Member Spotlight: DJ!

My journey to Masá CrossFit started in 2015. My aunt asked me for a small loan so she could purchase the failing CrossFit gym that she was a member of and with that came a free membership. I decided that I would give it a try. I could only make it three times a week and was only a member for about a month before signing up for the 2016 CrossFit Open. I continued to go about two to three times a week and was seeing very little progress. Fast forward a year and I felt as if I was at a dead end on the CrossFit side, but I was really taking a liking to Olympic Weightlifting.

After the 2017 Open I decided to switch focus to Olympic Weightlifting only. Anyone that has ever trained in a specific sport knows, the training sessions can be long and tiresome. I spent a lot of time in the corner of the gym training alone. My training sessions usually started at 6:00pm after an hour-long drive from work and didn’t end until around 8:30pm with a half hour drive home. After about a year and a half the bad finally outweighed the good and it was time to move on.

I spent some time at home and tried to find something that was going to pique my interest. I started to go to a local globo gym and, let’s be real, working out is hard but it’s even harder when you have no idea what you’re doing. Then it happened! I started searching for CrossFit Gyms close to my house, and low and behold, a former member of my aunt’s gym posted about Masá. The rest is history!

What you currently see now when you walk into the gym was built over the last two and a half years by two extremely dedicated people and a full staff of coaches. When I first walked into Masá it was their second official day open. They had four walls, a floor, AJ’s kettlebells and weight plates, and Kat’s rower. I thought “we’re going to workout with this?” Since then, they’ve survived a pandemic, have nothing but the best equipment, and the best members has been added! You’ll all be happy to know that Masá will be here for the long hall.

It’s hard to pick just one bright spot. It could have been my first bar muscle up from the Open, or it could have been my first ring muscle up. At this moment in time, I will say that being only a few days into my 40’s, I’m probably in the best physical shape of my life.

 I’m working on something right now, and don’t really want to tell anyone what, but I hope that it will be beneficial to all the members of our community.

If I could go back and tell myself something before I started CrossFit, it would be to take progress photos.  I know some people hate when you’re tagged in the occasional Instagram or FaceBook post but it’s not about what you looked like then, or what you look like now, but it’s about the journey you’re on. 


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