Athlete Spotlight – Pat Boquiren

It is an honor and privilege to introduce you to our very own Pat Boquiren.   I think we can all agree Pat is one of the kindest people around.  She always has a smile on her face and a positive thing to say.  Pat is one of those people that makes you feel better about yourself when you are around her.  She’s warm, caring, supportive, generous, and humble as all get out.  When it comes to CrossFit, she is one of the most dedicated athletes I have ever encountered.  And you should see her Olympic lifts — she’s such a stud!!! I am so glad to call her one of our athletes and a dear friend.  Without further ado, here’s Pat 🙂


How long have you been doing CrossFit? 

I have been doing CrossFit for 2 years (7 months at CFHW…the rest of the time at Merge).  I actually heard about it from Delyn in 2010, but I wasn’t ready to give it a try…yet.

How did you hear about CrossFit Merge? 

My friend Cindy had gone to Merge and told me that it was closer to my home than CFHW. She even went to my first class with me. Kendra Dalton and a gal named Christina (not Kuo) were my first two classmates.

What was your first CrossFit WOD experience like?

I thought I was going to die!!! Aside from going on a few hikes and doing yoga, I had been  sedentary since high school. My “WODs” consisted of 1-hour AMSAPs (As Many Stores As Possible), hiking up and down broken escalators, and more than rx’d the farmer’s carry with shopping bags. LOL. I was really out of shape. My introduction to CrossFit involved rowing, push-ups, sit ups, kb swings, and running (bleh). 

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?

I LOVE coffee!!! Hmmm…not a lot of people know that I am a perpetual student. I enjoy taking classes for personal development and one of my goals is to take all of the foreign languages offered at Glendale Community College. There are eight in all, and I’ve already completed the beginning and intermediate levels of French and Spanish.

What is your greatest CrossFit accomplishment thus far? 

There are so many things that have amazed me at Merge…it’s hard to choose. I guess I’ll say getting the “HAM” after doing Miguel’s (crazy) birthday WOD. I slipped off the box, dropped the plate on myself in the weighted lunge (klutz?), and got through it one rep at a time. I was sore for days!!!

What is your favorite WOD and why?

One without running!!! Hahaha. I’ve only done my first love, the Turkish Get-Up, as a skill. I was unsure about signing a contract until I saw the TGU. Everything I had done up to that point was fast and heavy. The TGU was more my style: slow, controlled, and could get heavy. As far as WODs are concerned, I don’t know the names. Any WOD that involves the use of a barbell gets me excited, especially when I see snatches (fav lift).

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Any WOD with running!!! I always feel like I’m stomping rather than running. Marianoel gave me some tips for running, so I know I’ll get over my aversion to running once it improves.

What advice would you give a new member?

Be Consistent and Prepared: Show up on a regular basis and keep a journal where you record the results of your skills and WODs. Check the WOD in the blog/FB page so that you can think about what you want to accomplish before you get there. Form & Technique: Getting a PR feels great, but it’s not a must have for me every time I go to the box. Executing proper form and technique trumps lifting a heavy weight. It’s important for you to know your body well and just how far you can push yourself to reach excellence but not risk getting hurt. Use cues to help you keep the bar in contact with your body like Icee’s “feel the steel” or my “body body body body body body SNATCH!” (said silently to myself). Community: CF Merge has a great community of athletes. I love seeing Mergers cheer their fellow athletes on as they get a PR or try to finish a WOD. I have to give props to my mafia. Icee, Rambert, Shirley, Emman, Delyn, Cindy, Marianoel, Miguel, Michael, and Tiff have really been instrumental in the transformation of who I am as a CrossFit athlete. We text, message, email, chat, talk, post links, lollygag, eat, and HAVE FUN!!!

Out of all the hours in the day (both sleeping and awake) how much time do you spend working out? Thinking about CrossFit? Dreaming it? Watching vids? etc. 

Oh, I’d say a good portion throughout the day…when I’m not sleeping, teaching, or studying. I’m one of the Mergers who can’t go to bed until I know what the WOD is for the next day.  Running in the WOD? No problem. Let’s go cherry picking! – kidding on this one btw. I’ve had dreams about doing CrossFit and even woke up shrugging with my hands gripping a “bar”.  Gosh, an hour of CrossFit is not enough…soooo grateful that Kuya Bryce lets us stay after class when we don’t want to leave!

If you had one super power, what would it be and why?

I was fascinated with the Wonder Twins when I was a child and their ability to change shape and form. Since I don’t have a twin, I can have a ring and say, “Wonder ring power activate. Form of _________. Shape of _________”. I can change into whatever I need to complete a WOD or get through a lesson.

If you were stranded on a deserted island what items would you bring with you apart from, food, clothes and water?

Let’s see…I would bring a transistor radio where the batteries never die (like on “Gilligan’s Island”), a jump rope (y’all know I need to work on my double unders), and my crochet kit (maybe I’ll get to finish my throw).

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

I was able to do toes to bar in a WOD for the first time at Emman’s birthday WOD (a crazier one than Miguel’s).

Where do you see yourself in 1 year?

I hope that I will have checked off several of the skills on the advanced level test.

If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?

I don’t know. This is a hard one. “Middle Sister: Rebel Red”


Pat, we are so grateful you are part of our CrossFit Merge family/Mafia. Your love and enthusiasm makes CrossFit one of the greatest joys we all get to experience. Keep up the good work!


All Classes 

Pose Running Drill 
For time: 
800 meter run
Then 3 rounds of:
10 box jumps (24/20)
10 deadlifts (205#/123#)
Then 800 meter run
Then 3 rounds of:
10 burpees
10 goblet squats (53/35)
Then finish with an 800 meter run

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