EACH MONTH WE HIGHLIGHT AN ATHLETE THAT HAS SHOWN GREAT PROGRESS AND/OR DEDICATION...
November 2017 - Antonio Monserratte
We're breaking protocol a bit here by going with one of our guys for the second month in a row. Antonio was on deck for the next male recipient, but as it turns out, he will be heading back to Ecuador at the end of this month, sole's moved up! So join me in congratulating Antonio on becoming November's Athlete of the Month! In case you don't know, Antonio is all about dedication. He walks about 3 miles to and from the gym each day after work. He's a bit quiet, but is always ready to take direction and make himself a better athlete. His determination and heart are infectious, and we're going to miss him around here. Congrats Antonio, we hope to see you soon! Good Luck in school, and keep on training like you do, bud.
Q. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
A. I'm from Guayaquil, Ecuador. I work as a manufacturer of aerospace parts on a factory in Farmingdale. I started training at Cobalt in February and loved it since then. In my free time I go to rock concerts in the city.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CROSSFIT AND AT CROSSFIT COBALT?
A. I started 18 months ago, i was walking in my neighborhood and saw a group of 5 people doing farmer carrys in full sun, i was curious and had nothing else to do so I followed them to the crossfit gym and the next day i asked for a free class.
The first week was challenging and exciting! It was difficult to walk back home but totally worth it. Then by the end of last year I moved to the US and after searching more than a month for a crossfit gym without any positive result, I found Cobalt, read the reviews and decided to give it a try. Since the moment I entered I was impressed by the level of the coaches and after one month I decided to stay because I was happy with the improvement I had with the technique and also feeling stronger as the days go by.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF CROSSFIT?
A. My favorite part is the diversity of workouts that crossfit has, each WOD is different and makes you work your whole body in a fun and intense way. Even when I have trouble with some movements the coaches are always there to help me perform those exercises the most accurate way.
Q. TELL US YOUR MOST MEMORABLE WOD AND WHY…
A. The one I most remember was the "17.1", mainly because it was my first WOD at Cobalt and was part of the crossfit games. I remember I had no idea what was going on with all the judges and stuff, I just put my name on the board and started the 6pm heat. It was extremely painful from start to finish, specially because I haven't had a strong workout for at least 2 months. By the time of the 40 dumbell snatches i just couldn't feel my legs anymore and the burpee box jump over was making it even worse. I was so close to quit from here, but after all the effort I made I had to finish this WOD. I didn't finish on the 20 min time cap but somehow I was able to finish the WOD, mainly because of the yelling support from the coaches and athletes. This is the closest i have been to fainting in my life...
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS AND GOALS?
A. Sadly, I have to return to my country due to academic reasons, and finish my career in electronic engineering. I hope graduate in 3 years so I can come back to Cobalt ASAP. I'm going to keep working out at my local crossfit gym and apply all the movements and techniques I learned here. I'm gonna miss this place, all the coaches and athletes have been kind to me since I started and always helped me to improve myself. Thanks!
Q. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE WORKOUT NAMED AFTER YOU WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A. Has to start running 1 mile, right after that, 15 thrusters (one of my favorites), 30 box jumps, 45 wall balls and finishing with 200 m of farmer carry.
Looks like fun on paper...
September 2017 - Ed Cuff
August 2017 - Amanda Barry
JULY 2017 - Keith Irizarry
JUNE 2017 - Iverine Anderson
MAY 2017 - Jason Bryant
APRIL 2017 - Kimball Smith
MARCH 2017 - David Godfrey
FEBRUARY 2017 - Christina Dierlam
JANUARY 2017 - Kyle Lick
DECEMBER 2016 - Cindy Godfrey
NOVEMBER 2016 - Tommy Berman
OCTOBER 2016 - Carolyn Cronogue
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Jim Baumbach
AUGUST 2016 - Erin Schniederman
JULY 2016 - Seth Maldonado
APRIL 2016 - Casey O'Byrne
MARCH 2016 - Joey Hein
FEBRUARY 2016 - Melissa Miglionico
JANUARY 2016 - Corey Lynch
DECEMBER 2015 - Noelle Hawthorne
NOVEMBER 2015 - Jeffrey Shapiro
OCTOBER 2015 - Paula Hueshcnieder