THUR: August PB Members of the Month

Christina Baker

Christina has been on fire over the last couple of months, and we are extremely stoked to honor all of her hard work and the results that hard work has brought her. For the last two years Christina has worked on progressing her movement patterns, technique with the barbell, and simply showing up and doing what was on the board. This year she began to ramp things up, dialing in her nutrition (and finding herself in L1 Lean and Mean), and making a solid commitment to pushing herself with the weight on the bar and testing her progress. On top of the 3 clubs she’s written her name under, Christina is a super friendly and open member always willing to share a bar, form a team, and cheer someone on. . We are very proud of Christina, and can’t wait to see how the year closes out for her!

How old are you, and where are you from?
I’m (still) 29 and from Westfield, Massachusetts.

What do you do for work?
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment for developmental and learning disorders. How does that make you feel?

What do you do for fun outside of P360?
Outside of the gym you can find me doing dog things with our Lola, relaxing on the beach, and/or enjoying a bubbly beverage with friends.

How has P360 affected your life?
P360 has first and foremost brought some truly wonderful individuals into my life that I will forever be grateful for. Secondly, it has given me some solid structure and routine that I had been lacking for years. And lastly, the workouts have taught me to trust and love my body again, a gift I didn’t know how much I needed.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?

I am really loving box jumps and hang cleans lately, especially now that I know how to do the latter (more) correctly! Least favorite would be anything with assault bikes, sorrynotsorry.

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
There was this one workout a few months back where we had to do 10 RKB swings, 10 push-ups, and row 300-400m. I think we did it 3 times and it was only like a 6 minute workout but I thought my little heart was going to explode! So long story short, any intense cardio…

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
Pulling the 250# Deadlift.

What is a hidden talent of yours? 
My face is super stretchy; I can make some really good creepy faces.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
I have, in more than one occasion, gotten into the wrong person’s car.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
I would LOVE to a have a farm for orphaned and disabled dogs.

What’s your favorite song to sing out loud/karoke go-to?
Marc Cohn “Walking in Memphis”

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
“Add 10 pounds” Coach Jules; I never pushed myself and those words helped me appreciate that I had more potential than I thought.

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?
Not to ruffle feathers, but I would really like to see what is really under our president’s dear toupee…

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

Fancy: Cowboy Star. Not so Fancy: The Joint (OB).

What famous person (alive or not) would you  most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?
Viktor Frankl. He was a neurologist and Holocaust survivor whose writings are a true treasure.

What are your Top 3 movies of all time?
1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
2. Hercules (Disney Version)
3. Nightmare Before Christmas

Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?
Is half and half an acceptable answer? Kyle’s side yes, my side no. We’re a perfect match, clearly.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
I used to sing “Sweet Emotions” by Aerosmith as “Sweet Ooooooooooceans.” I don’t care to admit what age I realized those words were incorrect…

What’s your favorite naughty food?
Crab Rangoons.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?
To be honest, and super mushy, 15 years ago and tell my mother thank you for all she has done for me and my siblings.
What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
I really enjoy supporting and being supported by other members. Humility is a really important quality to me, and to see it so vulnerably out there under a barbell everyday is pretty damn cool.

What is your biggest goal moving into 2018?
1 strict pull-up, coming for you Prison Yard!

Nate Zimmel

Nate is a force to be reckoned with in the gym, whether it be a Muscle class with a ton of volume, or a fast paced “Mr.” timed challenge that he simply can’t say no to. As well as being one of the strongest men, Nate is also one of the nicest and most welcoming. He comes in ready to work, with a very positive and focused attitude that still has plenty of room for laughing and having a good time while he’s doing it. We see Nate lift heavy, hold position well with volume, get his feet moving quick on sprints, and always ask for coaching and advice so he can continue to improve. This month we also got to see Nate make huge leaps with his weightlifting, adding 20# to his C&J. It’s been a long time coming to honor Nate for all of his hard work and his constant positive results, and we are certainly very pleased to do it. Congratulations Nate! We can’t wait to see where your commitment and hard work continue to take you!

How old are you, and where are you from?
I’m 29 and originally from Allentown, PA but before moving to SD I lived in DC for almost 10 years between college and working.

What do you do for work?
I’m a business systems manager for our asset procurement part of my company. Basically my team comes up with technical solutions for our customers and I build financial models to make sure they work from a numbers standpoint. For number minded people like me it’s actually pretty interesting.

What do you do for fun outside of P360?
I like hanging out with friends, traveling and watching sports. Not sure if anyone heard but the Eagles beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl last season.

How has P360 affected your life?
P360 has been like 10 times anything I could have ever imagined. I played football in college so I had been working out in a group setting from like 6th grade through my senior year of college and then one day you play your last game and then I really didn’t know what to do. I got stuck in that regular gym rut where I was just kind of floating around doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that but really had no direction in what I was doing. P360 has put me back in that group training atmosphere that I love, has allowed to get back in pretty good shape, and make some awesome friendships along the way.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
I enjoy a good heavy squat session. I do not enjoy any extended running.

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
I feel like every week I’m usually laying on the floor saying a workout was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I do remember a particular shred (RIP) workout that started off with a 10′ EMOM and I wasn’t done with the 3rd round and the 4 minute had started, it got ugly quick.

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
I made a goal this year to use and get comfortable with the hook grip. I always thought I never needed to bother with it but it really has made a world of difference in some of my lifts.

What is a hidden talent of yours?
I’m a decent juggler.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
I get easily addicted to the dumbest phone games imaginable. The worst part about those games is that other games are always advertising on that game and then I get addicted to those and it snowballs.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
I’d love to be a high school football coach. That’s just an awesome age to help set people on the right track for their future.

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?
Definitely my conditioning. It’s still not great but I’ve come a long way.

What’s your favorite song to sing out loud/karaoke go-to?
Anything country, I usually go with something Zac Brown Band.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
Mark tells me to be stronger often. But seriously I think the little adjustments here and there have the best effect for me personally. I find those little adjustments allow me to continually improve.

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?
There are a lot but I’d go with Urban Meyer right now. I feel like he clearly had the ability to help out that situation more than he did.

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
I love grabbing a Big Breakfast #2 from Konitos on Saturday’s after open gym.

What famous person (alive or not) would you  most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?
I’d probably opt to just have a drink with my grandfather. He was the kindest and funniest person and I would love to just sit down and have a drink with him now that I’m an adult.

What are your Top 3 movies of all time?
– MacGruber
– Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
– Forrest Gump

Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?
They’re 100% tucked in when I go to bed and 100% untucked by the morning.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
My parents had to put locks on everything from the fridge to cabinets to doors when I was young. When I was real young I got caught pulling out the drawers in the kitchen and using them as steps to get to the counter and then taking a big bag of flour and dumping it all over the kitchen floor and then just started throwing it all over the kitchen.

What’s your favorite naughty food?
I’ve been known to eat a whole pizza in one sitting.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?
I think it’d be awesome to go back to the industrial revolution. How far our society has come in the past few hundred years compared the thousands of years before that is crazy and to see the beginning of that transition would be be pretty cool.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
The effort everyone puts in day in and day out. I can honestly say it’s second to nothing that I’ve ever been around and a big reason why everyone sees improvements.

What is your biggest goal moving into 2018?
I just want to keep getting better. Get stronger, get in better shape, and help contribute to our awesome gym community any way possible.

-Julianne


Thursday, 9.6.18

First, for Strength.
3 Hang Power Snatches + 3 OHS
10 Slow Russian Twists
*Complete 1 set every 4′ for 16′

Then, for Quality.
25-20-15-10-5
Rope Slams
Oblique Mountain Climbers
Goblet Squats
Sprinter Crunches
200m Row/200m Run
(20’ Cap)

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