Member Interviews

Meet our members at CrossFit Fortius, a CrossFit San Diego Ca gym. They range widely from beginners to world class athletes, and vary in age from 5-75. We are proud of the hard work and dedication that each and every one of them have invested in their fitness training, becoming stronger and fitter. We hope their stories inspire you to push a little harder, go a little farther, and reach those goals that are just up ahead.

Name, Age, Occupation?
Deveney W.
24
Student

When did you start at Fortius? June 2017

Describe your sports / fitness background: Played D1 volleyball in college.

Why the jump into Weightlifting? Always enjoyed weightlifting, and was always the strongest girl on my team. Figured it was something I may be able to excel at.

Why did you choose Fortius? I had a friend back in Texas recommend the gym to me. She said the people and the gym was awesome, and she was right!

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Sommer R.
28
Business Manager

When did you start at Fortius? September 2016

Describe your sports / fitness background: I played soccer.

Why the jump into CrossFit? I had plateaued with regular body building and wanted something different

Why did you choose Fortius? I loved the options to do powerlifting or Olympic lifting. The staff was super friendly and helpful and I loved the programming

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Chris W.
37
Manager

When did you start at Fortius? September 2016

Describe your sports / fitness background: Muay Thai/Boxing/MMA/Wrestling

Why the jump into CrossFit?Get back into shape and have a healthy lifestyle

Why did you choose Fortius?: Location.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Henry N.
27
Area Sales Manager – Telecom

When did you start at Fortius? November 2016

Describe your sports / fitness background: Weightlifting, Football, MMA.

Why the jump into CrossFit?I started Crossfit because I needed someone to help push me to the next level. I was tired of the same traditional gym routine.

Why did you choose Fortius? Positive reviews and competitive pricing.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Brandon G.
40
Insurance Broker

When did you start at Fortius? June 2016

Describe your sports / fitness background: Baseball snd Rec Sports Leagues.

Why the jump into CrossFit? I wanted to try something different. My wife convinced me to try it out.

Why did you choose Fortius? A friend referred me

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Dorota C.
37
RN

When did you start at Fortius? October 2015

Describe your sports / fitness background: Weightlifting

Why the jump into CrossFit?love crossfit challenges

Why did you choose Fortius?: great coaches and programmimg.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Justin R.
31
Bartender

When did you start at Fortius? February 2017

Describe your sports / fitness background: High school sports, 1 year college.

Why the jump into CrossFit?To train to become a firefighter

Why did you choose Fortius? Location, coaches, price

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Austin R.
22
Accountant

When did you start at Fortius? September 2015

Describe your sports / fitness background: Collegiate Football

Why the jump into CrossFit? To lift heavy and not get fat

Why did you choose Fortius? Student discount (lets go!)

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Kellie A.
26
Quality Assurance Specialist

When did you start at Fortius? August 2017

Describe your sports / fitness background: Field Hockey

Why the jump into Powerlifting?It seemed like something new that I would be interested in and want to participate in regularly.

Why did you choose Fortius?: The certifications of the coaches and how often the gym was open.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Kyle K.
31
Subcontractor Admin

When did you start at Fortius? January 2016

Describe your sports / fitness background: I played golf, volleyball, hike, and love doing anything outdoors and playing all sports.

Why the jump into CrossFit?To become stronger and healthier

Why did you choose Fortius? Recommendation from a friend

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Sean W.
41
Entrepreneur/Owner of LiveSore Clothing Company

When did you start at Fortius? December 2013

Describe your sports / fitness background: 18yrs of lacrosse, 10 years of competitive racquetball, 20 years of skiing, grew up playing soccer, basketball, etc.

Why the jump into CrossFit? a friend pushed me

Why did you choose Fortius? did the research, knew the name, met the owners, game changer

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Justin S.
31 Years Old
Software Engineer

When did you start at Fortius?
September 2012

Sports / Fitness background?
Baseball: 6-12, Golf: 8-18, Lifting weights without really knowing what I was doing: 18-29 (on and off), CrossFit: 29-30, Weightlifting 30-current.

Why the jump into Weightlifting?
I had been doing CrossFit for about 18 months, but the lifting heavy things interested me much more than the things that made me breathe hard. Also, CrossFit made me sore. Like all the time. I finally got sick of that and switched to weightlifting.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Francis D.
32
Cyber Security Consultant

When did you start at Fortius? March 2013

Describe your sports / fitness background: Intramural warrior in college, dabbled in triathlons for a few a years after I graduated college

Why the jump into CrossFit?: I think I have some minor form ADD and am quickly bored of routine workouts…

Why did you choose Fortius?: When I moved to San Diego, I been crossfitting for a couple of years and realized that I was lacking strength and form/technique on O-lifts…

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Shedna K.
26
U.S. Navy

When did you start at Fortius? October 2015

Describe your sports / fitness background: “Cardio” and cheerleading LOL 🙂

Why the jump into Powerlifting?: My awkward left big toe doesn’t bend and jumping around in CrossFit is hard….

Why did you choose Fortius? Livesore brought me here, but I was honestly unhappy at my previous well known box…

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Alejandro B.
27 Years Old
Research Associate at UCSD[Alejandro is Chilean and English is his second language, so keep that in mind when reading the below interview]

When did you start at Fortius?
September 2012

Sports / Fitness background?
Soccer and some gymnastics.

Why the jump into CrossFit?
I was looking for something really complete like gymnastics but with a strength bias, and I like the idea of getting stronger but in a functional way.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Geoff P.
30 Years Old
Application Analyst & Photographer
When did you start at Fortius?
Last October.
Sports / Fitness Background?
I never played anything in high school. I did some wrestling in my senior year, but all I got was gross ringworm. I did BJJ a few months in mid 2000’s, but ultimately I was just a gym rat that lacked direction. I have a ton of journals filled front to back that I have saved up since 2003.
Why the jump into CrossFit?
I got bored of the gym grind and wanted to challenge myself.

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Name, Age?
Chris J.
28 Years Old

I have played every sport imaginable, most notably volleyball at the highest levels.  I jumped into CrossFit really because I wanted to switch up my workouts and get back into Olympic lifting, something I hadn’t done since I stopped playing volleyball. The idea of getting cardio, muscle confusion, and olympic lifting into one workout was enough for me to commit to a year of it on the spot, not even trying out a class. I knew from the first workout I was in for a treat, and by treat, I mean an absolute “kick in the teeth wanna throw up and quit”. I loved it.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Claudette W.
29 Years Old
Owner/Chef at Cavegirl Confections & Finance & Admin at Plant with Purpose

When did you start at Fortius?
September 2012

Sports / Fitness background?
Soccer & Tetherball

Why the jump into CrossFit?
I heard about CF through a friend and we went to do a free work out and almost died, I was hooked. I am super competitive and I loved the thought of pushing your body.

Why did you choose Fortius?
It’s in the same building my day job is at. It’s harder to come up with excuses why not to go when Jesse can drag me out of work.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Debbie L.
28 Years Old
Software Engineer
When did you start at Fortius?
August 2012
Sports / Fitness background?
Been consistently running for the last 4 years and have done my own strength workouts at the gym.
Why the jump into CrossFit?
I was extremely hesitant about getting into CrossFit, not because I didn’t believe it would be a good workout, but I just felt that there were other ways to get a great workout without getting sucked into the CrossFit brand.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Eric M.
37 Years Old
Real Estate Expert

When you start at Fortius?
October 2012

Sports / Fitness background?
Soccer, baseball, Yoga.

Why the jump into CrossFit?
Reoccurring shoulder injuries from Yoga.

Why did you choose Fortius?
Reference from Casey J., close proximity to my house, and expert coaches.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Eric S.
27 Years Old
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

When did you Start at Fortius?
November 2012

Sports/Fitness Background?
Like many youths, I was involved in sports during my school days (football, track, baseball).

Why the Jump into CrossFit?
I wasn’t seeing any real results with my routine of bench pressing and running on treadmill. My friend introduced me to CrossFit, and I loved it because it was fun and challenging.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Katie R.
27 Years Old
Adapted Physical Education teacher

When did you start at Fortius?
September 2012

Sports / Fitness background?
Soccer and Basketball competitively in High School. Recreational Sports – dodgeball, flag football, volleyball.

Why the jump into CrossFit?
Ricktastic dragged me after doing all of the research. Literally dragged me off the couch shoved me in his car and forced me to workout out.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Laura K.
38 Years Old
ASL-English Bilingual Resources Teacher for PreK-12 DHH program
When did you start at Fortius?
January 2013
Sports / Fitness background?
I was a competitive swimmer since I was 8 years old. I continued to swim throughout college. To this day, I still dedicate most of my time to recreational sports besides CrossFit: swimming, surfing, hiking, and running.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Ryan M.
Sales Rep for Craft Brew Alliance
When did you start at Fortius?
January 2013
Sports / Fitness background?
Before starting crossfit, I ran track for Orange Coast College and Long Beach State. I was a sprinter and Javelin thrower. Outside of competing I like to Surf, Snowboard, Hike/Camp. I try to stay as active as I can.
Why the jump into CrossFit?
I first joined Crossfit back in 2010 up at Crossfit Newport Beach.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Sarah M.
26 Years Old
Medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin
When did you start at Fortius?
July 2012
Sports / Fitness background?
I played volleyball year round from 2000-2004, played random intramural sports/recreational sports, went to the gym 5-6 times a year (prior to Fortius).
Why the jump into CrossFit?
My boyfriend, Wilmar, forced me to even though I was incredibly against it ?

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Shannon P.
24 Years Old
High School Math Teacher
When did you start at Fortius?
September 2012.
Sports / Fitness background?
I grew up playing tennis and had been consistently doing strength training and cardio on my own for 2 years before starting CrossFit.
Why the jump into CrossFit?
I was bored with my workouts and wasn’t seeing the progress I wanted, so I felt like I needed a change.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Wes M.
31 Years Old
Medical Sales Rep

When did you start at Fortius?
September 2012.

Sports / Fitness background?
Casual / rec athlete

Why the jump into CrossFit?
Need to start working out for real.

Why did you choose Fortius?
Great coaches and great people.

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Name, Age, Occupation?
Wilmar D.
28 Years Old
Research Associate at the Experimental Neuropathology Laboratory and the California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network HIV Brain Bank at UCSD.
When did you start at Fortius?
July 2012
Sports / Fitness background?
Marching band and P.E. in high school. Weight machines and ellipticals in college. Learned how to squat at age 25 after reading Mark Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength” book. Officially got into weightlifting in 2011 (age 26).
Why the jump into Weightlifting?
While I was doing a generic strength training regimen, I decided to practice power cleans because the gym I was using (UCSD RIMAC) had the equipment.

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