Behind the scenes with our CrossFit Novem’s Athletes of the Month, Angel!
What got you into CrossFit?
I originally was a bit nervous regarding joining a CrossFit gym. I would hear stories about people getting injured and people saying how crazy it was. Then my friend, Luis, joined and he told me how great it was though a bit complicated (lots of technique). So I decided to give it a shot! Granted.. it took me a while to get into OnRamp class due to my work schedule at that time but Joe was able to squeeze me in.. YAY! 🙂
Name a fitness goal that you have.
Ah, I have a couple. Currently I am training to run my first Marathon (Philadelphia Marathon) in November. Sundays are my long runs so when I get to class on 6am Monday and see squats my legs tell me %^*# this but my mind tells me, you can do it! So I suck it up and just train harder. Double unders are next in line and then handstands. I even bought my own jump rope to practice at home but I have yet to do so. Maybe after the Marathon..
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
As of writing this, I will start my first semester of graduate school tonight! I am going for my Masters in Social Work. I am also a gamer (PS4), have a yearly goal of visiting a new location at least once (I have been doing this for many years now), and I have a weird tendency in breaking out in songs (I know lots).
What is your Athletic background?
I have done Bootcamp style classes for a couple years and run. I have completed 5ks, 10ks, Broad
St, Half Marathons and Spartan (Sprint, Super, Beast) Races.
Favorite Benchmark, wod, and lift.
Benchmark: Hmmm… I don’t know if I have a favorite. I just tend to just do them and most of the
times not realize it is a Benchmark. I guess I should really pay attention then 😛
WOD: Anything abs related. When I see that on the board I get excited. I want abs damn it!
Lift: I like my back squats and deadlifts.
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
CrossFit has helped me with the concept of mind over matter. There are times when you are lifting and/or doing an AMRAP and you get in your head that you can’t do that much. I shake it off and just say “GO GO GO! It’s only a X min workout.. you have the rest of the day ahead of you!” I try to apply that in other parts in my life. Working out at 6am really sets the day for me. I feel more energized and ready to take on the day. If I do miss a class, I feel sluggish and super lazy. So even on my days off from work, I get my ass up at 530 to join the 6am crew Also, I am noticing definition in my body like my shoulders.. I’m like “Heeeyy.. look at my shoulders. They look nice. Just don’t touch them! They’re sore” hah