Thank you for 15 years!!

THANK YOU!!! We had such a wonderful time celebrating 15 years of CFA with you on Friday night! Thank you so much for joining us and making it a wonderful evening. We are looking forward to another incredible year with you!

Here’s a little recap of our Awards Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRON BUFFALO RECIPIENTS
Melissa Barker
Matt Cleaver

 

BITTER BURPEE AWARDS
“The Watty” (aka Participation award) – Thomas Bueno
Swolemates – KB & Diamond Horton
Most Competitive – Ryan Vonier
Golden Shoes – Cory Guevara
Longevity – Shawn Mauser
Social Media Mogul – Annalisa Guartuche
Rookie of the Year – Michael Habib
OG of the Year – Jose Gonzalez
Tenant in C-300 (attendance) – KB
Community – Lynn Sexton
Fitness – Jack Smith
Adventure – Jenn Stem

November Athlete of the Month || Reed Cross!!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our November Athlete of the Month is Reed Cross! Reed joined CFA in January of 2021, and his consistent effort over the last few years hasn’t gone unnoticed. Reed captures the spirit of growth and fitness longevity by being flexible with his schedule (often popping around to different class times to make it work), making appropriate modifications, and finding new skills to develop and refine. Most recently, he’s been working on his strict pull-up endurance! While he may be known as one of our “quieter” members, Reed is always friendly and coachable, and he’ll let his wild side show by bravely wearing shorts in 40-degree weather! We are excited to see his continued improvements, and we’re proud to call him our November AOM! Congratulations Reed, and thank you for letting us share in your journey!

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
Reed
Words to live by?
Every day is an opportunity. 
What is your fitness background?
I’ve never really been competitive about fitness, but I always feel better after I work out, so that’s why I keep doing it. 
How long have you been CrossFitting?
I joined CFA in early 2021(ish) to get active after a bit of a pandemic lull. That was my first exposure to CrossFit. 
 
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
Really sweaty! I want to say the first actual class I took was Cindy, which makes 20 minutes feel like a really long time. It still feels long, but every time the workout comes up I feel stronger than the last time. 
 
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The coaching staff! It would be much harder to go to the gym if everyone wasn’t nice and encouraging.
 
Current Training Goals/PRs?
My goal when I joined was to hit 225 squatting, now that I’ve done that I want to get better at pull ups.  
What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Just keep trying new things and over time you’ll get better. There are still a lot of movements/skills I’ve yet to master, but comparing to where I started a couple years ago I can see how far I’ve progressed. 
 
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
I consider the gym “me time”, I give myself that hour to not worry about other things going on in work/life. I come out of a workout more motivated and focused, so taking that one hour benefits me the rest of the day. 

What is your cheat meal go-to?
Pizza. The “ooh la la” at Pinthouse is fantastic. 
 
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
I play a few recreational sports, I also like to run with my pups. 
 
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Winter is tough for me, it’s a lot harder to get out of bed when it’s freezing outside. 
 
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
The last time I did a one-rep max on deadlifts I got a PR!
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
IDK…I always feel the best after the really long workouts, so it would be like 35 minutes long with lots of cardio. 
 
What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
The five dollar late cancel fee haha. That’s usually enough to get me out of bed and to the gym. 
 
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I really enjoy cooking for other people and my friends tell me I’m good at it.
 
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I really love to travel when I’m off work, Mexico City is my favorite destination yet, but I’d love to visit Japan one day. 
 
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Stay classy. 

October Athlete of the Month || Lakshmi Sirigireddy!!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our October Athlete of the Month is Lakshmi Sirigireddy! Lakshmi joined CFA in March of 2023, brand new to the realm of CrossFit/Weightlifting Training. We must say, she has caught on very well! Since day one, Lakshmi has been extremely coachable and willing to learn. It is awesome to see her analyze a movement or get super excited to show one of the coaches when she has progressed in a skill. Lakshmi is a duel athlete! She participates on the CrossFit side and Weightlifting side equally, so you’ll be sure to catch her at some point. We are excited to see her continued improvements and we’re proud to call her AOM! Congratulations Lakshmi and thank you for letting us share in your journey!

 

 

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
I have a few that go with how I know and met you… Lakshmi is my intro/business name. Harshita is my family name. Hersh/Hershey is my nickname. Call me whichever!
 
Words to live by?
Never let anyone treat you like a yellow Starburst. You are a pink Starburst (…unless you like a yellow Starburst then flip the color…)
 
What is your fitness background? 
I wasn’t athletic at all growing up but picked up weightlifting in college. It’s been a great long-term investment.
 
How long have you been CrossFitting? 
8 full months!
 
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today? 
Sheesh, I was (and still am) impressed by how quickly and powerfully other people could move. I was just frustrated that I wasn’t there yet! Now having gone through a lot of mental resilience and encouragement from mentors to go past my limits, it feels like night and day even though each workout is challenging in its own right. Some workouts still leave me breathless and sore, but I do appreciate the progress I’ve made since that first day!
 
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The weightlifting side…sorry!
 
Current Training Goals/PRs? 
I have a few: 1) 40 push-ups in a row or at least a few handstand push-ups, 2) pistol squats for reps, and 3) more than a green plate for all the lifts: clean, jerk, and snatch.

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Cliché but just keep going and then find cues to help you understand technique and form for specific exercises, especially since there could be so many variations! My personal favorite cues are 1) corkscrew into the ground, 2) be a mountain, and 3) “pull up your pants” (Marco taught me this one during cleans/snatches).
 
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
Life can be overwhelming sometimes so the gym/yoga is where I go to disconnect from all the stress and chaos. It’s like the physical version of therapy and journaling for me.

What is your cheat meal go-to? 
Mom’s mutton curry and chicken biryani…and an obscene amount of it.
 
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym? 
To open my own jars.
 
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Overcoming a semi-nasty back injury is my biggest one and it took quite some PT + a lot of patience getting back to full form.
 
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
I’m happy and proud most days because I’ve just been super consistent in and outside of the gym and it’s been showing! I’m able to hit cleaner cleans and snatchier snatches and nail some of the harder skill progressions I’ve been aiming for.
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
The Baby Giraffe (because you’ll be walking like one afterwards): Heavy 5×5 of Back Squats, Front Squats, Overhead Squats, and Split Squats.
 
What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it? 
I just brute force those days because I know I’m the only one that’s going to push myself to stay driven and on course. (But I also acknowledge when I do really just need a break and give myself permission to take one.)
 
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Hobby wise: I like taking cool photos, cooking, and playing video games. (Some of my favorite games have been Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Hades, GTA Vice City, and Until Dawn.)
Interest wise: I generally like all things tech, fantasy, and sci-fi.
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I have a lot of food venture ideas and would love to execute one of them next year. This one may not get executed, but one is selling small orders of Indian and Cajun/Creole fusion dishes (think tandoori style shrimp & grits).
 
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words… 
The journey to strength isn’t always about lifting the heaviest weight or running the fastest mile. Sometimes…it’s about conquering those darn jars, one lid at a time.

September Athlete of the Month || Billy O’Marra!!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our August Athlete of the Month goes to the one and only Mr. Billy O’Marra! Billy joined the CFA family on December 16th with a hunger for growth and knowledge. Billy continues to surprise us with his dedication, discipline, and great attitude toward fitness. When the man has a goal, there is nothing that will stop him which is just one of the many things we admire about him #GOALS!

Not only does he put in the hard work, but he also listens to his body and makes the right decisions, constantly reinventing himself and adjusting his goals for a better road to success.

Billy, we love that you chose us to help you on your journey to success and can’t wait to see your continuation to success in your fitness journey

 

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
William O’Marra, Billy, aka Goat (the farm animal, not the acronym)

Words to live by?
Be tolerant with others, and strict with yourself.

What is your fitness background?
Growing up, I played sports like lacrosse, basketball, and football. My best sport was probably Ultimate. I had
more trophies for math than sports. As an adult, I got into yoga, calisthenics, boxing, and now CrossFit.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
January 2023, the journey officially began.

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts
today?
My first day doing CrossFit was my first Fundy Day w/Coach Alien who shadowed me during a class. There
were burpees and pull ups, so it was in my wheelhouse, and I felt pretty good. In general, the weightlifting
aspect is all new to me, and most classes at the start were super tough. Classes are still tough, but I now have
an understanding of the fundamental weight lifting movements and it’s easier to figure out how to scale the
workouts appropriately.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The community is great, and I’ve met a lot of inspiring people who’ve shown me the ropes along the way, either
through example or side chats. I really enjoy the music the coaches play, and am known to take over the playlist from time to time.

Current Training Goals/PRs?
Get stronger. I want to be able to do the Rx version of at least one OPEN workout next year, so I’m going to
spend the fall and winter focusing on building strength, spending more time on the WL side of things.

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Don’t stress, stretch
Show Up
Scale Down (as much as you need to)
Rock Out
The only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask.

How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
No matter how busy life gets, it only takes a few minutes to drop down and do some push-ups, squats, or
burpees. In your office, hotel room, outdoors, on a plane (easier done on big planes), wherever you’re at.

What is your cheat meal go-to?
Lately, the double stacked chicken nachos at Twin Peaks, with a couple beers to wash it down. For dessert, if Crumbl cookies are wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Throwing my nephews around at the pool/beach. I work in video production so it helps to be able to hold a camera for a long time or carry/move heavy equipment. I enjoy helping people move, too. Moving boxes and furniture, up and down stairs, is probably my favorite workout. If you need a hand, hmu.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Mostly Injuries. I’ve got a disc in my lower back that easily slips out of place, and learning how to heal from and manage that has been a journey. Being open-minded, patient, doing research, and listening to my body.

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
The first time I did 300 burpees (3 sets of 100) with a 12 lb vest was pretty freakin’ cool.

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
Goat’s 300 Workout – 10 Rounds for time of:
10 burpees
5 pull ups
10 wall balls
5 pull ups
Scale Up: Add weight vest and/or do 2-pump burpees (two push ups at bottom)

What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
Just learning over time that 99% of the time when you don’t feel like it, you’ll feel better after working out. Sometimes I have to trick myself saying “Just do ten minutes.” Ten turns into 45-60 real quick once your heart
starts pumping.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy volunteering with the Travis County Juvenile Probation Dept. I teach a documentary class designed to provide education, life lessons, and combat recidivism. I’m also a huge fan of Portugal FC and the Jets.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I lived in NYC/Brooklyn for 15 years before moving to Austin in November 2002, but I grew up in Northern NJ ~20 miles west of downtown Manhattan, and from the top of my street you could see the Twin Towers on a clear day.   My father was supposed to be at 9am meeting on the 90th floor of Tower 1 on 9/11, thankfully he was late to work that day. A miracle for man who was never late and never had a sick day in his career. Unfortunately many of his co-workers lost their lives that day, 358 of them to be exact. I saw the sky turn black that day. I am forever grateful my father survived, and every 9/11 I think about those who weren’t as lucky. RIP

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Never get high on your supply.

August Athlete of the Month || Shana King!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our August Athlete of the Month goes to none other than Shana King! Shana joined CFA in August of 2022 and we’re excited to celebrate her 1 year anniversary with us as AOM! You can find Shana in several different classes but 5:30 AM tends to be her jam, spreading the love with the early crew! Shana not only attends CrossFit classes, but enjoys going to WL as well.  She’s also no stranger to jumping in with her gym buds to showcase her skills in competitions.

Thank you for being a great athlete and putting in the hard work, Shana! We are honored to have you as our AOM and as an awesome part of this team. Thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing all you accomplish in the years to come! Congratulations! Hay Hay Hooray!!!!!

P.S. (Ask her what’s her favorite bird and why! She is kind of an ornithologist 😏)

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
Shana (shaa-nuh, like banana) King pronouns: She/Her/Ella
 
Words to live by?
Don’t talk about it, be about it!
 
What is your fitness background?
Growing up I was a swimmer and did competitive cheerleading. After high school I did very litte fitness or sports until I found crossfit in my mid 20’s
 
How long have you been CrossFitting?
9 years. I got my Level 1 cert in 2020 and coached for about 2 years at our prior gym
 
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
My first workout was an AMRAP of running and kettlebell swings. I remember having a lot of fun and appreciated the AMRAP structure because we were all done at the same time, even though I had to take lots of rest breaks. I still love a good AMRAP for those reasons!
 
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
Our prior gym closing was incredibly hard for me. I experienced a ton of grief about losing a place so special to me. Ty and I were worried we wouldn’t find a place with that same magic. I feel so lucky to have found CFA. I appreciate the strong culture, the diversity of membership, and knoweldgeable and passionate coaches. 
 
Current Training Goals/PRs?
I want to maintain as much strength as I can, be consistent and smart with my training, and to have FUN!

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Talk to and try to know the people in your classes. When I’m feeling like I’d rather hit snooze or skip the gym and head home, remembering that there are awesome folks waiting for me at the gym can be the little motivation that I need. 
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
Ti
me is definitely not something I have a lot of after becoming a school administrator a few years ago, and most recently a principal. But, I know that the one hour I can put aside for training will make all of the other hectic hours feel better. 

What is your cheat meal go-to?
Honestly, I’ve tried to move away from calling foods “good, bad, cheat, etc.” 
I tracked macros and was very strict for many years, and it’s not something that I have the mental or emotional capacity for these days. I try to eat home cooked meals (by Ty, luckily) during the week, and save eating out for the weekends in moderation. 
 
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Educators spend all day on their feet. My school is huge and has multiple flights of stairs, so being in shape helps me keep up with the pace of running a high school. It’s also something my students and I connect about. I like that I can hop in on our football team’s summer strength workouts and hold my own. I also run open gym and weight room every day at lunch and enjoy doing reps here and there and giving cues to the students that come in. I think it’s really important for young girls and boys to see that women can be strong. 
 
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Making peace with the fact that I don’t always have the capacity to train at the volume or intensity that I want or used to in years prior.
 
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
Probably the first time that I did Murph with a weight vest. I did a good amount of training with the vest specifically to prepare for that workout, and I could feel that preparation pay off during the workout. 
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
It would be a partner workout with power cleans, double unders, and some sort of heavy odd object/ sandbag carry. 
What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
The people, the endorphins, and knowing I’ll feel better afterward. 
 
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I like to bake and try new recipes. I’ve gotten really into lego sets recently and also enjoy reading. I also spend every Sunday doing mutual aid work with our unhoused neighbors. 
 
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I’m a trained birdwatcher!
 
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Fitness, like all of the aspects of life, has seasons. There will be days, weeks, months where you feel great, and some where you are just in it for the check mark. Be patient, be kind to yourself, and keep riding the wave. Sometimes the goal should just be to have fun!

July Athlete of the Month || Perry Stallings!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our July Athlete of the Month is Perry Stallings! Perry joined CFA in November of 2020 after returning to Texas from the Bay Area. Instead of heading back to Dallas or San Antonio where he and his wife grew up, respectively, they settled on something in the middle, and we’re so glad they did! Other than being one of the 7:30am regulars, Perry’s probably best known to new classmates as The Dancing Guy (oh yes, he gets DOWN, seriously) or the one who’s saying what they’re all thinking (“Whyyy?!?!”), but to his coaches and fellow regulars, he’s also incredibly intentional, consistent, and committed to good-quality movement in everything he does. He’s known to be in the gym up to an hour before class to warm up and complete any accessory or PT homework he’s been assigned!

We’ve loved being part of his journey at CFA and celebrating his wins along the way. Perry, we are honored to have you as our July Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this team. Thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing all you accomplish in the years to come! Congratulations!

 

State your Name and/or Nickname please:

Perry

Words to live by?

Move fast and learn faster

What is your fitness background?

I grew up dancing

How long have you been CrossFitting?

9 years. (6 consistently)

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?

Honestly, I don’t remember my first day. I feel a lot more consistent and stronger

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?

I really like the coach for life concept and how it drives accountability and consistency 

Current Training Goals/PRs?

Recently got a heavier squat clean than my power clean

Getting a heavier squat snatch than power snatch.

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?

Keep going. It doesn’t get better, you just start sucking less.

How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?

I built fitness into my routine. It’s the start of my day.

What is your cheat meal go-to?

Chocolate, it’s not a meal but it’s how I cheat.

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?

Swing dancing and hauling merchandise at anime conventions 

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?

Scheduling. I used to be a night owl and love the noon class, but life got in the way.

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.

Mostly when I hit strength goals

Hitting 225 on the clean

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be? 

Dream Work

Full class workout for Time

5,000 lb cleans per person (1,250 lb minimum)

1600m run per person (400m minimum)

2 minute dance break

5,000 lb snatch per person (1,250lb minimum)

2000m row

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

Dancing

Video games

Board games

Dungeons and Dragons

Building a business with my wife

Tell us something we don’t know about you…

I was part of a state champion highschool wrestling team.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…

Work smart, play hard, Don’t die

June Athlete of the Month || Andrea Duarte

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our June Athlete of the Month is Andrea Duarte! Andrea (aka “Mighty Mouse”) joined CFA in August of 2022 as an experienced and enthusiastic CrossFitter after relocating from Houston. Finding community here has turned her from a former Open Gym goer to a bona fide 7:30am 7:40am regular! Andrea is coachable, consistent, and often found rallying her classmates for the cash out, mobility homework, or a post-WOD walk. She’s our Latin-music-jamming, Harry-Potter-loving, colorful, pint-sized powerhouse and “all things CrossFit” nerd. We’re so excited to see how much she’s blossomed in her short time here. We’ve loved being part of the journey with her so far and celebrating the wins along the way! Andrea, we are honored to have you as our June Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this team. Thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing all you accomplish in the years to come! Congratulations!

 

Words to live by?
Better late than never 😉 My 7:30 fam knows.
What is your fitness background?
I’ve been involved in a variety of sports and activities since I was young
How long have you been CrossFitting?
I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 3 years now.
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I felt anxious and overwhelmed. However, after a couple of classes, I was hooked and found myself wanting more. Now, I can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about CrossFit. As for comparing workouts then and now, I’ve made significant progress in terms of strength, endurance, and overall fitness. I feel more confident and capable in my abilities.
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
Without a doubt, it’s the coaches. Their expertise, guidance, and support have been invaluable in my fitness journey.
Current Training Goals/PRs?
My current training goal is to achieve my first ring muscle up.
What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Progress takes time. Be patient with yourself, trust the process, and enjoy each step of your journey. Embrace the learning experience and celebrate your achievements (with the awesome community) along the way.
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
I’ve found that training early in the morning works best for me. By prioritizing my workout at the beginning of the day, I ensure that nothing else gets in the way of my training, even when life gets busy.
What is your cheat meal go-to?
My go-to options are plantains or sushi.
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
I am able to be independent when it comes to carrying heavy things and being resilient to pain and uncomfortable situations.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is learning to love and appreciate my body at every stage of my journey. It’s an ongoing process of self-acceptance and embracing the changes that come with progress.
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
Squatting has been a challenging exercise for me, so completing a workout that includes squats is a major accomplishment.
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
My personalized WOD would be called “down to hell”: 10-1 handstand push-ups, toes-to-bar, and deadlifts 215 lbs
What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
On those days when motivation is low, the support and friendship of the CrossFit community play a significant role in keeping me going. However, I firmly believe that it’s essential to listen to your body and acknowledge when rest or scaling back is necessary. Taking care of oneself is just as important as pushing through challenging workouts.
What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love art and self expression so you’ll find me dancing, acting, painting or doing anything that involves creativity.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Every Sunday, I drink a Monster energy drink but I pour it into a fancy cup just to feel like I’ve made it. It’s my quirky way of adding a touch of luxury to my day and treating myself lol

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