What was your fitness background before you started at CFCL, and what made you decide to try CrossFit?
I have been doing CrossFit since 2014. In 2016, I took a year off from CrossFit for 2 reasons: First, I had injured my shoulder and back, and second I thought CrossFit was not helping me get to my fitness and weight goals.
So in 2016 I stopped CrossFit and joined Orange Theory and Boston Sports Club with a hope to improve my fitness level. I thought with more cardio and weight training I would be able to get to my goals faster. A year later I was nowhere close to my target. In fact, my fitness level had gone down and I had gained weight. In addition, I had no opportunity to do clean, jerk and all other fun movements that I truly enjoyed at the Boston Sports Club. I missed that.
Finally, sometime in the middle of May or June, 2017 I decided to get back to CrossFit and joined CFCL. It took me a month or so to get used to the "new" coaching style and the new box. By far, the quality of coaching with its structured classes and programming is the best I have seen. Truly knowledgeable, attentive and caring coaches are making a big difference. I'm grateful to Mat for being my expert nutrition coach. Although I have not reached my previous max weights in various lifting categories due to my injuries (I was doing them incorrectly and got hurt). I also believe that I'm in a much better shape and my fitness level is improving every day. My accomplishments in 6 months: I can do double under now :) and I have dropped my body fat from 23.5% to 15.9% in just 5 months. Those are huge accomplishments for me and wouldn’t have been possible without CFCL and Mat’s guidance.
What goals are you working on right now?
My fitness goal:
Maintain 15% body fat and gain 4 to 5 pounds of muscle by end of 2019.
Master clean, jerk and snatch forms in next 90 days .
Stay injury free! To take note of the valuable advice given by the coaches and not to compromise form.
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I don't have a favorite. In some movements I'm better than others, so I like them more. But I do enjoy Olympic lifting.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I wish I had the power to bring back my loved ones.
You're stranded on a desert island--what 5 books do you bring with you and why?
-Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frank
The subtle Art of not giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Never Eat Alone Keith Ferrazzi
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil Knight
Some of these books I have read more than once – They are truly motivational and inspire me.
What is your favorite meal and why?
My favorite meal of the day is dinner. The spread is better and includes my Scotch!