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January Athlete’s of the Month: Sophia and Kevin

Congrats to Sophia Dilbert and Kevin Morales on being January’s Athletes of the Month! Please read their stories below.

 

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Name: Sophia Dilbert

Age: I’m 45- one month shy of 46 :), and I have two incredible sons who entertain me and drive me a bit bonkers quite regularly.

Hometown:  South Sound

How long have you been CrossFitting?  I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 3 years

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Quite honestly anything that involves endurance – but if I had to choose a benchmark WOD I’d say it’s a toss up between Jackie and Fight Gone Bad.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? It used to be snatches before I learned the proper technique now my least favourite exercise is push-ups. I can actually do them now but not without complaining of course – just ask anyone that’s had the pleasure to do a push-up next to me during a workout :)

What is your previous workout/athletic background? Football!

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? Gosh, it’s been 3 years and at my age difficult to remember that far back lol.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? Most people would expect to hear, oh I’ve lost weight or something comparable, that’s not so for me. When I first joined I had major shoulder issues (bursitis and arthritis in my right shoulder). My physio therapist told me I needed to start incorporating strength training into my workout and quite honestly I thought he had lost his mind because just rolling over in bed would cause excruciating pain. He insisted that I start a strength training regiment and I knew from past experience that I wouldn’t be consistent in a regular gym environment because I hated going to the gym so I decided to give CrossFit Cayman a try. Within the first few months it was evident that I was terrified of lifting weights over my head, I couldn’t do a pull-up without multiple bands and did my push-ups on my knees. Fast forward almost three years and one knee surgery later (due to a football injury) I’m stronger than I’ve ever been with no shoulder issues whatsoever thanks to the care of the coaches ensuring that they scaled or modified my workouts when I was too stubborn to do it myself to ensure success and prevent injury.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? I’ve been a competitive athlete all my life and I strategize in most my workouts. I exploit the areas I’m good at, for example, if a workout has burpees, push-ups and other components I will breeze through the burpees because I’m good at them but once I’m on the floor for a push-up it becomes a mental game to push through … I HATE PUSH-UPS!!!

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? The coaches and other CrossFit members – the care the coaches have for their members has been the most important thing for me. Thanks to the team at CrossFit I’m almost performing at pre-op levels I’ve become much stronger without compromising my endurance (which is very important to me as I love to run and yes, do burpees).

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? Just do it! It was the best self-improvement decision I’ve made.

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Name: Kevin Morales

Age: 34

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How long have you been CrossFitting? 1.5 years
 
What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Generally I like WODs that combine lighter weight with some running/gymnastics movements. Fran comes to mind, although that second round is tough. As far as individual exercises, I like the snatch. I’m not the best at it but I appreciate its technical intricacies and I like the challenge of trying to improve my technique.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise?
Filthy Fifty. It was the first WOD I ever did in CrossFit and I’ve been scarred ever since. Come to think of it, the 12 Days of Christmas WOD was pretty brutal, too. Least favorite individual exercise? Squat clean thrusters.

What is your previous workout/athletic background?
I was a four-sport athlete in high school (Football, basketball, track, baseball). I’ve run two half-marathons in the last few years and play co-ed softball.

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like?
I actually came to CrossFit Cayman for the first time to produce a story on Nicole Crance for Cayman 27. I arrived during one of the classes and was very intrigued by the movements and intensity. I also really like Nicole’s outlook on CrossFit and working out in general, which essentially was just focusing on what’s best for you and improving yourself without judgement or comparing yourself to others. It was in stark contrast to the “cult” atmosphere people sometimes associate with CrossFit. Her outlook on it went a long way in prompting me to reach out and join the gym.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting?
Night and day. My overall strength has improved drastically. My body has changed, especially my chest, shoulders and arms. My conditioning is much better than it was. Best of all, my confidence is much higher than it was in terms of “can I do this much weight or reps?” CrossFit has been a life-changing experience for me.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)?
I have no clue. At some point I just resign myself to the fact that this is going to hurt no matter what, so I just need to do it. I sometimes think about how I feel after a workout — the disappointment after a sub-par workout or the feeling of accomplishment after a good one. I remind myself that I want to feel the latter.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman?
I like the people. I generally go to the Noon class and everyone there is great. There are some good athletes in that class. They help me push myself as I try to keep up with them. But they’re also very supportive and friendly. The Coaches are great, too. They are super knowledgeable and friendly and I appreciate the fact that there is so much focus put on technique and keeping us healthy versus only focusing on gains, PRs, etc.


What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman?
I’d say do it but stay within yourself. I’m just now starting to be able to go RX some WODs. I’m glad I haven’t developed an unhealthy habit of trying to RX everything just for the sake of RXing it and end up hurt. Also, the coaches talk about trusting the technique and not thinking about the weight. I think that’s great. If you have good technique, you’ll be able to put up the weight.

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