June 2017 Spotlight Athlete: Catalina Vargas
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
Andres….. he would not stop talking about it…
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
I was never really the athletic type. I danced in college and “worked out” a little but nothing like what I do now. Pull ups, chest to bars, DUBS (before Andres – burn!), running a 5K, and handstand pushups are the things I am most proud of.
What do you like best about the gym?
The support I get from people. It is really exciting/motivating when people cheer you on as you are struggling to finish a workout.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
Handstand pushups J
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Wall-balls – they are stupid and not intended for short people.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
I love carbs and don’t want to get fat… Also, I want to be healthy and I love hanging out with my hubs and friends at the gym.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
Not being confident enough and thinking I can’t do something. We are our worst enemy.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
During the open 17.5 workout I got 35 unbroken DUBS for the first time ever… I was so excited I wanted to cry; unfortunately, it was only on my second round. Andres had to yell at me to keep it together and I was able to finish the other rounds unbroken which made it that much sweeter J.
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
My first ever CrossFit workout. It was a partner chipper and lucky for Andres he got paired up with me. He did like 80% of the work out and I still felt like I wanted to pass out and throw up the entire time.
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I crave chicken wings and fries ALL THE TIME
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
Kevin – “No, I am not going over there. I don’t want to be mommed!”
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
I want to improve my endurance, I want to continue to get stronger so that I can Rx more workouts, and I would love to learn how to walk on my hands.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Be patient. It will take time before you understand the terminology and even more the actual movements.
Be proud of yourself. Joining CrossFit can be very intimidating and taking that first step is already an accomplishment on its own.
Enjoy the process!
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Just do it. You won’t regret it.
Coach’s comments: I still remember sitting down with Cata and Andres for her intro. I asked, “So what brings you into CrossFit?” And she replied something along the lines of, “I don’t want to die.” I pulled the thread a bit and figured out that she was concerned about becoming unhealthier as she grew older, being too sedentary, not eating right, etc. I still think about that conversation just about every time I see her and it still makes me laugh. Cata was pretty timid when she started out and did not exhibit a lot of confidence in her abilities. Since that time, she has progressively learned new skills, gotten much stronger, and most importantly, developed a much greater sense of self-confidence than she had before she walked in. Cata has been able to learn and execute pull ups, handstand pushups, toes to bar, double unders, and chest to bar pull ups in the last six months alone in addition to seeing very steady progress on her lifting. This is largely a result of her dedication to completing much of the extra work outside of classes since the beginning of this year. She participated in her first CrossFit Open in 2017 and is registered to compete in her first Rep Your Box in July. It has been exciting to be a part of her fitness journey to date and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!
PS: The wall balls in the workout today were a total coincidence.
PPS: Or were they?