Thursday: Member Spotlight

  • This Saturday for the 9am & 10am classes, we’re running our annual Halloween WOD’s – full costume and all. It’s going to be an epic Team workout, you do not want to miss it.

And remember those Burpees that Tim, Tyler, Josh, & Matty owe??? They’re going down at 10am as well – full costume and all.

This Saturday, October 27 – 9am Level 1 Halloween WOD & 10am All Levels Halloween WOD – Be there!

    • Kettlebell Cooking Class this Sunday, October 28. 2-4pm. Only 6 spaces left!

Led by Owner of EliteEats, Stefan Niemcyzk, will lead the interactive seminar on everything you need to be the master of your domain. This seminar includes 2 awesome dishes Chef Stefan will personally instruct everyone on!
$25 for current High Voltage Members – $35 for non-members – sign up at the box or email info@crossfithighvoltage.com

  • And now, without further adieu, it’s MEMBER SPOTLIGHT time! Today we’re putting Frank Balbuena on blast, aka Frankie B, aka, the guy I crushed in Fantasy Football just a couple weeks ago (but seriously, who’s counting?). Frank is an awesome guy – he can brew his own beer, so you know he’s cool in our book. He’s also been crushing it on Team High Voltage and is finally stepping up his game even more and entering his first competition in a couple weeks. So read up, show Frankie some love in comments, and let’s have an awesome Thursday!

Describe your first work out (were you nervous? were you scared? did you puke? give us details!)

My first workout was on May 18th and it was “Helen”. I remember that day well because there were only 3 of us in class; FrankTortorici.com, John Clauss, myself & Coach Tyler was doing the officiating. I looked on the board and saw that part of the workout was to do Pull-ups and I couldn’t do them yet. I thought that this was going to be embarrassing since I saw Frank and John doing them in the warm up and they were just breezing through them. So I grabbed my green band set it up and got ready. Funny thing about that day was that it was warm so the guys shed their shirts and I did the same.  Needless to say there was a major difference in the way they looked vs. the way I was.

So we started the run and I took off like a bandit and kept up with them (boy was that a mistake!).  By the time I got to the kettlebell I was gas’d and realized that I still had 21 swings of this thing and 12 pull-ups to do! I banged them out the best I could and jumped on the bar as I saw John & Frank come back from their second run.  Boy was I humbled. There was no way I would ever be that good I thought . So these 2 guys finished and I was still chipping away.  Finally after 17 minutes and 40 seconds of nauseating agony I was done. But all the while Tyler, Frank and John were there cheering me on and didn’t leave till I was done. That right there was the best feeling, and to answer the question, what I actually felt that day besides nausea was a sense of accomplishment and inspiration.

Frankie getting after it on the row!

When did you know something had to change before joining CrossFit High Voltage?

I knew things had to change after years of going to globo gyms and not seeing any results. I paid dollar after dollar and went through a couple of trainers with no change in the way I looked, thought and most of all felt.

Can you describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience for us?

I’d have to say that one of my most recent and memorable experiences was this past Saturday at the Barbells for Boobs event. The way the event was organized and how well everything was set up made one feel that you guys really do care. This event hit close to home since a year ago we lost Mandy’s grandma to breast cancer and for her to be able to see that what I say about my CrossFit High Voltage family is all true was so memorable for me. You are all great and display a sense of family and community that made her feel right at home.

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join CrossFit High Voltage.

My everyday life has been impacted since joining. I’m now able to sleep better, I’m getting stronger, eating better and most of all I feel AMAZING!

When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?

I feel that it has impacted my golf game a lot. Not only am I not tired at the end of a round but I am also hitting the ball better and farther. The strength and mental control that I have now from doing CrossFit workouts has made me into a better player overall.

Who is your most idolized fellow Volt or Vixen and why? Share the Spotlight Love.

This one is tough to answer since I idolize everyone at CrossFit High Voltage, but for the sake of discussion I would have to say FrankTortorici.com I bring him up specifically because he is always there to give me a spot and I have learned so much from him. Hayley (no need for a last name) because… well, she’s a bad ass. Whenever I grab a weight that I feel is adequate and then I look up and see that she grabbed something heavier well then it’s time to man up and play with the girls. Of course there is also coach Murillo and Tyler because their instruction and knowledge of OLY lifting has saved my back from being wrecked.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

This is an easy one but I’m going to limit myself on what I write because this can get out of control quick. Spaghetti & meatballs, Chili Johns, M&M’s, cheesecake, biscuits & gravy, pecan pie…

How has getting in shape changed your professional life?

I don’t have a regular 9-5 work schedule which is why I CrossFit at 12:30. My shift goes from 5pm – 2am, so getting in shape has allowed me to sleep better and this in turn has helped me to stay focused and alert once my shift starts to get towards the early hours of the morning.

What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next year?

My goal is to stop hating burpees so much, that movement sucks! But I did give myself a date of May 18th of next year to be able to do muscle-ups.
So I need to step it up and keep working towards them.

Thursday’s Training: 

Level 1 CrossFit

Level One/Two CrossFit

All Levels CrossFit

Skill: Deadlift – Sets of 5 RepsWOD: 3 Rounds for max reps

  • 1 minute per station
  • Wall Ball
  • Deadlift
  • Push Ups
  • Lateral Hurdle Hops
  • Rest 1 minute
A. In 12 Minutes, Build to a heavy 5 Rep Back SquatBx3 Sets
B1. HSPU: Max reps, rest 30 seconds
B2. L-Sit: Max Hold, rest 1 minuteC. 5 Min Max Reps Wall Ball

  • Every break, perform 10 Sit Ups
A. In 12 Minutes, Build to a heavy 5 Rep Back SquatBx3 Sets
B1. HSPU: Max reps, rest 30 seconds
B2. L-Sit: Max Hold, rest 1 minuteC. 5 Min Max Reps Wall Ball

  • Every break, perform 10 Sit Ups

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