Marvin Alexander- July 2017 CrossFit Oakland Park Athlete of the Month
When Marvin first showed up, he already had CrossFit experience. He had decent form, and just wanted to be better overall. I remember him being worried about the “type” of facility we were. He was also looking for a facility that focused in technique and proper form. He didn’t want to get hurt. Above that, he was looking for something more… at first I didn’t understand, but eventually I understood that he didn’t want to join a box full of meat-heads. He was looking for people to accept him for who he was… flamboyant as all hell! Marvin is a great person overall. He is who he is, and if you don’t like it too bad. He is coachable, he is willing to learn, and he listens well; all prerequisites for becoming a great athlete. He tries his hardest, pushes and motivates others, and does extra work provided to him by one of our expert coaches: Nathan Gonzalez.
Congratulations Marvin! We are extremely proud of you. Keep pushing yourself. Train hard and PR often.
It is my pleasure to say you are Marvin Alexander- July 2017 CrossFit Oakland Park Athlete of the Month
Head Coach Eduardo Colón CF LVL II
Why did you decide to join CrossFit Oakland Park?
I came to the box for the free week trial, after trying a few different fitness options (HIIT, regular gym, a different box). One of the first things that touched my spirit was the Human Rights Campaign flag hanging from the ceiling. Wally was my first coach and he was able to coach through experience and true knowledge. I watched as he coached each athlete, never leaving one to their own devices. I know people who have been injured from lack of direction and I came from a box in Vegas that was AMAZING with instructional direction. I saw that quality right away from Coach Wally. I decided to join for the 3 days a week option after the free trial week and meeting the other coaches Colon, Gina, Q and Nate. Each coach was welcoming, encouraging and experienced. Additionally, the athletes were also extremely welcoming and friendly. I then pushed my membership to unlimited because I believed in the results I was achieving through consistent development from my coaches.
What has kept you at CrossFit Oakland Park?
I keep coming to CFOP because I like the people, the coaches, the WOD’S and the overall environment and feeling created at this box. THE COMMUNITY. Coaches workout with athletes on a daily basis. I see coaches providing feedback to athletes and to each other without extreme ego. I show up and I continue to PR, regularly. I have wanted to give up during WOD’s and been pushed way past my comfort zone and have felt more accomplished at the end of the process. I keep coming because I keep growing. Nothing feels better than thinking you can’t do something and proving to yourself that you can through the help, guidance and motivation of your coaches and other athletes.
What is your athletic background?
Athletic background, that is almost a comical question. I played football in middle school, but that was 20 years ago. I don’t have an background in athletics. To be honest, I haven’t ever really felt like I had a place to fit being an effeminate queer male. In a regular gym, I am not sure what to do, and there is atmosphere of arrogance that is unsettling! Since coming to crossfit, my athleticism has surely grown. Under the direction of Coach Colon, I competed in my first area Crossfit Competition, and what a grueling yet rewarding experience.
What are your athletic goals in and outside of CrossFit?
My athletic goals are minimal. I want to be healthy and strong. I have always been a little overweight, and still am due to poor dieting choices, however I am slowing making adjustments to diet. For me it is all about progression and growth. I would LOVE to participate in the OUTWOD crossfit competitions. OUTWOD is LGBT focused WOD’s that occur in different cities
What does CrossFit Mean to you?
Crossfit means Community Fitness, Drive, Determination and Focus
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND/OR CROSSFIT, OR YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH CROSSFIT?
I love crossfit. It has changed my perspective of fitness and has allowed for me to open up to a demographic of people I would otherwise shy away from. I think it is really important for people to let go of crossfit judgements. Yes, people do get hurt. Getting hurt comes from a lack of focus and/ or a lack of instruction. That isn’t the case at every box. It certainly isn’t the case at CFOP.
SUITE UP, SHOW UP, and NEVER GIVE UP