The Weekly Dose of Awesome

I'm excited to be able to knight (I feel like knighting is the right terminology?) two such deserving Awesomes in a row. This week's is one of the core noon crew - the people who we depend upon to bring energy and consistency to our midday. Steve is probably the best buddy to get partnered with, a total gym pro who can spot you and motivate you at the same time. Let's get to know him a little better!

Name: Steve Salta

Nickname / Alter Ego: The Reverend - I have presided over weddings

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR

Occupation: Business Development at Healthline, Dad

When did you first start CrossFitting? June 2016

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB? June 2016

Favorite WOD: I love anything that includes a barbell off the ground. Also, any WOD that includes things that I'm not very good at, which is a lot. I find that practicing during a WOD helps me learn to be more efficient in my movement.

Least favorite WOD: Anything that includes the rower or the bike. For calories, meters, whatever...ugh. Maybe I should work on my cardio more.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? At UB. I was always interested in it because I like to push myself mentally and physically. I also like learning new things, so CrossFit seemed like a good fit. When I started working in SoMa, I immediately started looking for a gym because I like to work out at lunch. UB is half a block away from my office, so I figured I'd give CrossFit a shot. It's difficult, humbling and fun...I haven't looked back since.

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? Increased confidence in my ability to do things I never thought I could do. That...and I bounce back from hangovers quicker.

What’s your secret talent? I'm a lifelong musician.  I toured with a band for 4 years before getting a "real" job.  I still play music with multiple bands around the bay area as a session drummer and I just finished an EP with a group called Israel Mattos and the Outsiders that will release this spring.  See My Peoples, Manicato, Kapakahi, Du Uy Quintet for some samples

What was your first concert? Nelson twins, smh.  Followed by Poison and Motley Crue.

If you were a superhero or villain, what would your superpower be: The ability to subtly manipulate anyone to do what I that messed up? And to fly

Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.