Archive for the ‘Athlete Profiles’ Category

This blog started as the five of us beginning on 11/8 & 9, but along the way we’ve also picked up some really cool teammates.

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Athlete Profile: Veronica Pike

Age: 25
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 153

Date of Birth: 9/15/84
Place of Birth: Knoxville, TN

Started CrossFit: March 2009 (bootcamp, started indoor in April 2009)
Started Paleo Challenge: 11/13

Fight Gone Bad: 235 (two rounds)

Deadlift: 215
Press: 85

Max Pull-ups: 15

Favorite WOD: Anything with 400s/rowing and reasonable weight–I’m no power-lifter.
Favorite Lift: Hang cleans, power cleans are good.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with overhead squats.
Least Favorite Lift: Overhead squats.

Why do the Paleo Challenge?

Well, I’m typically a ‘golden mean’ type of gal, including when it come to Paleo (I’ve been eating around 80% Paleo for a while now), and I’d like to see what type of gains I can achieve by going all out.  I can’t think of a better opportunity to go 100% than when you’ve got your friends supporting you along the way.  And ok, that competitive part of me wants to show that I can do it too!


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Athlete Profile: Lisa O’Dea

Lisa kettlebelling

Age: 26
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 140 lbs

Date of Birth: 12/08/82
Place of Birth: Hackensack, NJ
Started CrossFit: February 2009 (bootcamp), July 2009 (indoors)
Fran: 6:04 (45 lbs)
Fight Gone Bad: 147 (2 rds, RX)

Deadlift: 155
Press: 65
Back Squat: 105

Favorite WOD: Bear complex
Favorite Lift: Power snatch
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with wallballs
Least Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
I know that I feel and look better when I eat well. Lately, the crazy weekends and upcoming dessert season have had a nasty influence on my eating habits.  I’m looking for a reset button to help me kick the sugar habit.
Also, with my birthday and Christmas coming up, I figure this is about the best present I can give to myself. Super hot 27 here I come :)

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Athlete Profile: Arun Dev

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Athlete Profile: Arun Dev

Arun DevAge: 33
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 145

Date of Birth: Feb 23, 1976
Place of Birth: India
Started CrossFit: Dabbled in Nov 2008 – Started Jan 2009

Cindy: 14 1/2
Helen: 11:09 (1 pood)
Grace: 6:54 (95lbs)
Fight Gone Bad: 173 (2 Rounds Rx)

Deadlift: 305
Press: 105
Back Squat: 205
Max Pull-ups: 21

Favorite WOD: 5k for time or anything with a run in it
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Least Favorite WOD: Eva
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch and OHS

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
For a while now I’ve been planning to go completely paleo to improve my race times and build strength/power. When I first made the move to partial paleo with Crossfit workouts, I dropped minutes off my 5K/10K race times and noticed big jumps in strength and post workout recovery. My goal is to use the Paleo challenge to run a sub 6 minute a mile 5K  – I’m close currently and I know this will help me get there. Oh I want to shoot for that 350lbs Deadlift which is still 45lbs away.
When I saw Lisa, Georgia and Eric discussing the Paleo Challenge on my twitter feed, I kinda crashed their party. I love a challenge any day and I’m thrilled with the fact that the other 4 are going to keep me accountable. I’ve got obstacles  along the way including trips to NYC and Vegas which will make things very interesting – Stay Tuned


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Athlete Profile: Eric Wood

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Athlete Profile: Eric Wood

Eric kettlebelling
Age: 30
Height: 5’10
Weight: 175

Date of Birth: March 15, 1979
Place of Birth: San Jose, CA
Started CrossFit: April 2008

Fran: 4:51
Cindy: 17 2/3 rounds
Helen: 9:28

Deadlift: 385
Press: 145
Back Squat: 265
Snatch: 115
Max Pull-ups: never tried …

Favorite WOD: Jackie
Favorite Lift: Front squat
Least Favorite WOD: Kelly
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
It gives me an opportunity to get back to something I know makes me feel good, perform well, and look good. It also gives me a chance to try to “stop the madness” and get back to a routine that brings me to the grocery store regularly and keeps me away from the bars a bit more.

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Athlete Profile: Georgia Nixon

Georgia + kettlebell

Age: 29
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 138

Date of Birth: 10/09/80
Place of Birth: San Antonio, TX
Started CrossFit: November 7, 2009
Fran: 5:13 (at beginning of Fran Challenge)
Helen: 10:05
Grace: 4:53
Fight Gone Bad: 221

Deadlift: 205
Press: 85
Back Squat: 145
Max Pull-ups: 30

Favorite WOD: Mary
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that involves any running
Least Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
Two reasons for joining in the Paleo Challenge:
1) Because my weekend fun is polluting the rest of my week. There’s so much stuff I want to do but I can’t get it all done (weekend or weekday) with the way I’m spending my weekends now. It’s time to settle it down a bit, refocus, and attack those goals!
2) Because I’m vain. Plain and simple.

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Athlete Profile: Lyssa Myska Allen

Lyssa pullup

Age: 25
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 163

Date of Birth: 9/1/84
Place of Birth: Sugar Land, TX
Started CrossFit: February 2009

Linda: 29:58
Fight Gone Bad: 333
Filthy Fifty: DNF–but close!

Deadlift: 285
Press: 90
Back Squat: 230
Clean and jerk: 125
Max Pull-ups: 15? 20?

Favorite WOD: anything with handstand pushups
Favorite Lift: power clean
Least Favorite WOD: burpees. in anything.
Least Favorite Lift: back squats

Honors: Austin FGB female elite winner

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
I’m competitive–I’m sure as hell not gonna let my friends take on a challenge without me! Oh, and I want to look hot. By losing some love handles. It might make my pullups easier too?

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