June 2016 Athlete of the Month Nathan Gonzalez
It’s funny how things work. A little over a year ago, I noticed Nate was following us on Instagram. About 2 months went by, and I noticed he was a CF LVL1 Trainer, but wasn’t training nor coaching at any specific box. I contacted him and asked if he could come in so that we can speak about a coaching position. He came in, became a member, and started our intern process. From day one, he pushed himself. Immediately, I knew we had someone special on hands. Nate has become an amazing athlete and he continues to improve daily. Furthermore, he is an exceptional coach. It’s extremely rare for a coach to be chosen as Athlete of the Month, but Nate has gone above and beyond all expectations of a well-rounded CrossFit Athlete and a CrossFit Trainer.
Congratulations Nate. I am extremely happy to have you as an athlete and a trainer. I am happy with your progress thus far, and I know we will see you in the games sometime in the future!
Head Coach Eduardo Colón
- Why did you decide to join CrossFit Oakland Park?
I joined Crossfit Oakland Park because it was one of the few gyms that reached out and seemed to be looking forward about me coming in.
- What has kept you at CrossFit Oakland Park?
The welcoming atmosphere and support from other coaches and athletes is unparalleled. This is by far the most inviting atmosphere at a CrossFit gym that I have ever experienced.
- What is your athletic background?
My athletic background is in baseball; I played roughly for about 15 years. Then I coached for two years at a local high school.
- What are your athletic goals in and outside of CrossFit?
Inside of crossfit I’ve decided that my goal is to just win the day; to take it one workout at a time and try to get a little better with every step. Outside of CrossFit, I am committed to eat well, and stay healthy overall.
Why did you decide to become a trainer / coach at CrossFit Oakland Park?
I decided to stay with CrossFit Oakland Park as a coach because we have a great staff to work with. We also have great athletes that strive to get better every day.
What does CrossFit Mean to you?
CrossFit is a huge part of my life. Although its just working out, it has shown me anything can be possible with hard work.
What do you like most about being a coach?
The best park about coaching is seeing an athlete improve and achieve things they thought was impossible.
- IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND/OR CROSSFIT, OR YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH CROSSFIT?
Crossfit can be a hard journey, and it always didn’t come so natural to me. So if you are just starting on your journey, don’t give up. Stay committed, be consistent and work hard.