PB Members of the Month: BLOCK 6

Shelby Singer

“Shelby is probably the nicest person in the gym to pair with a new member. She’s changed her body composition substantially through the nutrition program and in the gym. This year it just seems like she’s learned a lot about what she’s capable of and uses that to get the most out of it when she trains.” – Coach Mark

How old are you and what do you do for work?
I am 27 years old and I run a recruiting company based out of Encinitas for Custom Software Engineers

What gym movements do you love doing and why?

I have always loved doing deadlifts but recently I’ve also really enjoyed hang cleans. I’m able to push myself on weight with both these movements and it just feels good when I hit new PR’s and can really see what my body can do.

Describe your first class here.
Ahh, I will never forget. My first class was a shred class with Coach Kyle. I came with my sister, Kym, and I was so nervous because 1. I hadn’t worked out in months (eek, years?) 2. We showed up late (there was backed up traffic on Ingraham and Crown Point Drive due to a mental health situation on the bridge) 3. I didn’t realize the coach was going to demo every movement so I was embarrassed I didn’t know what anything was or how to do it. Luckily Kyle was amazing and showed me movements, along with other members of the class who were welcoming and helpful. I also remember going to Kate Sessions a few days later with a friend and being so sore I couldn’t walk up the hill and made her go get the car and pick me up at the bottom.

If you were an X-Men, what would your super power be?
I am so far removed and clueless to the X-Men world and X-Men movies that I actually had to google this to be able to answer this question (thankfully this was never one of Coach Adam’s or Coach Dan’s beginning of class questions). I would choose teleportation as a super-power. I would love to be able to just instantly travel to another place at any time.

What is an embarrassing story about yourself? One time I went to a kickboxing class and after the class the trainer gave me a carrot. I didn’t really know what to do with it so I ate it thinking maybe it was some kind of post-workout fuel thing. It wasn’t. I was supposed to give it the dog as a treat apparently. I never went back. Thanks for not giving me vegetables after workouts, guys.

If you could have been a member of any band/group in time, which band and what instrument?
Aerosmith. I would probably want to play the drums, but honestly I have absolutely no musical talent (super inconvenient last name I have).

What is your most valuable bit of coaching advice you’ve received here?
I’d like to point out that Coach Hill always has these great, strange, animal analogies that help me to really understand movements and get my positioning correct. But what actually sticks out to me the most was being told that if I’m not challenging myself, nothing is going to change. Coach Jules told me that about a year ago and it really stuck.

What’s a hidden talent that you have?
Writing. I really love to write and I have a journal that I often carry with me just to write down my thoughts at any given moment.

What is your most proud achievement at P360 so far? The best moment for me was getting into Level 1 Barbell Club. When I first joined the gym I think I actually laughed when I saw the requirements of getting into the clubs because I thought that would absolutely never be me. When I actually calculated my numbers one day and figured out that I was in a club it was a really, really awesome feeling.

What’s your #1 gym hype song?
Unstoppable – Sia

What would you see if you could time travel anywhere?
I would just love to go back somewhere with land and wildlife pre-colonization. Maybe somewhere like Africa where I can see the elephants and other raw awe-inspiring views.

What goals do you have for the rest of 2019?
First, I really want to earn a spot in the row club! I was 3 seconds off from getting a spot last time I tested (thank you for the extra push and motivation that day Coach Mark), so I know I have it in me and I want to get there. Also, I’m hoping to deadlift 280# before the end of the year.

Rahul Trivedi

“Rahul has been a staple of the 7 am class for as long as I’ve been a coach here. I really feel like he’s got a much better understanding of movement during this BLOCK. At the Olympics, he came up to me and was just super impressed with the way every participant was moving, and I think it was his Eureka moment. He was able to take that into a technical movement like the jerk and put some heavier weight over his head, and he made it look easier than he ever has before.” – Coach Dan

Rahul Trivedi Performance360

How old are you and what do you do for work?
39 and I’m an engineer at Qualcomm. I work for the Virtual Reality team and we develop software for VR devices. Soon if you ever get overwhelmed with “actual reality”, you can wear a VR headset and fight zombies in your living room or pretend to be at work playing “Job Simulator”. Yes, that’s a real game.

What gym movements do you love doing and why?
I love Clean & Jerks for the technical aspect of the movement. I’ve recently been able to C&J my body weight and its a strong feeling to be able to punch that weight overhead.

Describe your first class here.
My first class was at the PB gym and Lenny was coaching. The conditioning circuit was a kettlebell complex with running. During one of the runs I had to take a break in the alley all hunched over cause I thought I was gonna throw up or pass out or both. I didn’t, but I knew I had found the right gym and every class since has been better.

If you were an X-Men, what would your super power be?
I’m not into X-men or superhero stuff. A few years ago I used to live in Boulder and had moved to a new city and hated my new job. I remember wishing I had teleportation powers. All I wanted to teleport to was my old job in Boulder. It would’ve been a pretty lame use of a superpower.

What is an embarrassing story about yourself?
One time as a kid I got on to the wrong school bus on my way home. The driver did the rounds and all the kids got off at their stops and I just sat at the back of the bus as the driver reached his last stop. He looked at me and I’m guessing was as confused as I was. Meanwhile my parents were in full on panic mode cause I wasn’t on the bus I was supposed to be. It was an eventful day.

If you could have been a member of any band/group in time, which band and what instrument?
I’d like to preface this by saying that I suck at all instruments. I’ve tried to learn and failed at learning how to play the keyboard, guitar and other instruments. But I’m a huge John Bonham fan. I would want to go back in time, learn everything I could from Bonham and play drums for Led Zeppelin. I could even grow a mean ‘stache like him to play the part.

What is your most valuable bit of coaching advice you’ve received here?
Jules advice on engaging the lats on cleans, deadlifts and pullups.

What’s a hidden talent that you have?
I like art and painting. I’ve made pencil sketches in the past. I’m teaching myself water colors right now and made a few decent pieces.

What is your most proud achievement at P360 so far?
Being member of the month ranks pretty high up there. I’d also say competing in the Olympics this summer. It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve done at the gym and getting through that workout and competing felt pretty special.

What’s your #1 gym hype song?
Eminem – Lose Yourself and anything that Mark plays.

What would you see if you could time travel anywhere?
I’d want to travel back to the summer of 2009 in San Diego so I could’ve been here for all the “Floatopia” parties. It looks like a pretty wild time.

What goals do you have for the rest of 2019?
I missed getting into the Mile and the Row clubs by a few seconds.Id like to get those and work on my strength to get into L1 Barbell.

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