Athlete of the Month

August

Shannon Dela Cruz - Age: 20

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How long have you been doing crossfit? How did you get into it?

I've been doing crossfit for a little over a year. My bestfriend Shawn Singh was the one who actually got me into it. We worked out at the same gym but wanted a more rigorous form of training in all areas- and thus we found crossfit.

Were you into sports & fitness prior to crossfit? Tell us a little bit about it.

Before crossfit, I did a lot of running when I was in high school. I was part of the cross country team as well as the track team. I ran the 100 meter sprints, 100 meter hurdles, as well as the 200 meter dash. Through this, I've always been an active runner but decided to start weight training at the SSF Bally's to tone up.

What is your favorite WOD or movement?

I love squats. Any form of it. Front squats, back squats, low bar back squats, over head squats, air squats- pretty much all of it.

I also love to clean (Pun intended) and do pull ups and handstand push-ups. I enjoy a lot of the gymnastics portion of crossfit.

What is your least favorite WOD or movement?

Snatch. Snatches. Muscle snatch. Hang snatch. Power snatch. Just, snatches. They challenge me to this very day because of how technical the movement is. I'm very anal and completely refuse to move up in weight unless I've got perfect form at a lighter weight. Unfortunately, even at a lighter weight- there are some bits and pieces I still need to clean up.

Who or What motivates you in crossfit?

Whenever I step into the box, I am immediately compelled by the energy, motivation, support, and all the hard work the athletes put in. Everyone knows their body well and isn't afraid to scale accordingly and still put in the work to get a great work out in. The community here at MCF has been such a welcoming, positive, and supportive group of individuals that continue to challenge you and push you beyond your physical and mental limitations. This is exactly why I've stayed and have always been motivated to get myself to crossfit.

Describe your greatest achievement so far in crossfit.

My first dirty bar muscle up is by far my greatest achievement in crossfit. When I first started and watched other athletes perform a muscle up- to me, it was a movement that was just beyond my wildest imaginations. But through the patience, hard work, consistency, and support from my fellow athletes- I pushed myself and fought for my first bar muscle up.
My weight has also been my greatest achievement. When I first started crossfit last year July of 2013- I weighed in at 134lbs. Through the whole 30 challenge Coach Matt put me up to, I lost 15lbs and completely changed my ways of eating and maintained a healthier lifestyle. I now weigh 112lbs- and is beyond amazed what a sound diet and crossfit can do for you.

What would your advice be to someone just getting into crossfit?

Stay. Yeah it's hard and you will get your ass handed to you every damn time, but stay anyways. Because you'll realize, you're improving, not only physically- but mentally as well. You'll grow as a person and as an athlete and you have a community that will back you up 110% for whatever goal you venture for.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of the box?

I love to go to the beach and run. Running is something that calms me and is a way for me to recollect and reflect upon myself. I also enjoy eating late at night and watching movies in my snuggie.

Finally, what makes you Marvelous??? C'mon...gloat a little! =D

I personally believe that I am marvelous because of my positive attitude and mindset as well as my constant loud mouth to support and push others through things I know damn well theyre capable of doing. I keep a very open mind, I am very ambitious, and I try to challenge myself everyday through the differences of others.