I used to think that the only way to get fit was to do a chest workout on Monday followed by 30 minutes on the treadmill, back on Tuesday followed by 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, biceps on Wednesday, etc., etc., etc.
I was fairly athletic when I was younger being involved with soccer and swimming in high school and boxing in college, and my dad continues to run at least 3 marathons per year (as he has since before I was born) so I thought I knew what it took to be in shape; but, to quote royalty, “my life got flipped - turned upside down” after my first CrossFit WOD in April 2009.
Overall I’d like to think that close friends would consider me the mild mannered type - but I was recognizably invigorated after my first WOD because I had finally found that thing that was missing all those years I misspent disoriented at any number of “health clubs” (a.k.a. “globo gyms”). To think that I performed the same monotonous, inefficient exercises for so long while never truly obtaining overall fitness motivates me to tell as many people as I can about CrossFit and how it can change their lives. That’s easy for me to do as it’s changed every aspect of my life for the better.
A big component in the decision to make and implement that change can be attributed to the CrossFit community. It’s hard not to be energized by mostly everyone’s genuine interest in YOUR success during the WOD. It’s because of this support and attention that I received when I was just beginning my journey to be fit (for the first time in my life) that I got certified, became a coach, and am now owner of CrossFit Veracity.
As an owner, I intend to provide that same environment to my athletes while encouraging that by becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable and giving every WOD your all, CrossFit can and will make you a better person inside and out. My name is Leonardo Muñoz, and I am a recovered “globo gym” user. And while I’d still like to think that I’m the mild mannered type, an exception can be made during anything that follows 3, 2, 1, go...
I’ve played soccer my entire life (still do!) and felt a panic-inducing sense of dread the day of my last college match. For the first time that I could remember, I didn’t have a season to train for and didn’t know what to do with the hours of my day I used to devote to that. To fill the void, I took up running - 5ks, half-marathons, marathons – and now I train my members at CFV for these types of races all the way up to ultra distance marathons (50 miles).
I took my first intro class and was so sore the next day that I couldn’t reach my arms up over my head (had to wash my hair in my kitchen sink!). I was hooked! It’s been over 2 years, and I’m happy to say that I’m still hooked! Since completing my L-1 certification, I’ve enjoyed watching other people experience the same sense of excitement that I felt when I first walked into a Crossfit box, and still feel every day.
As a coach here at CFV, I hope to empower those who are intimidated by weights, and to push those who aren’t to achieve a new level of fitness. Most importantly, I want everyone to HAVE FUN while they're surprising themselves with what they're capable of accomplishing!