Name: Macarena Sofia Aloi
DOB: April 26th, 1989
Occupation: PhD Candidate at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I study neuroinflammation in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease using animal models.
CrossFitting Since: July 2015
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I have several memorable experiences! But my favorite was the first time I was able to do all 21 kettlebell swings unbroken during Helen. That’s when I first realized I was getting stronger, and I loved that feeling!
Favorite WOD: Any WOD that doesn’t have a lot of running, but has barbell-driven movements.
Favorite Lift: Love all the Olympic lifts! You’ll always find me at Oly class, unless I’m out of town.
Least Favorite WOD: Nancy. Overhead squats and running don’t mix well with me.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: When I PR’d my clean and jerk twice during Oly! Since then, I’ve PR’d my clean and jerk again by 5# (yay!).
Why You Do CrossFit: It’s a pretty simple answer: I CrossFit because I love feeling strong and pushing myself to the limit. In fear of sounding like a cliché, I have to say that life has been hard and it’s very empowering to know that I can surpass any obstacle, whether emotional or physical, and come out stronger on the other side… CrossFit is a daily reminder that I am strong and I can overcome anything!
Favorite Cheat Meal: Mac-n-cheese is my new go-to for re-feed days! (Thanks Nadia for that tip!)
CrossFit Secret: I find that I recover very well if I drink my Optimum Nutrition BCAAs prior to working out. I find it interesting that I don’t feel as sore the following day. Hitting my macros daily also helps with that!
What Do You Do On Rest Days: I usually go to the lab or run errands. Sometimes I’ll do a hot yoga class if I have the time.
What Can’t You Live Without: Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to do anything that I am passionate about (like science and CrossFit) without my family and friends.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I love the beach, so anywhere the sun is shining and the water is warm!