DECEMBER MEMBERS OF THE MONTH

Compiled by Julianne Russell

We’re back with another edition of Performance360 Members of the Month.

As always, the member of the month award is decided by our coaches getting together and nominating who stood out to us each in the areas of attitude, effort and performance. We take pride in our votes and take the handing out of member of the month quite seriously. To win it means an individual stood out above hundreds of other hard working folks and is truly deserving of the honor.

Sam Epsteen

Sam has been a consistent member of P360 for just over two years, casually sitting atop many leaderboards, but in December the coaches saw outstanding work in many areas that lead to this month’s vote. As a committed 6am-er, Sam crushes timed challenges early in the morning (often on his own), doesn’t shy away from pushing through the toughest Shred classes, and works hard to get the most from every workout. December saw his induction into Club Forged with 17 points, a 335# Split Jerk record, and Sam overtaking his number 1 spot on the “Pound for Pound Strength” for the men. Congratulations Sam! We can’t wait to see what you find in 2017!

How old are you, and where are you from?

29 years old, from Mason City, Iowa

What do you do for work?

Sales Manager for MRC (A Xerox Company)

What do you do for fun outside of P360?

I’m a pretty simple person outside of the gym, my favorites activities would be: weekend adventures with Brenna, watching sports, hanging out with friends, taking Lola to the dog park, and just relaxing.

How has P360 affected your life?

It’s been extremely helpful. I’ve played sports since I was a little kid, and structure has always been something that helps me. Before P360, working out at 24 Hour Fitness, I just wasn’t getting as much out of workouts as I would have liked. Some days it would just be a nice jog on a treadmill and some free weights. Now with the class schedule and the tiered workouts, I feel like I am getting the most out of every workout.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?

Least favorite is anything that has to do with a Kettle Bell. They are little demonic balls of iron.

Favorite is Power Cleans or Snatches.

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?

The 500M or 1000M for time destroyed me. I literally laid on the gym floor for 28 minutes and thought Stone Cold Steve Austin was stomping a mud hole in my chest.

What is your most proud achievement at P360?

Both the Overhead Squat and Snatch PR. I had never done either of those movements before joining P360.

What is a hidden talent of yours?

I make one of the top 3 Buffalo Chicken Dips in all of America. Not sure who the other top 2 are, but I feel like two people out there deserve the benefit of the doubt.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?

I once got my tongue stuck to a hand railing in the winter while visiting my grandma. I told my dad I didn’t think the scene from The Christmas Story could really. Safe to say, it is very, very real.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?

Running the NFL Scouting Combine or being a Movie Critic.

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?

Just getting in better shape. I used to eat like shit and never really care about that because I thought it was not important. However, when you see transformations at the gym like Julianne’s and how impactful they really are, it motivates you to make changes in your life. I’ll be the first to admit I know nothing about nutrition whatsoever, but with people like Brenna and Coach Lenny I am starting to learn some things and it has been very helpful in getting back on track.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?

A lot of just fine tuning technique has made a world of difference in some of my lifts. Julianne and Dave both do a great job of grabbing me and pointing out small things I would never notice. It really is pretty incredible how such a small detail can make such a big difference.

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?

Trump. And then Trump one more time for good measure.

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?

Cowboy Star or Island Prime. Bone-In-Ribeye and Mac N Cheese!

What famous person (alive or not) would you most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?

Rainn Wilson in his character form of Dwight Schrute from The Office. I feel like he would be a big whiskey guy with a side of beet juice.

If you had one movie on a deserted island what would it be?

Armageddon. If I’m flipping through the channels and that movie is on, there is no way it’s not getting watched.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?

When I was a little kid in Iowa I got upset with my mom over something and told her I was going to run away from home. I went and packed everything I could into a brown paper grocery bag and left the house. However, I wasn’t allowed to cross the street so my plans were thwarted before they ever got started.

What’s your favorite naughty food?

Grilled Chicken California Burrito from Ortiz’s Taco Shop #2 in PB. Buckets, straight buckets.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?

The Roman Empire. It was only other time period that drew any interest from my in High School.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?

The structure like I said above, but more importantly that everyone there is busting their ass to accomplish different goals. It’s pretty damn cool that you can get 30 something people in a class each hour with different goals and see them all work as hard as they do.

What is your biggest goal moving into 2017?

Get better every day in and out of the gym. I know, it’s very vague, but it’s true. In the gym, whether it’s becoming a better athlete or increasing PR’s, I just want to find a way to get better. Outside of the gym, I want to be a better boyfriend, friend, son and brother each day. Can’t wait for this year to be the best year yet. Cheers!

Corinne Ingham

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Corinne’s presence over the last few months has been impossible to miss. The coaches have noticed an incredible drive to make adjustments to technique to improve strength, and seen Corinne stepping outside of her comfort zone as she discovered a love of timed challenges! With attention to tracking, an urge to push herself, and the application of coaching, it’s been awesome to see the progress she’s made through each cycle. In December we saw multiple top ten finishes for time, and PRs on squats, cleans, and deadlifts. We are stoked to vote Corinne the women’s MoM and can’t wait to see where this new found time in the gym has yet to take her!

How old are you, and where are you from?

34 years old, Boston/Marshfield, Massachusetts

What do you do for work?

I retired after over 10 years of being a Corporate Sales Executive in October 2016. I traveled over 125 days a year and forgot what my house and dog looked like.  I am enjoying my time off volunteering with foster children and advocating for them in the court system for FREE.  I planned to take 6 months off of work and have no regrets.

What do you do for fun outside of P360?

I am a big Snowboarder, play soccer, running, being a beach bum, traveling for FUN(not work), a new found love for reading, volunteering and spending time with my girlfriend.

How has P360 affected your life?

Easy.  It makes me happy.  I always enjoyed working out but P360 has shown me a new love for lifting weights.  I was always focused on staying skinny and extremely lean but now I want to be stronger and I am okay with a squat booty.  My body has changed, my mind has changed and my attitude has changed since joining P360. I have also made lifelong friends at the gym.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?

Favorite – Hang Cleans, Back Squats, DB Snatches and anything regarding Shreds & Timed Challenges. I like the torture, I like to push my body….I am not getting any younger so why not?

Least Favorite – Push Jerks and Pull-Ups.  I am starting to like Deadlifts…..

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?

The very first day at the gym.  I remember walking in seeing Coach Rachel (who was jacked) and pretending it was great but as soon as I walked out and got in my car I could barely get my hands on the steering wheel.  I was so so sore and felt like a wuss.

What is your most proud achievement at P360?

As many coaches know, I have never been involved in joining all the clubs we have at P360.  My reasoning was because until October 1st I did not have a committed and regular workout schedule at P360 or at any gym the last two years due to my demanding travel requirements for my job. If I saw the gym 5-6 times in a month I was excited.  Now, I am just really stoked to see my #’s increase across the board and see that in the short 3 months of true commitment, I’m working hard and hitting PRs.

What is a hidden talent of yours?

I have no hidden talent but what I am most proud of is and have told no one at the gym is that I am sober and in recovery.  It may be hard to believe but I grew up with the wrong crowd and my old crew are either in jail, in their addiction,or dead.  So now, I devote every day to helping others in need of the same disease for FREE.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?

I tattooed a chicks initials on my back at the age of 19 years young in Brazil.  I was dumb and she was hot.  The only reason it is semi okay is that she has mine on her stomach.  Poor girl.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?

Devoting my life to researching addiction/mental illness especially among children.  I love kids.

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?

Allowing myself to eat more and being happy with how I look. I have gained 13 pounds of muscle since joining the gym. At first, it was difficult for me to look in the mirror but now I am stoked that I am a strong woman among other strong men and women at P360.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?

I learn valuable coaching every single day at P360. I have always spoken highly of P360, the owners and coaches. I have had a lot of coaches throughout my life with playing every sport growing up and all the way through college. I find that our coaches are the elite in my eyes. So it is all valuable to me and I am grateful to each and every one of them.

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?

Donald Trump, Kanye West, The Kardashians…need I go on?

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?

I love to eat…..so to name a few!

Pizza – Luigis (reminds me of the pizza in NYC and Boston)

Farmers Bottega – American Style in Missions Hills

Cucina Urbana – Italian.  And I am from Boston where the North End is the best italian in the country.

What famous person (alive or not) would you  most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?

I do not idolize anyone famous but I do love me a good athlete so Carli Lloyd from the US Womens Soccer Team and I dig a good Kombucha or an awesome Columbian Coffee.

If you had one movie on a deserted island what would it be?

I am not a movie buff….Sitting still that long makes me want to vomit but if I gotta answer, I guess anything with Ryan Gosling in it.  The man is good looking even for a gay chick like myself.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?

I have OCD and have had it since I was 6 years old.  I had a ritual growing up that entailed hospital gloves because of germs and I even wore them in the shower.  That is as far as I will go with that story….let’s just say I was a strange cat.

What’s your favorite naughty food?

Top Three: Gummy Bears, Yogurt on the Rocks Pacific Berry and a New York Bagel.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?

Back when my grandmother was a new mom.  She died when I was younger but she was the most amazingly strong woman I ever came in contact with. She dealt with the great depression and having her young husband(My gramps) shot very early on in her life while at war and took care of three young boys and had a full time job with a college education. That wasn’t necessarily normal back then for a female.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?

The coaches, the members, Dusty’s randomness, Lenny’s hair and Julianne’s playlist. Oh and I am loving the new gear.  I would take 25 of those old school baseball jerseys if I could.

What is your biggest goal moving into 2017?

Maintain and continue to improve  my dedication to working out at P360 even when I go back to work, getting 10 pull-ups (I HATE THEM) and attending more Olympic Lifting classes.  I just want to continue to be a better version of me and P360 allows me to do that in and out of the gym.

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