Coach Bio: Coach Nick

Nick Pasquine Nick was raised in New Port Richey, Florida, but has roots from the great state of Ohio. He has been active in sports for the majority of his life playing everything from golf to football in middle and high school, but recently CrossFit has become his favorite athletic activity. Nick attended the University of South Florida and received a degree in Social Science Education in 2010 and has always had a passion for teaching and helping others….

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Coach Bio: Coach Sammie

Sammie Spears As a military veteran and the son of a veteran, you could say that Sammie has been in the military his whole life. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand and spent his childhood in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Although he calls Arizona home, he recently hails from Colorado and is still adapting to life at sea level! Sammie became active in sports ranging from tennis to tackle football at a young age. While serving as a…

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AOTM: "Strength Outside the Box" with Lori Milo

From the Coaches: Lori was one of our original members when we opened our doors January 2014. Since then, she has been coming consistently at 530AM pretty much every morning. She definitely embodies the ‘Rise and Grind’ mentality. Even though she walks through our doors each morning fresh out of bed and still sleepy, by the time the timer ticks down to 0 she has left it all out on the floor and is now ready to start her…

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AOTM: "Spirit of CrossFit" with Craig Harter

Many of you may not know Craig because by the time you wake up in the morning, he has already been at the gym for two hours and gone home to shower and begin his day. Since the first day that he walked into our doors, he was dead set on being a CrossFitter and has never looked back. He has never missed a 530AM class (or a 7AM class on Saturday). Craig stays after the WOD every single…

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AOTM: "Rise and Grind" with Erica Johnson

Erica Johnson First off, I’d like to say how incredibly honored I am to even be thought of as “Athlete of the Month”. Seriously, the Manta Ray team has been the most supportive group of athletes I’ve ever encountered, and have made me the athlete I am today. Our Coaches are awesome to have brought such a great Box to our hood.  Let me tell you a bit about me… I’ve always been an athletic type. I’ve participated…

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Reinaldo's Rant: Mental Toughness Part 2

Value determination Welcome back to our mind fitness section. If you were able to read the last article without falling asleep you might have discovered how our perception about life and everything that happen to us gets filtered through our hierarchy of values or priorities. You might have also noticed that I write with an accent just as I talk. On these writings there will be for sure some grammatical errors, changes in syntaxes and misspellings even though I…

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Reinaldo's Rant: Mental Toughness Part 1

CMR Mental Fitness Part 1 I truly believe that great health is the result of a balanced mind, body and spirit. But quiet often we divide ourselves into only exercise, only mental, or only spiritual. Exercise-minded people tend to find a lot of time for physical activity but perhaps can’t find time to stop and read, think, or meditate. The mind people read self improvement books, listen to empowering CD’s, or go to seminars and maybe want to develop…

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