“… the rewards can be extraordinary.”
CrossFit 317 member, Anthony Gomez, started CrossFit at a young age of 12. Now at 14 he shares his insight on his two years of training along with how CrossFit has taught him some lessons that apply to all areas of life.
What were your first impressions upon joining CrossFit 317?
“The concept of having all my workouts planned for me was a little unusual to me but I really started to enjoy it once I understood the dynamic of the gym.”
How has your training at 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“Doing physical work has gotten way easier for me, and I have learned not to use my back as much for lifting. The knowledge I’ve gained from 317 has been valuable, like being consistent. I think those things I’ve learned can easily translate into everything I do. Also, I have learned that quality is more important than quantity.”
How does CrossFit 317 meet your health and fitness needs?
“I think it fits everyone’s health and fitness needs by encouraging people to stay more active and offering a great atmosphere in doing so. I feel like it’s a place where people aren’t intimidated by working out and find it as more of an activity than a punishment.”
Is there a particular class time that you enjoy?
“Personally, I like the 4:30 class because I think it is calmer than the 5:30 and I’ve come to know the people that go to the 4:30, which helps me because I know the people I’m working out with will encourage me and they know I will do the same for them.”
Do you have a 317 memory that you would like to share?
“I remember on a Friday we were doing an in-human amount of weight in sled pushes and since it was a Friday, on the last few meters I figured “what the heck, I have nothing to lose” and I went top speed. On my way home we had to pull over and I threw up all over the grass. It isn’t a pretty memory but it’s one I won’t forget anytime soon…”
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
“The atmosphere is definitely my favorite part about CrossFit.”
If asked to sum up 317 in one word or phrase, what would it be?
“Difficult but rewarding. I’m not going to lie, CrossFit is very challenging but if you are committed to putting in the necessary amount of work the rewards can be extraordinary.”
What advice would you offer to someone that’s new to CrossFit?
“I’d say stick with it, reason being that seeing people beside you working out with extreme amounts of weights on their bar and looking at yourself and seeing what little you are doing compared to them can be very discouraging but you have to remember that the people you are looking up to were once in the exact same position. So when you think to yourself ‘I’m never going to do as well as that guy,’ take that as inspiration to work harder rather than a discouragement.”
Outside of the gym, what activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
“I’ve been a very loyal karate student since I was very young and I”m proud to say that I am a second-degree black belt. It’s an achievement that I’ve worked very hard for and is very valuable to me. I think the set of skills I’ve acquired in my training will be ones that I will carry on for my entire life.”
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