We start 2016 with Alberto as our January Member Spotlight!!!! We chose Alberto because he has been a dedicated member of the gym for many years now, he is a true 6 am-er, and we always appreciate you guys for getting up so damn early!!! He is known for his vocal warm up groans, spider monkey jumping abilities, and easy going and happy demeanor. Alberto and I have similar back issues from time to time so we find ourselves doing similar “modified” workouts. And, yes, we both get frustrated with sore backs, but that doesn’t stop Alberto from coming to the gym and doing SOMETHING. For people like Alberto, the worst thing is to just sit and do nothing. That’s not an option. He’ll come in and just do air squats and strict pull-ups all day if that’s what he feels he can do that particular day. He loves working hard and just being at the gym and throwing down. After spending some time this past fall really focusing on his form with the lifts…it’s paying off big time and he has been crushing WODs lately. From lifting to gymnastics, his hard work is proven on the white board! Alberto has some great goals in mind for 2016 and we can’t wait to see him meet them all (most especially the staying healthy part!!!) Keep killing it Alberto!!
Alberto Diego Lopez
Where are you originally from?
Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. Moved to Danbury about 10 years ago
What high school and/or college did you attend?
Went to St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull. I got recruited to play soccer at Western Connecticut State University, it’s a D3 school so I use “recruited” lightly. Got my MBA from Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield.
Favorite sports teams:
Mets and Giants, as much as they both break my heart, for my American sport teams. For futbol, it’s FC Barcelona, NYCFC, and the Argentinian National Team. My parents are from Argentina, so I have little say in this one.
What do you do for work?
I am an Aircraft Portfolio Analyst for Global Jet Capital. Its more boring than it sounds, basically it’s a combination of Risk and Financial Analyst for a portfolio of companies or really rich people that are too cool to fly commercial and they need their own private jets. Some of our notable customers are Michael Jordan, Charles Schwab, Bob McNair (owner of the Houston Texans, and Bill Cosby (before he was… you know)
I was with GE Capital in the same role for the last 9 years but we got bought out last month.
When and why did you start CrossFit:
I think I started in November 2012. And I started because I got tired of wasting my time at those globo gyms. I also had been out of competitive soccer for a few years so I needed something to fill that void.
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?:
Favorite: Clean and Jerk
Least Favorite: Deadlifts are my damn kryptonite. I hate them.
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing?
First WOD was the baseline one (500 m row/40 squats/30 sit-ups/20 push-up/10 pull-ups), and I remember thinking, wow I suck really bad!
Greateast CrossFit Achievement so far:
I would have to say getting consistent double-unders. Those were the most annoying, frustrating things to get which took probably 2 years of trying. Now I can easily get about 50-60 in a row
CrossFit Goals for 2016:
- Butterfly pull-ups
- String together some MU
- Make deadlifts my bitch
- Not get hurt
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit:
We already covered that I play soccer. Other than that not much besides that I borderline obsessively collect transformers toys.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….”
Be included in every college’s athletics program. I could only imagine how much success I could have had as a soccer player if I had been exposed to CrossFit during college. Instead, it was Ramen noodles and beer.
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me….:
Spending some quality time with my beautiful wife and daughter. Playing soccer with my over-30 team or with the newly created CF203FC!!!!
I just want to thank everyone for dealing with my moans, groans and cursing during warm-ups and the WOD’s, especially my 6am people.
Let’s all kick some serious a$$ this year!!!!!
CLOS and Nathan going head-to-head, literally, in Monday’s row/push-up workout
Mike T., Steve D, Nathaniel and Sue in the middle of Tuesday’s pull-up AMRAP
Some big boys on that bar!
Blurry, but a cool pic of Elsa pulling herself under the dumbell
Kaz rolling through his DB Snatches
Kevin, Lisa and Mike D. snatching
Mounir strong with the dumbell
Eliana snatching while Coach Michelle flies onto the 30 inch box!
The Thursday 9 am crew working hard
Monday (Sorry, forgot to take a pic of Tuesday board)
Thursday and a happy Natalie