Name: Marisela Santoyo Matthews
Profession: Business Manager
How long have you been a member at WCF? 8 Months
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
Before doing CrossFit I tried keeping myself fit by going to the gym and running on a regular basis. I always aimed on making the gym exciting, but many times I felt bored and dragged myself after work to the same daily routine. As a result, I would take breaks from the gym during the year to build excitement and renew my goals again. Now, as soon as I get off from work, I automatically know I am going to do CrossFit, even after a stressful and hard working day. Every day is exciting and my level of fitness has surpassed the highest level I ever reached when working out at the gym. As a former competitive athlete, CrossFit allows me not only exercise, but to challenge myself physically and mentally.
What is your athletic background? Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field
Favorite WOD: When running is involved, sweating after running feels good.
Favorite Lift: Shoulder & Push Press
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with a Hang or Power Clean
Least Favorite Lift: It used to be the Dead lift; I always took it easy because I thought I would hurt my back, but with the proper technique, I lost the fear and amazingly I started doing prescribed soon after.
What are your proudest CrossFit achievements? Losing weight in the Body Transformation Challenge and recently doing unassisted pull ups. Before this challenge, my CrossFit improvements were minimal and unnoticed. Now I get the most out of my exercise by eating healthy.
Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? Doing all the WODS prescribed.
Any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? Don’t think about it and do it…it’s one of the best decisions you will make in your life.
Favorite place to eat? Quiznos
Favorite cheat meal? Sandwiches