Athlete of the Month

Sarah Lujan and Jason Barnes!

Sarah Lujan

How I was introduced to CrossFit: Jason started going to Rio Grande CrossFit when we moved into this area.  I have always been an avid runner and would go run when he worked out but he kept trying to get me to try it out with him.  I initially started going to Saturday classes and fell in love with it at that point, but did not begin going daily until my job schedule allowed for it. 

If I never had to do this one exercise ever again, it would be that terrible workout that was 100 calories on the bike and EMOM heavy push press-it almost killed me

If I had to makeup my own WOD, it would include running, wall balls, box jumps, and burpees 😉 

Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, hobbies, etc) :I am the practice manager at Northview Animal Hospital.  I love running with my girls (my dogs) and enjoy our weekends out by the pool or on our boat. I believe in working hard and then playing hard.  

 My proudest accomplishment is (doesn’t have to be CF related): I am just proud of the person I have become-strong willed and minded, I’ve learned to take good care of myself mentally and physically, and have been able to hold on to my ever positive attitude.

 9. What has been your biggest accomplishment at Bear Canyon?  I have gotten so much stronger at every lift that we do.  I still have many more goals that I aim to achieve this year but going consistently and continuing to work on my form and lifts have helped me improve tremendously on a daily basis.

My favorite cheat/ indulgence- meal/food is:  I work out so I don’t have to worry about what I eat too often, but boy do I love a cheeseburger from Five Guys with a strawberry milkshake, please and thank you.

What is your favorite music to workout to?:  I listen to almost everything but my favorite is the pop/rap stuff that we often listen to, it pumps me up!

What I love about Bear Canyon Crossfit:  I LOVE the community at Bear. The members and coaches are so supportive-it has been wonderful to be introduced to so many people who are similar minded in physical health and fitness. 

8. What would you tell a friend who wanted to try CrossFit?  Push all stereotypes aside-I was initially extremely intimidated by the thought that there were going to be massive bodybuilders lifting weights and my tiny self walk in and attempt to be in the same class with someone like that. You can contour every class to your ability or even how your body feels that day.  That is the best part. You are competing against yourself.

10. How has BCCF helped you during the Covid? BCCF has been my saving grace mentally.  Work life became extremely stressful during the pandemic, we did not slow down but business actually ramped up on top of multiple hospital policy changes that had to be implemented. The gym is the buffer between work and home for me-the second I walk into the gym, work is done and it helps me to change my mood for those long and rough days prior to going home.

JASON BARNES

How I was introduced to CrossFit:  

I was getting bored at the regular gym and was not happy with my weight.  CrossFit looked like a great way to get some friendly competition in as well with myself and others.  I just dropped in one day and was hooked.

If I never had to do this one exercise ever again, I would be awesome:

Thrusters!!!  They are the worst….

If I had to make up my own WOD, it would be:

Heavy cleans or power cleans, muscle ups and double unders!

Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, hobbies, etc) :

I work for a tech company focusing on commercial insurance.  We love the gym!  We look forward to it every day and I get weird looks when I tell people that is our main hobby right now.  We spend quite a bit of time at the lake during the summer and look forward to our Sunday softball games as well.  

My proudest accomplishment is (doesn’t have to be CF related):

It is a little cliché, but I try to look at my life as a whole at the end of the day and realize how much we have going for us.  We live in a great city and state fantastic friends and families all over and great jobs.  Life is good!

What has been your biggest accomplishment at Bear Canyon?

I am most happy about my gymnastics improvement and overall strength.  I have been consistently hitting PRs since I started here and my gymnastics skills are as good as they have ever been. 

My favorite cheat/ indulgence- meal/food is:

Hard to go wrong with Sour Patch Kids….

What is your favorite music to workout to?:

Punk rock!!  

What I love about Bear Canyon Crossfit:

The people are great.  The coaching is outstanding and the programming is extremely humbling some days in a good way.  The competitive environment is another thing that keeps me coming back.  You kind of always know who you will be competing against in class that day.  No one seems to go over the top, but the drive is still there to do your best.  

What would you tell a friend who wanted to try CrossFit?

Don’t be intimidated!  It is hard going in and seeing people butterfly pull ups and snatching 200 pounds.  At the end of the day, no one really cares what you and we are all just struggling to get through the exact same WOD without throwing up most of the time.  

How has BCCF helped you during the Covid

Being able to see people!  Working from home was tough during lockdown and not being able to see anyone.  The sense of community at Bear really helped us through COVID.