Meet Coach Michael! Lovingly referred to by his last name as Coach Crespo, he is a staple of the 6:30pm class and the go to for anything Apple. Whether he’s coaching or throwing down beside you in a class, you can quickly see how infectious his energy is!
When I was younger, my version of a good time was playing guitar hero or being on stage as part of the lollipop guild in the Wizard of Oz play back in middle school. Who would’ve thought if you’d fast forward years later you can find me either at the CrossFit gym picking things up and putting them down or at the Jiu Jitsu school making people do involuntary yoga.
In my early years in high school was when I first started to try to apply myself for a sport. First was Lacrosse, which was an uphill battle. With Brentwood being known for having a great team and a majority of kids playing the sport since middle school I knew I had my work cut out for me. I remember practicing at my old elementary school as an old principal of mine was a lacrosse coach and would give me drills to do so I can be best equipped for tryouts. Next thing you know it was time for tryouts. I remember being so nervous during that time, dreading as I saw the great length we had to go running on just the first day. Just within the few days of tryouts I gave my greatest effort and was able to see improvements in my running and athletic ability. I was hopeful that the coaches at the time would see my efforts and how bad I wanted to be on the team. I soon found out that I didn’t make the team, I was devastated by the news as I put a lot of effort into this. Soon within that year I had also attempted to try out for wrestling as well to find out the same result that I didn’t make either team!
Despite my unsuccessful attempts at getting into sports, I gained the valuable lesson of resilience and hard work. I made sure to bring that into anything I did. Fast forward a few years to where I decided to walk into my first Mixed Martial Arts school. I’ve been into a Taekwondo school and I’ve done kick boxing in the past but this environment was different. Since then I’ve been able to significantly improve as a person and athlete as I started to compete frequently for the next few years. Within that time, an old training partner had mentioned that he got into CrossFit. I was curious as I had never heard of this sport yet I see he has gotten in incredible shape after he had stopped training JiuJitsu.
This led to my first CrossFit workout, aaaand it was Murph haha! I wasn’t told what the workout was, I was just told the time and place. Oh boy was I in for an experience, for those of you who don’t know what Murph is, it’s a huge workout that consists of 1 mile run sandwiched at the beginning and end with 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats all in the middle! I remember reading that workout and thinking to myself “What did I get myself into?!” As I looked around seeing both men and women with weighted vests doing pull-ups as I struggled just with my body weight. I was in awe that I was able to finish such a workout.
I then had a steady start as I joined my first CrossFit gym. I’ve made so much progress since when I first walked in thanks to the great team we have. I went from struggling to get a one double under or a handstand push-up to being able to RX workouts that I thought were impossible. The team at Masá helps me develop beyond just CrossFit as coach Jess has introduced me to long distance running and was also the person who suffered with me during the tough workouts that were programmed at our L1 certification course! Looking forward to growing as athletes together!