January 2015 Athlete of the Month

January 2015 Athlete of the Month

January 2015 Athlete of the Month

Name: Jacob Castellanos

Started CrossFit: November 2013

Favorite WOD: “Bear”

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with Overhead Squats

Favorite Lift:  Thrusters

Least Favorite Lift: OHS(See above)

Story:

Even though I started at Mission Crossfit on Nov 4, 2013 I had begun my transformation 2.5 yrs prior. I weighed 467 lbs (body comp was approximately 100lbs muscle and 370lbs of fat) in Spring 2011. I needed a kickstart and got a Gastric Sleeve (my stomach went from the size of a small pizza to the size of a banana). The surgery only helps for one year, it’s what you do after is your real transformation. So I began a hitting the gym about 3-5 times a week and was doing everything on my own for those 2.5 years(2011~2013). Finally I got bored with it(body comp was 180lbs muscle and 120lbs of fat) and quit going for 2 weeks.

I needed a change and my family friend from High School(Mike Lynd) recommended me for Mission. I met Drew/Nick in Summer 2013 and felt no pressure from them to join, it was a casual offer. I eventually joined Nov 2013 and began embracing all of the activities that were offered. Steph was my Elements trainer and I eventually started working out at the 5:30p class. Depending on my work schedule I now do a combination of evening and the 12noon classes. I believe I have taken a class by every single Mission Crossfit Trainer

This year the doctors told me I weighed the same as last year(300lbs) but my body comp was 210lbs muscle and 90lbs of fat). Crossfit has transformed my body and I am only one year in. I continually set the bar high to get me to that next level, I can’t wait to see what this year brings me in terms of my fitness goals. I have been blessed by the comradery and the encouragement that my crossfit family has given me. Like my friend Alex Garcia(also a Mission crossfit member) says, “It’s a TRIBE mentality, everybody wins”

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