Ravage wants to congratulate our athlete of the month Brandon Bugarin!! Brandon’s story can only really be told through his own words!! Brandon has worked his ass off and we are so proud of him!! Enjoy his story!! I know we have!
I became a ravage athlete about 8 months ago. In that time I have become
faster, stronger and most importantly a better person. I had moved to Amarillo to
finish school and had always wanted to join a box and try crossfit out. I had a
terrible knee injury my sophomore year that cut my high school sports career short.
Because of this injury I never lifted anything heavy and was always scared of
reinjuring it, so joining a box was kind of scary for me, but new to the area and not
knowing anyone in this town, I decided joining a crossfit box would be very
beneficial in a variety of ways. So I took the plunge.
My first workout at ravage was 4 rounds of fifteen thrusters and a 400-meter
run, me being new I wanted to do the 95 pounds that all the other guys were using,
but I humbly used 25 pound dumbbells instead. Needless to say, even at that weight,
that workout crushed me, humbled me, and showed me that I had a long road ahead
of me. But aside from that, coach JP never let me quit, and all the other athletes
never stopped cheering me on. It was that constant motivation and coaching that
showed me I was in the right place and that I had made the right decision of joining
Now being a bigger guy, I knew I had some strength, no cardio, and there was
no way I would be able to do some of the workout because of my knee injury. Prior
to joining ravage it had been over 5 years since I had even attempted a squat or
anything that involved heavy stress on my knee. But after two months in, I felt I had
the proper coaching and a safe enough environment to finally try some heavy lifting.
My first wave of maxes at Ravage were: deadlift 405, squat 385, power clean 185,
snatch 135, over head squat 135, press 185, jerk 205 and 400m run 1:47. After years
of never lifting heavy, boy was I hooked after seeing those numbers!
Now fast forward 6 months from then, and I am down 30 pounds, and my
new wave of maxes are: deadlift 515, squat 450, clean 275, snatch 200, over head
squat 245, press 225, jerk 265, and I have a one minute 400m! I even mustard in a
couple of kipping handstand push-ups and a few feet of hand stand walks. Starting
Ravage at a whopping 295 pounds and having trouble with regular push-ups; I
would have laughed at you, if you would have told me one day I would be doing a
push up upside down or walking on my hands. But that’s what Ravage crossfit and
all its athletes are about! Doing those impossible things, never being scared to push
boundaries and feeling that excitement of making the impossible possible.
I joined Ravage to meet new people, get stronger and maybe, hopefully, get a
little fitter. But instead I found a family, lifetime friends, and found new meanings to
words such as: will power, self-assurance, confidence, strength, mentality,
perseverance and community. It has been proven that over time, you develop the
eating habits, health habits and even career aspirations of those around you. If
you’re in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you’ll take on
that same sense of seriousness. This has definitely been proven to me all while my
time here at ravage. I have cleaned up my diet tremendously, live a very healthy and
active lifestyle and strive for all my goals with no intentions of not attaining them,
all because the people I have surrounded myself with, my ravage family, have
instilled this in me.