When did you first start CrossFitting?:
When did you first start training at CF 818?:
Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
I played a few sports growing up but always gravitated towards baseball. I started playing at the age of 4 years old and played up until high school at Saint Francis in La Canada. After high school with no mandatory conditioning to hate, I signed up at 24-hour fitness and attempted to workout. I wasn’t the most motivated lifter, but was always committed to exercising regularly.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel?
Originally, two of my younger cousins had been doing CrossFit about three years back. I didn’t know much about it, but was always interested in the concept. I would ridicule them for only working out three days a week, but boy was I in for a rude awakening. My brother and I went to CF818 for a week trial, strolling in with confidence, and were asked to complete a variation of Nicole (running+pull-ups) on our first day. After finishing the workout, my brother was on the verge of blacking out while I was sprawled out on the floor lying in agonizing pain. I vowed to never return. Fast-forward two years and I returned with a humbled attitude and a vendetta to master the sport.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?:
Prior to CrossFit, I always maintained an athletic physique. I’ve gained about 10 pounds and am currently the strongest, fastest, and most flexible I have ever been. Aside from the physical perspective, I have grown strong mentally. I push myself very hard and have really learned how to pace myself and trust in my ability. The most important bit of knowledge that I have gained is that there is no such thing as a plateau. There are ALWAYS weaknesses that need to be improved both physically and mentally.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I never realized how much the CrossFit exercises were going to impact my life. It affects all aspects of daily life from taking the groceries out of the car, to gaining an extra 20 yards with my driver on the golf course. I have started to live a more active lifestyle playing basketball, hiking, swimming, and running during my “rest days.”
I also never realized how much I was going to learn by attending CrossFit. I now have a better understanding of how to properly exercise and maintain my health. If I am ever sore or hurt, I know the exact stretches that’ll help me feel better.
On a side note, it’s always nice being able to show off handstands or muscle-ups for the ladies :).
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments:
My favorite day was participating in the NLI, my first CrossFit competition, with the CF818 team. It was really nice to get out of the gym and compete with other boxes. It was really fun being able to take naps in between workouts and cheering on our teammates. Although I felt I could’ve done better, I finished 22nd out of 120 in my division. It was an awesome experience having the opportunity to train specifically for one event, and crush it!
I also love the camaraderie built after finishing a grueling workout. There’s no better feeling then pushing yourself and getting a few “good jobs” and high-fives while putting away the equipment. It’s also always nice to hear “Damn it Adrian, you got me again!”
Any advice for people just getting started?
CrossFit never gets easier, just less shitty. Although painful and difficult at times, you must attend consistently. If you’re sore or injured, let the coaches know and they will scale the workouts accordingly. To survive and thrive, you must be able to trust in the coaches, the process, and in your own ability.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love being active and just getting out of the house. I love snowboarding, running, baseball, swimming, hiking, basketball, and playing golf. Something that most don’t know about me is that I am an avid cook and an experienced baker.
A. 1RM Overhead squat
5 rounds for time:
15 overhead squats (95/65)
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