Southwest Regional

Affiliate Profile: Team Overload - Southwest Region

The Inland Empire brings the heat.

The rise in popularity of the Affiliate competition has drawn some spectacular athletes away from the individual competition in hopes of representing their box through a team effort.

In the Southwest region this coming weekend, 70 teams will compete for just a handful of spots at the CrossFit Games finals in July at the Home Depot Center.

CrossFit by Overload is spitting distance from the Home Depot Center. Six members bring six different motivations for competing in the Games this weekend, but they are all dedicated to leaving everything on the field in an effort to secure a spot in the Games.

Owner-Coaches Paula and Jordan Gravatt checked in to tell us how Team Overload has been training for the competition.

“Our team is unique given that the majority of the members have multiple obligations completely unrelated to CrossFit (work, family, etc) that could have caused others to falter from their goal. However all of these athletes have proven their resolve and made it happen.

We used the Sectionals as our initial tryout for who made the team. They team meets 3 times a week in addition to regular CrossFit Classes. A great deal of focus has been given to eliminating weaknesses from the repertoire of the athletes to avoid relying too heavily on any one member. Team members are also encouraged to participate in additional specialty classes offered at the gym (Olympic lifting and gymnastics). Through max effort testing and benchmarking the team has a very precise assessment of what they and their teammates are capable of, which allows us to strategize very efficiently.

We've even thrown in them in the fire with some unknown and unknowable challenges that they met head on (submersion in icy pools, humping equipment up the local mountains). After the release of the events, we are all feeling confident that Overload will be representing at the CrossFit Games Finals in July.”
said Gravatt.

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Team CrossFit by Overload

Name: Megan Becker
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 135lbs
Helen: 11:12
Cindy: 15.5 Rounds
Nancy: 15:56
Clean & Jerk: 120lbs
Snatch: 90lbs
Deadlift: 255lbs
Back Squat: 205lbs
Pull-ups: 21

What is your athletic background?
I don’t have much of an athletic background. I tried a lot of sports when I was younger, but I was barely mediocre at most of them. CrossFit is the first sport I have ever really been good at. I wish it had been around when I was younger, but I’m glad my kids have access to it. They have a different view of fitness than most kids their age.

What is your history with CrossFit?
A friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit. She was a certified instructor and got me started with some fundamentals in my garage, because there weren’t any gyms close to me. I thought I was doing pretty well on my own, but when CrossFit by Overload opened near me I joined and found that being in the gym and working out with other people was completely different from what I was doing on my own. I felt like I was starting all over from scratch. It didn’t take long for me to see improvements in everything strength, intensity, endurance, etc.

Once my family started seeing everything I was getting out of CrossFit it spread like a virus through my family. My husband joined, then one of my sisters, then her husband, then my mom (who is 70!), then another sister and her husband joined a gym near them (CrossFit Inferno), and most recently my brother joined (CrossFit Invictus). Our annual family trips to Hawaii have changed a bit – we start each morning with a crazy beach workout (even Mom) and then play and relax the rest of the day. We all love CrossFit.

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
I am not sure what is unique about me as an individual. It might be unique that I have a Ph.D. and teach Biostatistics and Epidemiology – not unique, in and of itself, but perhaps unique because I love statistics and most people hate it. I am 46 years old, married, and have 2 daughters. Of course, this is not really unique at our gym. We have a lot of really strong, fit people over 40 at our gym. We’ve made a lot of great friends at the gym and everyone is really supportive of one another. I think that’s why I wanted to be on our team, because being a part of this CrossFit community - not just working on your own improvement, but encouraging those around you -- is what I love most about it. And, being on a team with my sister, well... It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Name: Courtney Chyrchel  
Height: 5 ' 2"
Weight: 122lbs
Cindy: 16 Rounds
Fight Gone Bad: 289
Clean & Jerk: 125lbs
Snatch: 90lbs
Deadlift: 225lbs
Back Squat: 225lbs
Pull-ups: 16

What is your athletic background?
Growing up I played a lot of team sports, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball. Then when I entered High school I switched over to being a girly - girl instead of a tomboy and joined the cheer squad and also became a songleader ( Stop laughing! That stuff is a lot tougher than you think,. perfect braids, micro mini's, and tons of makeup). In my later years I dabbled in kickboxing, running, pilates, yoga and boot camps to name a few but as usual, I got bored!

What is your history with CrossFit?
I was first introduced to CrossFit by my amazingly talented older sister Megan, who is a huge inspiration in my life. She is ridiculously strong and super driven. If I can get anywhere close to her in a workout, I know I am doing well. I also have the honor of competing with her on the affiliate team. I am truly blessed to not only be working out side by side with her but am SUPER blessed that she introduced CrossFit to me. I never get bored, I still get butterflies in my stomach when I am driving to the box and most of all I love all the people that I work out with. We have the most amazing group of athletes in our gym. I love and adore each and every one of them. This is one awesome cult and I am prould to be a member!

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
Well, I have webbed toes which makes me a great swimmer does that count? I don't know, I'm pretty average. Married to another CrossFitter, I have a beautiful 5 year old daughter who by the way puts me to shame when it comes to gymnastics! I also have 4 other family members who CrossFit including my 70 year old mother. I love being active with my family, we travel together quite a bit but my most memorable and most brutal WOD would have to be hiking Machu Pichu. I honestly wish I had been CrossFitting at that time, the weighted vest's and box jumps would have prepared us well. I also am looking forward to getting my level one in the future so I can help others get through the pain and suffering that we bring upon us. Not to mention coaching makes you a better athlete as well!

name: Jennifer Bean
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 150lbs
Clean and jerk: 115lbs
Deadlift: 260lbs
Backsquat: 175lbs
Pull-ups: 20

What is your athletic background?
I don't have an athletic background. Growing up I was never involved in sports. I was the chubby kid. I always hated having to participate in P.E., at school. I have a vivid memory of playing baseball at school and the P.E., teacher making it a point that every kid had to stay at bat until they hit the ball. Needless to say, we spent the ENTIRE hour with me at bat hoping and praying that I would hit the ball. I never hit the ball and I was scarred! I never wanted to try sports again!

What is your history with CrossFit?
I had always wanted to be healthy and fit, and had actively searched throughout my life to find an activity that "fit" me. I found my perfect fit the day I met Jordan and Paula of CrossFit by overload. Jordan and Paula believed in me and my strengths more than I did! But with a little determination and a lot of work I started progressing. It amazed me how all of the CrossFit workouts could be modified to a level that I could do! It took me 9 months to do one pull-up. Now I can do 20, unbelievable! I have always heard the human body is so capable and extraordinary, I just never thought MY body would ever be so capable. I love the fact that CrossFit never gets easy, it's just as hard on me mentally and physically as the day I started.

What is unique about me you as an individual or athlete?
I don't find myself to be exotic or too interesting. I'm pretty average actually. I am a divorced mother to a beautiful 8 year old daughter. I am in a loving relationship to a great guy who has a daughter as well. I manage a dental office for a living. But, I think that's what makes CrossFit unique! It takes your average soccer mom like me and turns me into a dedicated, strong, and powerful woman! I am most proud of the example I am setting for my daughter. She will grow up with the the I "can" attitude rather than the I "think I can" attitude. I am a shining example of what "average" can accomplish!

Name: Dustin Marshman
Height: 5’ 7” with borrowed lifting shoes
Weight: 174lbs
Fran: 4:18
Nancy: 15:01
Griff: 11:53
Clean & Jerk: 210lbs
Snatch: 160lbs
Deadlift: 405lbs
Back Squat: 315lbs
Max Visits to Overload in one Day: 7

What is your athletic background?
I’ve played sports my entire life. I started with club soccer as a kid, and moved on to football and baseball in high school. I spent all of my free time surfing. People weren’t surprised when I joined the Navy to follow in my dad’s footsteps. The Navy was where I learned about fitness training. I have many fond memories of Friday morning mandatory command run-swim-runs in Coronado, CA. When I left the Navy to go to college I went through the instant family stage of my life. One day I was single the next day I was married with a daughter and mortgage. Fitness was abandoned due to lack of time and energy. I lost three years of my life earning an engineering degree and in return life gave me 35 extra pounds to walk around with. I walked into Crossfit by Overload 8 months ago weighing 198 pounds. Today, I’m in the best shape of my life thanks to Crossfit and an Expo dry erase marker.  

What is your history with Crossfit?
I’ve been doing Crossfit for 8 months. My friends in the Navy said great things about it, so I began the process of convincing my wife that it was worth it. After several months of begging, she capitulated. The next day I was in a fundamentals class. At 6 months of CrossFit I competed in the So-Cal sectionals. I’m registered for a Level One cert in June and a CrossFit Kids cert shortly after. I work around the corner from the box, and I can feel the gym’s gravitational pull. Sadly, CFO keeps a running tally on how many times I visit the gym each day. What can I say, I love the place.

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
I sweat a lot. I have a BS in Civil Engineering for Cal Poly. I spent 5 years in the Navy and 9 months in Iraq. I’m a bit sarcastic. In fact, my sarcasm is directly proportional to the difficulty of the WOD. I think I hold the CFO record for losing my lunch in the planter box. I’m addicted to CrossFit what else can I say.

Name: Adam Brigges
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 170lbs
Regional: South West
Helen: 9:40
Cindy: 23 Rounds
Fight Gone Bad: 393
Clean & Jerk: 240lbs
Snatch: 190lbs
Deadlift: 390lbs
Back Squat: 315lbs
Pull-ups: 43

What is your athletic background?
I started my athletic career playing the wonderful game of Baseball. From age 5-14 my life was dedicated to the smell of fresh cut grass and playing catch with my Dad and Uncle on the mound or at a park. Once I got into High School, however, I found my love for the sport of Surfing. I have not stopped surfing since and actually picked up on another sport; Snowboarding. Now I found CrossFit.

What is your history with CrossFit?
My sister Rachel introduced me to CrossFit back in 2006 by showing me the mainsite, one day after work. Thinking that all these people are crazy I discarded it and didn't look at it again. Then, in December of 2008, my sister asked me if I wanted to try a free Saturday workout at CrossFit San Diego. Hesitant, I accepted her offer and tried this "FUN" workout that was planned. Come to find out that the workout we know as "FIGHT GONE BAD" was the WOD for that cold Saturday morning. After nearly dying, I knew where I needed to be and CrossFit was my new Love.

In May of 2008 I got my Level 1 Certification. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing coaches, meet amazing people and help those who had or have the same drive and love for CrossFit as I do. I have obtained several other specialty certs along the way and my plans are to continue my training and coaching to their fullest.

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
I am much hairier than most athletes.

Name: Robert Zingg
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175lbs
Cindy: 28 Rounds
Fight Gone Bad: 309
Clean & Jerk: 215lbs
Snatch: 145lbs
Deadlift: 365lbs
Back Squat: 275lbs
Pull-ups: 32

What is your athletic background?
Always played sports in school and raced Motocross. I have always preferred individual sports to team sports and racing provided the level of intensity and completion that fit my personality more than the generic team sports that are provided by the educational system. Team sports played were track and field, basketball and football. Although involvement in school sports provided the camaraderie and popularity any high school kid would enjoy, a knee injury from racing in my junior year prevented me from pursuing any other school sports. Since I was able postpone surgery with a knee brace it enabled me to continue racing, but hindered my training activities considerably. In 2002 I did finally get my knee operated on and was able to get back to main stream sports. I have raced my entire life and it has provided me with a competitive base that would be hard to find in any other sport.

What is your history with CrossFit?
I own a graphics company in Southern California (Trinity GFX). Jordan and Paula Gravatt (owners of CrossFit by Overload) approached me 2 years ago about wrapping one of their vehicles. From that point on my life would change considerably. I CrossFit daily at Overload and have developed a close relationship with everybody at our box. CrossFit provides the level of competition and intensity that I have spent most of my life being driven by. Just as most things in my life I immerse myself in them until I reach a level of success I am comfortable with. I believe in CrossFit, I believe that one day it will just be the way. Our kids will one day joke about people standing in front of a mirror watching their muscles grow. Everything in life is for time and max reps.

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
 When it comes to competition there is only one thing that matters, winning. I hate when people give excuses about why you beat them. When I compete at something I want to show up and feel 100% confident that I have trained for it. No excuses and leave nothing on the table. I don’t go out to do my best, I go out to win. I know there are talented people that go out to have fun and they can win with that mentality. But for me, winning is the fun. 

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21 comments on this entry

1. Michele Smith wrote...

I am so proud to workout along-side this group on a daily basis. You've all trained very hard for this weekend and you're more then ready! I'll be there to cheer you on every step of the way!

2. Miguel Castillo wrote...

I am stoked to see these guys everytime I go to the box. These guys make an amazing team that can be seen in and out of the box. You guys will do AWESOME!

3. Terrance Gant wrote...

CF Overload.. These guys are dedicated... I had the pleasure of judging most of them during the SoCal Sectional and they have the heart and drive most lack to continue a workout... They should all wear shirts that say not easily broken....

4. Penny Gully wrote...

Great article, I feel like I know you all so much better. You are such amazing athletes and so humble. Good luck at the games you will be awesome!!

5. Nick and Danielle wrote...

We feel so lucky to be a part of Team Overload and we are so excited for our friends to kick butt at the games. We will be there to cheer you on. You guys are amazing! Go get 'em!!!

6. Grant wrote...

Looks like a great team! Just discovered Crossfit so I may get blown up at the Masters but what the H, I'll look forward to seeing the 'young guns' go at it after our 3rd event on Sat morning. Good luck..

7. Adam Brigges wrote...

I am honored to be at a gym that takes so much love and pride in what we do. Thank you guys for the support of the team! I am honored to train beside you all.


8. Party Marty wrote...

You are pretty hairy Adam. I'm honored to compete and train with all of you.

9. Brooke wrote...

My sisters at Overload rock! They are both SO strong and so inspirational, I am grateful to them for introducing my husband and I to Crossfit. It has really changed us as a family.
I can't wait to see them compete along with my fellow INFERNO-ITES! Go Meg and Court!!

10. Carol wrote...

I am so excited for Team Overload. Great athletes, even better people.

11. Mike wrote...

Great team....a lot of talent with crossfit Southcounty ....NLP...crossfit LA....Crossfit Southbay has mad talent....field is stacked!!

12. Betsy wrote...

Can we have any more B.A. people at our gym??? You guys rock and are a true inspiration to make me want to be a better crossifter! Rock it out this weekend guys!!

13. Rach wrote...

So STOKED for you guys! What a great team! I know you all will do so well. (Adam you should do the team a favor and try shaving before the competition. I hear it makes you faster).

Love you my little chewbacca brother. GO TEAM OVERLOAD!

14. Matt wrote...

My little sisters kick ass! So proud of them and i am at peace with the fact they're stronger than their big brother.... but I'm getting there! I'll have dual loyalties with my new Invictus friends at Regionals, but my heart will be with my first Crossfit family at Overload...CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH YOU KILLIN IT!

15. Dannie wrote...

Good Luck out there this weekend,you guys dont need it cause you guys are going to do AWESOME!! If I get a chance I will be over there to cheer you guys on but if I dont I will be cheering for you while I am doing my thing!!

16. Beth wrote...

I am so proud to be part of Crossfit Overload!! You guys are awesome! I'll be there cheering ( I mean working lol) you on this weekend! Good Luck.

17. Christine wrote...

We are all sooo proud of you guys! You are all going to kick ass this weekend! What a great team, great coaches, box, and FAMILY!!!

18. Wendy wrote...

All of you are incredible athletes!! Jordan & Paula has created an amazing family at Crossfit by Overload & I look forward to seeing everyone everyday. Good luck this weekend and we all can't wait to hear the amazing stories you will bring back to the box next week.

19. Paula wrote...

Team O. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to each other and our little box. Jordan and I looked forward to planning and coaching each one of our "special" practices. The highlight of our training season so far has to be the 7 am pool dive and gear transport up the Superman. Watching you guys progress and support one another each week since sectionals has been amazing. I am so proud to know you and call each of you my friends and CrossFit by Overload athletes. Go get ''re ready!

20. P.J. wrote...

Team Overload, you all amaze and inspire me everyday. I'm very fortunate to train beside you guys and lucky just to be friends with all of you. You guys are gonna rock this weekend, good luck, even though you won't need it, and kick some ass.

21. Tony D. wrote...

Best of luck to the CFO team. I know you guys are going to give everything you've got. Good luck!


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