March Athlete of the Month--Patrick Gonzales


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

I am going to be 55 this March and have been at CrossFit Murrieta for the past 5 years. I am an Internist at Menifee practicing together with my wife.  We have 3 grown daughters, and have been empty nesters for the past 3 years, so now we have a dog for the past year.

2.  What is your athletic background? Hobbies? 

I really do not have an athletic background, but I have been skiing for the past 10 years and recently completed a marathon with my daughter, thanks to the stamina and strength gained from CrossFit.  I used to play the piano, but now we mainly watch concerts.

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

4 rounds: 

2 rope climbs

200 meter run

3 C&J

5 Ring or Bar muscle ups

50 double unders.


4.  What are your favorite meals or "Cheat" foods? 

 My favorite meals are sushi and tapas.  My cheat food is actually a drink,   alcohol in all its form, it helps with stress in moderation, of course.


5.  What song do you hope comes on mid-WOD?

Don't Stop Believing by Journey, I have seen them twice and the song picks you up during an intense WOD.


6.  Favorite & least favorite CrossFit movements? Why? 

Clean and Jerk because it is a full body movement and one feels powerful to be able to lift the bar overhead.  My least favorite are burpees and wallballs , particularly WB because my face catches the ball sometimes.


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

Recent PR is Double Unders, it only took 5 years.  Mike said to me some things are not meant to be like DU, but Mickey was great, never gave up on me.  So there Mike, Don't stop believing!  My next goal is to be able to string together  ring and bar muscle ups and butterfly pullups.

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

The people and coaches at CFM, everyone is kind and encouraging, almost like an extended family.

9.  Any advice to those who are just starting out? 

Have fun, proper form precedes intensity, take your time to learn the proper movements to avoid getting injured.  Watch a lot of Youtube videos, don't hesitate to ask the coaches and members for assistance.  And participate with all the events in the box to have your own sense of community.

Sheina Nilsen