EACH MONTH WE HIGHLIGHT AN ATHLETE THAT HAS SHOWN GREAT PROGRESS AND/OR DEDICATION...
July 2019 - Jacky “Pants” Altilio
Just in time, before her Floridian departure, Former Coach, Cobalt Member Since Before Day 1, Painter of the Walls, and Recent Recoverer of Shoulder Surgery, Jacky Altilio has been named July’s Athlete of the Month!
Jacky has been a part of Cobalt since before we opened. She was a coach before we even had classes. Her gymnastics skills have helped not only the coaching staff, but countless members refine their skills and improve themselves as athletes.
She’s been through 2 major surgeries in the last few years, but just keeps showing up! Somehow she always comes back stronger and better. As an athlete, Jacky has been working her way back from about a year hiatus. Contrary to what she may have told you, she was not in jail, and did not have twins. Jacky was back in school, starting a new career. Since she’s been back, she’s gotten almost all of her old PR’s back, and despite her recent surgery, is almost 100% in all of her movements. Although she isn’t coaching anymore, the members and coaches look to her for advice and value her opinions. As a CF OG, this honor is long overdue! Thankfully she healed enough to claim it before she left us for the sunshine state.
Personally, Jacky has been one of my CrossFit People from the beginning. Its been 8 years of crazy adventures, trying to chase her PR’s, and a whole lot of laughs. It’s been a blast Jax, and I’ve been lucky to have you around this long :) Thank you for everything. Good Luck in Florida! You’ll be missed by all of us, but most of all, me! (and maybe Cobey)
Q. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED.
A. I’m a court stenographer and recently retired gymnastics coach, and I’m just about to move to Tampa in a few weeks! I am also a not-so-recently retired CrossFit coach. (I definitely only retired so that I could be eligible for Athlete of the Month)
Q. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CROSSFIT AND AT CROSSFIT COBALT?
A. Oh dear, I can’t remember life before CrossFit! I believe I started 8 years ago, one of my college classmates was doing it and when he said he did handstand push-ups in a workout, I realized that was my kind of workout. I drove past CrossFit Revenge on the way home and stopped in, and that was the start of this lovely journey. As for CrossFit Cobalt, I’d say Beth and I have become pretty fabulous friends over the years :) So when she opened, I came and helped paint the walls and the rest is history!! I could never ask for a better home than Cobalt!
Q. What is your favorite part of Crossfit?
A. I can’t pick just one. I love that it always challenges me. One month I’ll claim I’m never going to try something, and a few weeks later I’m trying that exact thing! I love the true sense of community where we are cheering just as hard for the person finishing the WOD at lightning speed as we are for the people that are working just as hard to finish after. And mostly, I love that even after a terrible day, I can walk into the gym and within 10 minutes, I’m smiling and laughing.
Q. TELL US YOUR MOST MEMORABLE WOD AND WHY…
A. Can I have a three way tie? (Clearly I’m terrible at decision making)
1- my first workout ever, 10 rounds of 10 KB swings and 10 pull-ups. I couldn’t lift my arms for a week
2- doing Fran alongside Keith where we raced and finished our last rep within 1 second of each other (I’ll never do Fran again after that)
3- my first time actually finishing Murph. My cardio has always been rough but it was an amazing feeling to actually finish!
Q. What is your biggest CrossFit goal?
A. My biggest CrossFit goal is to simply be able to train smart and pain-free. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve had a few surgeries, but managed to come back relatively strong after. I’d like to stay healthy!
Also I really want to clean and jerk 200# :)
Q. IF you could have one workout named after you, whgat would it be?
A. It would have to be an AMRAP with SDHP, double unders, hang cleans, and handstand walks. And of course, it would be called Pants!!
June 2019 - Fabio Gonzalez
May 2019 - Alex Massimo
April 2019 - James Lynch
March 2019 - Diana Savosh
February 2019 - Luke Noone
JANUARY 2019 - Sue Brunjes