Athlete of the MonthApril

Maria Navas-Moreno

How old / young are you? 35 What is your occupation? I am a physicist that plays with lasers. In a responsible way. Most of the time. When did you join Widespread CrossFit? August of 2017 Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I needed to get more active and Widespread CrossFit is REALLY close to my house. I had heard of CrossFit before but I didn’t really know what it was. I think if I would have known what it was I’d have been too intimidated. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? None. Zero. NADA What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? Everything! My clothes fit a lot looser, which is great, but what is really important for me is that I feel so strong and fit. I can run, I can row, I can do all these things that I never thought I would ever be able to do. It also helped me at a difficult time in my life when I didn’t have a permit to work in the US and CrossFit was the one thing that made me feel like I had accomplished something everyday. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?  Compete with yourself and your past performance and look up to other athletes but never compare yourself with others. Oh, and don’t look at the workout do the day beforehand. And it is OK to complaint, a little bit anyways, it depends who you ask. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? My favorites are deadlifts and push presses. I do not like to run. I do not like to run. I do not like to run. And no, that is not a mistake, I did write it 3 times. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? That’s a hard question. The whole experience has been really amazing. These past 7 months have been full of WTF- I-cannot- believe-I- just-did- that moments that I will not forget. What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? I like arts and crafts… Who am I kidding? I really like to talk. What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal?  Pastries in all their freaking forms. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I am seriously afraid of aliens. Who or what inspires you the most? People who never stop trying to make this a better, nicer, and easier world. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?  Run a freaking mile without getting in my head… or bored.