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October Athlete of the Month – Alexandra (Alex) Ornelas

October Athlete of the Month – Alexandra (Alex) Ornelas

1.    What brought you to CrossFit? 

This is going to sound crazy but it’s true, I started my very first CrossFit workout at the Spring 2019 Open. My husband and I were invited to join Team Blue (Coming in Hot) and we were there every Friday during the open! It was so much fun and I loved how supportive everyone was so I decided to join CrossFit full time after!  

2.    What was your first impression?

My first impression of CrossFit prior to coming to CFLT was that it was easy to get injured from stories I had heard. Also, I pictured there would be a bunch of gym rats and it would be intimidating to be a beginner. I was happy to find to find out I was wrong in both instances.

3.    How has that changed?

I have learned from all the wonderful coaches that safety and form come first, then pushing yourself to new PRs. I have always felt supported by everyone at the gym and have watched everyone be cheered on at all levels of fitness. This is a true family.

4.    What was your first “Bright Spot”?

My first Bright Spot was when I was able to do my first kipping pull up. It took me forever to get the swing down, but when I got it, it felt great! Garrett is a great coach and definitely helped me get there.

5.    What are you working on now?

My goals have really changed in the past couple weeks after my husband and I found out we are pregnant!  We are about 7 weeks along. This is super exciting news for us and I am so happy I joined CrossFit prior to baby. I am eager to continue to work out during pregnancy and maintaining my current fitness level.

6.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My favorite CFLT memory was the MURPH. It was an honor to be able to work out that day and celebrate all those who have served. The workout was challenging but it was a lot of fun to complete along with all the other supportive CFLT members. I love the sense of community at our gym!  

September Athlete of the Month – Kade Nielson

September Athlete of the Month – Kade Nielson

1. What brought you to CrossFit?
What kind of question is that? CrossFit is so fun! It’s the people, the competition, the ups and downs. You get to see what you’re really made of. Plus I get to see Mike’s sexy face

2. What was your first impression?
This was my second box to join. I quit about 4 years ago after destroying my back. This time around I told myself I’ll crawl, walk then run as far as my progression goes. That’s worked so far.

3. How has that changed?
I still stick to my game plan. I started by doing women RX until I went unbroken. Then Men RX unbroken. Now I’m trying to move onto GPP but still slow and steady by doing RX but I up the weight a little. I’ll do that until I’m comfortable and unbroken then go full GPP.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
I’ve had a lot of little milestones but recently I got my muscle up. It feels good to level up my game like that.

5. What are you working on now?
I’m working towards GPP but I also am focusing a lot on auxiliary stuff like post workout stuff and a half marathon.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
I love all the big events like the open but my favorite is Murph. It’s such a kick in the teeth. Plus it makes me appreciate all that’s good about our country and the people that defend it.

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