Monthly Archives: August 2014

Athlete of the Month: Ralphy

Occupation: DSS- Childcare Licensing, (O.A.)

How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Askal?

My good friend Chris Hernandez told me about it, he gets personal training at CrossFit Askal.

What were you doing prior to CrossFit Askal?

I grew up playing soccer and basketball. But most recently I would just go to work, go home, and sit on the couch and watch tv. And occasionally I would go out and exercise.

Do you remember your first workout?

I remember that It was a beginner class and I think that it consisted of squats, sit ups, and running?? 

What do you like most about CrossFit Askal?

Besides getting my ass kicked every day, what I like most is the community we have at our box.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since starting CrossFit Askal?

I’ve noticed that I’m not as tired as I use to be when I would practically do nothing at work and at home. I feel more energized and also feel more confident. And my body has changed also of course. lol

How often do you come to CrossFit and what time?

I originally started going 3 days a week MWF at 5 o’clock (before it was cool, lol). But once my body got use to the soreness I gradually increased the days I would go. I now try to attend at least 4-5 days a week and I usually go to the 6 o clock class!. Its become part of my daily routine and something my body needs.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of CrossFit?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to social outings with the A-team.

If you weren’t CrossFitting, you’d probably be…

Sitting at home watching TV and drinking beer.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you:

I’m color blind!

Future goal(s):

Beat Camille LeBlanc! Jk, I just want to be an all-around complete athlete, I want to improve in my lifting form, mobility, calisthenics, and get stronger. It’s a long road ahead but I know I’ll enjoy the journey.

Favorite moment(s):

Setting a goal that I thought was achievable, putting the work in at the gym, and realizing that goal.

Favorite athlete:

Male athlete: Dan Bailey, Female athlete: Lauren Fisher

Favorite workout:


Least favorite workout:

14.5, it sucked… big time.

Are you paleo?

Not really, I haven’t had the time to try it yet but I do want to eventually do it. I eat whatever is available at home.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Crossfit Askal and/or anyone new (in Elements).

Listen to your body and work on your technique to avoid injury. And most importantly, have fun with it.

Anything else you would like to say:

Thanks to everyone at Crossfit Askal! Coach A, coach Ben, and coach Sam for giving us killer workouts and sharing your lifting knowledge with us. Thanks to everyone who goes in and leaves it all at the box day in and day out. You all have inspired and have helped push myself to do better. I’ve gained a lot both mentally and physically but most importantly I’ve gained new friendships. (tear)