Each month, CrossFit Pledge Fitness will highlight and recognize athletes for their commitment and dedication to fitness. This month, the staff would like to congratulate Doug & Leah Jacot and Dennis & Siboney Castillo as January Athletes of the Month!

DOUG/LEAH

CrossFit Pledge FitnessCFPF: When did you start CrossFit and what attracted you to CrossFit Pledge Fitness?

Doug: March 2015

Leah: I started CrossFit in Aug 2014. My hematologist suggested it, because it involves so many different exercises that help to keep our bones and muscles strong.

CFPF: What is your favorite/least favorite workout or lift?

Doug: Sleds are my favorite workout.

Leah: I like split jerks, and hate wall balls. Just a matter of time until I break my nose. 😉

CFPF: Name one achievement that you’ve accomplished at Pledge that you’re most proud of:

Doug: I can run a 7 min 30 second mile and when I started I could not even run 800 meters without even stopping.

Leah: I really can’t pick one but I am going to be 48, and feel better than since I was a teenager. 10 min mile? 230 on my 1 rep max for deadlift and squat.

CFPF: What are your future goals as an athlete?:

Doug: Keep improving my cardio and flexibility.

Leah: I would like to get to a 9 min mile. And maybe make it to 4 classes a week.

CFPF: One thing that people don’t know about me is:

Doug: I am a huge hockey fan.

Leah: N/A

CFPF: What is your advice to someone who is contemplating about joining the gym/CrossFit?

Doug: Be committed- make sure you go 4 days a week and pretty soon that will become a routine and things will get easier.

Leah: I feel that we have a great group of members and coaches that will support you. Keep coming we were all beginners at one time.

DENNIS/SIBONEY

CrossFit Pledge Fitness CFPF: When did you start CrossFit and what attracted you to CrossFit Pledge Fitness?

Dennis: I started in 2013 when I began college in Hawaii. I love CrossFit because it’s challenging and varied. The workouts are intense but scaleable for all skill levels and ages. Some see crossfitters as cultists but I see CrossFit as a community. That’s what attracted me to CrossFit Pledge Fitness. It’s a tight knit and supportive community. It’s not ego-centric like going to a ‘globo-gym.’ There aren’t dudes doing bro-reps and staring at the mirrors. It’s just a supportive community where members encourage and motivate each other to achieve their goals.

Siboney: I started CrossFit at the end of 2012. I used to be a long distance runner and did a few half marathons but as I kept increasing my mileage, my hip and knee began to bother me. It got so bad where I couldn’t even run a mile. So I stopped running and had to find another form of exercise. What I liked about Pledge fitness is that it didn’t seem too “crossfitty”, if that makes sense. Everyone seemed like normal people trying to get in shape rather than those advanced athletes that look down on others because of their fitness level. Also, the gym is veteran friendly so that was a plus since I just got off of Active duty.

CFPF: What is your favorite/least favorite workout or lift?

Dennis: my favorite lift is the snatch. It is the most challenging and technical movement I’ve ever done and it’s the most frustrating and satisfying lift ever. My favorite workout is ‘Annie’ (50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 Double-Under and Sit-Ups). It’s a fast and intense burner. Great WOD!

Siboney: My favorite lift is the squat clean, and my least, I’d have to say is the thruster. It used to be the snatch but I feel like I’m finally seeing some improvement so I kinda like it now.

CFPF: Name one achievement that you’ve accomplished at Pledge that you’re most proud of:

Dennis: I recently hit a 185# snatch and 215# clean and jerk. I love Olympic weightlifting but since moving back from Hawaii in 2015, I haven’t trained nearly as much as I used to. Those numbers aren’t PR’s but their numbers I’m content with for as long as I’ve been out of training for.

Siboney: After taking two weeks off from the gym, my first day back I hang cleaned 110 lbs. My max right now is 115. I was really surprised.

CFPF: What are your future goals as an athlete?:

Dennis: To become a more efficient mover and to achieve better conditioning. I also want to learn how to coach to show others how they can use CrossFit and weightlifting to make their lives healthier and happier.

Siboney: My goals right now are to increase my clean and jerk, snatch, and deadlift.

CrossFit Pledge FitnessCFPF: One thing that people don’t know about me is:

Dennis: I can eat Yoshinoya every day, 3 times a day for the rest of my life. Beef bowl city.

Siboney: Sometimes after a WOD, I eat a bag of hot Cheetos and a protein drink for dinner.

CFPF: What is your advice to someone who is contemplating about joining the gym/CrossFit?

Dennis: Just try it. You’ll transform your habits and your perception of working out. Go into the sport without any preconceptions. Let go of your ego. Be humble and have fun. Don’t compare yourself to others. Push your limits but be safe. Ignore the stereotypes and give CrossFit a fair chance. It’s an amazing community; especially the community at Pledge Fitness.

Siboney: Pledge Fitness is a great environment so there’s no need to feel out of place or embarrassed. You’ll be amazed at what your body can do if you push yourself. And it’s worth every penny.