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Old 02-02-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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"American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

I got a call today from Siren's partner who was asking when she can stop in to check out Cleveland CrossFit. They decided they would stop by Monday morning because they were behind schedule today. I guess they stopped once before and we were closed. Joe Shininger happened to notice her at another gym but didn't realize she was a gladiator and invited her in (thank you!). Anyway, I'll let Joe tell his own story about that...

Siren's Bio w/ pics (wfs)

So best case scenario we'll have a new member next week. If nothing else at least I'll get to meet her. I'll let you all know how it goes.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

I had completed the 10k at the gym yesterday, and was walking about to help relieve the cramps, when I spied a lady and her friend doing push presses with dumbells. They were yelling like crazy, and since I recognize the behavior of a fellow Kool-Aid drinker, I decided to go chat with them. I introduced myself, and told them about the CF affiliate that had opened up. Apparently they had tried to go before, but on an aff day. We chat a bit more, and the following exchange takes place:

Me: "Yeah, he'd (the trainer) love to have you. It's always cool to work out with people that know what they're doing."

Her: "well I better know, I'm a gladiator!"

Me: "oh, haha, yeah me too!" (thinking she was kidding)

Her: "No, seriously, I'm on American Gladiators. I'm Siren."

My thoughts turn inward for a moment, as I recall a picture in the local rag of a gorgeous redhead, with a caption proclaiming her "Cleveland's Gladiator." The loose confederation of neurons that God gave me for a brain sparks to life, and I make the connection.

Me: Holy crap it IS you.

Despite my buffonery (and nearly puking on her feet, owing to the 10k I had just ran), she did still agree to come train with us. Random indeed...
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

She showed today! Turns out she lives just down the road.

Here's video:
http://clevelandcrossfit.com/2008/02...gladiator.html
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

Man, I wish I were in Cleveland!

Those are words I never imagined I'd ever say.
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:37 PM   #5
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

That's awesome, but you gotta tell her to extend those hips at the top of the box!

Nice setup, btw!
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:42 PM   #6
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

Good call. I did 2x but she seemed to forget each round.

I was surprised at how friendly, normal, and down to earth she seemed and she fit in really well as far as workout enthusiasm goes. Too bad she has to travel often for work, I'm sure she'll help draw in others if she becomes a regular.
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:19 PM   #7
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

It looked like her last set was much better than the first one.

You should set up an "Assault" course where each station you have to complete a WOD before moving to the next one. The only difference is that you will have to dodge the 100 mph tennis balls the whole time.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:02 PM   #8
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I was the other guy in the video (black t-shirt). Val was a lot of fun, and worked her *** off today. She definitely brings a lot of good energy
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:23 PM   #9
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

She just took Venoms place as my favorite gladiator!
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:50 PM   #10
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Re: "American Gladiator" at Cleveland CrossFit!

Joe, I'm thinking you have gotten too wrapped up in CrossFit. Board shorts in Clevo?
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