Congratulations to our October Athlete of the Month, Lorenzo Perez. Lorenzo started over a year ago and has made steady progress since day 1. He isn’t a flashy guy, he doesn’t show off or play the leaderboard. He simply shows up, works hard, has a great attitude, and sees gainz as a result.
Coach Sally says of Lorezno “Lorenzo is easy to coach and always a pleasure to see in class. He always has a positive attitude and listens to feedback. He works hard and puts in extra work to become a better athlete.” Coach Sam echos Sally’s sentiments. “The only person I have ever seen smile no matter what is thrown at him. Such an uplifting attitude.”
Coach Alex says “watching Lorenzo grow from the first time I met him has been such a pleasure. His recent progress with DU’s, HSPU’s, pull ups, and his olympic lifting technique have been so great. He is a classic example of what buying into the program, listening, and working on all his weaknesses can do for you. He has been transformed through CrossFit and healthy behaviors into a sharp looking dude with a lot more confidence. We love having an athlete like Lorenzo in our gym and the way he leads by an example. Keep up the great work boss!”
Take a moment to read about Lorenzo!
Athlete of the Month Questionnaire
Name: Lorenzo Perez
Age/Birthdate: Age 28 B-day 7/12/89
Where were you born/did you grow up? CHI-TOWN!!!!!!
Education (high school; college or other post-high school; advanced degrees):
- Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering
- Masters Degree in Construction Management
Career: Project Manager for CN Railroad
Family (married, children, pets, etc.): Recently engaged!!!!
Where do you live in the area? Downtown Stevens Point
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? I was doing the standard gym membership not really having a routine. I was never an athletic person and never sticking with sport growing up.
Other sports you love and participate in outside of CrossFit:
I like playing basketball when I go back home to Chicago although I am not really that great. Love watching all Chicago sports teams except the Cubs, south sider for life Go White Sox!
Tell us a little about your early CrossFit experiences? What made you try CrossFit? When did you start? What were your first thoughts during your first workout (or fundamentals)? Did you start at CFSP or another box?
Like a lot of people, I was first introduced to CrossFit on ESPN through the CrossFit games thinking to myself that’s intense and I would I never be able to those workouts. When I first moved to Stevens Point, I found it difficult to get motivated to go the gym by myself. I did some research and found CFSP, when I went to check out the gym one day it must have been the hottest day in the box because I was sweating my ass off just watching people work out. I decided to suck it up and try fundies in last year in August. I thought that was hard enough and the first work outs didn’t get any easier.
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit and CFSP?
The community of people pushing me to become a better stronger athlete. Every day challenges a different skill set. Some days it sucks, others it sucks even more but it’s so gratifying when you finish the workout with everyone. The motivation the community gives was key.
What has been the biggest surprise or most unexpected benefit of CrossFit for you?
ALL THE GAINZ and meeting some great people along the way!!
Your proudest CrossFit moment?
Going from zero strict pull ups to being able to string kipping pull ups in a row.
What has been your biggest CrossFit challenge to overcome?
Building strength, didn’t realize how weak I was before crossfit. When I first started the bar by itself was heavy enough not to mention adding weights to it.
Most humbling CrossFit moment?
When I first joined, work got busy so I was only able to make it to class 1-2 times a week. I felt like I wasn’t making much ground. I saw myself of getting back in the old habit of trying something new and then loosing motivation. When my girlfriend joined a crossfit gym in Chicago and was able to make at least 3 times a week with her busy schedule there should no reason why I shouldn’t either. Now we both make it a habit to try and make it to class 5 days a week.
Favorite movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Any WOD with a back squat or front squat.
Most challenging movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
By far any workout with any kind of snatch movement.
Your favorite WOD time?
Just recently did a 1 mile time trial in under 7 min, by far the fastest time I’ve ever gotten.
What do you say to your family and friends when they express an interest in or perhaps criticize CrossFit?
Just go and try it out. No matter what your skill level is, there is always something that you can improve. Don’t be afraid of the workouts or movements, a lot of it is just mental and being able to tell yourself that you can get through the workout. A good crossfit gym will have different levels of athletes helping you get better at overall fitness. This is community that is motivated to get better as a whole.
What one thing about you would be the biggest surprise to your fellow CFSP athletes?
Crossfit and the community has helped me improve my overall life style. Coming from Mexican culture, we are not introduced to a healthy life style (to many tacos sometimes). A year before I moved to Stevens Point my dad had a quadruple bypass. From that point, I told myself I didn’t want to put myself in the same situation. I tried working out more but joining CFSP has really pushed me to be in best physical shape of my life. When I see everyone pushing themselves in a work out, it motivates me to try just as hard. Since joining I’ve lost 25lbs.
Pizza, Tacos, and Beer.
Favorite movies/TV shows (or types of movies and TV shows):
Game of Thrones!
Non-sports and fitness hobbies (i.e. reading, drinking wine, cooking, travel, playing video games):
Traveling with my fiancé and friends all over the world!! Trying out different restaurants and breweries. Picking up a good self-development book and listening to pod cast on my long work drives.
How would you describe your personality/CrossFit personality?
Definitely more of an introvert at first, but when I find a good group people I definitely open up. Heard a great a quote in a crossfit video something along the lines of “you are your best competition.” When I am working out, I try and stay focused/committed always trying to improve thinking about my previous workouts.