July Athlete of the Month- Omar Diaz

 

Tell us a little about yourself: Age? Occupation? Married/Single? Kids?

I am 38 years old and currently work part time as a real estate investor. I've been married to my wife Kennia for 17 years and we have three kids ages 20 18 and 10.

What is your athletic background? Hobbies?

I've always enjoyed watching and participating in sports. Growing up I've been a part of basketball, baseball, and football teams. 

In High School I was a bit undersized for football so I joined the cross-country team and then transitioned to track n field where I ran the 110m and 300m hurdles. Since then doing my best to stay in shape has always been a part of my life. My hobbies include home improvement renovations and when time allows I love playing golf. 

If you could program a WOD for CFM, what would it be? 

I enjoy running and clean and jerks so here it goes.

5 rounds for time: 400 meter run then 10 clean and jerks @ 135#

What are your favorite meals or "Cheat" foods?

 My favorite cheat meals are any place that serves take out food and the bag has grease stains at the bottom.

What song do you hope comes on mid-WOD?

 Shoot to thrill by AC/DC

Favorite & least favorite CrossFit movements? Why?

Favorite is clean and jerk and least is squat snatch. I love clean and jerks because i feel like its a total body workout. Im not good at squat snatches yet so i feel off balance and uncomfortable.

What is your most recent PR? What is your next goal?

Since joining crossfit being able to complete a bar muscle up has always seemed like a far fetched task. But I recently was able to conquer that and can now string together 5 unbroken. My next goal is ring muscle ups and double unders in preparation to RX  the 2018 open.

What keeps you coming back to CFM to achieve your goals?

What keeps me coming back? That’s easy, its the people. Starting with the coaches. When I first started crossfit the movements made me feel awkward and uncomfortable. But having great coaches to teach and learn from has made that transition achievable.  The members are awesome as well. We all support encourage and enable each other to achieve things we never thought we could do. Crossfit has also attributed to me learning how to approach and deal with challenges and difficulty that occur at work and in life.

Any advice to those who are just starting out?

My advice to people who are new to crossfit would be to approach it with a growth mindset.  Each day ask yourself " did i learn something today".  All members were a beginner at once, we were all you. Just show up, make some friends and have fun while giving your best. And finally listen to your body. Take care of it outside of crossfit so it can take care of you while you crossfit.

Sheina Nilsen