DOB: April 23rd, 1976
Occupation: Software Engineer
CrossFitting Since: December 2012
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing Cindy as prescribed for the first time after 8 months – my first time doing pull-ups in a workout without a band with a better time than when I did with a band. The strength gain difference was clearly noticeable.
Favorite WOD: Mary
Favorite Lift: Snatch for sure. That moment when you hit all your positions and the bar lands perfectly at the bottom of the squat is something to crave for.
Least Favorite WOD: Annie. Anything with double-unders, really. My timing is always off. I was told some folks take up to 3 years to get it…I have 5 months left! Workouts with thrusters or wall-balls would be a close second.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Hands down – 15.4. The handstand pushups were easy, but those 185lb cleans looked impossible. I had never tried it until then and was inspired by fellow CFBT member Tim A. who got to lift that much for the first time then as well. Got 4 reps total for a 15 lb PR!
Why You Do CrossFit: My whole life was surrounded around soccer. It was the only workout I had ever done, but after dislocating my kneecap for a second time (and having to put it back in place myself), I got into a rather sedentary lifestyle. My brother got into running and I thought I’d give it a shot. I fell in love with it and had done 15 half-marathons and 1 full prior to Crossfit, but I kept getting injured every 2-3 months with 2-3 weeks of recovery every time. My calves would give in and I would have a muscle strain during training or during the race itself. Then I developed plantar fasciitis making it hard to even walk. Doctors and physical therapists told me I needed to develop more strength and my friend Rob told me to stop by CFBT where Nadia and Eric would take care of me. I hesitated since I wasn’t fully recovered yet, but my doctor told me after 6 months of therapy that I was baby’ing my foot too much so I took the plunge and started Crossfit. The plantar fasciitis has not flared up ever since, I ran my fastest half last year (no training, just Crossfit) and my fastest mile ever at 5m52s this year. Running is still part of my life with a race here and there, but coming to gym, seeing friends, working out together, laughing together, seeing everyone get better makes CFBT my home away from home. The lack of strength got me to Crossfit, the people keep me in it!
Favorite Cheat Meal: Burgers! If a place has a burger, I’m checking it out. Ask me about my top 3!
CrossFit Secret: Listen to your body. Sometimes you do need more than your scheduled rest days. Take it! Don’t feel bad about it. You might just PR the day after!
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Bbq, bar trivia nights, movies
What Can’t You Live Without: Family, inappropriate jokes, and bacon
Favorite Vacation Spot: Going home to Brazil is always fun, but Greece was one my favorite vacation spots so far.
(photo credit: Lincoln Brigham)