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.

First, some individual shouts from our staff.

Michael Robinson: “Steadily goes about his work month in and month out at an extremely consistent level.” (Coach Dave)

Corbin Smith: “Chomping at the bit every workout. Pushing himself in strength tiers, and going after time challenges.” (Coach Lenny)

Kurt Record: “For punching limitations square in the face.” (Coach Will)

Eileen Kelly: “Committed to working her ass off in 6am and has shown serious progress across all movements since she joined.” (Coach Julianne)

Maria Castagnola: “Diligent in Phase 1 movements to make sure she is doing everything correctly and has made massive improvements and is starting to see her strength potential.” (Coach Matt)

Mike Yebba: “He’s been putting the effort into fine-tuning his form and his hollow position chin-ups are impeccable.” (Coach Brenna)

Casi Pohlman: “Casi Pohlman. Utilized workouts appropriately to dominate her spartan race. Came back ready to keep killin it daily.” (Coach Viv)

Taylor Stead: “he has been consistently working on her hang cleans at open gym and shown great progress every week.” (Coach Kyle)

6a Wednesday PB Class: 6am Wednesday morning PB class, the most consistent group I have seen in any time slot, always show up and put in great work, even at the crack of dawn.” (Coach Dusty)

Ian Felicitas: “Quietly and humbly assisinates workouts.” (Coach Chris)

James Cross: “Silently busting his ass and is a pleasure to work out next to.” (Coach Pritz)

THAN MERRILL

Than has been a member of Performance360 for roughly four years now, and despite an already extremely high level of fitness he has achieved for himself, he managed to have his best month yet. In November, Than hit a 435# back squat PR, 280# hang clean PR, 55″ box jump PR, 1:24.3 500m Row and a sub 6 mile…and had a daughter.

Than is always working extremely hard, quietly going about his business at an extremely consistent high level. We are very proud to have Than at the gym, and offer up a huge congratulations to a very impressive month of November.

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Get to Know Than

Age, where are you from?
38 – Fresno, CA.

What do you do for work?
Real Estate Investor – FortuneBuilders.

What do you do for fun?
Read.

Describe how Performance360 has affected your daily life.
P360 has been by far the best gym I have ever been too. The workouts are always challenging
and the community is tremendous. I love not having to think about what I am going to do at the
gym that day. Just showing up and knowing you are going to be challenged is what I really
enjoy about this gym.

Favorite and least favorite exercise?
Favorite Exercise – Pull Ups
Least Favorite Exercise – Deadlifts and the Mile

What’s the most valuable bit of coaching you’ve received at P360?
How to improve my form when doing all Olympic lifts.

What is your most proud achievement at P360 so far?
Showing up when the mile is on the workout.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve done physically at the gym?
The 1000 meter row and the mile.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
What I do now or a Football Coach

Embarrassing fact most people don’t know?
I sometimes fart when doing jumping jacks. So be careful when those are on the workout.

Hidden talent most people don’t know?
I speak Spanglish.

If you could teleport to any point in the past, where would you go?
I would love to witness the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King

Favorite naughty food?
Lasagna

What’s the biggest overall improvement you have made since joining?
I have improved my cardio.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
GI Joe

Famous person you’d most like to have a drink with, and what drink would you buy them?
Bill Belichick – Moscow Mule

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
In 6th grade I asked a girl to be my girlfriend – then bragged to my friends about it. Then I got dumped
that same day.

Which public figure or celebrity would you like to put in a dunk tank?
Kanye West

You have one movie to take with you on a desert island. What is it?
Top Gun

What is your biggest goal for the rest of 2016?
Finish a few books I have put off this year.

GINA BURGESS

Gina has been working really hard in a noticeable way the last few months, coming to a head this month with her LEVEL 1 BARBELL CLUB and LEVEL 1 PRISON YARD CLUB!  Gina is a staple in the morning at Pacific Beach, and is a favorite among the coaching staff for her hard work, ability to push herself and the smart, yet aggressive manner in which she goes about here goes. A big congrats to Gina on an outstanding month, who also got engaged to fellow member JR!

P360 November Members of the Month

Get to Know Gina

Age, where are you from?
26 from Danville, CA

What do you do for work?
I’m a digital media buyer at an agency in Bankers Hill. Mainly I run Facebook ads all day.

What do you do for fun?
Traveling is my favorite. I like reading and learning. Lots of outdoor activities – running, hiking, scuba diving, golf, etc. I always have a few side projects I’m working on. Currently I’m focused on my marketing blog and selling mermaid blankets – super hot item with the ladies right now!

Describe how Performance360 has affected your daily life.
Going to the gym every morning is my favorite part of the day. Before P360 I would dread waking up early to work out or go for a run and my laziness would often keep me in bed. Now I’m always excited to go and I hate missing out when I can’t make it. It helps having so many friends that go because for some strange reason none of my coworkers care how many pounds I deadlifted.

Favorite and least favorite exercise?
I love deadlifts. I don’t love burpees.

What’s the most valuable bit of coaching you’ve received at P360?
Go lighter and work on form. My ankle mobility has always been awful so squats are difficult for me. I’ve seen so much improvement from where I’ve started, but I still have a long way to go.

What is your most proud achievement at P360 so far?
Going from doing my 1st pull-up ever to 4 pull-ups in a 2 week span. And getting into level 1 barbell.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve done physically at the gym?
The 5 minute rows. It’s always the closest I come to getting sick and/or blacking out.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
Running my online businesses while traveling the world.

Embarrassing fact most people don’t know?
At a family reunion in 5th grade I fell into a golf course pond.

Hidden talent most people don’t know?
I have a knack for finding good deals and coupons.

If you could teleport to any point in the past, where would you go?
I would go back to see some of the wonders of the world before they disappeared.

Favorite naughty food?
Cookies. And ice cream. And chocolate…

What’s the biggest overall improvement you have made since joining?
It’s been a huge mental mind shift for me. I had never done this kind of training before and it was intimidating. I also thought it would make me bulky. That of course was a big misconception and now I love every minute of it and watching myself get stronger every day.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
Rocko’s Modern Life.

Famous person you’d most like to have a drink with, and what drink would you buy them?
Jimmy Fallon. I’d get him something fruity maybe a strawberry margarita in an oversized glass.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
I was a terribly picky eater. My parents had to tell me any kind of meat was chicken. And I had to dip all my meat in mayonnaise or it was the worst thing ever.

Which public figure or celebrity would you like to put in a dunk tank?
Blake Griffin. He’s a bit of a baby.

You have one movie to take with you on a desert island. What is it?
Grease. Hands down. One summer I literally watched it every day so it already stands the test of time.

What is your biggest goal for the rest of 2016?
Getting to 5 pull-ups.

A huge congratulations to Than and Gina, joining a growing list of Memeber of the Month alumni. Make sure to give them a pat on the back next time you see them in the gym.

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