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Athlete Profile: Anna

By avelyne | In Athlete Profiles | on April 26, 2013
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Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to one of Intrepid’s OGs, Anna.  While she might be pint sized in appearance, her presence is very well known in the gym, whether it’s harassing Marcus or cheering on her WOD-mates.  When I asked Brian if he’d like to write a post for his wife, he said he had already asked Anna’s OG chick-mances to write a little something (much like Brian’s bro-mance birthday post from Nick and Jake).

Today is a very special day. My lil’ Anna bo-bana is turning another year older, and I have been given the honor to write a few (okay several) words on her special day.

At this point in time, not a whole lot of Intrepids know who I am. I was one of the original gangstas that was a part of the infamous 7pm Varsity Crew back at the first Intrepid box in 2009. Even before I became a part of this elite group, I started out at Crossfit Intrepid at the urging of my then boyfriend, now husband Drew. I was definitely hesitant to join a gym that didn’t have any TVs, let alone a locker room with a functioning shower. Don’t judge me, I was still in globo-gym la la land! So, with a few little nervous butterflies I came in to take the fundamentals and unknowingly drink the Kool-aid.

What I remember most about that first day is walking in and immediately having every single person in class come up and greet me. I would later find out that you were punished with burpees if you didn’t introduce yourself to a newbie, but at this point I was blissfully unaware. The first person that came up to meet me was Anna. She immediately made me feel at home and I was so happy to find out that everyone was as nice and encouraging as her. As most of you know, when you go to a globo-gym for a while, you forget that you can actually TALK to people while working out! By the second and third day, Anna and I were fast friends.

As I’m sure you all know, Anna is a bad ass. She would basically kick my ass on every WOD. However, what she probably doesn’t know is that she is one of the main reasons why I stuck with CrossFit. Every single time she got done with the WOD (way before me) she would sit there and yell and cheer for me until I was done. If that doesn’t motivate a person to get it done, what will? I looked up to her and her capability to complete a WOD in such great time inspired me even more to try harder. Because of her, I stopped being afraid and really started pushing myself to get new PRs and had Anna there cheering me on every step of the way.

Even more than her infectious positive attitude, her bad ass-ness and her awesome party planning skills, the one thing that I miss the most are her hugs! Since moving from lil’ El Segundo to San Diego and then to Connecticut, I have yet to find someone who is as amazing as Anna, outside of the gym and out. Anna my love, I miss you and cannot wait for a glorious reunion that I promise will happen as soon as we make our way back out to Cali! I hope you have the best birthday you’ve ever had, and know that you are so loved by so many people.

Happy Birthday to you my darling!!

Love, Jenna :)

From Becky:

Anna and I started our CrossFit careers about the same time in 2008 in a storage unit of sorts in Lawndale. That’s also where we would meet Ruth, Sean and Marcus.Anna, and her then-boyfriend, Brian, aka Brianna, and I were regulars in Marcus’ 7 pm class and we bonded instantly. Anna’s energy, and especially her smile and laugh are some of the best medicines on this planet. She interestingly has a knack of making you laugh hysterically even though she is most likely bagging on you, or throwing you under the bus. But because it’s my lil Anna, I know it’s always out of love.

The girl knows your capabilities and strengths more than you do, and she’s been the best cheerleader for me inside the gym and out. Once Ruth and Sean opened Intrepid at the old spot on Franklin – we all soon followed them, working out with minimal equipment – but we didn’t care. It was like training was secondary, and being together was primary.

And then the little broke her clavacle. I was so sad because I wasn’t going to see her as often, although she’d stop by and visit, especially when Brian was working out (Pasta Power Duo! Did you know she makes her own pasta!) But as soon as the doctor gave her the OK, she was doing one-armed everything – because she’s bad-ass (and she was still beating me at WODs).

She is such a strong female athlete and one I’ve always looked up to – PR after PR, after PR. And even when she was running circles around me, she always stayed until I and everyone in her WOD was finished. That’s just the way she is. But then Brian would slap her butt and tell her she had to go home, even though we wanted to stay and play after class :)

I have to add that some of my best times at CFI was also with our sisters, Stephanie and Jenna. It was Marcus’ favorite time of the day when us four got together – ask him! I never knew you could bond over weights, but that we did, and I’m so grateful that Ruth and Sean provided us a place to do so.

Love you, Anna! Happy Birthday Lil!

p.s. Anna shares the same name with my mom and my niece, so I knew I was going to love her, regardless. It all works out.


WOD 04.26.2013

Bench press 3 x 5

3 rounds

  • 8 Push jerks
  • 12 Toes to bar
  • 800m Run

20 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Anna"

  • Xuan says:

    April 26, 2013 at 7:45 AM -

    What a great post! Happy Birthday Anna!! You and Wopoli know where you rank in my life…somewhere in between the NFL and food; quite a lofty perch for those that know me.

    Jenna and Becks you guys are definitely missed by all the OG’s. Hoping we can all have a reunion some time soon.

  • Michael H says:

    April 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM -

    Awesome post, to get a post from some past OG members says a lot about Mrs. Napoli!

    You are one awesome lil italian, always a enjoy being around your energy.

    Happy Birthday and hope you’re having a blast out out there.

  • Cristina says:

    April 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM -

    Happy birthday Anna!

  • Tom R says:

    April 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM -

    Happy Birthday to the sweetest bratty little sister I never had.

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM -

    Happy birthday Anna!

  • Nathania says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM -

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope you have an awesome day Anna and thanks for always being so cheerful 😉

  • Datenite says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM -

    Happy Birthday Anna! It is always great to see your smiling face at the gym. Great posts – it is true that you know others strengths more than they do. Were you a professional cheerleader at some point? 😉

  • Tom D says:

    April 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM -

    Happy Birthday Anna, have a great day.

    Tom and Kelly

  • Alia says:

    April 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM -

    Becky and Jenna! Miss your faces!!!! Awesome post. Anna, have a wonderful birthday and awesome weekend. Hope to see you all tan and rested soon! *big hugs*

  • Ashley says:

    April 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM -

    Happy Birthday Anna! I hope you are having the best birthday :)

  • Jenna says:

    April 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM -

    I love me some Intrepids!! I was so happy that Brian asked me and Becks to write something, I felt so honored! :) Love and miss all you guys, and as the saying goes, “there’s no place like home”. :) Happy Birthday Anna my love!

  • laura says:

    April 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM -

    Aloha Anna! Hope you’re having an awesome birthday week in Hawaii. I miss you! Happy birthday!!!

    @Becky- I think you should move back. Just saying.

  • Jake says:

    April 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM -

    Happy Birthday Anna! Hope you had a great week and enjoy your day!

  • troy says:

    April 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM -

    Happy Birthday ANNA!

  • kathy says:

    April 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM -

    Happy birthday, Anna! I remember when you told me I should at least be able to back squat you! See you super tan next week.

  • Holley says:

    April 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM -

    Happy Birthday Anna!!! Varsity class is never the same without you. You’ve been a great workout buddy from day one. You push me every day, even make me do an extra half squat every time I un-rack the bar. Not only that, but you’ve been such a great friend and introduced Nick and I to so many wonderful people, making California more of a home to us. Hope you’ve had an amazing dirty 30 in Hawaii! Women in Power 2013!!!

    @ Becky and Jenna – Can’t say how much I miss you beautiful ladies! Love the memories you shared, a great tribute to Anna-banana! Hope to see you both soon!

  • Nick says:

    April 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM -

    I can see you stomping around in Hawaii right now saying “mo’ wine, mo’ wine”.

    Happy birthday Banana! (and good luck Brian)…thanks for all the memories!

  • Tami says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM -

    Happy B day Anna! Hope you are having a great time in Hawaii.

  • Anna says:

    April 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM -

    Jenna and Becky! This was the best surprise of my birthday! Thank you for the incredible post, it brought back so many memories.

    Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes! Blessed to be a part of this growing family.

  • Stephanie says:

    April 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM -

    I am so late to the party but what’s new :)
    Happy Belated Bday Miss Anna Banana!
    You are one of the main reasons I have stayed with xfit. I don’t know where I would be now if I didn’t have you as my lifting buddy!
    I hope you had the most awesome bday and wonderful time in Hawaii.

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