Athlete Spotlight

Member name:

Eric Stobezki A.K.A. Stubbs

Athlete of the month: March

What can I say about our athlete of the month for March?

I can say unequivocally, that I’m so proud to be writing this about Eric Stobezki aka Big Stubbs!!!

Eric is truly an inspirational story of a dedicated lifestyle change. As you can read in his story, he never worked out in his life! Then, he finds Crossfit Ignite and begins his awesome journey!  This is exactly what Ignite is about…inspiring people to be the best version of themselves.

From the first day, watching this man come in and just work hard, struggle, try again, triumph, and challenge himself, has been an amazing thing to watch from both a Coach’s and athletes perspective. Eric always has something positive to say and is usually packing his big smile. In fact, I would say he is one of the more positive minded individuals I have ever had the pleasure of being around. He is eager. He is selfless. He is successful. Most of all, he gets it. He is first and foremost, HAVING FUN!! Isn’t that why we all do this?

Looking forward to seeing more of your PR’s and success Brudda!!!

Coach KFJ

Athlete Spotlight

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):
    My name is Eric, aka Stubbs.  I am blessed to be happily married to my wife, Miriam, and have 3 kids; Shlomo-12, Shayna-8, Leah- 4. I went to Florida International University, Rutgers, and Kean for my Undergraduate and College of Staten Island for Graduate School, where I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  I currently work for Towne Nursing, a company that provides home health care services throughout NJ to adults and Geriatric patients in the comfort of their own home.
  1. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
    This is interesting. My wife is a health coach and has lost 100 lbs. After seeing her success and being obese, MY ENTIRE LIFE, I needed to do something already. A friend of mine mentioned Crossfit to me and how exciting and motivating it was… it peaked my interest. At that point I was ALL IN. I started first getting into a ROUTINE of working out at least 3x/week, eating healthy, and drinking lots and lots of water.  Crossfit Ignite is not local for me but I only heard amazing things about the coaches there and was motivated to join. I will NEVER look back!!!!
  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?
    Favorite movement: power/squat cleans.
    Favorite WOD’s are “Christine” as well as the “Crossfit Baseline” WOD. It is a baseline for me to see and monitor my progress .
    Least favorite movement…….BURPEES!!!!
  1. Words to live by/favorite quote?
    “A long life is not good enough, but a good life is long enough.”“Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why they call it ‘the present’.”
  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
    I have my Doctorate in Physical therapy. I have treated patients with Neurological disease and orthopedic issues in the adult and geriatric population. I also flew a plane and it was the most inspirational experience.
  1. How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
    Since being here for a little over 4 years, I have lost 55 lbs. and maintained a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthier, drinking lots of water (I can even hear Coach Steve remind us to have that gallon of water every day). I have a ton more physical energy than ever before. Crossfit has been the perfect partner with the healthy lifestyle that I have adopted.
  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?
    Firstly, you should be so proud that you have shown up!!!! Get to know all the athletes and coaches because they will help you on your journey and motivate you when you need it most. You should be prepared but enjoy yourself. You should communicate well with your coaches because they will listen and help you in every way. I am walking proof of that. An athlete should log every single workout, lift,  etc… so that they can see progress and use it for motivation. Because once you get that PR, there is no greater feeling and enthusiasm you will have to continue on your goals.
  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
    I was super motivated to have FINALLY taken a huge leap into my health journey. I was so impressed how each Coach and other athletes really cared about me and my success on this health journey. Yes I was sore, but I felt rejuvenated and excited to continue.
  1. Favorite Cheat meal?
    Mac and Cheese, chocolate chip molten explosion cake,  and maybe one day, Chicken Parm. LOL
  1. What motivates you during a WOD?
    My music and my continuous goal of completing the WOD everyday.
  1. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?
    Besides all the PR’s and completing the workouts at the crossfit open…….. When I first joined, I have never worked out in my life. I couldn’t even do one push up. NO JOKE. There was one warmup that consisted of 3 rounds of 250m row and then max reps of pushups. I was terrified since it was only 1 year being at crossfit. Not only did I complete the row in record time, I completed a total of 44 push ups chest to floor. Freakin awesome!!!!!
  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!
    “Stubbs” For time!!!
    5- power clean 165/115
    10 pushups
    15 cal row
    20 pull ups
    15 cal row
    10 pushups
    5 power cleans 165/115

Member name:

Karla Corona AKA KARRRLA

Athlete of the month: February

What can one say about Karla that we already don’t know. Compassionate, warrior-spirit, infectious smile and personality, confident, Strong yet gentle I can go on and on. Karla inspires me on a daily basis.  Her story is inspiring and the mental strength she has to keep moving forward is just humbling to watch. To be so young and have such confidence and  humility are qualities not many people have. Karla poses both. It is our honor to present to you the February Athlete Spotlight – Karla Corona.

Coach Steve

Questions With Karla:  

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):

I’m was born and raised in Mexico. I came to the U.S. 6 years ago. I’ve always been a little adventurous, so after graduating college I decided it was time for me to pack my bags and move somewhere else. My goal was to stay here only a year, improve my English, and then go back, but I ended up changing my mind and decided to stay. I currently work as a nanny and I’m also a full-time student.

  1. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?

I tried CrossFit because a friend of mine invited me to take a class with her. We looked up online Crossfit gyms near us and we found CFI. I did not know what I was getting myself into but knew that it was going to be intense. I ended up loving the class and my friend never did it again.

  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?

Favorite: Snatch, Clean, and Thruster, in that order

Least favorite: Pull-ups and T2B

  1. Words to live by/favorite quote

“I’m beautiful, I’m smart, I’m capable, I’m worthy”

I believe in affirmations, so this is something I tell myself every day and I also have it written on my mirror, so I can see it first thing in the morning. I believe that words are extremely powerful, they either build your confidence up or they tear it apart.  It took me a very long time to be comfortable in my own skin and I refuse to let myself feel less than what I am.

  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I want to become a nurse. Currently, I’m taking the prerequisites and next year I will start my nursing program.

  1. How had CrossFit changed your life/lifestyle?

It has made me tougher and has helped me to embrace who I really am. I remember always putting myself down for not having a specific body type, but now I get shocked by what my body is capable of doing and honestly, I love it!!

  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?

Focus on you and your own improvement. I know it is difficult to see everyone else moving heavy weights, but it is essential that you master the technique first if you want to avoid injuries. Also, have fun! SERIOUSLY! Enjoy what you’re doing, even if you can’t breathe lol

I call CFI my happy place because even if it’s only for an hour, I can forget about anything that’s happening in my life.

  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?

Well honestly mid-workout I thought I was going to die lol but I just couldn’t see myself going back to a “global gym”. I was hooked since the very first time. I loved how friendly and helpful everyone was.

  1. Favorite Cheat meal?

Tacos, almost all Mexican food, burgers, and chocolate cake

  1. What motivates you during a WOD?

Proving myself that I’m capable of doing more than I think it’s what motivates me the most, but the coaches and other athletes motivate me to keep moving and to keep improving every day.

  1. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?

The day I was able to do Double Unders. I used to get so annoyed by this movement and I would never practice, but one day I decided that even if I got frustrated, I was going to keep practicing. I started doing single, double, single until I was able to link them together.

  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

For Time:

15 Clean & Jerk (135/95)

30 Double Unders

12 Snatch (135/95)

30 Double Unders

9 Thrusters (135/95)

Karla Corona AKA KARRRLA
Member name:

Joseph LaBarbera A.K.A Jumprope Joe

Athlete of the month: January

We are so excited to announce our first ever Athlete Spotlight … Joe LaBarbera! Joe has been a member at Ignite for a little over 5 years. My very first memory of Joe was coaching him in a WOD that involved jump roping. You may think Joe acquired his nick name because of his stellar single unders that he now has, quite opposite. I will never forget the first time I saw him attempt to jump rope…let’s just say he resembled a fish out of water! From that time forward he has been known as Jumprope Joe! For those of you that don’t know Joe, he is one of the MOST genuine people I have ever known. He took a chance on Crossfit wanting to make changes in his life. He is consistent with his workouts and his main goal is to get the best out of his workout every time he is in class. Jumprope Joe it’s truly an honor to have you at Ignite as one of our athletes and as January’s Athlete Spotlight! – Coach Sandra 

11 Questions with Joe:

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):  I have been married since before the turn of the century (July 1999) and my wife (Michele) and I have two son’s Joseph ( 17 ) and Anthony (15).  For over 15 years have worked for KPMG in Montvale as an Associate Director in the Finance and Accounting group.  I went to IONA College for my MBA and my undergrad at Pace University.

2.  What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?  I was reading and seeing a lot on TV about CrossFitAlthough, I did not do any exercise or physical activity for over 10 years I knew that the fitness club route wasn’t for me.When I belonged to fitness clubs if I had to wait to use a machine or other gym equipment I treated it as a signal from god that my workout was done for the day 🙂 I searched online for CrossFits in the area and since CrossFit Ignite is close to work I decided to give it a try and have no regrets about it!

3.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?  When it comes to strength (weights) my favorite lift is the Back Squat because it is not a complicated movement.  Power Snatch is my least favorite because it is complicated for me and I can’t seem to get the shrug.  

4.  Words to live by/favorite quote?  Man Plans, God Laughs.  I say this because even basic plans get derailed.  A simple example, I would plan to go to CrossFit three times a week and on Sunday would look at my calendar and say I will go Tuesday, Thursdayand Saturday.  Inevitably something would come up at work or home on those days and I was lucky if I made it to CrossFit one day that week.  However, I could have probably made it in the other days because something on my calendar wound up not occurring that day or I was cherry picking because I wasn’t a fan of that day’s WOD.  I decided to just keep gym clothes and my sneakers always in my car and go to the gym any day I can go even if I am not a fan of the WOD that day.  I probably average four days or more a week going with this strategy. 

5.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?  My children inspire me and if it wasn’t for me seeing them accomplish all the amazing things they accomplished I would have never stepped outside my comfort zone and joined CrossFit.  To keep it brief and not go on and on, Joseph earned his Black Belt in Kung Fu when he was nine years old and Anthony has undergone several open-heart surgeries because his right side of his heart never developed.  Doctors told us not to expect much from him academically and physically.  However, in little league he hit an out of the park home run and always makes the honor roll at school.

6.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?  My advice for anyone looking to try CrossFit or newbies is don’t be intimidated.  Everyone has their weaknesses and do not try to be the athlete you aren’t.  Have the best work out for you and do not compare your times or scores to other’s.  Fortunately, CrossFit Ignite has amazing coaches and they will make sure you are comfortable with the movements and can quickly assess the individual and are realistic about each individual’s capabilities.  If they know you can give more they will get that out of you to get you the best workout.

7. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?  I was surprised at how interactive it was and not only was the coach helpful and knowledgeable the members there that day were also very helpful and encouraging during the workoutYou knew the people there were committed to getting a good workout and not just going to a gym to say I went to the gym today.  Over five years later I still feel the same way and that is in good part to the culture that Steve and Tina fostered and the talented and caring coaches who share their same values (Sandra, Adam, Kung Fu Jim, Danielle, Kiley, Stevie T).

8. Favorite Cheat meal? Wine, Pepperoni Pizza, Calzone, Oreo Cookies, Chocolate Ice Cream..

9. What motivates you during a WOD?  The people around me motivate me.  The coaches motivate me with their encouragement and the athletes around me motivate me because I am always amazed at either their speed or the amount of weight they can lift and still have good form

10. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment?  My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is going to have to be the Civilian Military Combine (Spartan type race), because I always wanted to do something like this but never thought I would have the stamina to get through it.   

11. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!


• 70%x3,
• 75%x3,
• 80%x3,
• 85%x3,
• 75%x3

Percentages based off of most recent heaviest set of 3


AMRAP in 20 Minutes:

  • 400M Run
  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 10 Toes to Bar


Joseph LaBarbera A.K.A Jumprope Joe

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