December Athlete of the Month || Jesse Nunez!

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 December Athlete of the Month is Jesse Nunez! Jesse started as part of Tim’s late night training crew, but moved into group classes and has been a part of the family for about 3 years now! He walks into the gym with a smile on his face and a friendly hello to everyone! He’s always been an advocate for the Thirsty Thursday crew and helped to build the community atmosphere in the evenings. Jesse also uses his fitness outside of the gym! He is always getting outdoors for new adventures. Jesse exemplifies so many of the qualities we look for in an AOM and has found a place both in our hearts and in our community. Jesse, the CFA Team is proud to honor you as our December Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this team. Thanks for your 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:
Jesse Nunez
Words to live by?
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Don’t waste your hate, rather gather and create
What is your fitness background?
I really don’t have a fitness background! In middle school I was in athletics and played football. That’s about it for me besides being active outdoors.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
At the end of December it will be 3 years for me at CFA.
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. I started out really light and with progressions for most of the movements. Compared to day I have a much better understanding of the movements and my own body. I enjoy seeing how far I have come!
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
I enjoy the camaraderie. You get to meet new people and build new friendships! Can’t forget about Thirsty Thursdays either!
Current Training Goals/PRs?
I would really like to improve my snatch and clean. I have also been working on getting my handstand walk/hold/push ups, and DU’s.
Gaining some weight for my skinny ass would be nice too!

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
No matter how hard it seems and how much it hurts keep going. The hard work is worth the results you can achieve both physically and mentally. Remember to do you too!

What is your cheat meal go to?
Uhhhhh anything fried or some cheesecake/pie! I do eat all of that quite often though so is it still considered a cheat meal? 😀
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
All of the strength and conditioning has really helped me out in all aspects of what I do outside of the gym. Whether it be playing disc golf, fishing, biking, swimming, and or hiking.
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
This year was my first time to participate in The Intramural Open. I felt proud of myself for actually finishing a timed workout which happened to be the last one. All of those workouts were tough! It was rewarding to stick to my game plan and just keep moving to end up finishing with time left on the clock 🙂
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
My biggest challenge has been staying consistent. Going the days that I don’t feel like going or just not being there mentally. Eating healthier and more has also been a challenge for me.
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
Honestly I have no idea. Hmmm… Smooth Sailing – 400M run, 10 burpees, 200M run, 20burpees, 100M run, 40 burpees for time

What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
I look back to my upbringing and I look at my left arm. Music helps too.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy being outside. Disc golf, fishing, swimming, hiking, and biking, Music is great too and even better live. Good food and good beer!
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I sing my heart out in the car or sometimes in the shower if I’m home alone.
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Stay thirsty my friends