The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #10

September 05, 2018

photocredit: Crossfit Detroit lakes
NAME: CHE ALANIZ
AGE: 37
BOX: TEN ARROWS CROSSFIT 
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
I am a 37-year-old military veteran and CrossFit® athlete who learned to love it. I have lost over 163 lbs on my fitness journey and CrossFit® has helped me lose the last 20 lbs of that with 10 lbs gained of muscle. My CrossFit® family is Ten Arrows Crossfit in which my wife and my nephew attend as well. During my time spent during workouts, I have convinced a few other people to give it a try and loved it as well. In my spare time, I like to relax in front of the TV with my wife and dog catching up on all the movies and TVs we missed during the week. All my family including the CrossFit® ones have been the biggest compass on my journey and have pushed me to become an athlete. I plan to get a job teaching someday because I want to educate and have an impact on someone’s life like some teachers have had on me.
Which class time do you usually attend?
500 AM or 530 PM
When did you start doing CrossFit?
December 2017
How did you hear about CrossFit® and what was your first workout?
I first heard about CrossFit® by watching the CrossFit® games on TV. My first workout was Grace and fell in love at first clean and jerk.
What were you doing before CrossFit®?
I was a powerlifter and recreational runner. (I know weird combination 😆)
How has your approach to CrossFit® changed since first starting?
I learned that everything will come with patience, practice, persistence. At first, had a negative opinion of how CrossFit® was due to it being at a competitive box and them not really caring about the person. The box I am at now does genuinely care and show it. They guide patiently and educate why we do it that way.
Favorite WOD or movement / Least favorite?
Favorite lift is the squat snatch and favorite workouts are Murph and DT.
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit®?
I have grown mentally stronger knowing that slow change is a good change. My lifestyle and physical changes have changed due to the education I received at my box on how the important it is in what food you put in your body.
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit® Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?
What helps me get the most out of the CrossFit® workouts is surrounding myself with like-minded CrossFiters who help push you to become a better athlete. What motivates me the most is I never want to be the person I was before and I want to inspire others like me to make that change too.
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit® for the first time?
I would say to trust the process and your coaches. They will guide you and help you to become a better person in fitness and in life. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions about how to improve your skill set. Lastly, don’t worry about chasing PR’s but focus on becoming a better athlete.
Something you might not know about me: we love details!
Something you may not know about me is sometimes I struggle to stay on track being with diet or working out but I always get back on that saddle.

 

Thanks for reading my untold story, 

Che