May 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Amanda SnowAmanda Snow

Which athletes do you look up to?
Obviously, Crossfit games athletes are awesome. But if I’m honest, on a normal day I’m most focused on the various Magna athletes that kick my ass on the daily. You know, the ones I chase and on a good day strive to stay only 1 round or 50 reps behind. You all know who you are. Honestly, it’s impressive to see people have normal lives (works, kids, etc) and then come into the box and kill it.

What is your favorite workout?
Hmm. Anything without running? Lol. No, seriously.
I don’t know that I have a favorite. Maybe Jackie or Fran? I suck less at those than others.

Which crossfit movement is your favorite?
If we were talking barbell, I’d say it is a thruster. Otherwise, I do really like toes to bar, pullups, and even burpees (don’t judge).

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
I can’t think of just one fictional character, so I’m combining two; Megamind and She-Ra. I choose Megamind simply because I love that guy, love that movie. He is funny, witty, smart, and it makes me giggle every time it is on. She-Ra Princess of Power, does that even need an explanation?

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
So, I have this shirt, and it says Caffeine, Chaos, and Cuss Words. That pretty much sums up my life, so I guess I’d go with that.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Hmm. I would like to study yoga. Right now my fitness addiction is crossfit, but I try to get to yoga once a week. I’m always nicer and I feel better after yoga. Once life slows down a little (likely many years from now), I’d like to study yoga and maybe even become an instructor. I see tie dye, yoga beads, zen, and a part time yoga gig in my future.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Surviving Snow boy motherhood, every day. Its fun, but its exhausting. I crossfit to keep up with them.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
Crossfit can be intimidating. I know that I was actually scared to come back after my first Magna WOD. My biggest piece of advice would be to keep reminding yourself that everyone was once a beginner, and even the most advanced athletes have things they think they “suck at”. Two years ago I had no idea what Olympic lifting meant, and felt like the lingo was a whole other language I had to learn. I felt intimidated just looking at people’s fitness attire and gear, much less thinking about all the crossfit movements I couldn’t actually do. Just take it one step at a time. Make a list of goals and slowly chip away. The good news is that Crossfit comes with a built in awesome community that will suffer with you and push you farther than you ever thought you could go. All you have to do is show up and do the work.

Where’s Waldo?
In New Zealand, where the Snow Family would be if something crazy goes down in the US or if suddenly all of our immediate family could afford to visit on the regular.

Nanos or Metcons?
That answer would be WOD dependent. I would choose Metcons for more barbell focus. Nanos for body weight movements or running.

Describe your ideal weekend?
As the bulk of my time is spent with my family, I’m going with the non-family answer (Sorry Jerry).
I would say, 2-3 of my favorite girlfriends, maybe somewhere like Sedona or Santa Fe if I only have the weekend. It would include some hiking (plus or minus crossfit and/or yoga pending which girlfriends are included), a cute resort, some spa treatments, and yummy food with a couple cocktails.

What’s your favorite happy hour drink?
Very much depends on the day and the place. I like a well made Margarita, no bottle mix or crappy tequila. Also, I love a Salty Dog with a touch of St. Germaine in it, or any funky cocktail with jalapenos in it.


May Recipe of the Month

Wonton Meatballs
*adapted from NomNom Paleo

I made this on a total whim and was BLOWN away by the amazing flavor and by how easy it was to make. I adapted some of the ingredients, but if you want to check out the original, visit:

1 package shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 pounds ground pork
4 scallions, finely chopped
½ cilantro, minced
2 tbsp tamari (sub soy sauce, coconut aminos)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fish sauce
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp sesame oil
cooking oil of choice
*sriracha optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. Add ground pork to bowl.
  3. Finely chop shrimp until it becomes paste-like and add to pork
  4. Add scallions, cilantro, tamari, salt, fish sauce, pepper, sesame oil and srirache (if desired)
  5. Mix together until all ingredients are incorporated
  6. Form the meat until meatballs, approximately 3 tbsp, and place on parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Place in oven for 20 minutes
  8. Garnish with chopped chives and enjoy!

The meatball mixture is totally versatile! It can be saved in the fridge for up to 12 hours, or can be made into patties, meatloaf or browned as a part of a stir-fry. Be creative and have fun!

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April 2017 Athlete Spotlight

IMG_1520Nicole Kosowski

How do you take your coffee?
As black as it can get. Nothing more, nothing less.

Name 3 things you always have in the fridge?
Salsa, almond milk and some sort of chicken

What’s your favorite saying?
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

What sports did you play in youth or college?
I was a swimmer starting at the age of 3, and continued on a club team up through my senior year of high school.


What was your last text message?
My last text was to my mom asking if I could come use her kitchen to cook, because I live in a shoe box sized apartment with an elf sized kitchen.

If you owned a laundromat, what would you name it?
The Wishy Washy

If you had to choose your last meal, what would it be?
Tacos, duh!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of being the first one in my family to go to college in the U.S and getting accepted into the nursing program at ASU. 

How has crossfit changed your life?
CrossFit has truly changed my life for the better and continues to do so every day. It’s definitely made me physically stronger, but it’s also made me stronger mentally as well. It’s showed me that I’m capable of more than I think I am, and has taught me to never limit myself in anything I do whether that be in a workout or in my daily life.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
You won’t become a CrossFit pro in just a few weeks, progress takes time. So don’t avoid the things you’re not the best at, work on bettering yourself and your skills day in and day out, stay positive and you will meet your goals.

April Recipe of the Month

Greek Salad
w/ Grilled Chicken
& yogurt Tzatziki

Grilled chicken & marinade:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp wersteshire sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bag and allow to marinade for up to 24 hours
  2. Grill the chicken until done, slice and place on top or next to salad


  • 1 cucumber
  • ¼ red onion
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, any color
  • ¼ cup pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives
  1. Chop all ingredients and mix in a bowl. Use more of each ingredient to make a bigger salad, delete or add ingredients based on your preference!


  • 5 oz greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place on top of salad. This can be modified to fit your taste, all can be added to reach desired consistency or flavor.

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March 2017 Athlete Spotlight


Which athletes do you look up to?

I look up to Coach Marcus' biceps, BK's SugarWoD scores, Katie's ability to workout and inspire me even when pregnant, Adriana's lateness to class but still complete domination, Preslie's drive and food knowledge, Roger pushing me and trying to get me to do disgusting workouts on Sundays, Nick being awesome and inspirational, Andy's gainz, and everybody else who is part of the family at Magna. Ooh, and Matt Fraser, Rich Froning, and Sara Sigmundsdottir.

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout was probably the Thanksgiving Workout we did this year. Not only was it an absolutely disgusting burner of a workout, but it completely transformed the gym. I just remember looking around half-conscious and seeing the gym fully alive and moving with people just kicking their own ass. Nobody was stopping to take selfies, no one was worried about scaling this or that, everyone was just focused on their own excellence. It was amazing. Or Murph. Yeah, Murph too.

Which crossfit movement is your favorite?

Ever since I got my first ring muscle-up it's been a favorite. It's taken me a long time to get that particularly movement, so doing it was not only fun, but a rewarding experience because it showed me that I was making progress. It's just fun as hell swinging in the air like that anyway.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Ash Ketchum from Pokemon. He just wakes up one day at 10 years old, decides he's going to leave home to be a Pokemon trainer, becomes a man almost simultaneously, and goes on countless adventures learning things with his friends. He doesn't lift, and that's not cool, but Pokemon are also pretty great.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

This might seem silly, but I always wished I could be better at math in general. As the key to most sciences and theorizing, I always felt like it was an interesting skill that my brain didn't take to as easily as others. Discovering things about the universe through mathematics would be a really rewarding thing. I imagine it would also make me better at plate math, which I also struggle with, so there's that.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

When I was in college I set-up my own interviews in Texas and Arizona. I bought my own plane tickets and planned everything, even down to staying with Alumni from my college in the two states. I eventually got a job, and drove across the country to start a job and get an apartment in place I had never been before. I did it all by myself and felt like I really accomplished something without being handed anything. That's how I ended up at Magna.

What inspires you?

A big inspiration to me is my students (I'm a teacher). I like working hard to give them someone to look up to in the classroom and in the gym/on the field. They work so hard and they want to be scholars and athletes and it pushes me to retain my youth and take care of myself. I try to be the best I can be for myself and for them.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?

SCALE EVERYTHING AND CHANGE YOUR DIET. These things took me way too long to learn and they made all the difference in everything. Too often I was doing 1-2 workouts a week and absolutely blowing myself out trying to do RX. By scaling everything, I was able to learn myself and my limits much better, and this allowed me to get into the gym much more often (now 5 times a week). The best thing? It was easier and I was actually getting better results. That, and it allowed me to become friends with more people which was a nice push to getting into the gym more often. Also, diet makes all the difference. It changed how I feel and how I look almost completely. It unlocked a world of energy and stability that has carried through my gym-life, my work-life, and my social-life. Eating right has made it so that I can do everything and I NEVER have the old feeling of exhaustion that I used to. It's all about balancing those things and being disciplined.

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I don't really think about changing my name; I usually think about bettering myself so that my name is something worth having.


Nanos or Metcons?

Metcons. Never ignore the heart muscle.