Athlete of the MonthAugust

Angel H.

Career: General Manager

Years at CrossFit Fortius: 1

"CrossFit has completely changed my relationship with my body."

Name, Age, Occupation?
Angel H., 30, Indian Motorcycle of San Diego General Manager

When did you start at Fortius?
About a year ago! Spent my 1st month of my membership working out in the parking lot, 2020 memories. Loved that Fortius was adapting as best they could.

Sports / Fitness background?
Terrible at sports as a kid, complete computer, and video game nerd. I grew up BMX riding and off-roading in Arizona, however, had a bad accident on a street bike in 2012 that broke my spine, which almost paralyzed me. I ended up having an L3-L5 spinal fusion post accident and from that point on my opinion on fitness changed drastically. I felt a new sense of gratitude for my ability to even “be” athletic. Yoga and swimming was a huge starting point for me, and continues to be a major part of my fitness routines, though CrossFit has found a very special place in my heart for really pushing my limits and comfort zones. I love the blend of both.

Why did you choose Fortius?
I tried CrossFit for the 1st time while living up in Escondido, so when we moved down to the Clairemont area I wanted to continue CrossFit somewhere nearby. I didn’t even need to look anywhere else. I immediately loved the vibe and training from the coaches at Fortius and knew the sky was the limit here. The scaling was awesome, and my progress even in the 1st month was noticeable.

What kind of progress have you made over the past year?
Exponentially better at lifting!!!! I couldn’t even do a Snatch 2 years ago. I’m finally finding a strength I didn’t even know I was capable of and it just keeps getting better and better. I’m starting to build plates onto lifts I used to struggle to do with an empty bar. I’ve also noticed huge strength when doing different activities like boxing or BJJ, while others are gassed I’m good to go!

What’s the biggest misconception about CrossFit?
That if you have a bad back, or knees, that you shouldn’t do CrossFit and I say the opposite. My back and knees are a mess, however the strength training I’ve developed through CrossFit has completely changed my relationship with my body. Don’t rush yourself, just keep focusing on form, focus on improving. Nothing sucks more then bending over wrong and saying “oh my back!” Picking up a case of water. CrossFit trains you how to lift better everyday.

Advice for someone looking to start CrossFit?
Don’t feel like, or expect, you’ll walk in doing Rx level workouts. Even if you’re in good shape. Start slow, learn the basics, scale and then work on building. Just like you would anything else, don’t avoid CrossFit just because you can’t jump rope or do a pull up.

What’s next? What are your goals for the future?
My next goal is to complete my RYT 200 Yoga Teacher training to expand my yoga/mobility practice which will allow me to continue building with CrossFit. I also still owe a completed HARD75 (made it day 69 this summer) so attempt 2 starts August 27th. Let’s go!

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