Athlete Spotlight: Maria G.

At CrossFit Hale, we like to give a public shout out to folks we feel epitomize our core values: consistency, hard work, positive attitude, overcoming of fears or obstacles and community spirit.

We are lucky enough to have a gym full of amazing people and today we are shining a spotlight on Maria!

You might see Maria at the 9am class, right after her overnight shift as a veterinary technician. Coming in every day after working overnight, and working through shoulder issues has not been easy, but Maria made it possible. Maria’s consistency has been an inspiration to all of us. Maria doesn’t focus only on her own goals, but she also supports those around her and cheers her fellow workout crew on.

Let’s get to know Maria a little bit better!

Age: 30

Day job:  Emergency Veterinary Technician. For those who don’t know me or never see me, I work overnights. So most of the time when you see me at 9am, I’m just getting off work!

Dream job: Still trying to find my career! But if I could choose anything, I’d either be a surgeon or a Broadway singer. 

Can you give us some of your benchmark stats?
Around Halloween 2017, I showed up to crossfit for like 4 days straight and joked about it being my longest streak to Coach Jay. He then challenged me to show up and work out every day for the rest of the year and I accepted this challenge. I made it 57 days in a row (until I got the flu like everyone else). Now I just show up at 9am every day like it’s a part of my daily routine. 

What is your athletic/fitness background? 
I did most sports as a kid/teenager: soccer, baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, dance, etc.  After starting college, I did the occasional gym visit with some knowledge of the basic machines. Oh and dancing… I did a lot of Zumba at the gym and weekly Latin dancing with friends and professional salsa dancers. 

What’s your biggest strength in the gym? 
I can read minds. When Coach Heidi starts walking towards me in the middle of a workout, I immediately realize my form is off and then correct it before she can get to me! Ha! But seriously, my biggest strength is my dedication to showing up and working my butt off. 

Biggest weakness?
Controlling my breathing during running, burpees, and double unders. Also anything overhead: OH squats, kipping, snatches, and all those other fun activities. 

What’s your drink?
La Croix or any bubbly water for sure. If you mean adult drink, I do enjoy a nice glass of wine or two…

What is your current fitness goal? 
I WILL get my first pull-up this year! I also want to get a toes to bar, ring dip, and string together my double -unders. I really want to be able to do RX for most WODs. 

What do you enjoy most about Hale?
The community. Hale is basically my second home and everyone there treats me like family. I also love how the coaches are always there for you and go out of their way to help you. I’d be lost without them. 

What are some improvements you have made since joining Hale?
My confidence is undeniably better. My friends and family tell me I am so much more confident than when I first moved to California in 2015. Also I’m stronger — It’s easier to lift heavy dogs at work!

Any advice for those new to or considering Hale?
Nutrition is key— Binging on junk food will negatively affect your performance! I learned this the hard way (Thankfully Coach Tina is currently helping me with my nutrition goals and macros). Also when in doubt, just show up to the gym. I promise you will leave feeling 10x better than when you arrived. 

Most importantly, what do you think is the greatest SPORT MOVIE of all time?  
This was my favorite movie as a kid, so I’ll stick with it: Rookie of the Year. 

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