Athlete of the Month: Miguel
Miguel is a great example of what the A-Team is all about. He is consistent, persistent, and full of positive energy. He never complains or “cherry picks” his workouts and he tackles each workout and lift head on and with fierce determination. Miguel always enters the gym with a huge smile and eager to learn and sweat. He is constantly pushing himself and others and can be found putting in work before and after class, whether it’s mobility, running, or gymnastics movements. He even started a little post class run club. Whatever weakness he finds in himself he attacks it. Miguel recently competed in his first competition, Battleground South Bay and has been destroying old PR’s. Although Miguel has only been with us for six months, we can already see a great progress. We are very proud of you Miguel- keep up the hard work!
Occupation: Software & Network Technician
How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Askal?
I would hear about it on TV from athletes and also online. I always noticed the sign outside when I would be in the [800 Carson] plaza but always thought it was too rough or that I wouldn’t last. One day I just walked in and days later I started.
What were you doing prior to CrossFit Askal?
I would “work out” once or twice a week but never kept going. I would go weeks without working out. I had no motivation or that extra push to go out and just do it. I normally just use to work, hang out all day, during the week and the weekends I use to eat out and party. Now I work, work out all week and I eat right…. and still party!
Do you remember your first workout?
Yes. It was MURPH! It almost scared me away but it was just another reason to keep going, so that I would be ready for it next time we meet again.
What do you like most about CrossFit Askal?
I love the feeling of being stronger, faster, and most of all, the physical change it has given (and continues to give) me.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since starting CrossFit Askal?
I weight 25+ pounds less & increase muscle growth.
How often do you come to CrossFit and what time?
At least 5 times a week, at 5pm and I don’t leave until I have worked out enough to reach my goals.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of CrossFit?
I like to be outdoors. It can be anywhere from paintballing to camping out for the weekend.
If you weren’t CrossFitting, you’d probably be…
I’d probably be a shape and still be out of shape. I would still be far from reaching my goals.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you:
Late 2011, I struggled from Bell’s Palsy. That is when I gained 40+ pounds. It hit me hard, didn’t want to go out or do anything just work and be at home. I use to walk around looking like half my face was asleep. Now you can’t tell it ever happen.
Future goal(s): Get back down to 185lbs-190lbs with a six pack!
Celebrating at The Stache and Tacos after the Battleground South Bay Competition.
Murph (showed me my weaknesses)
Least favorite workout:
Murph (It’s a love & hate thing)
Are you paleo? Yes, I try hard daily.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining CrossFit Askal and/or anyone new (in Elements):
You will struggle but the next day you will be stronger. Sore or not show up and keep a schedule that you know you will stick to. Eat right but I am not saying eat less but make better choices when you eat. When working out always focus, always remember those goals, and just have fun!
Anything else you would like to say:
A BIG THANKS TO COACH ANDREA! COACH BEN! COACH SAM! EVERYONE IN THE ASKAL PACK!!! YOU GUYS HAVE SHOWN ME WHAT I DIDN’T SEE IN ME, TO BE CAPABLE OF BEING WHAT I AM NOW. THANKS.