May 01, 2018 - 3:56PMTweet
April 22, 2018 - 8:50PMTweet
Hi DogTown Family,
Vanessa, now 12, is the youngest member at DogTown CrossFit. She came to us last year from Autumo CrossFit in Ventura, CA. We typically do not extend our training at DogTown to kids as we have never had a specific CrossFit Kids program; but after meeting Vanessa, working out with her and her mother, Tanya, we realized that like all rules, there are special exceptions that arise.
What you may not know about Vanessa is that she has been doing a form of CrossFit for over half of her life. She is present in class and takes coaching very receptively, which is something that often as adults, we have a hard time doing. According to Coach Adam Noble, she may have the best Split Jerk of anyone at the box, regardless of age. Also, through constant work and persistence in gymnastics, after hundreds of attempts and always a smile on her face, Vanessa got her first bar muscle up.
The motivation to become a better version of ourselves is a big part of what drives this community, and no one better exudes that than Vanessa (and her mom!)
March 28, 2018 - 11:56AMTweet
Hi DogTown Family,
We have decided to highlight a special DogTown Member each month for their presence and unique contributions to the fabric of our community.
We have decided to start with a guy who has been a mainstay at DogTown CrossFit since Day One (and even before). Adam and I were coaching and running the CrossFit Culver City Affiliate at Focus Self Defense and Fitness (Alliance) over 10 years ago. Bobby Favus was a Krav Maga student there who transitioned into the CrossFit Program, and then moved with us when we left to open DogTown in 2010.
Bobby is as steady as a human as they come: patient, helpful and hardworking. For ten years, he has been an example of someone who comes in, works out and stays to help support others on a regular basis. Does he do everything right? No. Does he take instruction well? Yes. He has improved so much over his tenure at DogTown (he would even tell you that if you ask him).
I want to share my favorite story about Bobby that best demonstrates how all his hard work at the box, as someone in his 50’s no less, has paid off in his fitness. About two years ago, Bobby quit Krav to focus solely on CrossFit. Around that time, an old friend asked him to help him prepare for his black belt test in Krav. Bobby said yes. He went back to Krav, gloved up and ran circles around this guy, who was not even close to Bobby’s strength, fitness or endurance.
I give Bobby a lot of BS in class, because well he deserves it. He also deserves though to play and get recognition for being a strong, steady and quiet force in the gym. Thank you, Bobby, for being a part of our family. Here are some questions we asked Bobby to get to know him some more.
Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit and what inspired you to start?
A: I've been doing CrossFit since you guys started, so 9 years now? It has been a great 9 years I must say. It was my kids who inspired me to start. I wanted to live long so I can see them go about their lives, although they're in Asia.
Q: What are your favorite movements and workouts and what are your least favorite?
A: A few of my favorite CrossFit movements are burpees, box jumps, overhead squats, cleans, jerks, kettle bell workouts and rowing. The things I like the least are pull ups, thrusters, wall balls, running, handstand push-ups, rope climbing, and shoulder press.
Q: When you are not at CrossFit, what are you up to?
A: When I'm not in CrossFit I usually hang out with my friends, and by myself I usually search for new coffee shops to try or new restaurants to try. I love coffee and I love to eat, who doesn't?
Q: What are your CrossFit goals?
A: My goals have been to overcome my weaknesses someday and be perfect at what I'm good at.
Q: Share with your DogTown family 2 things about yourself that we do not already know.
A: Two things about me that you guys don't know....hmmm let me think...ok when I was in grade school back home I was bullied but overcame it and ever since I was never bullied again.
Q: What is your proudest moment of your CrossFit career so far and what is your most embarrassing moment?
A: One of my proudest moment would be I'm still able to keep up with the young ones at the gym, and once in a while able to teach people movements to which they are able to do afterward. Most embarrassing moments are those ladies that can lift more than me.
Q: What advice do you want to give a CrossFit newbie?
A: To a new member, my advice: Do not get intimidated by how fast, or how heavy everyone is lifting. You WILL get there. Be patient. Rome wasn't built in one day. Once you start, keep coming to classes at least 3x/week.
Q: How many cities have you lived in?
A: I have lived in about 10 to 15 cities. Fremont, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Buena Park, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Culver city, Canoga Park, Northridge, North Hollywood, and Pasadena.
Q: What is your favorite cheat meal?
A: As I said I love to eat. My favorite cheat meal would be the roast pork belly with rice, the pork or chicken adobo with rice, gourmet hamburgers, roast duck with rice. I'm Asian lol.
And props to DogTown, from Bobby:
Finally, I'd like to say that DogTown CrossFit has been great to me: the programming, the coaching staff and most of all the people that come to the gym. It's been a great experience for me, and I'm looking forward for the next 9 years......unless you guys are tired of me...