WED: January Members of the Month

Grace Fredlake

Grace has been a member for about 5 months and put her name on the map right out of the gate. Grace is a joy to have to class, incredibly friendly and welcoming to every member and coach, and her willingness to learn and work on the little things continues to result in success. January was a big month gym wide, and Grace found herself on the all-time leaderboard in week 1 with a 1:40 500m Row on the first day of training in 2018. She gets there early to work on mobility, stays a few minutes longer to stretch and recover, and always has a smile on her face. We are very happy to congratulate Grace on a month well spent, and excited to see where this year takes her!

How old are you, and where are you from?
I’m 26 and a mutt! San Diego is stop #10 for me. I moved 6 times growing up with my family; Atlanta GA, Brussels Belgium, Pittsburgh PA, Southport CT, Northville MI; and they (finally) fell in love with Tampa 13 years ago & haven’t left.

What do you do for work?
​I am a Sales Account Manager for General Mills on our Natural Organic Portfolio: Larabar, Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen Tomatoes, Mountain High Yogurt, etc.

What do you do for fun outside of P360?
​I love exploring & travel. I have loved hiking at a new spot locally every Saturday.  I typically have one trip planned a month & one really “big” vacation a year. Last year was an Alaskan Cruise & this year I’ll be in Copenhagen, Stockholm​, Oslo & Stravanger for a Scandinavian Escape.

How has P360 affected your life?
P360 has grounded me in San Diego. I moved here in August without an office or a home base. P360 is a team…aka community of ruthlessly determined, intelligent athletes that I am so proud to be a apart of. ​Physically, I feel more agile & athletic than my collegiate swimming days. Mentally, I’m so energized & insatiably curious about everything we do at the gym. I find myself bugging Jules/Chris/Dave/Kyle constantly with questions: why we are doing what we are doing? how it will challenge & grow me? and how I can get better– but smarter better?

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
I love anything with a kettle bell–the coordination challenge on top of strength & agility is a my favorite mental/physical combo. My least favorite is cliche, burpees…any time we do more than 5 I have to seriously pump myself up.  

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
​I don’t think I can pick one…I love how the variety of programming will exhaust every muscle with only 15 minutes one day or Dave kills our quads with three days in a row​ of complimentary structure & conditioning tiers. 

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
​This honor of “Member of the Month’ is pretty hard to top! I consistently brag about the elite level of athletes at our gym, so I’m very grateful for this nomination. I would say that feeling connected in the P360 community (finally knowing people’s names, hanging out with friends outside of the rack & knowing more than just one time slot of people) is a close second.

What is a hidden talent of yours?
I have a photographic “directions” memory, drive me one place ​once & I can find my way back no problem. I don’t even need to know street names.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
I am expert burper. I don’t really find it embarrassing, but most people would classify it as ‘improper’. ​I’m pretty good at making sure it doesn’t come out at the gym…but a sip of root-beer and game over.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
An interior designer and travel photographer

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?
Form in every move and I have even more work to do! I’m really happy with how efficient I’m rowing right now too.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
They’re basic but make all of the difference: pull down on the bar when back squatting & push away from the ground when dead lifting.

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?
Rupert Murdoch…he needs a reality check and a dunk tank is a start.

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
​Herb & Wood….and on the other end of the spectrum Taco Stand.​

What famous person (alive or not) would you  most like to have a drink with and what would you buy them?
Oprah & a Paloma. I want to absorb everything she radiates. #Oprah2020​ Today’s her birthday too (1/29)!

If you had one movie on a deserted island what would it be?
​Is it nerdy if I say a book instead? I could read the complete collection of Shakespeare over & over again, forever, easy.

What’s a funny story from your childhood?
Freshman year of high school my family lived in Michigan & I went to a school of 2,000+ kids. The spirit week at this school was crazy, there were competitions each day & every one was really in to it. So the following Wednesday was Halloween, my four best friends and I thought the whole school would be just as spirited…spoiler alert they weren’t. We were the only people dressed up in the entire school…​my friends who dressed up like a cat & a witch got their parents to pick them up so they could change…but my friend who dressed as a french-maid & I’s parents took the “it’ll build character” approach. Oh and what was I dressed up you might ask? A dead prom queen…bright pink dress, white face make up, fake bruises, leaves & twiggs in my hair and even a dried flower corsage…I got everything from “Mother Nature” to “Suzy Q” all day long.

What’s your favorite naughty food?
Any baked goods (that are gluten free, dairy free & peanut free–my allergies). ​

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?
​Elizabethan Era…​Queen Elizabeth was remarkable & I would have loved to have been a lady in her court–not to mention I’d get to watch Shakespeare’s plays (remember nerd?) & meet Sir Francis Drake.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
​The education. Every month’s programming, everyday’s workout, every workout’s set comes with a focus on form above all. ​As a former athlete, I love that!

What is your biggest goal moving into 2018? 
​I’m building sustainable strength. I have some serious work to do on basics (like feet strength)…and I know if I strengthen my foundation I can move heavier, faster & better than I am now. 

Anthony Harris

 

Anthony has been a solid, consistent member for the last year, bringing a strong athletic base and committed mindset to his training at P360. In his overall time here, he has scored several spots on time challenge leaderboards always pushing the field, and holds the record for Snatch, the most technical lift that requires the highest of skill to perform. In January, Anthony specifically spend the bulk of his time in the gym working in a different way. Honing in on muscle imbalances, and working toward a more well rounded/injury free strength. While still maintaining his strength in what he’s always done. We are super stoked to congratulate Anthony on his hard work, and commitment.

How old are you, and where are you from?
32 , I am a true San Diegan

What do you do for work?
I’m in the Navy, currently serving as the Operations Officer onboard USS NEW ORLEANS

What do you do for fun outside of P360?
I’m a huge fisherman and I spend most of my free time on the water.

How has P360 affected your life?
P360 has allowed me to stay in fairly decent shape despite my very busy life. The fact that my body holds up during multi-day tournaments on the water is a testament to the programming at P360.

What are your favorite, and least favorite exercises?
Favorite exercise is the Snatch, least favorite is pull ups.

What is the hardest thing you have done, physically, in the gym?
Any kind of metcon that includes pull-ups

What is your most proud achievement at P360?
Watching my wife Heather PR in deadlift and get into Level II Barbell. It was something she had really wanted to accomplish and really doubted herself.

What is a hidden talent of yours?
I can eat a whole pack of tollhouse cookies in one sitting.

What is an embarrassing fact most people don’t know about?
I was afraid of the dark until my mid-teens. I couldn’t go to sleep without a nightlight.

If money was no concern, what would be your dream job?
I would love to run a fishing charter that specialized in taking kids fishing. Not much beats seeing a kids smile when they catch their first fish.

What is the biggest overall improvement you’ve made, since joining P360?
My biggest improvement would have to be the progress I have made in correcting a number of muscle imbalances.

What is the most valuable piece of coaching you’ve received?
I can’t pick out just one piece but it’s the cues the coaches provide to correctly perform movements are huge.

Which public figure or celebrity would you put in the dunk tank?
I’ve always had more fun being in the dunk tank. Can I volunteer as tribute?

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Coasterra, just for the view.

What famous person (alive or not) would you most like to have a drink with and what would you buy
them?
Bo Jackson, Pacifico

If you had one movie on a deserted island what would it be?
Major League.

What’s your favorite naughty food?
Cookies.

If you could travel to any point in the past, where would you go?
I’d love to see San Diego 100 years ago before all of the development.

What’s your favorite thing about training at P360?
Can’t beat the vibe and the view!

What is your biggest goal moving into 2018?
Continuing progress I’ve made fixing muscle imbalances. My biggest goal is learning how to be a good dad. I’m not going to have any clue what I’m doing come mid June.

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