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December Athlete of the Month – Johanna Rodriguez

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CrossFit Palm Beach Athlete of the Month for December

Johanna Rodriguez

Congratulations Johanna – you were chosen by the coaching staff because of your progress and dedication to your fitness. You are always seeking criticism and correction while pushing your limits. You earned this! 

Read more about Johanna, who she is, how she started, and why she keeps coming back every day. 

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Tell us a little about yourself.  

I’m 39 years old, I’m not working right now cause I’m dedicated to my family. I have two children (a 4 years old girl and 11 years old boy).  I have been married for 13 years with Juan who is another member of CFPB.

What’s something about you that others may not know about you? Any special talents, hobbies, or interests?

I’m Dentist, formed in my home country Venezuela, with a specialty in Pediatric Dentistry (from a Brazilian University), but I can’t work in the US unless you go through a Diplomas validation process that is expensive and takes 2-3 yrs of school again.

What do you like to do outside the gym?

I love running, usually I run 2 or 3 days per week especially on Sundays early in the morning then I enjoy being with my family in some activity like to go to the beach, any playground, swimming pool, and the likes.

When did you start CrossFit?  Why did you decide to join CrossFit at that time?  What do you remember most about when you first started?

I started with Beachfit in March 2016 and changed to Crossfit in January 2017. I decided to do Crossfit because I wanted to learn new things, be stronger and do less cardiovascular exercises; another reason was to share with my husband the same sport.

I remember when I started CrossFit, I had to go with Juan the first classes because I felt very shy and nervous, I felt that I was doing all the movements wrong and a little frustrated because I couldn’t do a workout at a scale or fitness level, but I always felt the support of all the members and coaches that have help me going through this transition.

What new belief, behaviors, or habits, adopted since you started beachfit/crossfit, have most positively impacted your life?

Before doing CrossFit, I used to practice several sports such as tennis, volleyball, swimming, skating, conventional gyms, but I couldn’t stay more than 2 or 3 months in the same activity. Since I started CrossFit, I have learned to be consistent to work out, not to get the best body shape but to do it because I feel good and healthier every day and I have managed to challenge myself to do things that I thought I could never do.

What has been your most memorable workout? (This could be a very positive experience, funny experience or one that was very challenging)

Definitely Murph!, it is always a challenge (especially the mental aspect). Every year I try to do my best and improve from the previous year. I love the energy and the motivation during this workout.

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?

Something that I always keep in my mind is: you can do it; everything is in your mind.

Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?

More than a year ago I suffered a fall from the rig doing toes to bar in a workout (this was the last or one before last rep to finish that wod), I was taken from the Gym to the hospital after the gym called 911 cause I faded due to the concussion, but I landed mainly on my hip and tailbone, not really the head. I had to stop for a few weeks (two weeks to be more precise, cause I was going crazy for not working out LoL) and then start again very slowly, but sometimes situations like this one make us stronger than before and wanting to improve every day. Now I can do T2B without fear, with confidence and improving every day, about 5-6 months later I did my first full marathon while doing CrossFit at the same time. That is why we always have to move forward with a positive mindset without looking back.

What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CF (this could be CF related or just personal)

About 1.5yrs ago I signed up for a macros plan (with coach Dom) which helped me to learn a lot about the different foods and to know how to make healthier choices. It’s been very helpful.

What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated?

Nothing, because I always want to go to the gym, seriously, I go every day except Sundays that are for running.

What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach?  

Everything: the members, the coaches, the facility, the energy feeling while I’m there, the willingness of everyone supporting each other during every workout. CFPB is like my second home.

What have you become better at saying “no” to, and what approaches have worked for you?

The soft drinks, I don’t drink anything other than water and coffee, my excuse is that I prefer to intake those calories from a good dessert than from a drink.