October Athlete of the Month - Sandy Cheeks


1.  Tell us a little about yourself: Age? Occupation? Married/Single? Kids?

I’m Sandy Cheeks, 24yrs young from LA, CA. I’ll be 5yrs married in a couple of months. Met my husband, Dustin-26yrs, when we both were stationed on Marine Corps base, Camp Pendleton. Oorah! I work for the VA and my husband is in school for aviation mechanics. I have 2 hairy boys. Their names are Koa(pug, 3yrs) and Maui(pitbull mix, 1yr).  After service, we bought a house up here and have been living our best life lol 


2.  What is your athletic background? Hobbies?

In elementary, I did some ballet. All of middle school, I did dance drill team. In high school, I did softball, soccer and flag football. Some hobbies came from my husband. We go to or watch UFC fights, watch Cowboys football, we’re grease monkeys that work on our own cars like oil changes, brake pads, coolant flush etc.... I’m a fan of the Lakers and Dodgers! I like being active and doing stuff like escape rooms, indoor rock climbing, go karts etc... 

3.  If you could program a WOD for CFM, what would it be? 

I think we should do more fun games whether it’s a workout or play sports in different teams. We would still get a good workout in you know. But, I like when we do Tabata. 

4.  What are your favorite meals or "Cheat" foods? 

A whole medium pizza, Takis fuego, gummy worms, maybe some Oreos and that’s it. 


5.  What song do you hope comes on mid-WOD? 

If I’m in mid-WOD and need that extra motivation, any song from west coast rappers like ice cube, eazye, snoop, Tupac etc.. will do the job. 

6.  Favorite & least favorite CrossFit movements? Why? 

My favorite will be any movements we do with the barbell or free weights. My least are push ups and t2b. 


7.  What is your most recent PR? What is your next goal? 

Breaking 200 on my back squat and deadlift. My goals overall is just to progress every time I come back.

 8.  What keeps you coming back to CFM to achieve your goals? 

CFM is very therapeutic for me mentally and physically. I feel free, I love pushing myself and being in that athletic/competitive spirit. The coaches support and advice, edifies me and has improved my lifting. Plus, I’ve made great friends. 


9.  Any advice to those who are just starting out? 

I’d say, your mind is your limit. Just keep coming back because your body will adapt. Only way to get good at something, is to just keep doing it. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Just be patient and take of yourself so you don’t get injured. 

Damon Bruce