Athlete Spotlight: Luis Flores

Name: Luis Floresluis
Age: 27
Occupation: Builder
What class time do you usually attend? 4 p.m.
Favorite WOD: AMRAPS
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Back Squat Max: 260#
Favorite Food: Bourbon Salmon
Favorite Movie: Men of Honor
Favorite Athlete: Ken Clock
Dream Job: Airplane Pilot
Dream Vacation Destination: Backpacking through South America

How long have you been CrossFitting?
“8 months”

What keeps you coming back/motivated?
“The results! I wonder how far I can get.”

How did you find CrossFit?
“My friend Alicia introduced me to CrossFit.”

What is your athletic background (If applicable)?
“Does Beerpong player count?”

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
“CrossFit has returned my confidence. The confidence that you lose when you realize that making excuses is easier than trying. Now my life has changed before and after Crossfit so instead of making excuses I wonder what’s stopping me?”

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? (muscle up, double unders, heavy deadlift, run a mile, etc.)
“Lift more than 100 pounds because I hate weights.”

Who or what motivates/inspires you?
“Since I started doing Crossfit working out has become an art form to me. Your body is the canvas, you’re the artist, and the weights are the paintbrushes. So, why not make yourself a masterpiece?”

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?
“Goldilocks and the 3 Bears at Garage Games One [competing and making the podium].”

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit?
“I want to be able to snatch 300 pounds.”

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
“Skateboard, snowboard, hikes, car drifting”

Coach Brandon’s Take:
“From day one, Luis has had a lot of bodyweight strength and natural athletic ability. Despite that advantage, he’s still been one of the hardest workers in the gym every day, every week and every month. Luis has made tremendous gains in his lifts and continues to develop in other skilled movements. He’s improved so much over the last 10 months that it’s exciting to see how much he’ll improve this year.”