July Member of the Month – Anthony Brown

I was looking for a way to exercise that would compliment the rock climbing I was doing at the time I started. After being encouraged by Brianna to check out SRSC, I tried it out and it seemed like a great fit. It’s now turned into one of the most consistent types of exercise I’ve stuck with and has helped me with one of the things I’ve always struggled with: putting on weight!

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June Member of the Month – Joyce Orecchia

I was drawn in by the 6 week Spring Transformation Challenge, it was the perfect challenge to motivate me to give Paleo and CrossFit a chance, but what kept me was the way I was coached from where I was, and never felt I was pushed beyond my abilities, my safety was always #1. The coaches (Joanna, Erik, and Kiki) ROCK and really are committed to your personal progress and helping you to get to where you want to be.

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She’s smaller but stronger!

Joyce joined SRSC through the Spring Health Transformation Challenge, and stayed on as a regular group training member. Her transformation in the last 6 months is phenomenal.

She couldn’t do an air squat for the first two months. Look at her now! Incredible.

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Strong Finisher

As an engineer who spends the majority of his time on airplanes and in offices, I was looking for ways to get in shape, challenge myself and feel like a kid again.  I am a father of three children all under 8 and while raising the kids and developing my career I let myself go. …

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Kanani takes the Kalalau Valley

One of my goals for joining Santa Rosa Strength and Conditioning was to be able to enjoy life to its fullest. If someone were to ask me to name my passion in life, I would probably tell them it was hiking. I have hiked all over Sonoma County and decided to set my sights on…

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Faster, Stronger, Happier

For the past 7 years I have had a love affair with all things health and fitness.  Between 2008 and 2010, I was able to lose 100 pounds through eating locally-sourced organic foods, bike commuting and exercising 5 days a week.  I continued my fitness regimen throughout my second pregnancy (in 2011) including running a…

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Changed my Life!

Madeline sent us this Member Story on her 60th birthday a few weeks ago. Thank you, Madeline, for all of you your positive energy and hard work in the gym. You are inspiring to all of us!

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No longer have sleep apnea.

After being diagnosed with sleep apnea due to having too much fat on my neck, I came to the realization that I needed a serious change in my training regimen. Always being a semi-power lifter with a hint of bodybuilding minus the cardio and never having any kind of diet had caught up to me.

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The difference was astounding!

I trained on my own for a year before going to the fire academy.  I ran, lifted weights, stretched and threw a 24-foot ladder around.  I trained but, lacking expertise, I didn’t train the right way and I wasn’t strong enough to beat the drill time limits at academy. ‘You have heart and know the drills, but you need to take a year off and gain 20 pounds of muscle then try again.’

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My life has changed

Since beginning Crossfit at SRSC around 6 months ago, my life has changed drastically both in and out of the box. Family, friends, relationships, all in flux; Crossfit has been the constant. I learned to listen not only to the coaches, but also to my body.

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I am grateful for the intensity

At 51, I am grateful for the intensity and, especially, the efficacy of this workout. The members cheer each other on and take real pleasure in other’s accomplishments, at whatever level they are.  For me, the gym has been an oasis of wellness amidst the impact of these economic times. With my busy work/family schedule, now I can be a weekend warrior with my favorite activities without getting injured and sore. Really, I can’t say enough about it.

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I couldn’t be happier with the experience

I am a professional Figure Skater who has performed and competed for over three decades. My career has been highlighted by skating in the internationally acclaimed Snoopy on Ice shows. I have earned hundreds of medals but the most thrilling was my three gold medals and bronze won at Adult National Figure Skating Championships.

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I accomplished all of the goals

Shortly after joining CFSR I was granted the opportunity of trying out for the Santa Rosa Police Dept. SWAT Team. This had been a goal of mine since the first day I put on a Santa Rosa uniform and began working as a police officer.

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I feel strong, fit and flexible

Starting in childhood, I have eaten healthy foods and exercised several times a week. Throughout my twenties and early thirties I kept fit and looked healthy. The moment I turned 40, my body changed (rebelled) I noticed “love handles” and gaining a “muffin top.”

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Crossfit was excellent conditioning

I came to CrossFit Santa Rosa in the fall of 2010 as a veteran marathon runner in full race condition. I thought I was a good athlete already, so Crossfit might help me a little around the edges but I was doing well on my own. My On-ramp was an exercise in humility.

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I’ve dropped 30 pounds!

At the urging of my wife (who had been a member several months prior to me signing up), I decided to enroll at CrossFit Santa Rosa. I was a bit reluctant as I had always-preferred going to the gym, putting in my headphones and doing the workout on my own. Even during my football playing days, I favored individual workouts.

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It’s pure community

Santa Rosa Strength and Conditioning is more than just a program to me, although it offers the best out there. It’s pure community. For me that has been the fuel behind my change.

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Really fun, supportive people

On my 58th birthday, my brother who is a physician called to offer some unsought and hard-to-hear advice: “You’re going to start losing your balance like mom if you don’t start moving,” he said. “It is not going to be pretty.”  In fact, I had already started to notice little changes, like my step being unsteady as I got out of bed in the morning.

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Member Story: Sarah Rives Gray

My husband, Tyler, and I recently celebrated our 3-year wedding anniversary. We like to review our ‘bests and worsts’ during life transitions and decided to do the same for our preceding year of marriage (while drinking wine and eating oysters).   To my surprise, despite all of the camping trips and adventures we have had together this year Tyler mentioned that his ‘best’ has been my participation in Crossfit at Santa Rosa Strength and Conditioning.

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