September’s fitness challenge was 100 burpees for time because, who doesn’t love burpees? As it turns out: a lot of people. But the members of CrossFit Four Peaks stepped up to the challenge anyways. Winning the men’s division with a time of 7:09 was Doren Sinyella. Taking the women’s win and best overall time was Julia Sumler with a jaw-dropping 6:54!
Read on below to learn more about both members and their advice for anyone new to CrossFit.
1. Name is Shaun McGilbary. Native American (¼ Kiowa, ¼ Creek, ½ Navajo) Originally from Oklahoma, moved out to Arizona in 2004 after college. I work at Fort McDowell Casino as a Surveillance Technician.
2. I started crossfit in 2015 a little after CF4P opened. Been at it ever since, keeping me active and healthy. I was probably in the worst shape of my life when I joined. Now, I am lifting heavier weight than I ever have.
3. The daily challenge, and community. Favorite lift’s are front squat / squat clean / bench.
4. I knew after my first WOD that it’s wouldn’t be easy to get where I wanted. Everyday is a different challenge. I would tell people to trust the process and you will reach your goals, all you have to do is show up and give it your best. Support will be all around you.
5. I’m a proud father of 4 (3 girls and 1 boy) . I have an older sister and brother and a younger brother. Many nieces and nephews. Family first.
What’s up? My name is Doren Sinyella, I work for The Wekopa golf resort and I workout at CrossFit Four Peaks. I am from Peach Springs, Arizona but reside on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation where I live with my family: Rosemary Pattea, my twins Tayler and Tyler, my daughter Nora and also my step daughter Faye. I also have an older daughter Tiawna.
I started CrossFit about 2.5 years ago, right after I lost my father. I always played sports to free my mind of hard times growing up. So I figured I could do the same with CrossFit. I love to workout, and am very competitive. I’ve always been an athlete and CrossFit was very comfortable to me or seemed fun to me. Most of all, I love how CrossFit allows me to be able to chase and play with my kids since all our movements are built toward everday movements.
Some of my favorite lifts include cleans, front squats, and snatches.
If anyone is reading this and wants to try CrossFit my biggest advice would be to take a chance and try it. Not going to lie, you will be very sore but it is only because you will use muscles you haven’t used in a while. CrossFit never really gets any easier if you are trying to get stronger and better but you do adapt to it.
One thing people may not know about me??? I used to be a fitness instructor for a diabetes prevention program for the tribe I grew up with (HUALAPAI). I use to love getting people active or even just giving them a little push when they thought they couldn’t workout any more. It was always amazing to see what physical activity did for people’s confidence.
Thanks for everything to my CrossFit gym and all the members.