“The unknown abilities that are hiding inside drive me forward. After doing CrossFit for a period of time, I found, at my age, I was in better condition and could do the movements that I could never imagine doing before. Now, I believe in myself and I want to go as far as I can go with CrossFit. My body might be very sore from working out day after day, but I don’t mind. As long as my mind is not sore, every day is a great training day!”

Congratulations to Amorn, our latest Cypher Athlete Spotlight!

Cypher: What were you doing to stay in shape before you started Cypher?

When I was in Thailand, I loved to do aerobic dance. Since I came to The US, I did many types of workouts; for example, running, swimming, Thai boxing and hot yoga. However, I have never done anything consistently or very long because I got bored very easily. In 2014, when I turned 40, I decided that I had to change my life and make working out an activity that I had to do every day. I signed up to be a member at Hercules Fitness. I got into a strength and conditioning program and I did everything just like CrossFit. I fell in love with the Crossfit workout. I did the WOD twice a day, 6 days a week and on top of that I did Zumba and Group X workout. I also did some CrossFit competitions.

Cypher: What do you do for work?

I had been a manager at Chaam Thai restaurant in Berkeley since 2011, but the restaurant was closed down on November 6th, 2016. Right now, I do not have any job. I think of it as great opportunity to focus on what I love to do, not just what I have to do. I was certified from USW and I am learning coaching at ASC with Coach Alfonso Pane. I hope that I will soon be an assistant coach and one day be a coach at ASC. I love working out and I want to be in the business I love.

Cypher: How did you hear about Crossfit Cypher and CrossFit?

You might think it is unbelievable but it is true. I had been doing CrossFit for 7 months without knowing that it was CrossFit because the gym I went to is called Strength and Conditioning. I did the open workout 15.1 to 15.5 and I kept thinking “what was 15.1?” but I did not ask. One day, coach asked me to compete in a beginner CrossFit competition. From then on my eyes were wide open and I wanted to know more and more about CrossFit. My friend Christina Asoy told me if I wanted to train professionally in CrossFit, I should go to Cypher. She said it is out of the way but I will be in a very good hands. I liked Cypher the first day when I did the interview with Leslie because the system of Cypher and the gym are very organized.

Cypher: Describe your first day participating in a CrossFit workout. Do you remember what the WOD was? What was it like, and what were your thoughts when you left the gym?

It was two years ago at HFSC. It wasn’t bad because I was used to working out very hard. There were two programs side by side and I did the beginner program. It was a 10-minute AMRAP of 10 reps 20 “ box jump,s and 100 reps jump ropes. It was short but intense. I liked it very much because that was the first time I had to do 20 “ box jumps. I was scared of the box jumps but I did them anyway.

Cypher: What has been the most challenging part of CrossFit for you?
Gymnastic skills and working out at the Rx level are very physically challenging. Also, trying to finish the work out when I feel I am ready to give up is mentally tough. I am working on being positive during the workout and staying mentally strong through each one.

What has been the most rewarding part of CrossFit for you?

I feel that I inspire other people at the gym. Many people have told me that they would like to be healthy and strong like me. So that makes them work harder than they might otherwise. I consider this to be the most rewarding part of CrossFit for me.

Cypher: What is one of your most memorable CrossFit PRs or milestones? What did it feel like when you did it?

It was when I did new PRs on Snatch at 100 lbs. I had been doing Snatch for a year and a half. I did remember that I was able to do 85 lbs in the first month and I was stuck there for so long until I felt I didn’t like Olympic Lifting. It was not for me. After the 100 lbs Snatch PR, the wall was down and I felt every thing was possible if I were able to stick with it long enough.

Cypher: What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit?

Since I have been doing CrossFit for 2 years, I feel that I am stronger and healthier than I have never been in my life. At the age of 42, I feel that I can be better every day if I keep follow the training programs, eat well and sleep well. So many people are impressed with my transformation physically and mentally. They told me that I look healthier, stronger, and younger. I used to wear workout cloths size medium or large, but now I buy small or extra small, even though my weight is the same.

Cypher: What encouragement or words of advice would you give to new people coming in?

In the beginning please don’t be discouraged when you see a lot of people who can do what you can’t do. It is a process, not magic. You have to keep coming to the gym, practicing the movements and not comparing yourself with anyone else except yourself. Believe in yourself as you believe in others, and never give up.

Cypher: We see you working really hard everyday in the gym. It’s inspiring! Where do you think you get your drive to train with such intensity? What motivates you to keep showing up day after day, even when you are sore?

The unknown abilities that are hiding inside drive me forward. After doing CrossFit for a period of time, I found, at my age, I was in better condition and could do the movements that I could never imagine doing before. Now, I believe in myself and I want to go as far as I can go with CrossFit. My body might be very sore from working out day after day, but I don’t mind. As long as my mind is not sore, every day is a great training day!

Cypher: What fitness goals have you set for yourself to achieve in the next 12 months?

I would like to be able to do the Muscle-Up, Handstand Walk and improve my Olympic Lifting techniques. I also plan to compete in the CrossFit Open 17 and would like to be in the top 100.

Cypher: What are some of your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of the gym? Any fun facts your gym-mates might not know about you?

To be honest, I have not found any hobbies yet. After the training at Cypher, I come home work around the house a little, take care of my 8 cats, take a nap so that I can be ready to train again either at home or another gym, go swimming with my husband, and sometimes go workout again in the evening. I also help my husband with his volunteer job at Hercules Senior Center. I am still looking for hobbies besides working out.

Cypher: Spirit Animal & Super Power?

It has to be cat. I have to be super strong because I have to take care of a lot of them. My cats are everything to me.

Cypher: If you could describe Cypher in five words, what would they be?

Train smarter, safer, with professionals.
Cypher: Any other thoughts or shoutouts?
I really have to give Cypher a lot of credit for teaching me how to train smarter. I have been with Cypher about 6 months and I am a lot stronger because of the power lifting programs. I have a lot of new PRs and will keep having more and more. I have more direction in my training and I am learning how to have a plan to get through each workout successfully. Cypher taught me not to be ashamed to scale down the workout if it is necessary. Thank you, Cypher, for your professional training!!!

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