Name: Steff Angeles
Age: 42ish…wow..time flies
Occupation: I’m the Casino Controller for Treasure Island. I oversee departments that don’t get a lot of attention but are important to operations. (Revenue Audit, the Casino & Satellite Cage, Count Team, Casino Collections, Casino Credit, Food & Beverage Cashiers & Title 31 Compliance) I’m fortunate to have a great management team that makes me look good.
Single/married/family? Single and it’s complicated. No kids, but I borrow my niece and nephew frequently, then hand them back to my sister when I get tired.
Favorite activity outside of CrossFit? Creating great memories with Family & Friends. This usually comes about via drinking and any combination of: get togethers/parties, impromptu socializing, eating out at restaurants, traveling/vacationing.
Favorite workout music? Upbeat Hip Hop, Rap & EDM. Something with a beat to get me going, I need all the help I can get.
Do you follow paleo or zone diet? I permanently changed my eating habits last year to eat cleaner overall. Pseudo Paleo and conservative with the carbs. With my current schedule, I’m pretty good Monday through Friday but the weekends need to be better.
Do you, or did you play any sports? In High School I played Tennis, ran Track & Field one year and I was a bowler. That’s right; I was a tri sport athlete! (Haha) I went through my phase of Road Races, (5Ks up to Full marathons) and obstacles races (Spartan, Tough Mudder, etc) Currently, I golf with my friends and I just started doing CrossFit competitions this year. (Masters Division) I’m a casual NFL fan, but I’m playing in 5 Fantasy Football leagues. That’s a sport, right?
How long have you been crossfitting? Since July of 2013…
How many times a week do you crossfit? I’m usually at the box 3-4 times a week. I need to step up my open gym workouts on the weekends.
What is your favorite place to eat or cheat meal? Right now, any decent all you can eat Sushi bar. My current favorites are Goyemon and Oyshi Sushi. Texas de Brazil is another phenomenal all you can eat place I’m cheating meals at. When I head out for cheat meals, it’s usually about a 60 minute AMRAP WOD. I recently PR’d at Texas de Brazil.
Which SinCity location do you workout at, and how did you get started there? I workout at SinCity South and I’m at the 6:30 PM class 90% of the time. I’ve PR’d on a lot of movements this summer with this group, you guys rock! I started at SinCity West with my first CrossFit coach Kenny Hunt and fortunately for me that’s how I met TJ. After Kenny left Las Vegas, I stuck with TJ and headed over to South when TJ came back this past June.
Favorite movement? Not trying to be sarcastic here, but Burpies. Yes, they’re terrible.
However, just 4 years ago when I was 20+ lbs heavier and just quit smoking, I couldn’t string together more than 5 burpies at boot camp before feeling like I was going to pass out. It was one of the biggest wakeup calls of my life and whenever we pass 5 burpies in any WOD, I can’t help but think back and smile.
Favorite Workout? Cindy & Murph. After doing all those Pull Ups, Push Ups and Air Squats in either WOD, I feel like I got a great all over body workout for the day.
Least favorite movement? Unfortunately it’s THE premier CrossFit movement (in my opinion) Thrusters! I’m working on converting Thrusters to one of my favorites like I did Burpies.
Why do you go to SCCF? I look forward to that part of my day where it’s one hour of nothing but positive vibes at the Box from beginning to end. (Even though I’m completely sore the next day) I knew I was in the right place when the SCCF community raised $3,743 for the Injured Police Officers Fund (in honor of Officer David VanBuskirk) and the trainers did burpies for every $1 raised. The initial goal was $1,000. I want to take this moment to thank the trainers for always getting our WODs in the “Beyond the White Board” App. It’s a great training tool and I appreciate the time and effort of the daily updates. Last but not least, thanks for frequently posting pictures of everyone throwing down at the Box. They’re always inspiring!
Who is your favorite trainer? I had a blast working out with Max this summer before he left. I picked up some great tips and he’s hands down the funniest trainer I’ve had. TJ’s patience, technical expertise and encouragement over the past year have me doing things I never dreamed possible.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I love going to weddings! It’s a personal holiday for the newlyweds with a great vibe and I’m always grateful to attend or be any part of it. I’ve been: Groomsman 6 times, the Emcee 4 times, the Best Man twice and an ordained minister (once) to marry my two friends.
How has CrossFit improved your life? I’m much more productive in life because my energy level has tripled and I feel have more hours in the day now. This has opened up so many options and opportunities in my life. Also, I’m mentally stronger because I’m constantly stepping out of my comfort zone in the Box.
What or who inspires you the most? I’m inspired most by those who do the right thing and/or assist others with no hidden agendas. As time flies by, I seem to respect this more and more because nowadays it appears that people seek attention, versus respect.
Biggest achievement since you started/ what you are most proud of? Having to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes because my clothes were draping on me. I hate to admit this, but I enjoy being told that I look younger because of the weight loss. Best compliment you can give to a guy my age. haha
What are your fitness goals for this year? Getting my Back Squat 1 Rep Max to 300 lbs. by 2015. The Long term goal is to be able to RX 90% of the Benchmark WODs. I get frustrated seeing my 1 or 3 rep max as the workout weight for a WOD. At the same time, it gets me to the Box every week. Bring it… =)