Popular CrossFit VOM founded for fitness by SVHS alums Scott, Rocha
Valley 8th St. E. club for growing sport holding open competition Saturday
Spenser Scott, who along with Alicia Rocha own and operate the CrossFit Valley of the Moon gym at 19800 Eighth St. E., in Sonoma, where an open competition will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 11.
In the athletic world there’s an often used saying that “practice makes perfect,” and with every sport having its related workouts, the competitive sport of CrossFit was created from those workouts, and its popularity is soaring with gyms and clubs continuing to spring up in communities everywhere, including the Valley.
Having been standout athletes at Sonoma Valley High School, who focused on, and were practice-committed to, their sports, Spenser Scott and Alicia Rocha decided to turn their dedication to working out for health and competitive purposes into their owned-and-operated fitness gym, CrossFit Valley of the Moon.
Knowing from experience that everyone has a different fitness goal, Scott and Rocha’s desire to help them achieve that goal, and more, fueled their founding of CrossFit Valley of the Moon just under two years ago, and, open to all ages, it’s been growing in membership at a fast, and enthusiastic, rate.
“The reason we all love doing what we do is seeing the progress our members make,” said Scott. “This gym is very community based and everyone here helps push one another, whether you’re a high school athlete, college athlete, full time parent, or an executive of a business – we all come here to work hard and leave with great friends.”
Besides being owners, both Scott – whose parents founded and run the Valley’s Fitness Factory – and Rocha are active participants in their fitness collaboration, as well as two of the main CrossFit trainers and coaches with Nick Pappas and Carlos Ramirez.
Along with their training and coaching, all four are competitors, with Pappas – an SVHS graduate and former football star and champion, state-qualifying wrestler – turning in an impressive string of performances at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, where 26,000 athletes from around the world competed.
As a college student in Santa Barbara at the time, Pappas, who as the youngest qualifier at 20-years-old in the Southern California region, was the 48th of 60 men, who, along with the 60 top women and 30 teams from each of the world’s 17 CrossFit regions, qualified and competed in the challenging regional championships.
After putting together a small in-house competition last year, CrossFit Valley of the Moon is holding an expanded event this year.
Open to all fitness enthusiasts and athletes, who are not only from the Valley but are coming from throughout the Northern California and Nevada, the second annual CrossFit VOM Competition takes place all day tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 11, at the gym’s location, 19800 Eighth St. E., Sonoma. Spectators are also welcomed.
For details about the Saturday competition, or CrossFit VOM in general, call 933-7904, or visit the website at crossfitvalleyofthemoon.com, or email at email@example.com.