Micaela Aldrich

Micaela has been a terrific member since day 1.  She is open to coaching, pushes herself in the right spots, and embraces the community inside and out of the gym.  She has steadily increased her attendance in class, hitting 4-5 times/week and her intensity has gone to another level.  This has paid off with PR’s in Front Squats and Cleans in block 5.  She also hit Level 1 Prison Yard, Level 2 Flight Club, and made the leaderboard for our benchmark, “Mr. Brown”.  We have a feeling this is just the beginning for Micaela and are excited to see her continue to progress with us.

 

How old are you, and where are you from?
I am 25 years old and I am from Chantilly, Virginia. 

What do you do for work?
I am a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) working as financial statement auditor for publicly traded companies at a big accounting firm. 

 What do you do for fun outside of P360?
I love going to the beach, all outdoor activities (especially playing beach volleyball and roller blading), hanging out with friends, cooking, eating at new places (big foodie), passionately watching college football, and doing crafty things. 

How has P360 affected your life?
After living in San Diego for almost a year I never would have imagined all the high quality friends I have accumulated (s/o 6AM OB crew) and the increased level of athleticism I’ve achieved thus far. P360 has provided me with a consistent positive and encouraging environment throughout all the ups and downs of life. Everyday P360 motivates me to keep getting healthier, stronger and faster plus encouraging other members to achieve their goals. To say I am grateful to have joined this community is an understatement. I can’t imagine my life without this gym!

 What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
I honestly love the assault bike because I know it’s melting my legs. My least favorite exercise is probably longer distance runs, I just prefer not to, and DB snatches because I still don’t think I’m doing them right, although I can barbell snatch. 

 What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
The last row test was the closest I’ve come to passing out at the gym. Any challenge that is a row that transitions right into a run like the Triathlon 500m row, 500m run, 20 burpees crushes the legs or I remember once we had workout with bike sprint right into box jumps, also crushes the legs. I’d also say it took me awhile to get down cleans and the barbell snatch movement. I still struggle with dumbbell snatches. 

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
Probably earning my first cub spot then my first timed gym record. I cannot wait to keep progressing! 

 What is a hidden talent of yours?
I can wiggle my ears and I’m also a professional shade slinger. For a couple of summers in college I worked in a Delaware beach town as a beach umbrella girl where I would run around putting up 100s of wooden umbrellas and chairs so if you ever need to get a sturdy umbrella secured in the sand, hit me up. 

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
It’s a tie between seeing the Jonas Brothers three times in concert and having a full arm cast for a couple months in high school as a result of breaking my wrist in soccer.

 If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
My little girl dream was to own a horse farm. Now, there is long list of other things I’d love to do instead of accounting like work at Trader Joe’s – they are always in the best mood and are having a great time!

 What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?
I would say my overall athletic capability and confidence in those capabilities. I’ve suffered injuries in the past, which caused me to be very hesitant about getting back into strength and conditioning style workouts. P360 has helped me recognize proper strength training is the best way to develop all around strong muscles to help prevent injuries in the future. I’m pretty happy with the increase in weight I’ve been lifting and how proficient I’ve become in my strict push-ups. 

What’s your favorite song to sing out loud/karoke go-to?
The Killer’s Mr. Brightside 

 What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
The most valuable coaching advice I’ve received at P360 is ‘filling the tank’. I hadn’t received that advice before and believe it’s significantly helped me to improve all my barbell movements and overall strength.

 Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?
Urban Meyer or Jim Harbaugh (Go Penn State) 

 What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
I love a good burger so right now I’d say Raglans but there are still have so many places I have yet to try.

 What famous person (alive or not) would you most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?
Either like Jennifer Lawrence or Ellen DeGeneres because I love to laugh and I know they’d make me laugh hysterically over a bottle of wine. 

What are your Top 3 movies of all time?
Remember the Titans, Parent Trap, Bridesmaids

 Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?
Out but I usually sleep on top of my bedding so there’s minimal bed making efforts in the morning. 

 What’s a funny story from your childhood?
One day in the 2nd grade we all had to dress up as presidents or first ladies. My dad made me dress up as Barbara Bush with baby powder in my hair to turn it white and a jacket with big shoulder pads meanwhile every other little girl in my grade was dressed up as the beautiful Jacqueline Kennedy. Thanks Dad. 

What’s your favorite naughty food?
I haven’t done this is years.. but pizza with M&Ms on top satisfies the sweet and salty cravings all in one. 

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?
I would love to travel back in time to see what OB and State College, PA (my college town) were like back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
Hands down it’s the community of coaches and all the friends I’ve made. Everyday I look forward to going to class to see friends, break a sweat, lift some weight, and to be uplifted from whatever else is going on in life. The gym has opened my eyes to see the new levels of athleticism I can achieve through the positive friendly competitive nature of the gym and has pushed me to consistently keep setting higher goals. I also enjoy giving Lenny shit for his music taste at 6am. 

 What is your biggest goal to finish 2019?
My biggest goal to achieve by the end of 2019 is to earn a spot in the row club. I also want to beat another timed gym record, continue to increase my proficiency in all barbell movements, and work closer to strict pull-ups.

Wesley Tate

Wes was an elite athlete when he joined us back in April.  Did he come into the gym and carry himself as such?  Hell no.  Wes brings incredible energy to all his classes, not only pushing himself, but encouraging and cheering on others.  Yes, Wes tied the gym record for hang clean at 315#, yes he moves #495 on deadlift as if it were a PVC pipe, and yes he hit level 4 Row Club.  But what might be the most impressive is his increased mobility and range of motion in his squats.  Wes has dealt with knee problems in the past and when he started he could not get to depth on his squats.  This last month Wes is consistently hitting full range of motion and moving much better.  We are pumped having Wes at P360 and continuing to improve himself.

 

How old are you, and where are you from?
I’m 28 and from Nashville, TN.

What do you do for work?
Business Development/Sales/Marketing.

 What do you do for fun outside of P360?
Trying new restaurants/bars. Watching sports especially during football season. Traveling. And personal development. Yoga. 

How has P360 affected your life?
Yes, P360 has given me the drive to push and challenges despite the knee issues I have. P360 has also introduce me to some great people and amazing community. 

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
Power Cleans and Deadlifts are my favorite. My least exercises are burpees and front lunges.

 What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
Mr. Purple was the hardest workout I’ve done at P360.

 What is your most proud achievement at P360?
Hitting 315 on hang cleans.

 What is a hidden talent of yours?
For sure would be my dancing skills but only in the right state of mind and environment.

 What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
My music choices. Big fan of country, Disney movie theme songs, and Justin Bieber’s first album.  

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
Owning and Operating businesses. Mentoring kids and philanthropy work.

 What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?
Consistently improving on my lifts and increased overall cardio 

What’s your favorite song to sing out loud/karoke go-to?
“A Whole New World” or “Because You Loved Me” or “I Believe I Can Fly”

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

  1. Compete in everything you do
  2. Must be willing sacrifice
  3. Have a positive attitude
  4. Have a Great Work Ethic.

 

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?
Random but probably Beyonce. That’s been my wife for a long time. I’m just waiting for Jay-Z to fumble.

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

What famous person (alive or not) would you  most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?
I would love to buy The Rock a shot of tequila or 10.

What are your Top 3 movies of all time?
Not a big movie guy but I would say The Patriot, Space Jam, and Wolf of Wall Street. 

Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?
Out for sure.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
There isn’t a story that comes to top of mind but I would say sneaking out the house with my brother via ladder from the second floor has to be up there. Luckily we never got caught by my mom but if you want further details of what transpired I’ll be happy to share in person.

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