July Athlete of the Month Heide Estrada

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

I’m 45 and work part time for Sharp in San Diego. I’ve been married for 17 years with an awesome guy and we have two kids who recently celebrated their 10th and 7th birthdays. 

2.  What is your athletic background? Hobbies?

To be considered CFM's athlete of the month is quite an honor! As a person who's never played sports, I don't think I would have ever described myself as athletic. Prior to joining CFM, I had a gym membership for a few years, which I used for swimming, cardio equipment and yoga. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I’d be lifting barbells and learning gymnastic moves in my 40s. 

Aside from CF, my favorite pastime is capturing my family's travel and everyday adventures with my phone and camera. 

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

I really enjoy ladder WODs because they switch things up quickly and keep me mentally engaged. Shortly after becoming a CFM member, we did a ladder WOD that involved C&J and pushed me to lift more than I ever thought possible. 

For time

40 Toes-to-Rings

200 m run

20 Squat Cleans (135/95 lb)

30 Toes-to-Rings

200 m run

15 Squat Cleans 

20 Toes-to-Rings

200 m run

10 Squat Cleans 

10 Toes-to-Rings

200 m run

5 Squat Cleans

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

I love sweets! Chocolate cake with ganache and a side of vanilla ice cream sounds really good right about now. LOL

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

I am not a big music person like my husband and kids and, honestly, when the WODs are tough I stop hearing the music and only hear my breathing. However, I must admit that I have a lot of Pitbull songs on my Spotify running playlist.

6.  Favorite & least favorite CrossFit movements? Why?

There are still so many CF movements that I still cannot do, but that's what keeps me challenged. However, the toughest ones for me are rowing (because I'm height-challenged), and overhead squats and snatches (because I still cannot lift much weight while keeping myself well balanced). 

My favorite movements, of course, are those that I have learned to do and I never in a million years thought I'd do, like rope climbs, pull-ups, T2B and toes to rings. 

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

It may not seem like a lot, but a 135# front squat was pretty significant for me. As far as goals, one of these days I plan to finally get DUs down. I've tried several times without success, but I'm not going to stop until I succeed. 

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

The people! CFM is not just a box where people come and go, but a community of amazing people who genuinely care for one another. On any given day, no matter my mood or the WOD, I know I can count on being encouraged, motivated and inspired by the coaches and members. It makes me smile to know that I'm part of the CFM family!    

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

Just show up! I can't tell you how many times I've looked at WODify and talked myself out of showing up because I couldn't do most of the movements. However, I've never regretted showing up! There are many ways to modify and scale the movements. Showing up as much as possible will help you build the strength needed to achieve, succeed and continue challenging yourself. And don't be shy, introduce yourself to someone, that person may be your cheerleader during a WOD and I can guarantee you won't regret that either.

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Damon Bruce