Athlete Spotlights are back!!! And to kick off this incredibly awesome new year, we have our very own Jose. Jose is the winner of last year’s Summer Throwdown (Almost Rx) and the Winter Team Throwdown (Rx – along with Stephanie and Jen). As it is with any successful athlete, Jose is consistent and gives it his all every time he comes in. His great attitude, teachable spirit, and fun perspective has made his CrossFit journey an awesome one. We are honored to have Jose as a member of our CrossFit Merge family. It is people like him that continue to bring class and athleticism to our box. And without further ado, here’s Jose!
I moved to Glendale in early 2012 and had to find a CrossFit after not working out for a couple months. I looked around and came across CrossFit Merge. I came to the intro class and liked the vibe, the people, and the coaches.
My first CrossFit WOD was extremely challenging. It was 100 sit up, 100 pull-ups, and maybe kettle bell swings. Of course, every one else finsihsed way before me and I thought I was never going to finished. What was cool and different for me was that people I didn’t know then were cheering me on which helped a lot to complete the WOD. Needless to say I was sore for the rest of the week.
Some people know that I love playing tennis. I play on Sundays in a Tennis League and know that CrossFit helps my game a lot.
I don’t think I have a favorite. I like WODs that challenge me, and most of them do. I have a love-hate relationships with sprints. I love them because they are extremely challenging to me and make me give my all, and I hate them because of the same reasons.
I would say kipping pull-ups. After all this time doing CrossFit, I cannot do more than a few kipping pull-ups because I lose the rhythm of the kip. I’m still working at it though.
Have fun and enjoy the WODs. Challenge yourself and remember that what matters is that you finish the WODs not that you finish first or last. Set short and long term goals and celebrate all of them when you reach them. Keep a log of your WODs and you will see how you keep improving your times/lifting weights.
My brain starts working after my morning coffee. I get to work at 7 am and after turning on my computer I check what is the WOD for that day. I start getting mentally ready in the morning and may think about it a couple more times throughout the day.
A map and good shoes so I could start running and find my way back.
December 2012 team throwdown. I had done team WODs before but never a team throwdown. It was a lot of fun and had the opportunity to workout with two great athletes, Jen and Steph, and compete against other great teams.
All Levels and Beginner Class