February Athletes of the Month - Sheena and David Sisto
Published February 1, 2018
Sheena- I am 34 years old, Dave is 36. I moved here from Boston (GO SOX & PATS) in 2008 and met Dave shortly after. We have been together since July 4th, 2008 and we married (finally, lol) in July of 2017. We have 2 amazing baby boys together, Jameson is 2 and Jaxon is almost 1. I am a Manager for a local brewery named Belching Beaver. I have been with the company for almost 4 years and have been a craft beer nerd for a while now. When I’m not working, I love hanging with my boys at the beach or park. We go on a lot of walks and just really enjoy being outdoors. We have 2 pitties named Deuce and Lulu.
Dave-I have been a San Diego Police Officer for about 7 years and currently work out of Northern Division. I was born in San Diego and grew up in Encinitas. I am a bit of a gamer nerd and can spend hours playing video games. I am currently in my last semester at Cal State San Marcos to finish my bachelors.
Sheena- I joined April 8, 2017, which was exactly 6 weeks from the day I had my 2nd son. Dave suggested it to me and I thought I would give it a try since I saw how much he was enjoying it. During the fundamentals class with Coach Sigi, I kept thinking to myself “what am I doing here? I cant do this, etc)” Because you can see everyone inside looking so strong and confident with their barbells. At the end of fundamentals, I said to myself that I wanted that confidence I was seeing. So, I decided to come back, and come again… and it’s already been almost a year.
Dave- I joined about a year ago right before our son Jaxon was born. My first fundamentals class was an eye-opener. What little we did was difficult for me and I even vomited on the way home. Like Sheena, I thought the very same thing “what the hell did I just get myself into.” Although difficult, I enjoyed pushing myself and knew Sheena would love it as well. We drank the Crossfit kool-aid.
Sheena- Prior to CrossFit, I never picked up a barbell and very rarely picked up dumbbells. I always thought that weights were for meatheads and people who just wanted to ‘look buff’. I didn't know anything about weightlifting, but I used to do a lot of hot yoga and basic globo-gym cardio workouts. I thought I knew about fitness, but obviously, I had no idea. I’ve learned so much about the body and nutrition since I joined.
Dave- I was very active in high school playing football and lacrosse. The Marine Corps kept me active after high school until I got out in 2006. I was a personal trainer at 21 for two years with 24 Hour Fitness. From there I got involved with powerlifting for a few years. Unfortunately, when I left the Marine Corps, I allowed life to get in the way and slowly got out of shape. When my boys were born, I knew I needed to get back to the gym so I could keep up with them as they got older.
Sheena- The first 3 months were the absolute most intimidating and yet most humbling as far as fitness goes. Mentally at first, I felt a bit embarrassed that all these strong people could survive a grueling workout while I was so sore all the time and struggled to finish. As time went on, I realized that we are all striving to be better no matter what level we are at. Physically, I was so sore all of the time but I could feel myself getting stronger almost right away.
Dave- For me, the first months of Crossfit was a mental challenge for me. While I knew my body could push through, mentally I was afraid of pushing it. Once the constant soreness wore off, I knew I could reach new levels and have become excited to see what I can accomplish.
Sheena- There are so many things I am proud of at OCF, I don't even know where to start. I am proud that I was able to complete MURPH a month after I joined. I am able to run now and have a better endurance (I can do like 12 burpees before I want to die as opposed to 5).
Dave- As simple as it sounds, my biggest accomplishment was doing 4 double under in a row! I enjoy doing the OLY style workouts the most.
Sheena- I love the CrossFit community! Getting in there, suffering thru WODs together and coming out stronger is the best feeling! I love the way I feel when I leave. I love that we all cheer each other on until the last person finishes. Shout out to the 9 am group for always keeping me going!
Dave- Like Sheena, the community is awesome. Never before have I been to a gym in which children are welcome and others help “care” for them during workouts. It has helped us tremendously to get to the gym.
Sheena-short term goals for me are to continue to come 4-5 days a week and keep putting in the work. I am currently working on double-unders, I can finally string 2-3 together! Maybe run a 10min mile. Long term, I’d like to compete in a competition sometime this year and also be able to perform the WODs at Rx level.
Dave- My short-term goals are to get to the gym 3-4 times a week due to my hectic schedule. Long-term, I want to reach Rx weight levels during workouts.
Thanks to the coaches especially Jason for always making us feel like we can ask any question no matter how silly it may be.