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Athlete/Member of the Month.... Ray "Quiet Boy" Jose

There is so much to say about one person when you've seen them for almost 5+ years. You see their kids grow up. You see them from being the quiet person who came in and got their work done and left. To someone who has shared many many stories that you just scratch your head and think, "Theres no way he did that?" Someone who I would say has the best crossfit style in the gym. (Yes, even better than me) Well, if you haven't had a chance to ask the guy a few off the wall questions now is the time. 

Ray Jose, has been with CrossFit 425 and the 3 boxes we've gone through. He was there for every move and one of the first of many to offer his help. This just begins to describe the one and only "Quite Boy." Ray's background is intense. From serving our country to being Goofy at Disney World (If not Goofy, one of the Disney characters) Yes, this guy was a character who amazed kids on site and sweated his a$$ in the hot Orlando sun in that costume. Funny to think years and years later he does the same thing for us. He amazes us with what he does in our box as well be that guy people will comfortable talk too and joke with. Although quiet, his voice packs a punch. I will say it right now and put it on the record. This guy is NEVER, I repeat NEVER late for a class. If anything he is 20-30 minutes early rolling out and warming up prior to class. 

Ray on a daily basis approaches the class I feel a different way each time. There are days he kills the lifts and attacks each heavy lift to set a PR every time he's under a bar. And mind you these are bars and weights HE'S purchased and left at the gym. From a 400+lbs weight set as well as two olympic bars. He doesn't mess around. Back to his work ethic, other days, even though he's stated, "#Ih8cardio" on his CF425 hoodie, he challenges himself whether it be sprints, D/U's, or long runs. He knows if he pushes that, his lifting may suffer a little from his rest. But he still takes pride in the WODs he works at.

Brent, his evening trainer quoted saying, "Ray has been dedicated to CrossFit 425, spending the years improving his skills and representing CF425 in a number of competitions." He's done not only solo comps but has been a particapaint of team comps. When talking with Brent about Ray, he mentions, "... his participation in the CF425 community has been not only helpful, but also important to improving the camaraderie of the box."

Brenda our floating trainer who is everywhere says, "He's the first one to help out a new person as well as challenge a veteran member. He makes us all bring our A game to the gym because he's always pushing us to be the best." I think we can all agree to this when referring to Ray. Brenda said it best, "Ray makes me proud to be a coach and member at CF425."

In closing, I as a trainer/owner love the fact we have a Ray in our box. Every gym has THAT person in their box and Ray is one for the taking. He comes in never complains, always willing to help out, loves pushing the limits every time he approaches his workouts. And the one thing I admire, is that he knows when his body needs a rest. I mean, age isn't nothing but a number, but he turned 50 years young last month (sorry buddy) and is still throwing around heavy weight like he's 25. If you wanna know about a true warrior, or someone who keeps on fighting even when aches and pains start to slow you down. Talk to Ray. CF425 wants to give you a special thanks for being who you are and a salute to all the hard work you have brought forth. Athlete/Member of the Month, Ray Jose.

 

 

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CF425 Teams WOD for a Great Cause

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CF425 Teams WOD for a Great Cause

Back at it again, but for such an amazing cause. Local boxes not only came to battle it out on WODs but the purpose was to help with the fight for Gabby. Great turn out, competition was run on time and was put together so well. Thank you CrossFit Kenmore for doing an amazing job. Staff, judges, announcers, the box itself. Was done great. 

As for my 425 teams #1 and #2. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but as a coach seeing your athletes go out and perform, challenge themselves, and work with each other. Such an amazing thing to watch. Whether it was a fast 800m run, squat snatches with a few misses. Rowing PR's... and my favorite, two of our athletes Tarelle did 197/200 UB D/U's and Laura Ruppert came close with 185/200 UB D/U's. To watch Tarelle come back from us being down and not mess up was awesome. All of our runners, Scott Danly, Tarelle, Laura, came in first on their pruns. 

Big props to Sam DeBord who got a text at 7:29am with me begging him to do this comp. One of our athletes (James) got extremely sick, so he stepped in. Thank you. Got thrown in the mix and didn't miss a beat. Burpee wall balls maybe his favorite movement now. Megan, did an awesome job on her squat snatches, even dropped to her knee for a few. Jonny, killed the Row and although with a hurt wrist, pushed through all Squat Snatches.

As for my squad, we came together on all cylinders and put together not one, but two, #1 finishes. Rachel Schreiber and Tarelle helped us out with the burpee wall balls, and Deadlifts we got yelled at by Rachel to, "come on! Let's go, pick it up!" Haha Scott kept my old ass in check and made me push through it all. So it's been awhile, but proud to say we came out on top. 1st place🥇 to some bad ass competitors. Kirkland had a dominating team with the number 1 masters guy in the region on their squad. North Sound CrossFit athletes were all competitors and pushed us to our limits. Northwest always has some strong athletes and Kenmore and Team Perry had good size and strength to their athletes.

All in all it was a blast, for a great cause, a great family, and a special lil girl who fights like no other. Keep the fight going Gabby. Thanks again CrossFit Kenmore. Until next year when we get to bring our sweet prize back for the battle. 

Thanks to Zachary Vonderach, Skeets Fletcher, Joy Kang and Ryan Meno for coming to cheer us on.

Tarelle, Joy, JT, Zach, Braxton, Rachel, Scott, Laura, Sam, Megan

Tarelle, Joy, JT, Zach, Braxton, Rachel, Scott, Laura, Sam, Megan

Kirkland Crossfit & CF425 

Kirkland Crossfit & CF425 

Tarelle, Scott, Rachel, & Braxton

Tarelle, Scott, Rachel, & Braxton

Sam, Laura, JT, & Megan

Sam, Laura, JT, & Megan

Ryan, Sam, Tarelle, Scott, Megan, Joy, Laura, Rachel, Zach, Braxton, JT

Ryan, Sam, Tarelle, Scott, Megan, Joy, Laura, Rachel, Zach, Braxton, JT

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Opening up our HOME...

Our CrossFit community is losing one of the original powerhouse boxes in our area that has been in operation since I started in the business. CrossFit Bellevue will be closing its doors next month and we are incredibly sad to see them go. Some of the veterans from CrossFit 425 including myself, Brenda, and Josh A., were lucky enough to attend our first competition there. Dan and his wife, along with the entire staff at CFBV have always been incredibly welcoming to all athletes that step into their gym. CF425 would like to welcome anyone from CFBV to give our box a try with a FREE TWO-WEEK trial. Although we know that losing the place you call "home" is hard, we'd like to at least give you a place to come and get some workouts in and check out a new environment. At the end of the day, CrossFit is a big family so please feel free to come on in. Please don't hesitate to contact us by email with any questions.

Regards,
CF425 Family

Braxton@crossfit425.com

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Labor Day WOD Shenanigans....

First holiday WOD at new location. Weather was alil gloomy leading up to the weekend. So uncertain the turn out. Last true weekend before school started for all the members with kids and our teachers. Didn't think too many people would be showing up, maybe 8-12. NOPE! boy was I wrong. 37 athletes covered the mats and turf as everyone was scattered about seeing faces that only come in the AM and then those who only come in the PM. Good times to see everyone talk about either their summer ending or beginning of fall plans.

As I stood back to think what I could possibly come up with for this huge group, to not only work them, but to not have too much equipment out and about. Figured had to be a fun team WOD so they can work together and communicate. Harmony at its finest. Ladies with ladies and gents with gents.

WOD:

20min AMRAP (Team of 4)

150 Power Cleans/one partner has to hold KB locked out OH

300 Box Jumps/partner has to hold GOB squat

150 Push Press

*Girls 120 calories on Rower/Guys 150 calories.

This kept people working together and moving around. These photos don't do it justice, but a great group tackled this WOD to the final second. Best part few got into the second round. But those who didn't finish with only a few reps left. They continued to work to complete the task at hand. Not only that others cheered and pushed them too finish! If thats not 425 love not sure what is..... 

Heres to many many many more fun WODs!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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