do you usually go to?
Generally during the evening sessions after 5:00.

Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
Clean & Jerks are by far my favorite workout, thus I am a fan of Grace. Any workout with wall balls is my least favorite. They are so brutal.

What’s your most recent PR?
132 kg back squat is my most recent PR. There was a time I back squatted 140 kg during a Verses match, but that is crazy talk.

What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
I’m loving relay races suddenly. Skiing and social dancing are other outside-the-gym activities I am interested to increasing. Having increased fitness has granted greater control over my body and awareness of what I can physically achieve. My 2012 self would never have imagined all the things I am doing now.

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Steven C. (1/3)

Meet Steven C.

Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
St. Louis, the home of the Gateway Arch, is where I am originally from. This January 1st marks the third year I have lived in Seattle, but I feel I have been here forever.

When is your birthday?
Nov 21st.

Do you have any siblings?
I’m the oldest of four. I have two other brothers and a sister.

What do you do for work?
I use my software expertise to support entrepreneurial communities around the world at a nonprofit known as UP Global by building internal tools to boost our operational efficiencies.

What is your idea of fun?
Experiencing new activities, challenging my mind and body, and sharing a moment with friends are my ideas of fun. In 2014, my fun lists included learning curling, running through the Pacific Northwest in the Ragnar Race, participated in my first Lindy Hop Dance Competition, and hosting beach campfires.

2015 is shaping to be another adventurous year. The third annual Ragnar Team has a call for runners open. I’m organizing a team for Ski to Sea in May. And I have my sights on presenting at Ignite Seattle for the second time.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
Yoga was not cup of tea. Crossfit SLU happened to be the gym underneath my office for a period of time. After hearing loud noises coming from the floor below, I had to check it out.

If you haven’t met Steven yet, be sure to introduce yourself and maybe ask him to show you some dance moves (more info on that to come). You’ll notice from here on out that we’ll be sharing information on our featured athlete throughout the month with three posts! Happy New Year!

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Aimee P. (1/3)

Meet Aimee P.

Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
I grew up in the Seattle area. I was born in Bellevue but lived all over the Seattle region. From Kindergarten through 12th grade I went to 10 different schools, making me the perpetual new kid.

When is your birthday?
I was born on April 22, 1981. I am a Taurus born on the Aries cusp which means I’m a mix of the bull and the ram (explains A LOT).

Do you have any siblings?
I have a sister named Amanda. She’s eight years younger then me. She is rad.

What do you do for work?
I am the owner/operator of Monorail Espresso in downtown Seattle. I am responsible for all of the Monorail crews you see everyone wearing at the gym.

What is your idea of fun?
My idea of fun is making coffee, doing crossfit and yoga, and hanging with my friends and family. Oh yeah, and eating and drinking fantasitic food and wine! I also enjoy traveling with my husband. We travel a lot during the winter months and then stick around Seattle in the summer to sail.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
I had a fitness friend of mine tell me about this new exercise called CrossFit that was intense and super hard. I signed up the next day and have been doing ever since.

If you haven’t met Aimee yet, be sure to introduce yourself! You’ll notice from here on out that we’ll be sharing information on our featured athlete throughout the month with three posts!

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Victor M.

Get to know Victor!

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-Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
I moved here from Chicago in 2006. I was born in Whittier, CA. I grew up in Mesa, AZ, I went to college in Minnesota, and I have also lived in Oregon.

-What do you do for work?
Print! I work in an offset print shop, but I am currently in school for graphic design.

-What do you do for FUN?
Since I am in school I don’t have a lot of time for fun :) Going to the gym counts as fun. I like to go out to eat.

-When did you start CrossFit?
I started in December 2011.

-What keeps you coming to our gym?
Friendly, motivating people, and great trainers. Before I started crossfit, I didn’t work out because I was afraid of gym culture. As a trans person, it was important for me to find a place that felt comfortable and respectful of all kinds of bodies. I heard good things about FCF from a friend so I decided to try it. I loved it and have been here ever since.

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-What class time do you usually go to?
I used to be a solid 7:30pm-er but since I started school I just go whenever I can, which seems to either be 8am or 7:30pm.

-Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
I really like Oly lifting and still rings. Of course I hate burpees.

-You’ve been kickin’ butt in the gym lately, what’s your most recent PR?
My most exciting recent PRs were a 60kg snatch and a 115kg back squat. I have also recently gotten better at double unders, so I have been PRing on anything with double unders, because I can actually string a few of them together now.

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-Favorite place to go out for dinner?
I recently moved to Columbia City but all of my favorite places are still on Capitol Hill. Lil Woodys’s, 8oz, Mezcaleria Oaxaca, Ba Bar (wings!)…

-If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to teleport would make my day go a lot faster.

-Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
My writing/art has been published twice and I can be seen as an extra in a music video (but I’m not going to tell you what).

-What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
I can go on longer and more challenging hikes. I can bike up a hill without passing out. I can carry a backpack filled with breakfast, lunch, coffee, water, books, and gym clothes around for 14 hour days, 5 days a week, and not hurt my back.

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