Meet Mara

Name: Mara Kalat

Age: 29

Occupation: Vagabond currently posing as an advocate.

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30 am &/or 4:30pm

Favorite WOD/Lift: cleans, snatches, & strict pull ups.

Least favorite WOD/Lift: deadlifts, kipping pull ups, & double unders.

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? December 2018

What keeps you coming back?  The community of the gym, having constant goals to strive towards, the programming, & knowing Erin or Bene will hunt me down if I start skipping.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I have five siblings and we are all best friends!

Do you have any hidden talents? I am trilingual (German, Spanish,& English).

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? The jungles of Borneo, Malaysia were pretty stunning.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

I I had never lifted before joining EagleCap. The lifting side of CrossFit is addictive. It’s a wonderful mental and physical challenge. It has made me a mentally stronger person and more disciplined outside of the gym.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? Strict ring muscle ups.

What are your goals?

To find a gym in Michigan (I am moving) that I love as much as EagleCap CrossFit.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? ? Listen to your body. Give yourself the recovery time it asks for. And finally: any goal is possible. Consistency over time pays off every time!!!

Meet Tyana

Name: Tyana Musrasrik

Age: 23

Occupation: Union County Self-Sufficiency Coordinator at Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30 pm. I'm not a morning person.

Favorite WOD/Lift: Back squats

Least favorite WOD/Lift: thrusters (they hurt), snatches (i suck), and wod's with running or the assault bike (cuz ew)

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? December 2019

What keeps you coming back?  Seeing the progress I'm making and getting to see everyone at the gym. Feeling eager and excited to get to the gym wasn't something I had experienced at traditional gyms.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

Most everyone knows I'm islander, but there's so many and in the Pacific, nearly every island has its own language and culture. I come from the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Do you have any hidden talents? Some people say I can sing. I'm not sure though.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Nan Madol, a site of an ancient city built of large basalt rocks right on the coral reef. No one knows to this day how it was constructed.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

Prior to CrossFit, I was not doing any kind of physical activity. The last time I could say I was in shape was probably in high school when I played basketball. With the help of CrossFit, I am in much better shape and I'm growing muscles that I've never had before in my life. CrossFit has also helped me improve in other areas of my life. I'm much more disciplined now eating a lot healthier and managing my time and money a lot better too.hthe r

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? Just weightlifting in general. I had never touched a barbell before in my life and I had always been intrigued by lifting, but was too intimidated to give it a try.

What are your goals? I want to be able to move heavier weights and do Rx workouts. Hopefully in the near future.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Progress doesn't happen overnight. Give it your best shot and don't quit.

Meet Rae Ette

Name: Rae Ette newman

Age: 40

Occupation: Assistant Professor and Chair of the College of Education at EOU

Which class do you usually attend?I anytime that fits into my schedule. I think I have attended every class time offered from 5:30am to 5:30pm

Favorite WOD/Lift: Deadlifts

Least favorite WOD/Lift: Burpees or anything with the bike

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? July 2019

What keeps you coming back?  I have made so many gains in the last few months, I want to see what I can do! I have a gym partner that keeps me accountable and we push each other to be better and stronger than we were the day before.  And finally, the coaches. I have worked with each coach, and they all have helped me be where I am today.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I love the 5 b's: birthdays, birthday cake, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Backstreet Boys!

Do you have any hidden talents? Hidden? These may come out during a class, just every once and a while, but I can dance and sing a mean Journey song! I actually can dance tap, jazz, and ballet.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? I studied abroad in Greece during my Undergraduate program.  We lived there or a month traveling and learning about the special education system.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

I am doing things that I never thought I would  ever be able to do: climbing the rope, pullups, heavy lifts, etc.  I have the energy to play with my daughter. I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life. 

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do?  Pullups! I'm still doing them banded, but I'm going to get to the point of doing them without the band!

What are your goals? My goal is to be healthy.  I want the energy to play with my daughter.  I want to be around to watch her grow up.  So this may not be logical but, if I ever got into a fights, I would want to be on my own team

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? My advice would be to commit.  Find a class and start coming daily.  You need to get into the habit.

Meet Hunter

Name: Hunter Winslow

Age: 18

Occupation: student

Which class do you usually attend? 10:30 ppm

Favorite WOD/Lift: Murph/ clean and jerk

Least favorite WOD/Lift Fran/ thrusters

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? October 2019

What keeps you coming back? The camaraderie within the box. And the ability to better yourself everyday with others who are doing the same.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I have been archery hunting since I was 10 years old. I also never had pie

Do you have any hidden talents? They are still hidden to me

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? The Carribean or Sidik Lake, Alaska

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

CrossFit has made me realize that it is good to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself.  It has given me more confidence in everyday life and it has taught me to persevere.  I have had a healthier lifestyle and it has helped me encourage others to do the same. As far as my level of fitness, I am in the best shape I have ever been and I am continually seeing myself improve.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I never thought that I would meet so many great people, but I was definitively wrong.Physically I think I can do anything if I put in the time and effort.

What are your goals?

  • Be able to do all workouts Rx

  • get 1% better everyday

  • always live a healthy lifestyle, and to encourage my family to do as well

  • better others around me

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? All fitness levels can do CrossFit and the workouts can be scaled accordingly.  Find someone to hold you accountable and get to know others at the gym.  Surrounding yourself with people that love fitness and are encouraging can make a big difference.  Don't be afraid of judgment, at Eagle Cap there is no judgment.  Be coachable.

Meet Nichole

Name: Nichole Lantis

Age: 36

Occupation: Teaching assistant for Eastern Oregon Headstart in Union

Which class do you usually attend? 4:30

Favorite WOD/Lift: wod Ronnie Henderson, Lift....seriously? Deadlifts duh

Least favorite WOD/Lift any wod with weighted lunges or thrusters. And I'm not fond of presses or jerks.

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? 5-6 years ago

What keeps you coming back? The encouragement and support of the box family

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I'm a symmetrical through my collarbone/shoulders, parts of my mouth, vocal cords, and tongue are partially paralyzed so no I cannot stick out my tongue straight and no I don't need to be drunk to slur my words or sick to loose my voice . All small and minor effects of spinal meningitis.

Do you have any hidden talents? they are no longer hidden if I tell you....

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? My fast and furious trip to Gerogia to watch my brother graduate from Airborne was probably the most interesting, and only because of the neighborhood we ended up in when walking around and the hotel in Phoenix City Alabama was the sketchiest place I've ever stayed

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

outside of being physically stronger I'm mentally and emotionally stronger. I view myself and my body much differently. Instead of chasing unrealistic expectations from the scale I'm more focused on how I feel and how well I can move. Believe it or not I'm not nearly as insecure or cautious with myself as I was before I started Crossfit and I learned I didn't need my friends to do it with me or even understand it, I could do it on my own and in doing so my friend base expanded.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? start lifting anything over 50lbs regularly, especially over head.

What are your goals? to get all my lifts to 100+ and not looked like I've been tied to a old slave block after working on DUs

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? give yourself 3 honest months of attending classes, attend as many different class times as you can, you never know where you'll find inspiration or your best fitted class if you don't try it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, don't ask me though I'm a shit show most days and tequila and Crossfit are rarely friends so be careful when mixing them

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Meet Blake

Name: Blake Eckstein

Age: 33

Occupation: lineman

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30am

Favorite WOD/Lift: Linda/clean and jerk

Least favorite WOD/Lift push jerk

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? May 2016.

What keeps you coming back? I enjoy the daily competition everyone comes with.

Tell us something about you we might not already know. I have two buttholes

Do you have any hidden talents? None

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? New Orleans

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? gotten me back to a level of fitness I didn't think was possible again.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? never thought I couldn't do something

What are your goals? would like to get a 400# clean once in my life.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? talk to people about aches and pain they had when first starting, also to take it slow, and just enjoy the process of watching your weightlifting numbers climb and WOD times get faster.

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Meet Callan

Name: Callan Brick

Age: 21

Occupation: Clinic coordinator of GRH Elgin Clinic
Which class do you usually attend? 5:30am or PM

Favorite WOD/Lift: Anything with pull-ups/ split jerk
Least favorite WOD/Lift Holleyman/ Turkish get-ups
When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? October 2016
What keeps you coming back? the amazing people!
Tell us something about you we might not already know. I have read comic books since I was really young, and still read them.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? ? Grove of The Titans in the Redwood Forest. It has the largest trees in the US and you can only get there by a secret trail that is monitored.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? It has given me confidence in everything that I do, and I have learned to face all the hard stuff head on. I’ve been able to encourage my family and friends to be the healthiest that they can be and it has been very rewarding. As far as my level of fitness; I learned to stop being a lil b, works great.
What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I’ve beaten all of the bros in at least one workout (yes, including Blake)
What are your goals?

To keep pushing myself to be the best I can be and to always live a healthy lifestyle. I hope to get my parents and siblings to start going to the gym too.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Everyone is bad at one thing or another, even though you might not see it. You should never be afraid to be bad at a movement or workout. And more importantly work at the things you are bad at more than anything else.

Meet Dean

Name: Dean Hatley

Age: 60

Occupation: Mid West regional sales manager for Barreto Mfg

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30am has the best people in it :)

Favorite WOD/Lift: anything with deadlifts

Least favorite WOD/Lift: running and more running

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? February 2013

What keeps you coming back?  The great people and tying to keep in shape so I can enjoy the outdoors and keep up with my younger friends.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

There is not much you don't already know abut me, other than I love to make equipment for the gym.

Do you have any hidden talents? no hidden talents

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? one is a 11 day Mexican cruise and 3 times to watch the CrossFit Games. 

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

I'm sure I'm better off now than I would be if I didn't workout.  I am not sick as much and have plenty of energy.hthe r

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? rope climbs and handstands pushups.

What are your goals? keep working out as long as I can 2-3 days a week and work on cutting my weight.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? don't look for an excuse not to go to the gym. Start out slow and light and work your way up to the heavy weights. Ask for help if you have any questions. 

Meet Carrie

Name: Carrie Crump

Age: 42

Occupation: salmon biologist

Which class do you usually attend? attend 3:30 or 4:30pm class

Favorite WOD/Lift: bench press, any type of pull-ups.

Least favorite WOD/Lift: snatch

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? October 2019

What keeps you coming back?  Hands down - the people, friends I made.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I am a rock hound.  Love to dig, search for beautiful agates, opals, jaspers, etc.

Do you have any hidden talents? I love to make soap, and I find it to be very relaxing, ind of an escape for me.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? For me, I would say Succor Creek, OR. It has a amazing geology and is a Rock Hounds Paradise!

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

CrossFit has changed my life in many ways.  I eat better, I work out hard, I'm in the best shape of my life.hthe r

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? a muscle up!!!!! They are challenging to say the least but I just did it!

What are your goals? Goals are to continue to stick with the hard work, become better every day, as well as healthier and stronger.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Trust the process.  Don't give up. Nothing happens overnight.  These coaches are fantastic, so just listen, learn, work out.

Meet Samantha

Name: Samantha Bernards

Age: 28

Occupation: Executive Director of Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area

Which class do you usually attend?I am all over the place…. anything but the 5:30am class

Favorite WOD/Lift: Deadlifts/Cleans/Rowing

Least favorite WOD/Lift: Bench press/pull-ups/burpees

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? Late-August 2019

What keeps you coming back?  Competitive atmosphere, amazing people/coaches, and the need for improvement.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I love playing cribbage and play it almost every day. I will challenge anyone at the gym!

Do you have any hidden talents? It is not really hidden, but I am a pretty darn good cook. My favorites are Italian, French, Mexican, Irish, BBQ (all types), and baking. I have taken cooking classes all over the world during my travels.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? In 2018, my husband and I spent 21 days in Peru and probably the most interesting place was 3 days on Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca along the Peruvian/Bolivian boarder. The island is over 13,000 feet elevation, the only language spoken was their native tongue (which is not Spanish), men spend all days knitting colorful hats, and there are more sheep than people.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

I decided to try CrossFit because I was looking to try something new and hopefully get in better shape. However, I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy being stronger every day and more confident in my abilities.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do?  Any form of weightlifting since I never thought I was strong enough

What are your goals? in the near future: lifting 900 pounds at the One Ton Challenge, more Rx workouts, and competing in 2020 (scaled).
In the long term: maintaining a healthy lifestyle, pushing myself every day and never settling.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Don’t quit after your first class because you cannot walk for three days. A month later you will think back on that day and realize how far you have come. Image a year later what you will be able to accomplish. Find small measurable goals each week or month and work to achieve them. Also, proper nutrition is more important than you think.

Meet Gary

Name: Gary Anderson

Age: 48

Occupation: self employed. Contractor

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30 ppm

Favorite WOD/Lift: all wods, as I like to be challenged. Deadlifts because you can see a huge improvement over a short period of time.

Least favorite WOD/Lift Fran, as I cannot seem to master it. Clean as my flexibility is terrible and it affects my ability to improve.

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? I became a member of La Grande CrossFit when it originally opened as JT CrossFit and have been coming ever since.

What keeps you coming back? I keep coming back because I like the people I work out with.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I'm #9 in the world that's been recorded when it comes to medical marvels...true story!

Do you have any hidden talents? I'm pretty sure all of my talents have been tapped and are publicly known at this point in my life.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? the state of New Mexico

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

CrossFit has changed my level of fitness by challenging me to do workouts that I would never do if left to my own devices.  In terms of my life it gives me something to look forward to on a daily basis.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I never thought  I could do handstand walks until I joined CrossFit.

What are your goals? My goals are to stay in shape, not get injured and continue to make new friends at the gym...and drink beer!

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, realize that not every workout is going to be stellar, don't get frustrated when you don't see progress right away, and most of all have fun and get to know your fellow gym members. We all have an interesting story to tell :)

Meet Abby

Name: Abby Long

Age: 22

Occupation: Nursing student and Waitress

Which class do you usually attend? no earlier than 8:15! I prefer 10:30 or 12:15 but not in the summer it's too hot.

Favorite WOD/Lift: clean and jerk

Least favorite WOD/Lift thrusters

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? October 2017

What keeps you coming back? The atmosphere, the coaches/athletes and the how awesome it makes you feel when you do something today that you couldn't do yesterday.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

Do you have any hidden talents? uuuuhhh I don't really have any

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Harry Potter land haha I haven't been many places

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CrossFit has made me stronger mentally and physically. It has humbled me to realize you can't always win and you're not going to be good at everything. But if you put in the work, it'll be worth it.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I still think I cannot do muscle ups but I also said that about doubles and those are...a work in progress so you never know.  Don't doubt your body's abilities. 

What are your goals? keep bettering my mind and body and be a badass in the gym

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? it's the most empowering and awesome torture you'll ever endure, you should do it.  It never gets easier but you'll grow to do things you never thought you could

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Meet Brandy

Name: Brandy Blackman

Age: 21

Occupation: waitress and receptionist

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30pm

Favorite WOD/Lift: clean and jerk

Least favorite WOD/Lift Snatch

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? September 2018.

What keeps you coming back? The people! I love them!

Tell us something about you we might not already know. I 'm going to school to teach High School English. 

Do you have any hidden talents? I can make my tongue into a clover

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Cabo, Mexico

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CrossFit has pushed me to work out harder and more consistently than I would have pushed myself to do on my own. I've also made a ton of new friends that I look forward to working out with each day.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? hand stand push-ups!

What are your goals? Learn to handstand walk & get better at pull-ups.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? to just join and stop making excuses, the people are great and the workouts can ALL be modified

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Meet Alma

Name: Alma Crow

Age: 28

Occupation: Stay home mom /Daycare provider/ Coach
Which class do you usually attend? I like to attend the early morning classes or later afternoon depending on my schedule.

Favorite WOD/Lift: My favorite WOD would be the one we did for coach Erin’s birthday because it pushed me to my extremes.
Least favorite WOD/Lift My least favorite would be Snatches.
When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? Sometime in Late June
What keeps you coming back? Knowing that I still have so much to learn.
Tell us something about you we might not already know. I have been an 8 time national qualifier and 6 time All American in track and field (both indoor and outdoor), I have a couple track records at Eastern Oregon University, 3 adorable children, one rambunctious weimaraner puppy, and an amazing husband.  

Do you have any hidden talents? cooking :)

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? I think the most interesting place I’ve been is Costa Rica, I was there for a month studying abroad during college.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? It has helped me stay in shape, especially after having my third child. Running alone wouldn’t have gotten me in such good shape in so short a time.
What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I know this is silly but growing up I could never do a somersault. For some reason, it used to terrify me to be upside down.  Now, not only can do that, but I can do a handstand and so much more.
What are your goals?

My goal is to be able to compete in the RX division.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Be patient and don’t rush it, even now there are still exercises that are hard for me to perform. 

Meet Harley

Name: Harley Creech

Age: 17

Occupation: pizza maker

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30am/ all morning lol

Favorite WOD/Lift: Snatch

Least favorite WOD/Lift: front squats

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? September

What keeps you coming back?  The positive and uplifting people.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I do just as many TikTok dances as I do lifts while at the gym.

Do you have any hidden talents? no hidden talents

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Tulum, Mexico

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

CrossFit has made me stronger for softball and got me introduced to competitive weightlifting.hthe r

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? snatch 150

What are your goals? top five at nationals

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? FOLLOW THE PROGRAMMING, it works I promise

Meet Alisha

Name: Alisha Delatori

Age: thirty, flirty & thriving!

Occupation: COUNTRY Financial Insurance Agent/ Badass mom & wife

Which class do you usually attend? Before sunrise. Champions are made in the a.m.! !

Favorite WOD/Lift: Grace/Annie/Clean & Jerk

Least favorite WOD/Lift: anything with RUNNING/ Turkish Get-Ups

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? January 2014

What keeps you coming back?  discipline, habit, the challenge.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I speak in hyperbole a lot (i.e, I exaggerate for emphasis).  I did NOT know this about myself until I married The World's Most Literal Person, who points it out to me constantly haha

Do you have any hidden talents? If I tell you they wouldn't be hidden.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Tokyo & Okinawa Japan.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

It started with the desire to fill the missing piece of training for all the sports I competed in ( volleyball, basketball,softball) Riding the high from being a collegiate athlete, I needed a new "drive" or discipline.  The CrossFit program felt more like a "sport" than working out and this was before I got competitive in training.  I was hooked with the simple approach and feel of sport.  From there it became undeniably the best method for general physical preparedness in my opinion. I am the strongest, healthiest and look the best I have ever had...all AFTER having a child and embracing my "mom bod".  Coming full circle, it has helped me train to live full of adventure and challenge outside the gym.hthe r

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do?  Be "one of those people" that get up at 4:30 every morning to workout!

What are your goals? This question is too broad for me haha.  Some main ones are:

1. improve my flexiblity and balance

2. get out of my comfort zone when it comes to strength & weight training.

3. Get sponsored by NoBull. Nike is up there also, If Amazon does sponsorships, I'm also not opposed to that.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? You can't cheat the grind.  It knows how much you've invested. It won't give you anything you haven't worked for, and it'll give you exactly what you've earned.  This "sport" will show you exactly who you are. JUST SHOW UP.

Meet Dani

Name: Dani Schaap

Age: 33

Occupation: family insurance agent

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30pm

Favorite WOD/Lift: deadlifts/ All squats

Least favorite WOD/Lift Snatches. They are the devil

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? January 7th, 2019

What keeps you coming back? I keep coming back because I never want to be where I was three years ago. The accountability helps keep me in check and motivated. The atmosphere makes me want to be here, it's the highlight of my day.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I am a published poet

Do you have any hidden talents? I'm artistic, I paint with chalk, I love to write and bullet journal

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Downtown Memphis, TN. I locked my doors at a red light

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

I'm much stronger now and have more stamina. I still feel like I'm going to die sometimes, but not as much as at first. It just makes me want to push harder.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do?  I'm seeing results! I've never been consistent with fitness before. I don't remember the last time I was able to buy clothes in size small!!! My confidence and self esteem have sky rocketed! Not to mention all the PR's I've gotten that made me feel like a kid in a candy store.

What are your goals?

I want to keep pushing my limits and hit new PR's. I want to specifically get better at snatching, finally get my double under's, and pull ups. I want to get more disciplined about following nutrition.

​What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Keep with it! Show up and do the work and it will get better in every way!

Meet Derek

Name: Derek Kirby

Age: 34

Occupation: Work for city of Lagrande

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30

Favorite WOD/Lift: Deadlifts

Least favorite WOD/Lift double unders

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? about a year ago

What keeps you coming back? The atmosphere and the challenge.

Tell us something about you we might not already know.

I don't care for sweats much

Do you have any hidden talents? I don't think so

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Alaska

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?

It's made me better at everything I do on a day to day basis and a better athlete.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? gymnastic

What are your goals? Compete RX

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Don't quit, give it time. Your brain will try to shut you down and you have to fight it. Especially when you don't want to go. Get in and do work. everyone wants to see you succeed in here.

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Meet Lindsay

Name: Lindsay Warness

Age: 39

Occupation: Safety and Environmental Manager for Woodgrain Millwork, Inc

Which class do you usually attend? I usually attend the noon class but it varies based on my work schedule.

Favorite WOD/Lift: not sure but it doesn’t involve running or burpees. Backsquats

Least favorite WOD/Lift DT (the hang cleans!) or something with running. And probably snatch (although I like them all really)

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? I think it was about 4 years ago?  

What keeps you coming back? At first it was  because I'm inherently lazy.  I hate trying to figure out what to do for a workout - it's easier to have someone do it for me.  Then I started to enjoy the lifting and it was nice to have coaching.  Now it is because I truly enjoy the people and the fact that people support you NO MATTER WHAT.  I think the best part is when I'm struggling - people still tell me to keep going.  Example - when I run i'm slower than molasses in the middle winter but people will still pass me and tell me I'm doing a good job.  If I'm every truly running, please kill whatever is chasing me or start running yourself.  

Tell us something about you we might not already know.I am a second degree blackbelt in Kyokushinkai Karate - registered in Japan.  While I was in the middle of training, I took third in the World Cup Tournament.  Don't scare me, I honestly don't know how I may react...

Do you have any hidden talents?  I can hit all the notes in Bon Jovi's  "Living on a Prayer"

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Well, I've lived in the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe (Spain).  Probably the most interesting place I've traveled is South Korea - the Korean BBQ there is AMAZING.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I tend to make time for working out more in my schedule, regardless of where I'm traveling.  And while I definitely complain about the burpees, running, thrusters, etc., I miss them when I can't get to the gym.  It has also taught me to be proud of what my body can do, not what exactly it looks like.  It has also taught me that I need to continue to push myself, I'm only competing against myself. 

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I'd never done a double under and now I can.  The other thing that I wasn't sure I could do was a squat snatch/clean.  I also didn't think I'd ever get over 200 lbs in back-squatting.  Honestly, having gone to other gyms, I didn't really think that I'd bond with people at the gym....I was WRONG - I go because it is fun to work out with people who are supportive and encouraging but also hold you accountable and celebrate with you when you do something you didn't think you could do.

What are your goals? To do another "Toe to bar" (without pinching a nerve) and a kipping pull-up.  I also want to hit 300 lbs for a back squat and get my clean an jerk past 175.  Running is another weakness that I'd like to work on.....

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Anybody can do crossfit - don't get intimidated because the only person you're competing against is you.  You'd be surprised at your abilities and don't be too afraid to ask for help - anybody at the gym is happy to help/observe/coach as able - and don't worry if you can't do it exactly as written, if you scale - you're still getting an awesome workout. 

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Meet Israel

Name: Israel Mendoza

Age: 32

Occupation: sales, legacy dodge

Which class do you usually attend? I try not to miss Erin's 5:30am class, but on my days off I go to the 8:15am with Bene.

Favorite WOD/Lift: I like snatches, they're challenging

Least favorite WOD/Lift Anything with assault bikes. I've never thought to myself, "I'm kicking this bike's butt." 1 calorie is too many on those things.

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? August 2018.

What keeps you coming back? Everybody's welcoming and puts up with me, so there's that. But the most rewarding thing about working out with y'all is that I get to succeed at something I think is impossible. I get to do the impossible. There's a point in almost every workout when I think that I can't possibly keep going--then I realize that I'm not even half way through it! To finish that workout--and do so multiple times a week--inspires confidence and makes me wonder if I'm selling myself short in other areas of my life. 

Tell us something about you we might not already know. I 'm a recovering drug addict and a survivor of homelessness. I don't dwell on it but my story does not make sense without knowing that. How does a southern Californian end up in La Grande? A LOT of bad choices, and then some good ones. When I could no longer keep going the way I was, I asked God to show me another way and, no bs, a week later I was in a treatment center in Eastern Oregon. I got my sh*t together here, so I stayed. This country has been so good to me. I've been able to do something here that I've been wanting to do for so long but was unable to. I'm involved in the local recovery community, and I'm passionate about helping the still suffering addict find his way out--just as I was so selflessly and lovingly helped when I most needed it.

Do you have any hidden talents? Nah

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? El Salvador.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I'm getting a little bit buff, and I'm excited about that. Then there's the confidence in my athletic ability. I recently snowboarded for the first time, and I went up the BIG lift my first day! 

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? Squat 260lbs.

What are your goals? Lift heavier weight. And work on nutrition

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Keep coming back! :) 

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Meet Cal

Name: Calvin Halladay

Age: 28

Occupation: sales, military, hunting guide

Which class do you usually attend? 4:30 or 5:30pm

Favorite WOD/Lift: Murph and Snatch

Least favorite WOD/Lift Fran and front squat

When did you become a member at Eagle Cap CrossFit? January 2013

What keeps you coming back? The challenge and the greatest people I know

Tell us something about you we might not already know. I am setting a goal to complete an Iron Man triathlon in the next 2 years.

Do you have any hidden talents? I am extremely untalented, but I try hard!

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Romania! But I am going to Mozambique, Africa in October.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? The CrossFit lifestyle is the greatest takeaway. It’s this incredible group of like-minded people who enjoy seeing how far they can push their bodies.  The community of people and support is endless.

What is the One Thing you have done at Eagle Cap CrossFit that you never thought you could do? Row a marathon.

What are your goals?

  • Be the best version of me I can be.

  • Bring up everyone around me in the gym.

  • Complete an Iron Man in 2 years.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? PAY THE MAN!. You don’t have to win every day, but show up and fight the good fight. Realize fast that your nutrition is the other half of this fitness equation. 

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