Athlete of the Month July 2015 Jaime Arevalo

Jaimie Arevalo

Name: Jaime Arevalo

Hometown: Houston

Age: 25

Occupation: Full-Time Mechanic/Part-Time college student

 Tell us about your sports & fitness background:

I never played sports in high school. I started weightlifting the summer before entering high school and discovered that I enjoyed it very much. I learned most of my weightlifting from magazines and internet searches. I always had a hard time staying consistent more than 8 months because of the lack of motivation.

 How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I first heard of CrossFit through a YouTube video that I randomly came across. I have never done workouts with functional movements or Olympic Weightlifting. I tried the free intro class about 8 months ago and the workout was only about 10 minutes long, but I was so exhausted! The WOD had box jumps, kettle bell swings, wallballs, and a small run. I was sore for an entire week and loved what CrossFit had to offer to my fitness life.

 What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF H-Town (before/after)?

I have noticed that my core has become stronger and slimmer, which is what I wanted. The foods I eat have changed a lot. I am becoming more and more consistence in eating healthier.

 What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I noticed that I use a lot of the functional movements at work. I am very active at my job and occasionally do lifting. The functional movements in CrossFit prevent injuries when I’m at work.

 Do you have a favorite/least favorite movement/lift?

My favorite movement would have to be snatches because they are the most complex lift, which makes it more rewarding. My least favorite movement would have to be WALLBALLS.

 What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I played guitar for a few years at church and still practice occasionally. Love learning new instruments. I enjoy doing small projects around the house. Bike trails.

Any advice for people just getting started? Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / H-Town moments:

There’s nothing to it but to do it. The hardest part for me to sign up at a Crossfit gym was the price, but you’ll be happy once you get started and see what CrossFit is all about. There are coaches to guide you, there are other people in the class to help motivate you, and everybody is very nice at H-town CrossFit. You are able to go as hard as you want or as casual as you want.