Evan Copaken

#MemberCrushMonday: Evan Copaken

What do you do with your time, for work, play, etc?

I am going into my fourth year of teaching high school English. While I will geek out over our books and content, it is truly the students that make my job the best. The classroom play, antics, and jokes fill my life with amusement and joy. When I'm not working, I spend my time hanging out with and training my dog Meech.

What is something about you that would surprise us?

Before teaching, I worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Chargers (I've got some published work - not to brag). I also don't have a middle name!

How do you make a difference in the community?

I consider my profession as an educator my greatest effort to make a difference in my community. I am relatively new to the area, so I am figuring out other ways to get involved in the valley. In the past, I have volunteered for organizations that advocate support for Black and Latino-owned businesses.

Why do you choose to workout at Chuckwalla?

I chose Chuckwalla because of the community. Both members and coaches were extremely social and supportive when I was testing out the gym for the first time. I feel welcome in the gym and look forward to socializing with everyone there.

How does Chuckwalla help you be strong for life?

Chuckwalla provides an enjoyable community that allows me to really focus on my work - benefiting both my physical and mental health. I enjoy my time here and know that my exercise truly helps me stay focused and calm in class.

What is your favorite lift/workout?

Shoulder press (rationale: it's my best lift)

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