PB Members of the Month: BLOCK 9

Mike Yebba

Mike has been a long time dedicated attendee of the 6 am class in PB. He showed up very green not to fitness, but to strength training, our major movements, and our way of training. Over the years Mike has not only transformed his ability completely, but he’s become one of the morning favorites of our team in every way imaginable. Leaving with his wife Jenn and their family at the end of the month for Tampa, we’re thrilled to send him off right with the recognition that Mike deserves.

Where are you from and what do you do for work?
I am a Senior Software Engineer at UCSD School of Medicine.  I am originally from Everett, MA and I am 41 years old.

Describe your first class here.
My first class was 5×5 back squats with Coach Pritz and it was the first time I ever had a barbell on my back.  Before that I had just done a lot of running and bootcamp style training for Spartan and I was like “yeah I’ve squatted before.”  I remember asking him at the end of class if I could do the workout again later in the day and he was like “uhhh… we don’t recommend that…??”  That’s why you listen to your coaches folks! 😉

What gym movements do you love doing and why?
I was going to pick one of the cool and uniquely varied movements we do at the gym like goblet curtsy lunges or kettlebell skier swings but I am just going to go with cleans.  I love doing them because it’s a challenging and explosive full-body movement that requires a lot of skill and something I have tried to continuously practice over the 4 years I have been at the gym.  I never miss a clean day.  I also enjoy RKBS and box jumps.

What is your most proud achievement at P360 so far?  
Obtaining my FCC certification.  I was really on the fence about doing it and wasn’t sure if I was qualified but I am so proud I did it and thankful that P360 offers a program like that.  It has definitely carried over to my professional career in terms of leadership and mentoring.  I strongly recommend it to anyone who is considering doing it!

If you were an X-Men, what would your super power be?
Now that I am over the hill I could really use Wolverine’s healing factor and regenerative abilities.  Maybe it would save me all that time I have to spend foam rolling at night haha.

What is an embarrassing story about yourself?
Oh geez.  Lots to choose from but I’ll keep it family friendly.  When Jenn and I first moved to PB, the first night here we went out to Zen 5 sushi on Garnet and I was 1000000% positive I parked my car on the corner of Felspar.  So positive that when we came out of the restaurant and saw that my car wasn’t there, I called the police and reported it stolen.  When the cop showed up and started asking me questions I then slowwwwly started to realize that maaaaaybe it wasn’t Felspar and maaaaaybe it was Emerald.  We walked one block up and there it was.  The cop was like “Are you high kid?” but I was totally sober.  Hey we were new to the area and I was used to taking the T.  It happens.

If you could have been a member of any band/group in time, which band and what instrument?
Has to be The Doors and I would love to be able to play keyboard like Ray Manzarek.

What is your most valuable bit of coaching advice you’ve received here?
So much to choose from but some coaching queues that stick out are when deadlifting, engage the lats and drive your legs through the floor rather than try to pull the bar.  Also when squatting, try to focus on the eccentric portion of the lift since I have a tendency to let myself drop into the hole too fast (I literally think Brenna has been telling me that for 4 years bless her kind soul lol).

Overall, the cyclical programming at P360 has really taught me how to progress properly.  Rather than doing just a random movement every time you come in, I really plan out my goals over the 6 week block and try to visualize where I want to be at the end of cycle.

What’s a hidden talent that you have?
I can make some noise on acoustic guitar and I have written a couple catchy tunes that my kids seem to enjoy.

What’s your #1 gym hype song?
Haha how about “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.  It’s probably because I have seen Trolls a quadrillion times so when that song comes on I just get hyped what can I say?

What would you see if you could time travel anywhere?
First stop would be 1920s LA – the dawn of Hollywood, before the streetcars were all torn out to make way for the automobile.

What is your go to local “cheat meal”?
I know it is technically healthy pizza but to me pizza will always be a cheat meal so I’ll go with Powerhaus Pizza right up the street from the gym.

What goals do you have for the rest of 2019?
I’m definitely going to try to get in as many workouts as I can between now and the end of the year.  As some of you know, Jenn and I are relocating at the end of the month to the Tampa Bay area right outside Clearwater Beach.  So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the amazing 4 years I have enjoyed at the gym and all the friends I have made – with a special shout out to the 6AM class for always helping start my day off right.  P360 really has been like a second family to me.  But we are going to try to make it back out here regularly and I will be sure to pop in to say hello!  Until then…. Bye for now 😉

Emily Willhoft

Where are you from and what do you do for work, and how old are you?
I’m 28 years old and I’m from New York. I work as a Sr. Brand Manager at Raindrop Branding & Advertising.

Describe your first class here.
My friend (Julie Moyer, former member) referred me to P360 and told me I would love Shred. So my first class was 7am Shred and MJ was coaching. I joined that day.

What gym movements do you love doing and why?
I’m a big fan of bench press, burpies, lunges, and sled pulls. I’m task-oriented so my favorite P360 workout of all time is the PPB where you have a list of things to do in sets of 50 and it ends with an 800m run. It’s the one that everyone else hates.

What is your most proud achievement at P360 so far?  
I’m proud anytime I do something that I never knew I could do. We recently had a workout with sets of 3 x 3 pull-ups and I ended up doing 54 unassisted pull-ups throughout class. I never thought I’d be able to do that. Or getting into level 1 Barbell Club. Pushing myself to go heavier doesn’t come naturally to me.

If you were an X-Men, what would your super power be?
Uhhh control shit with my mind.

What is an embarrassing story about yourself?
When I was about 17, my dad sent me to the auto body shop alone to get the bolts on my car tires tightened. His specific instructions were to tell them that I needed my “lugnuts retorqued”. I walked in and said that phrase which sounded so oddly sexual and unnatural. The mechanic just stared at me.

If you could have been a member of any band/group in time, which band and what instrument?
I would be Mr. Schneebly in School of Rock.

What is your most valuable bit of coaching advice you’ve received here?
Any time Kyle reminds me to be more aggressive with barbell movements. Or when Mark encourages me to add more weight and “see what happens”.

What’s a hidden talent that you have?
I can do a hauntingly accurate impression of Gimli from Lord of the Rings.

What’s your #1 gym hype song?
Move Bitch – Ludacris

What would you see if you could time travel anywhere?
I wish I could have experienced the Aztec, Inca and Mayan empires. Specifically, I’d like to see how the Mayan calendar was developed because those assholes were wrong about when we would die.

What is your go to local “cheat meal”?
Puesto Perfect Guacamole with at least 3 baskets of chips and a frozen horchata.

What goals do you have for the rest of 2019/2020?
I’m one point away from Club Forged! Brooke Laird is too and we’re both on a mission to get that last point.