November Athlete of the Month || Adelle Santos!!

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 Adelle Santos! Adelle has been kicking it with CrossFit Austin since 2013 and more recently has migrated back into the weightlifting center with Austin Weightlifting! Her positive attitude and upbeat energy are infectious and we love it when she says “AwesomeSauce!” Adelle 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. Adelle, the CFA Team is proud to honor you as our November 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:
Adelle Agnes D. Santos // Adelle   

Words to live by?
We are a speck of dust in the universe.  If we understand the context of our existence, then we will naturally be silent.

What is your fitness background?
I used to play tennis and karate until my late 20’s. 

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I joined CFA in 2013 but I am one who “loves” to stop and “smell the roses”.  

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I had this extreme positive attitude that I can do whatever the other athletes were doing e.g. PullUps, Handstand, BoxJumps, Run, DoubleUnders and Lunges…LOL.  (no judgement please hehehe), and Squat with great confidence. To this day, I am still wrapped with that same attitude. 

Right now, I can follow majority of the WOD’s and OLY workouts.  I find the workouts less intimidating. I am still a work in progress.  

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
It may sound cliché – but I love the feeling of “home” and community. 

I have the highest respect to the coaches. I am drawn to Olympic Lifting and Dylan’s enthusiasm towards my daily achievement/s is contagious. 

Current Training Goals/PRs?  Goals:
I would love to be part of the 2020 OLY Competition hosted by CFA.  And be able to use those “real” big plates when I lift. 

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
This is your journey, not anybody else’s.  Be the better you Today compared to Yesterday. 

What is your cheat meal go to?
Oh goodness!!! It’s not a meal but a food item: Bread!   NomNomNom…

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
The energy level trickles extensively at work.  I guess the scientific findings is true; exercise produces a positive chemical effect on our brain which reduces stress and improves our mood – 20 minutes of exercise can boost someone’s mood up to 12 hours. 

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
Days when I felt soooo lazy to come and left victorious, not because I PR’d but because I remained “in the moment” during the workout – giving my All.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
My work/travel schedule. 

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
WOD: AwesomeSauce Adelle
Power Snatch
Snatch RDL
Clean and Jerk
Bench Press

What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
My Goal/s. My Fitness Journey 

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love photography and traveling

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I am so scared of heights to the point that I do not like taking the escalators.  This being said; I feel that it is time for me to conquer this fear – “I plan to skydive.” Just don’t ask me when…lol.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words.
Success happen when we are able to use ourselves to our full potential.  I find it really important to ask ourselves, what we really want out of life…. Then, let that serve as the direction we take.