MON: September Members of the Month (PB)

Emily Barney

Emily has been a very solid member since the moment she stepped in for her trial class almost 2 years ago. She showed no hesitation then on signing up for her membership, and continues to go all in with the classes, the coaches, and the community. Emily has always been a very hard worker, never afraid to take a step back and work on the finer points of any movement. When Emily has a goal, she lets the coaches in on it so they can help her achieve that goal, and has been seeing a ton of results lately! On top of make some major progress away from the barbell, improving PPBs, and dabbling on the Advanced side of the board, Emily has worked on her strength, casually hitting a 210# Back Squat to close the cycle, thinking it was 200#. We are so proud of Emily and her success in the gym, and stoked to have her as a part of the community. Congratulations Emily!

How old are you, and where are you from?
I’m 26 and originally from the Bay Area, CA.

What do you do for work?
I’m an Account Manager for a travel nursing company.

What do you do for fun outside of P360?
Hiking, scuba diving, and watching sunsets at Shore Club.

How has P360 affected your life?
In college I had the unhealthy mindset of working out to eat. I would go to the gym, get on the treadmill, and not leave until I had burnt a certain number of calories. Joining P360 has taught me to eat to work out.  If you want to lift a small house you have to fuel your body so that it wants to help you lift a small house.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
Love anything with a barbell. Squats, deadlifts, snatches, push jerks, you name it. Hate anything that involves running. I figured that eventually I would learn to enjoy it since just about every workout involves running. Nope. Still hate it. Crown Point is my favorite gym because I feel like the runs are easier.

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
Mr. White. Afterward all I remember was Mark leaning over me asking me if I was okay while I wheezed on the cement next to the erg.

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
I have always wanted to squat #200. I thought of it as a “unicorn” achievement and I’d always get inspired watching so many women in the gym squat it regularly. FINALLY hit it this month. Next stop, #250.

What is a hidden talent of yours?
In my prime I could drink 7 red bull vodka slushies in a night and not be hungover the next morning. My more functional talent is relieving pressure points and giving top notch back massages.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
I turn bright red when feeling almost any emotion at any time. I get excited – bright red. I get nervous – bright red. I get a compliment – bright red. Someone mentions I’m bright red – fire engine red.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
I’d be one of those instagram travel “entrepreneurs”, but without the instagram.

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?
My cardio capacity was absolute poop before P360.  I can run a mile now without wanting to cry and no longer feel like passing out at the end of a high intensity workout – most of the time.

What’s your favorite song to sing out loud/karoke go-to?
The only karaoke I do is in my car. Nice for What by Drake has been on repeat lately.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
Squeeze the lemon. Blow up the balloon. Be the turtle.

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

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Mr. Moto’s Pizza.

What famous person (alive or not) would you most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?
George R. R. Martin. Unlimited Bali Hai Mai Tais until he tells me all his GOT secrets.

What are your Top 3 movies of all time?
Remember the Titans. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. She’s the Man.

Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?
Out.  With one foot hanging out for optimal cooling.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
We didn’t have TV or Internet until I was in high school so I played outside a lot.  There was a large concrete hill by our house and the neighbor kids and I would rig up our skateboards and little red wagons and careen head first down the hill. It’s a miracle none of us broke our necks.

What’s your favorite naughty food?
Carne Asada Fries.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?
February 1, 2009.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
The people. The coaches make you feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued.  The people who make up the gym are always encouraging and friendly. It’s a very special community, especially for someone like me who gets drained very easily from social interaction.  P360 and its community have always filled my energy engine up, never depleted it.

What is your biggest goal moving into 2018?
Get better at running. Maybe learn to love it more than I hate it.

Ducote Contreras

Ducote is a such a hard worker, and can be found on any day in any of the 3 locations. He has been a member now for 2 years, always making constant improvement in his quiet unassuming way. In the last few months, there has been a very obvious spark behind Ducote’s performance in the gym. Since taking on nutrition as a priority, paired with his varying class attendance, we have seen his numbers sky rocket and begin to reach their potential. In Sept alone, L2 Flight Club, L4 Barbell Club, 360# Back Squat, 315# Front Squat, and L1 Lean and Mean (down 14#), it’s quite obvious that Ducote was ready to test and see where all of his hard work had gotten him. To cap it all off, he also heads into Club Forged! We are really stoked for him and to see his name starting to cover our walls. Congratulations!

How old are you, and where are you from?
I am 27 from Carlsbad and have spent all my life (minus some vacations and semesters abroad) in San Diego.

What do you do for work?
I work at VAVi Sport and Social Club where I try to help adults have fun and spend time with friends or make new ones while being active.

What do you do for fun outside of P360?
Most of my time is spent with my girlfriend and our Belgian Malinois puppy who needs a lot of activities since she can be pretty crazy. I also try to go to a festival or two each year whether it’s Coachella, Kaaboo or Burning Man.

How has P360 affected your life?
I spent most of my life playing sports at a fairly high level so lifting and fitness was something I would do 5-6 days a week and sometimes twice a day. After college sports ended for me I stopped working out because it wasn’t fun for me anymore. P360 definitely has made it fun and challenging again. Working with Lenny on my nutrition has definitely made me realize what healthy should really feel like. I am by far in the best shape and mindset of my life and a big part of that is due to P360.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
My favorite exercise is cleans and least favorite would be anything that involves running.

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
AP3 definitely kicked my ass. I wasn’t expecting my arms to be so dead after the rowing and then going straight into a couplet of pull ups and front rack was horrible.

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
Shaving 49 seconds off of my AP2 time. I don’t think I got that much better in cardio over the month but definitely had a better mindset the second time through and didn’t rest as much. The fact that I could power through even though I wanted to die was huge for me.

What is a hidden talent of yours?
I like to believe I am a pretty good chef. Especially when I am cooking my famous tacos with salsa made from scratch.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
Freshman year of high school I partially tore my ACL during winter break keeping me out of track and spring football practice. I told everyone it was from working out but I actually did it belly flopping into a pool.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
I would help produce Burning Man. Whether you think you would love that event or not it is something I think everyone should do once in their life.

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since
joining P360?
Figuring out my nutrition. I’ve always been able to motivate myself to work out, even do two a days. But I the nothing compares to the results I have achieved while focusing on my nutrition as well. Doing the nutrition plan with my girlfriend made a huge difference as well because we could keep each other accountable and help motivate each other.

What’s your favorite song to sing out loud/karaoke go-to?
Dammit by Blink 182.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
I remember Julianne teaching hang snatches and she had us all set up for a full snatch and keep that tension into the hang position. Too often I will be really lazy going into a setup of any lift but having that focus and tension in the setup has made lifts feel more natural.

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

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Rocky’s in Crown Point. Easily the best burger in the world.

What famous person (alive or not) would you most like to have a
drink with and what would you buy them?
Sun Tzu and I would buy him a Jameson shot with a pickle back.

What are your Top 3 movies of all time?
Garden State
Inception
Godfather 3 (Yes I realize most people hate this one the most)

Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?
Out… or no sheets because it doesn’t get that cold in SD.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
Junior year of high school I had a huge crush on a girl that had PE during the same time we had football practice. One day her class was doing something on the track around the field and I waved to her, my teammates (who knew I had the crush) decided to pants me in front of the class.

What’s your favorite naughty food?
The Adam’s peanut butter cheesecake at cheesecake factory.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you
go?
Summer of 69 and go to Woodstock

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
The community definitely makes it seem like we’re on a team together. It’s more fun that way and motivating and reminds me of being on a sports team. Everyone has a similar goal and we are all trying to help each other accomplish those goals.

What is your biggest goal moving into 2018?
That’s a tie between being more consistent in my snatch form and getting into a prison yard club.

-Julianne


Monday, 10.8.18

First. For Strength
2 Hang Cleans
Rest 15”
2 Hang Cleans
10 Seated DB Press
Complete 1 set every 4′ for 20′

Then. For Conditioning (w/2 buds)
A: 5 Pull Ups + 5 Wall Balls + 20 High Knees
B: 10 Burpees
C: Rest
(x11’)

PHASE 1: Squat Test
ADVANCED: 5×3 @ 85%

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