ALBUQUERUE, NM: This past weekend 2 Sandstorm athletes took part in the USPA New Mexico State Powerlifting Championships hosted by Iron Soul Gym. Up first in the women’s masters 40-44 age division, lifting raw in the 67.5 kilogram weight class was Melva Chavez. Having competed in previous USPA meets, Chavez was ready to set new personal records and she did just that. Chavez went: 53/82.5/113 for a total of 248.5kgs. All three lifts for Chavez as well as the total set new state records for the weight class. On the men’s side Kevin Koppenhaver competed in the men’s masters 45-49 age division, lifting raw in the 100 kilogram weight class. This was Kevin’s first sanctioned USPA meet and he put forth an outstanding performance going: 105/173/178 for a total of 456kgs. All three lifts for Koppenhaver including the total were new state records for the weight class.
PITTSBURGH, PA: On Saturday the State of New Mexico got its very first IFBB Professional Bodybuilder in the highly contested Women’s Physique Division (WPD), CrossFit Sandstorm Coach and Co-Founder, Shellie Schoenberg. The road for Schoenberg was not typical, having earned her IFBB Pro Card in just her second show via the National Physique Committee (NPC). In December 2014 Coach Schoenberg competed in her first WPD show in California at the Excalibur Championships in Culver City. Earning 3rd place qualified Schoenberg for a national show, something she’d have to tackle in 2015. Having selected the IFBB North American Championships as her show of choice, Coach Schoenberg went through a long building cycle followed by a 20 week prep programmed by her nutrition coach from C620 Nutrition (Louisiana). Coming into the IFBB North Americans, Coach Schoenberg entered as a competitor in the Open and in the Masters 35+ divisions. To earn an IFBB Pro Card, Coach Schoenberg would have to place in the top two - in either division. After a great showing in the Open division, Schoenberg was awarded 5th place. However, in a highly contested Masters 35+ division, Schoenberg took home 3rd. While at the time the 3rd place finish did not earn Schoenberg the coveted IFBB Pro Card, just a few hours after the show she received a personal message of congratulations from show promoter Gary Udit informing her of her professional status. Based on the IFBB rules, when an individual competes in multiple divisions he or she cannot earn multiple Pro Cards and the subsequent awards “slide down,” explained Mr. Udit. Another competitor, also competing in Open and Master’s 35+ had secured a Pro Card in the Open division where she took 1st place. When that same competitor placed in the Master’s 35+ division, she was not eligible for a 2nd Pro Card and by default, it would slide down. With that news, Coach Shellie Schoenberg became the first woman from the State of New Mexico to earn professional status in the IFBBs Women's Physique Division. Coach Schoenberg will take some personal time off before returning to coaching in mid September.
BERNALILLO, NM: On Friday May 1st, CrossFit Sandstorm officially celebrated its 4 year anniversary. In 2011, Sandstorm opened its doors to the Southern Sandoval County communities of Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and Placitas. Since then, the fitness community has continuously expanded pulling in more people from the surrounding areas including Albuquerque and the nearby Pueblos of Jemez, San Filipe and Santo Domingo. With the announcement of a fixed-fee student rate in early 2015, the Sandstorm community also experienced a surge in student memberships from V. Sue Cleveland and Bernalillo High Schools as well as CNM and UNM commuters.
On Friday May 8th, CrossFit Sandstorm restructured its ownership group and saw the departure of co-founders Barry and Jessica Schroeder. Key to the company’s early success, Barry and Jessica served the Sandstorm community faithfully and helped lead many Sandstorm members into the worlds of sanctioned Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting and local CrossFit competitions. With ambitions of moving back to the Midwest and with a baby on the way, the Schroeder’s sold their portion of the business to current Sandstorm members and Rio Rancho residents, CJ and Krysta Brown.
CJ is originally from Santo Domingo Pueblo and is half Navajo. He was raised in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe and attended Santa Fe Indian School; after which he attended Luna Community College in Las Vegas, NM where he played baseball. He honorably served in the U.S. Army carrying out two deployments, one in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan. During his second tour in Afghanistan, CJ received the Purple Heart. CJ now attends CNM and is close to receiving his Associates Degree in Exercise Science. CJ obtained a CF-L1 Certification and will be coaching at Sandstorm full-time.
Krysta is originally from Sandia Pueblo and graduated from St. Pius X High School after which she went on to attend the Callas Beauty Institute. She is now a stay at home mom for her sons, Stevon (2 years) and Xzavier (1 month). Krysta runs an online business named "Stori Time Creations" making and selling handmade child car seat canopies and accessories. Krysta fell in love with CrossFit after the birth of their first son. Together CJ and Krysta have found a passion for CrossFit, recognizing the positive impact it has on overall health and knowing it will inspire their sons to live healthy lives.
The Browns now team up with original co-founders Jim and Shellie Schoenberg to continue the legacy of providing CrossFit and Personal Training Services to the residents of Sandoval County and other surrounding communities. As equal-share owners, the Browns and the Schoenbergs will continue to own and operate the minority and veteran owned business with renewed vigor and excitement. “Krysta and I wanted to own CrossFit Sandstorm because we feel passionately about CrossFit’s ability to change both body and mind,” said new owner CJ Brown. “Pursuing my degree in Exercise Science has really pushed me to want the best for the people who want the best for themselves. Krysta and I look forward to growing the Sandstorm brand and its diverse community of members.”
ALBUQUERQUE, NM: CrossFit Sandstorm had several athletes compete this past weekend at the New Mexico State Games, hosted by the University of New Mexico. In Olympic Weightlifting, Sandstorm had 3 male athletes competing. In the 77kg class for 35-39 year olds, Matt Driver took 2nd place in his first competitive meet. In the 105kg open class, Jesus Rios took home the gold, also his first meet. And finally, in the 105kg class for 35-39 year olds, Coach Barry Schroeder also took home the gold and set 3 new state records (100kg/125kg/225kg). Sandstorm had an additional member running mid-distance at the track events. Running as a senior for V. Sue Cleveland High School, Jared Mayoral won gold in both the 1600m and the 3200m, becoming the state champion in both distances.
BERNALILLO, NM: CrossFit Sandstorm is pleased to announce that Travis Mash, the owner of Mash Elite Performance will be hosting his Learn 2 Lift two-day seminar at CrossFit Sandstorm August 2-3, 2014. Travis is a world champion in powerlifting and has held the all-time pound-for-pound world record. He was also a hopeful in Olympic Weightlifting and was recruited for the U.S. men’s bobsled team. Travis is a published author for several strength and conditioning journals and continues to work with several colleges such as University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, and Wofford University. Travis is the current weightlifting coach for Jon North, the 2012 American Open Championship Winner, a 2011 National Champion, a 2010, 2011 & 2013 Pan American team member, and a two time Arnold Championship winner. To register for this event, please follow the link to reserve your spot.
RIO RANCHO, NM: With his parents by his side Jared Mayoral, a senior at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, NM officially signed his letter of intent with Texas Tech University. Jared, a 2 year verteran of CrossFit Sandstorm is a middle distance runner specializing in the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter races. At elevation, Jared's best times are 1:58.80 in the 800m, 4:20.80 in the 1600 meter and 9:36.47 in the 3200 meter. Jared will compete in his final season this spring before heading off to Lubbock to run for the Red Raiders.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Sandstorm athlete Tianna Koppenhaver shocked the powerlifting world with her results in her first ever powerlifting competition, the USPA Southwest Open held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tianna competed in the 148lb Junior Women, Raw Division (13-15) and set 2 American Records. At just 14 years old, Tianna opened up with a solid squat of 60 kilos. Her second lift, the bench press came in at 32.5 kilos. And in her final lift, the deadlift she pulled 75 kilos, enough to set a new American Record in the lift. Tianna's combined total of 167.5 kilos was also a new American Record in the class giving her 2 American Records on the day and a 1st place finish.
SANTA FE, NM: Sandstorm teen athlete Makalah Biddle officially arrived in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting today. While competing in the Buffalo Classic in Santa Fe, NM Makalah set 3 NM State records while earning gold in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total. Makalah competed in the Youth Division (16-17 years) at the 69 kilo weight class. Her lifts for the day went 6 for 6 with totals of 40/55/95.
LAS VEGAS, NV: At the International Powerlifting League (IPL) World Championships in Las Vegas, NV CrossFit Sandstorm qualified Coach Shellie Schoenberg in the Women's Raw/Open Division, 60 kilo weight class through a New Mexico USPA qualifying total earlier in the year. This was Schoenberg's first appearance at Worlds and she made the most of it taking home the bronze medal in front of the international talent pool. During the squat event, Shellie went 2/3 maxing out at 102.5 kilos. In her strongest lift, Schoenberg went 3/3 on bench press maxing out at 75 kilos. Shellie finished the day in the deadlift going 2/3 and maxing out at 130 kilos. The 307.5 kilo total was enough to grab third place in the event behind Nicole Gonzalez (USA-TX) who placed second with a 362.5 kilo total and Brazil's Marilia Coutinho who took home the top spot with a 411 kilo total.
BERNALILLO, NM: CrossFit Sandstorm has registered a team to participate in the 19th Annual Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation 's Mudd Volleyball Tournament. The Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation helps families with funding for critical items such as wheelchair ramps, van conversions, durable medical or therapeutic medical equipment not covered by insurance, emergency rent and utility assistance. The fun will take place on June 8, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. For more information on the event please follow the link or contact us directly for information on registration.
BERNALILLO, NM: CrossFit Sandstorm is set to host the 2012 Barbells For Boobs fundraising workout “AMAZING GRACE.” This workout’s objective is to complete 30 clean and jerks, as fast as possible with the weight set at 135lbs for men and 95lbs for women. Barbells for Boobs is a 501(c)3 non-profit breast cancer organization whose mission is to provide funding through the Mammograms In Action Grant Program for qualified low-income and uninsured women and men who need screening and/or diagnostic procedures in the prevention of breast cancer. This will be the 2nd consecutive year CrossFit Sandstorm takes part in the event and this event is open to the public. New Rules for 2012: anyone wishing to participate must donate $25 or more under the CrossFit Sandstorm fundraising page; anyone wishing to receive a Reebok T-shirt must become a CrossFit Sandstorm Team Member and individually raise $80 or more. For more information or to register, please visit our fundraising webpage.
BERNALILLO, NM: CrossFit Sandstorm is set to host the memorial tribute workout known as 31Heroes on Saturday August 4, 2012 in Bernalillo, NM at 10:00am. The 31Heroes WOD came about in response to the Chinook helicopter crash that took place on August 6, 2011 killing 30 military service members and one military working dog. All funds raised in 2012 will be split three ways going to the following organizations: Snowball Express, the Travis Manion Foundation‘s Challenge Grants program, and the memorial funds of each of the men killed in action August 6, 2011. To honor our fallen heroes killed in action and to raise funds for programs that provide support to families of all fallen military heroes, please register today at 31HEROES.
BERNALILLO, NM: Michael Patrick Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in 2005 during the War in Afghanistan. In addition to the Medal of Honor Murphy received other awards including the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Since his death, a United States Navy Destroyer, a Post Office and a Park have been named in his honor. One of Lt. Murphy’s favorite workouts, aptly named “BODY ARMOR” has been officially renamed “MURPH” to honor of his service, sacrifice and dedication to training. CrossFit first posted the “MURPH” workout August 18, 2005 and it has become an annual Memorial Day Tribute WOD to him, and the 18 others involved in Operation Red Wings. CrossFit Sandstorm proudly became one of the first registered hosts of the Memorial Day “MURPH” WOD in New Mexico. We invite you to join in this amazing event by registering to attend the Memorial Day “MURPH” WOD on May 30, 2011 at CrossFit Sandstorm.
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