Throughout the years I have had friends who teach crossfit offer an occasional free class that I have attended. It is brutal and yet I love it. I could see myself getting into it if I wanted to put the money in for regular classes and because of that I can really admire the drive and passion of these athletes.
I am on my summer vacation right now. I took a week off work and am temporarily residing in Tempe, AZ with my younger cousin who goes to school here at ASU. She is also a super strong and rad crossfit coach here! So I had to ask her to do a photoshoot and mini interview.
NICOLE TRINIDAD - Age 20 - Athlete, Coach, and Student
What do you go to school for? Exercise and wellness with a minor in nutrition.
How did you become interested in crossfit? My friends who also did MMA with me said I should do it. It was right next door to my MMA gym so it was very easy and convenient. I took a break from MMA to give it a shot. I didn't want to be afraid of lifting weights anymore. And after I tried it I got hooked.
How long have you been doing crossfit for? Both as an athlete and as a coach? As an athlete it has been about 2 & 1/2 years. As a coach it's been a little over a year.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about the sport? Favorite would be that I like how it's a variety of things combined including some weight lifting and gymnastics. I like how I can be challenged everyday and not get bored. Things I don't like, that's a tricky question. I guess the bad rep that we get. That people don't think we can actually lift or that we're always getting injured. That's not true. Just like with anything, you have to start with the basics and the simple mechanics to a movement. You can't rush the process.
How good are you, or how would you rate your level of athleticism in the sport? So in the last open series I was ranked about 1,000 out of 7,000 girls in the region. That being said I am a competitive athlete in the sport. Within my own gym, our level is not at regionals or games yet. I do however compete within the local community.
What are your future goals for your crossfit career? Current goals are to get ready for the local fall competition season - and training is always to get me ready for regionals someday. Everyday I strive to better myself in every way that I can as a person, athlete, and coach. I truly enjoy helping others and seeing them improve. So to live out the best of both worlds doing what I love and still helping others, I am able to live out that goal now.
Tell us about your sponsor. My sponsor is Savage Barbell. They contacted me through Instagram. I have a contract with them where as long as I promote their brand I get their bad ass gear and am able to give discounts. [Use code Niki15 to get 15% off]
I had the pleasure of meeting the man who runs the company and seeing the face behind the voice at the California Regional this past May. He is very supportive. Even though I may not be at the level I want to be, he can tell that I put in the hard work and he is excited for my future in the sport. He calls me "Sun Devil." I think it's really cool that he is a firefighter and that he runs his own business. All the artwork is from tattoo artists and really adds that bad ass effect to the gear. Great clothing company that supports great athletes - not just cross fitters.
Do you find it a struggle to balance crossfit with school? Yes. That is the answer I think of right away. Balancing anything is a struggle for me. I have considered taking a year off of school to just focus on training but my parents would not allow that. I do think though that having this job and being an athlete helps my learning and it goes hand-in-hand with my major. The bright side, I am truly thankful to have met so many friends and made connections to those who are already health professionals. It is definitely helping me with my future endeavors.
Is there anything you would like to say to those that may be interested in starting crossfit but need that extra push or dose of courage? I'd say don't be afraid to start. I went in knowing absolutely nothing. Make sure that you find the right gym that will take its time and teach you the proper mechanics. We all start somewhere and whatever level you are at, understand that you can/will always improve. I guarantee you will see results just within the first month. Crossfit has a way of pushing you not only physically but mentally. I just think it will challenge you in ways you have never been challenged before. If you do join, fall in love with the process, set big goals, and love your community.