Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Featured Athletes - November 2015

1. What are your names?
Jose and Alex

Alexandra (Alex) and Jose A. Rodriguez (also known around the gym as JROD)

 2. When did you start doing CrossFit? 

Alex: Started doing CrossFit 16months ago.
Jose: July 2014

3. What got you into CrossFit? 

Alex:.I wanted to become stronger and leaner.
Jose: Before moving to North Carolina (while living in Maryland), Alex was looking at different boxes to try CrossFit. When we moved here and we found out that Phalanx was next to the girls cheer place, we decided to join and try it.

Alex during her first CF competition!
4. What do you like about CrossFit? 

Alex: The sense of community, and the fact that everyone is so supportive. I also like that it has benchmarks that help you keep track your progress.
Jose: Variety and how I am challenged by the WODs every single day. I love that I am regularly pushed to the limits, making me better every day. I love the people, coaches, the atmosphere, and camaraderie.

5. What is your favorite workout and why? 

Alex: I am obsessed with Annie! I love double unders and sit-ups. It is the perfect workout.
Jose:  Annie: I love sit-ups and DUs. I enjoy any WOD that has running, rope climbing, wall-balls, or doubleunders.

6. What is your least favorite workout and why? 
Jose working on sled pulls at our annual Labor Day WOD

Alex: Jackie is my least favorite one. It has 50 thrusters, I really dislike that movement.
Jose: Any WOD that includes overhead squads, I do not enjoy. I am just not flexible enough.

7. What else should we know about you? 

Alex: Before moving to NC and starting CrossFit I used to own a fitness studio in MD. We taught everything from Yoga to Zumba,
Jose: That for the last 16 months, everyday at 8 pm, I have religiously looked for the next day WOD. LOL (True story).  That being said, I do not like surprises and I like to be prepared so I can perform to the maximum.

8. How has CrossFit changed your daily life? Your Marriage?

Alex: CrossFit has made our relationship so much stronger and fun. It has become our “date time”.  I enjoy the time we spend at Phalanx together.  Just knowing that he is there makes me want to do better.  He encourages me to go heavier, go faster, and not give up.  I very proud of how well he does at the workouts, its fun to watch him “kill them” every time.
Jose:  I love that Alex and I have something that we really enjoy. Before CrossFit, we very much exercised individually. I like that we get to workout together and push each other hard. It is always good when you find an activity that gets you even closer to your loved one

9. What personal changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit? 

Alex:  I have definitely gained muscle and I'm stronger. I feel like I am in the best shape I have been in a long time and it feels awesome!
Jose: I have to say that I am in the best shape of my life. My body performs 1000 times better than before CF, and most importantly, I feel better with the way my body looks; it shows that I am pushing hard.

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