March 2019 Athlete of the Month - Val Emerson

Congratulations Val!! This was a decision that you made easy. It has been incredibly clear a much you have improved as an athlete in your technique and understanding of the movements as well as your understanding of the intent, stimulus learn your own pace. Some people don’t ever connect the dots on the last few that I mentioned. Val started CrossFit back when this gym was in Long Beach. She was looking to try something new and was looking to be challenged on a daily basis. Did she pick the right style of training or what? From the newbie to the games athletes, we are all challenged on a daily basis. Val is a regular in the 8:30am class. She occasionally comes in for the 6am class or 7am open gym because getting in the gym and working hard has become a part of who she is. This is a great habit she shares with her husband Matt (6am regular) and something I hope her kids learn from. The work ethic and dedication does not go unnoticed. Val, you have progressed a lot since I began coaching you in 2016. From constantly asking “What’s a thruster?” even if it wasn’t in the program for the day, to recently having a conversation with me about your pace on the rower and counting your pulls per 500m or per 1000m. It’s a pleasure to coach you and it’s awesome to be a part of your fitness journey. Keep up the energy and continue to work for your goals. I’ll be there to help you along the way.

Written by: Coach Rob Moloney


What’s your background? (Athletic)
I have been working out for over 30 years - Lucille Roberts from back in the day to NY sports in LB to Spin to Crossfit. I ski, run (weather permitted), paddle board and just started a Bocce team, I try to stay as active as possible.

How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started/joined in 2012 at Crossfit on the beach and haven’t looked back since.

What is your favorite thing about the gym?
I love that there is a different work out everyday. I am so thankful for all the people I have met and become friends with, that was such a great surprise. 

What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym? 
I realized that it's better to be safe than sorry. I lowered some weights do to a shoulder injury and it has paid off. This is a lifestyle I would like to maintain as long as possible.

What is your favorite moment at the gym so far? 
Every M-F at 8:30am the vibe is great.

What's your favorite "cheat" food? 
Food for the Soul: Casimgo Anjeo Tequlia on the rocks & Seven Deadly Zins red wine

What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting? 
I tell people all the time it's a great work out and not to be intimidated, if you worry about yourself and your own personal goals it is lots of fun to see the progression. 

What drives you? 
My family 100%! My husband Matt who has encouraged me over the last 25 years to try snowboarding, running (who knew I liked to run? not me?),Paddle boarding, duathlons the list is endless. And my sons Maguire (14) & Kieren (12) to show them that yes, I am athletic. 

What is you biggest fitness goal right now? 
Trying to string together butterfly pull ups and I am always working on my double unders.