August 2017 David Molak Award
Meet our August 2017 David Molak Award winner: Blake Pieniazek
This guy is as committed as they come! Coincidentally, this month also marks his one year anniversary with us here at The Tribe. Since joining, Blake has been a regular at our evening classes and has had huge gains in so many areas.
Congrats buddy! We’re proud of you man! Excited for how far you’ve come and we love having you as a part of our Tribe!
Here’s a little more about Blake:
Favorite movement: Now that I’ve learned them, double unders.
Least Favorite Movement: Thrusters!
Favorite Cheat Meal: Bacon cheese burger, fries, a draft beer
Rest Day Fun: Hit the river during the day, and then catch a live show at night.
What I love about my Tribe: The friendliness and encouragement I feel from everyone. Y’all are the best!
July 2017 David Molak Award Winner
We want to start with a quote from Christ himself:
“It’s an honor to be selected for the David Molak Award. It’s absolutely fitting this award be named after David because of the all-out effort and heart he gave on a daily basis. I’m not saying I accomplish that on a daily basis, but knowing you guys selected me gives me the extra push I need sometimes because I think about what David would do. I can only hope I I prove myself worthy of such a wonderful honor.”
We couldn’t have put it any better… This monthly award goes to an athlete who shows, as Chris put it, “all out effort and heart”. It was what David did and it’s the biggest characteristics we look for in an athlete that we would consider deserving of this award.
Chris fits the bill. His hard work actually dates all the way back to when we opened our doors. And since then added a gorgeous baby girl, Adelyn, to his already full plate of being a husband to his wife Val, and an attorney.
Congrats Chris. Well deserved buddy! Keep up the good work!
Favorite movement: Anything with a barbell and…Rowing.
Least Favorite Movement: Running anything longer than a 200. If you saw me run you’d think to yourself, “That guy shouldn’t run. He just doesn’t look right. Looks painful.” That’s why I avoid it at all cost.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Cookies. My wife and daughter call me the Cookie Monster. Oreos and Tiff’s Treats Snickerdoodle Cookies are my vice. Might as well throw some banana pudding in there while we are at it.
Rest Day Fun: Love playing golf, but lately its been doing whatever crazy activity my 18-month old daughter wants to do. She’s so adventurous and fearless at this age. She is pure entertainment.
What I love about my Tribe: To steal a line from the theme song from the TV show Cheers: “It’s a place where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” That line hits home for me when I think about The Tribe and the community. Despite our various differences (age, religion, political affiliations, fitness level, etc.) the community inspires togetherness. In life, it is rare to find a place that in your heart you know is special. It’s that place where when you walk in you are welcomed with genuine smiles and warm greetings; a place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment or ridicule; a place where you know after all is said and done, you will walk out a better person both physically and mentally; a place where you can get a $25 t-shirt for spending $45 on KillCliff…in a month (I have a problem). If you happen to be lucky enough to find such a place, you cherish it. I think I speak for a number of people when I say that place is The Tribe. That says a lot about the wonderful people within our little community. It speaks volumes about those who created and fostered such an amazing environment. It’s an honor to receive this award named in memory of a special individual who embodied all the wonderful things we love about our Tribe. Thanks so much! Love Y’all!
June 2017 David Molak Award
When an athlete is responsible for the establishment of a brand new class time, you can say “She’s kind of a big deal!” This month’s David Molak Award winner, Maranda Kirk, did exactly that (with the help of Catherine Gonzales) here at The Tribe.
With an already busy schedule and even busier Summer, Maranda brought up the idea of the 9:30 AM class as an extra option for those who can’t quite make the 8:30 AM but don’t want to wait for the Noon Class. We gave it a shot and introduced the class several weeks back and it’s been a hit! There are days where the 9:30 AM Class has 8-10 members attending which is great for a brand new class!
Now, back to Maranda… Since the institution of the 9:30 AM class, she’s gone from attending 1-2 classes per week to 3, 4, or sometimes even 5 classes per week! She’s seen huge results since committing to more classes per week and she’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Maranda continues to amaze the coaching staff with her strength and other performance gains. She’s crushing goals seemingly as fast as she can set them!
Way to go Maranda! Keep up the great work!
September 2017 David Molak Award
We’re so excited to honor Emily as our September 2017 David Molak Award Winner! She embodies everything that both the award and our Tribe represents.
Emily, one of our Founding members, is a regular at our 5:30am class. She’s one of the most consistent members at the gym which is amazing considering how busy she stays. She a wife, a mother of 3 (5 if you count her dogs), twin!, business owner and an amazing friend to so many!
We admire Emily’s commitment to her fitness while managing a busy life, like so many of our members at The Tribe. She’s a testament to what simply making something a priority in your life can accomplish!
We love you Emily! Thanks for being an amazing friend and ambassador for our Tribe!
Favorite Movement: double unders, clean and jerk, box step ups
Least Favorite Movement: overhead squats, Turkish get-ups
Favorite Cheat Meal: chips and queso and margaritas
Favorite Rest Day Activity: chasing around my crazy kids and dogs, family walks
What I Love About My Tribe: I feel like my life has been crazy since moving to San Antonio….babies, business, etc. The Tribe has been my constant place for support, friendship, and getting my head right every morning to tackle the day. I am so blessed and lucky to have the caring coaches and best programming. All Julie (my twin) does after she leaves a drop in class is talk about how jealous she is. Y’all have gotten me through 3 babies! Thank you for creating our special little community!
May 2017 David Molak Award
We are honored to announce Stephen Park as our May 2017 David Molak Award Winner.
Stephen’s story is one that I’m sure most of us can relate to. Since starting up at The Tribe he’s had seasons where he’s been very consistent and making great gains. However, those seasons were usually followed by lulls where getting to the gym wasn’t as easy to come by.
It’s easy to fall into those habits. Consistency in anything is tough! Especially when you throw in a baby boy (Macrae in Stephen’s case) who is just over a year old. It would be easy to just sit back and pick any old excuse out of the hat as a reason not to show up for a workout.
But that’s where Stephen’s story has changed. Over the past several months, Stephen has been one of the most consistent members at The Tribe. He’s hitting classes at all times of the day and working around his busy work and family schedule to make sure he takes care of his own body.
We are honored to highlight him as our David Molak Award Winner this month and glad that he can be a model of consistency even with a busy work/life schedule.
Oh, and he even carried Coach Nick as a partner in our recent Crawfish Boil Competition. It was his first competition and he’s looking forward to continuing to train and possible compete more often!
Congrats again Stephen! Keep it up buddy!
April 2017 David Molak Award
We’re pumped to announce Justin Witherspoon as our April 2017 David Molak Award Winner!
One of the biggest characteristics that the David Molak Award represents is work ethic. When considering athletes that are nominated for this award, we highly regard athletes who show a commitment to their fitness much like David did.
Enter Justin. This guy has been working his tail off for the past several months. It’s hard to say when you’ll find him at The Tribe because he’ll get his workout in whenever he can find time in his busy work schedule. Sometimes this is during the lunch hour and other times it’s at 5:30 AM because he’s got a packed day.
Oh, did we mention that he lives in Somerset?!? Often, he makes the 30 minute drive first thing in the morning to make sure he doesn’t miss a workout! Now that’s dedication!
Justin – We love having you here buddy. You inspire others and remind them there’s no reason they can’t find time to workout. We are excited to watch you continue to get stronger and especially excited to see you become a father very soon! Love you buddy!
Here’s a little more about Justin:
Favorite movement: Clean and Jerk
Least Favorite Movement: Bear Complex
Favorite Cheat Meal: BBQ plate- Brisket, sausage, potato salad, and macaroni
Rest Day Fun: It usually consists of BBQ’ing and a cold beverage. We have our first child coming soon, so I’m sure “Rest Days” will no longer exist.
What I love about my Tribe: I’m not sure where to start… How about the random days when I walk in and get a free RV Life workout shirt thrown at me? That’s always awesome. Or how about the mornings when majority of the time is spent laughing at Gordo and Geoffs conversations? Those are historical. Maybe one day I’ll be honored with an invitation to their ROMWOD session. All joking aside, Nick, Ed, and the Coaches have created a community that cannot be duplicated. Every person that I’ve met is welcoming, friendly, and loving. It’s like a big family. Many great friendships were made in my 7 months at The Tribe. Nick and Ed, thank you for everything you’ve done for me. You’ve helped me grow as a person, as an athlete, and above all as a believer. I love The Tribe!
March 2017 David Molak Award
Congrats to Heather Card, our March 2017 David Molak Award winner!!! Heather joined The Tribe about 5 months ago and has made huge strides since then! When she joined us, she hadn’t been committed to an exercise program in a good while so naturally she was a little nervous and hesitant when stepping in to the gym. However, Heather has definitely overcome that nervousness and has really shown a great deal of growth in both her fitness and her confidence when she walks in to the gym.
Our coaching staff has watched Heather grow and couldn’t be more proud of the progress she has made since stepping in the gym. She is truly a testament to what commitment and hard work can do for you here at The Tribe. Congratulations again Heather, we look forward to watching you continue this awesome fitness journey!
Here’s a little bit about Heather:
Favorite Movement: At the moment T2B
Least Favorite Movement: pull-ups
Favorite Cheat Meal: Garcia’s Mexican Food (best ever!)
Rest Day Fun: a slow morning hangin out with my husband and kiddos and going in to the Tribe–best rest ever
What I Love About My Tribe: Let me count the ways….the ways that I have been received, they ways I have been coached, the ways I have been encouraged, the ways that I have been served…it’s a place I wanna be because of TheTribe that they are!
February 2017 David Molak Award
Geoff is an O.G. here at The Tribe. He’s one of our Founding members and really pushed to become one of the best competitive exercisers in the gym. You’ll typically find him doing ROM WOD in the corner with Gordo (probably making fun of the length of Gordo’s shorts) sometime between 6:00 and 6:15 AM. He’s one of the greatest guys to be around and really knows how to lighten the mood of the room. We love you Geoff. Thanks for being a great friend to so many of us!
Favorite Movement: Snatch
Least Favorite Movement: Turkish Get Ups – if the ultimate objective of weightlifting is to move a heavy object from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ as efficiently as possible, this has to be the least efficient movement ever contemplated.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Order Up Double ABC Burger
Rest Day Fun: Hang out with my girls, Foley (6), Marian (4) and Emily (36). Listening to Sublime and Creed with Ed in our high school letter jackets.
Athlete. Of. The. Month. February 2017. Well, where do I start? I would like to thank Nick, Ed and the Coaches for bestowing this honor upon me. I appreciate the fact that most at the gym would like my new title to last for the shortest duration possible – so you’re welcome, only 28 days this month. All joking aside, you guys created one of the most welcoming and fun environments that just happens to be a gym. It is incredible how easily members from so many different occupations, backgrounds, ideologies, etc melt seamlessly together….all in a quest to push ourselves to be better people and get in better shape. I’ll stop there before everyone gets too teary eyed and finish. If I have one wish, it is that everyone takes the next 28 days to meditate on this: you may be way past your athletic prime; your energy a touch low; your motivation lacking; but if you put forth a questionable effort each and every day you can underperform expectations just like me.
January 2017 David Molak Award
Sutton joined us in November and has shown incredible consistency at The Tribe. Jokingly, in his bio below, he asked the question, “What are rest days?” He’s in The Tribe 5-7 days every week!!! We are fortunate to have Sutton join us in the middle of his fitness and weight loss journey. He’s already 100 lbs down from where he started and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon! We know the type of commitment required for that type of change and we know that he will be an inspiration to so many! Keep up the good work Sutton! We love you buddy!
Favorite Movement: Burpees
Least Favorite Movement: Pull-ups
Favorite Cheat Meal: Torchy’s Tacos
Rest Day Fun: What are rest days?
What I Love About My Tribe: I love that no matter what time or day you go everyone from the coaches to the members are welcoming and encouraging. We all might be there for different reasons and are at different levels but it’s the atmosphere and culture that keeps me coming back. I’m proud to be apart of The Tribe family! I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring. Happy New Years!
December 2016 David Molak Award
Whether you know Ashley or not, she’s one of the most unmistakably impressive athletes to watch in class. From knocking out a casual muscle up, sticking a routine 170 lb snatch, to making walking on her hands look more natural than most people look upright. Her athletic capacity and drive not only keep her workout performances at the top of whichever class she attends, but the entire gym for that day.
That said, the David Molak Award goes to a person that embodies so much more than athletic prowess. Ashley is one of the most honest, humble and kind people you’ll ever meet. Having known her for a few years, it’s been a blessing to watch her grow as an athlete and friend. She is always encouraging, pushing and inspiring others to perform to their best ability. She is rarely seen without a smile (even at 5am) and is consistently in a positive mood…regardless of how many deadlifts or sled pushes are programmed for that day. Additionally, we are excited to have been able to watch Ashley’s relationship with Chris Walden (he’s the guy squatting 1000 lbs at 6:30am) blossom into an engagement and eventual marriage in 2017.
Normally we would be excited to be able to share in their journey as a married couple while watching them continue in their awesomeness at The Tribe. However, their lives and careers are taking them back to Chris’ hometown in Arizona this month. With confidence we know that they will find another gym with a great community of friends through their humility, kind hearts, and sense of humor…the same attributes that will be greatly missed by your friends here at The Tribe!
Favorite Movement: Full Snatch
Least Favorite Movement: Ring Dips
Favorite Cheat Meal: I more so enjoy cheat snacks vs cheat meals. My favorite cheat snacks are: dark chocolate chipotle almonds, sour gummy worms, and starburst jellybeans.
Rest Day Fun: When I am not at The Tribe, I enjoying traveling, hiking, fishing, and camping with Chris!
What I Love About My Tribe: One of my favorite things about My Tribe is seeing Augie-Doggie run around like a psycho at 5:00am. I get my “dog-fix” without all the responsibilities that Chelsea and Nick have to take care of :). My other favorite thing are the people. Everyone is so encouraging and genuine. It’s refreshing to walk into a gym and see so many smiling face (even at 5:00am). I like that everyone is friends with everyone and that we are not a “cliquey” bunch. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind gym with awesome coaches to boot! I used to despise snatching, but thanks to their coaching and Oly Classes, my max snatch increased by 80 lbs! Thank you everyone for your friendship and encouragement!
November 2016 David Molak Award
We’re so proud of this guy! Jimmy has recently dropped over 60 lbs and he’s not done yet! His personality and energy light up the gym and now he’s motivating and leading others to believe they can accomplish anything they want. He’s never met a stranger and is the best at welcoming others into the gym and making them feel comfortable. We’re fired up for where you’re at and your journey ahead, Jimmy! Keep it up!!!
From Coach Nick:
“It’s an honor to have my brother nominated for this award. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I felt about naming him to be the recipient of the gym of which I am part owner. I didn’t want people to think we were being partial to family here… However, I realized there couldn’t be a better choice for the award this month.
My brother has battled with weight loss for years now. We’ve both gotten excited several times over with large chunks of weight loss prior to where he is currently. However, this time is different. He’s got the right approach this time around and he’s focused on losing weight for the right reasons. This time his reasons are Godly reasons. They are to glorify and honor God in his body and to be an example of self control to others around him.
The David Molak Award represents someone who has a great work ethic. Someone who perseveres. Someone who is driven. Someone who loves others. I’m not sure there’s anybody I know that represents this better than my brother.”
NOVEMBER 2016 DAVID MOLAK AWARD WINNER: Jimmy Vera
Favorite Movement: Shoulder to Overhead
Least Favorite Movement: Burpees, inchworms and basically anything you have to go down to the ground and back up again.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Greasy burger from Longhorn Cafe with fries and sweet tea
Rest Day Fun: Worship, family, and anything outdoors
What I Love About My Tribe: The greatest thing about Our Tribe is that everyone is welcome. From the first minute that you walk through the doors, you feel like part of the family. No matter your level of athleticism, you can be a part of the workout, from pro athlete to an overweight and out of shape person, like I used to be.
The coaches at The Tribe, not only program each day’s workouts, but also customize them to your level, if needed. They are able to recognize injuries and weaknesses and help people work safely through them. They take the time to build a relationship with us all and understand our goals and our limits.
All in all, Our Tribe is the most loving and supportive group of people I have ever known. Because of you all, I am better today than I was yesterday.
October 2016 David Molak Award - Lauren LaGesse
Lauren La Gesse
This girl is seriously awesome! Ever since Lauren set foot in The Tribe she has continued to impress the coaches and her fellow athletes with how much she has accomplished. Many movements that once were daunting to her and many others at the gym are done without a second thought for this lady! Pull-ups, Handstand Push-ups, Toes to Bar and many barbell movements are all on the list of things that Lauren has accomplished and gained proficiency in since joining us.
She continues to plug away daily and works on improving her weightlifting as often as she can. We look forward to continue watching her grow as an athlete!
Congrats Lauren! We’re proud of you and excited to announce you as this month’s David Molak Award Winner!
Favorite Movement: Power Clean. It’s a movement I feel very comfortable with, and it makes me feel strong.
Least Favorite Movement: Snatch. So. Many. Mental. Battles.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Craft Beer! If that doesn’t count as a meal, breakfast tacos! Preferably from a true hole-in-the-wall.
Rest Day Fun: Typically participating in some sort of sport. I am currently on a softball team and a sand volleyball team.
What I Love About My Tribe: I love that working out at The Tribe always makes me want to come back again tomorrow. I was originally introduced to CrossFit at my work but it never really clicked with me as something I enjoyed doing until The Tribe. Walking into the gym and being greeted with excited waves and hearty hellos (or tail wags from Augie) is always a highlight of my day.
September 2016 David Molak Award: Gerald Barnes
Favorite Movement:Push Press
August 2016 David Molak Award - Bakari Collins
July 2016 - Jane Jordan
It can be intimidating to walk into a new gym. With so many factors such at the difficulty the workout, community, coaching staff and many others, we understand that there can be a level of nervousness when committing to your first class at any gym. We commend anyone and everyone brave enough to take that first step!
Jane is a perfect example of one of our members who decided to boldly try out their first class here at The Tribe (with the encouragement of her husband and fellow Tribe member, Lee Jordan). Since that first class and over the past several months, we have seen Jane’s nervousness turn into confidence!
She came into her first workout with several past injuries and made the coaching staff aware of what she thought were her limitations. Those limitations have been dissipating over the course of her time as a member and she is now able to complete just about every movement we perform in workouts here at The Tribe. The coaching staff has been impressed with Jane’s consistency on a weekly basis as well as her desire to improve in so many areas (we see the weights getting heavier on your bar Jane…).
Congrats Jane! Thanks for being awesome and thanks for being a great example to so many of our members!
Name: Jane Jordan
June 2016 David Molak Award: Mike Garcia
May 2015 David Molak Award: Diana Gonzales
April 2016 David Molak Award Recipient: George Martinez
The primary goal of The Tribe Strength and Conditioning is to improve the health and fitness levels of each of their members. For many of our members, these improvements are acute. This might look like a personal record on a lift in the gym or even mastering a gymnastics movement that they’ve been working on for months. However, for others, their improvements are drastic and even life changing. Our April 2016 David Molak Award recipient, George Martinez, is an example of one of these athletes who has experience this type of change.
When George walked into The Tribe he had just recovered from a shoulder injury that had sidelined him from exercise. George and his wife Cynthia came in determined and motivated to get back in the gym and improve many aspects of their fitness. He started attending classes and was able to participate using modifications from the Tribe coaching staff. After just a few weeks George was increasing his strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. We are very proud of him and excited for what is to come because George is showing no signs of slowing down!
Name: George Martinez
Favorite Movement: Double Unders
Least Favorite Movement: Any running, especially running followed by burpees
Cheat Meal: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rest Day Activity: Spurs, ESPN, the Red Zone and playing in the pool with my family
What I Love About My Tribe: When I was a little bit younger, I was always on a team (baseball, basketball, softball, bowling, etc.). Not since those days have I entered a gym and heard someone call out my name in a welcome. When I come to the Tribe and I hear “Hey George”, it feels great. It is as though we are all in this together; the support and enthusiasm are contagious and keep me going. I am inspired by how hard everyone works. I used to be in pretty good shape until I went through a very painful shoulder surgery. Following my surgery I was hesitant to return to hard core exercise, because I didn’t want to injure myself, again. Nick, Ed, Beth and Justin are knowledgeable about injury and how to program for it. They adapt movements to meet my limitations while carefully pushing me to strengthen the muscles that are ready for it. The workouts are even a little bit fun, torturous, but fun torture. I have made a lot of progress since I started and I credit that to my hard work, the great coaching I have received in Justin’s class, the inspired programming from Nick and Ed and the encouragement and comradery from everyone at the Tribe. All in all The Tribe helps me feel even better about myself.
March 2016 David Molak Award - Sara Brouillard
This month’s recipient of the David Molak Award not only embodies the spirit of the award but also our entire Tribe. Sara is one of our founding members and just had her third child, Cecilia, 6 months ago. Ever since returning from pregnancy, she has had a determination that has been awesome to watch as coaches. We would be remiss to not mention the support she has from the rest of her family. Her husband Jeff (who is also a Founding member at The Tribe) and her two sons (James and Joshua) fully support their wife and momma!
We’ve always known Sara to be very driven and a just a little competitve… however, if you read her questionnaire below you’ll also see that she’s quite funny, humble, appreciative and faithful. This is why we write that Sara embodies everything that the David Molak award represents! We love you Sara! Keep up the great work!
January 2016 Athlete of the Month - Eloy Ruiz
Eloy has put in some serious work recently! A couple of weeks ago, after going through Coach Ed’s 6-week Strength Class, Eloy hit a 65 lb. PR on his back squat! Not to mention that along the way his technique has improved in both his weightlifting and gymnastics. Needless to say, this month’s Athlete of the Month was a quick decision for the coaching staff at The Tribe. Congrats Eloy! We love you buddy and we appreciate your hard work and the fun attitude and personality you bring to the gym at 5 AM every day!
December 2015 Athlete of the Month - Mark Mathews
November 2015 Athlete of the Month - Colter Allison
Colter has been as consistent as they come in the afternoon where you’ll find him wearing a smile and working his butt off at The Tribe. His commitment to following the nutrition plan set for him during the Lock It Up Challenge was unwavering. He’s has shown immense growth as an athlete and we are excited to officially name him our November Athlete of the Month! Keep it up, bud! Here’s a little about our buddy Colter:
October 2015 Tribe Athlete of Month - David Molak
September 2015 Tribe Athlete of the Month - Claire Clark
Our Tribe Athlete of the Month for September is Claire Clark! From Day 1 at The Tribe, Claire has been a devoted athlete even with a brand new baby girl at home! If you’ve been in a class with her, you can’t help but notice the fun and energy she brings and of course the great smile she wears at all times. Claire is one motivated momma that we love! We couldn’t be more pleased to announce her as our September 2015 “Athlete of the Month” and we’re glad to call her part of our Tribe!
Name: Claire Clark
Tribe Member Since: August 2015
Favorite Movement: Squat Clean
Least Favorite Movement: Burpees!!
Favorite Cheat Meal: Ice Cream – B&J Half Baked
Favorite “Off Day” Activity: Hiking with my little family
What I Love About My Tribe: Saturday partner/group WODs have become one of my favorite weekend activities!! I love working out with the wonderful coaches & members at the Tribe!
August 2015 Athlete of the Month - Gordon White!!
One might ask, “How the heck could you have an Athlete of the Month in your first month of business at the gym?” This is definitely a fair question. Typically, our selection process involves our coaches getting together over a cup of coffee or a brew and talking about which athletes have attended the gym regularly and have made great strides in the past month. To even be in this discussion is a great honor in the eyes of our coaching staff and class peers.
However, we have a unique scenario here in our first month… Our first Athlete of the Month was nominated by a few of our members at The Tribe. The members that nominated him have long desired to see Gordo recognized for his athletic accomplishments.
Congrats Gordo! We love you buddy and we couldn’t have selected a better athlete/friend/guy to be our inaugural Athlete of the Month!
David Molak February 2016 Athlete of the Month - JOSH HERRERA