1. How did you get started at CrossFit?
I started Crossfit 3 and 1/2 years ago at A1A and got addicted very quickly.
2. What made you want to start CrossFit? Was it scary when you started?
I had friends that were already working out at A1A and they were always saying i should try it…but i was never into sports…so i never gave them much attention. On NYE of 2013/14 we were very drunk and i said i would give a try. It took me another 6 months but finally I gave a shot. I remember my first class when Chad was saying all those weird names of stuff i should do and i had no clue what he was talking about…but i stayed firm and asked him a ton of times all i wanted to know. I also remember how difficult it was to get a barbell out of the rack and how a 400m run seemed almost impossible…and of course all the soreness at night when going to bed. But…i was 37 years old and wanted to get in shape before my 40’s…and i did it. After working out twice a week i went to 3 times then 4, 5 and when my family is travelling during summer it’s usually 6 times a week.
3. What is your biggest accomplishment since starting CrossFit?
Not only my body changed but my determination on doing things until they are finished. Those are the 2 main accomplishments.
4. What do you want to achieve with CrossFit?
What i really want to achieve is getting my double unders!!!!!!
5. Tell us something we probably don’t know about you.
I am a travel agent that loves to travel with my family and organize trips for other people too.
6. How do you eat?
My whole adult life pre Crossfit was based on beer…i mean…lots of beers. After Crossfit it is based on Tequila and Whisky because beer gives me headache and belly. I eat lots of meat, almost no bread and pasta and a piece of chocolate every night.
1. How did you get started at CrossFit?
I began Reloaded September 2013 through a Groupon
2. What made you want to start CrossFit?
My husband, Hector, had begun attending CrossFit 305 a year before I started and he wouldn’t stop talking about his experiences and his achievements. He was proud of his first rope climb and encouraged me to go. Our friends were also cross-fitters at another box. They had introduced Crossfit to my husband. Whenever we got together, they talked about the WOD. I didn’t get the lingo at first, could not understand what a WOD was, what a snatch was or a jerk.
I decided to take the leap and begin with unloaded because I was afraid I couldn’t handle the regular Crossfit classes. When I pulled up to 305 to begin my first class, I was terrified. I sat in the car for awhile until I got the courage to walk in. I still remember the tall ceilings, the ropes tied to the top and, my god, the heat inside that warehouse. I wondered how anyone could workout in this environment. I had been working out at 24 Hour Fitness under very comfortable conditions. Never roughing it out like this. I had done plenty of spinning classes but never sat on an Airdyne. I lifted some weights but never with rubber bumpers on them. I had never ever attempted a pull up.
3. What is your biggest accomplishment since starting at 305?
My first big accomplishment was being able to perform a box jump. Jeff could tell you I was terrified in the beginning. In my mind, I could see myself leaping like a cat right on that box. In reality I would not lift more than 4 inches from the floor, it was all in my head. I look back now and I am amazed at how I am able to do a 20 inch box jump. Not much for some but it means a lot to me. Another big accomplishment is being able to complete a pull up. I never ever thought I could do a pull up. But my biggest accomplishment really took lots of courage because I am afraid of heights. It took all the courage in the world to be able to climb the 15 foot rope. I have to say this was one of the greatest accomplishments. Being able to do this has done so much for my confidence. I owe all of this to Crossfit 305.
4. What do want to achieve at 305?
Since I have left reloaded and crossed over to the dark side, as I like to put it, I would like to lift more and get better with my technique. I would also like to be able to perform kipping pull-ups and get over my fear of handstands. Bottom line I want to improve on most every move.
5. Tell us something we probably don’t know about you?
I don’t like to be the center of attention so being selected as Athlete of the month is an honor but I am a bit embarrassed. As I mentioned earlier I am afraid of heights.
6. How do you eat?
I think I eat pretty well, I stay away from simple carbs such as bread, pasta and rice and eat lots of complex carbs, veggies and protein. My only bad habit is drinking wine, which I try to have in moderation.
Alex Harris says he’s an artist and tends to be very introverted. You wouldn’t know it by his current profession.
“I ‘m a paid public speaker” he says. ” I do web design and eCommerce and I’ve written two books on the subject.”
Alex wanted to try CrossFit but there wasn’t a convenient location. “My brother has been doing it for a while, then SRCF opened so I signed up to get back in shape.”
“I had my own business from 2011-2016 and I didn’t have health insurance. I did nothing for 5 years, just worked at my home office desk. I stepped on the scale and I was the heaviest I’ve ever been 1987. I was scared because my endurance was terrible and my diet was even worse. I knew I’d enjoy CrossFit. It reminded me of high school wrestling practice. I remember the pain of pushing past your limits. I liked the variety of CrossFit versus a traditional gym.”
“I lost 30 pounds, but I really do CrossFit to help me avoid stress and stay focused. Crossfit helps me be mentally prepared for public speaking, challenges at work and of course health. It’s dramatically helped me build confidence and break through plateaus.”
Alex does meal prep weekly with whole foods, plus protein shakes and bars in between meals. He also avoids sugar. When asked about his goals, he was pretty clear.
“It’s gonna take a while but I’d like to get to RX weights and skills in WODs. In the meantime, it gives me something to wake up to instead of work, plus it sets my day up for success. After a 6am workout I crush everything I need to do for that day by lunch. The more progress I have in CF, the more success I have in life.”
Congrats Alex, you’re a true Success Story!