Athlete Spotlight: Orlando Gonzalez

Name: Orlando Gonzalezorlando_row
Age: 32
Occupation: forklift operator
Which class time do you usually attend? 5 PM
Favorite WOD: anything with pull ups
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Deadlift Max: 315
Back squat Max: 260
Favorite Food: burritos
Favorite Movie: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Dream Job: professional dancer
Dream Vacation Destination: Israel

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
“Since August of 2015.”

What keeps you coming back/motivated?
“The results I’m getting and the community”

How did you find CrossFit?
“Through our friend Lilly Villafuerte.”

What is your athletic background (If applicable)?

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
“I have done things that I thought I could never do.”

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?
“Handstand push ups.”

Who or what motivates/inspires you?
“To see how far I can push myself.”

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?
“My back squat.”

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit?
“Free-standing Handstand.”

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit
“Play basketball.”

Any advice for new members?
“Don’t be afraid of what you see in the gym, you are your biggest opponent.”

Any additional thoughts/comments:
“I want to thank God for the opportunity to let me be part of this community and to all the coaches for their support and guidance. Thank you No Excuses!”

Coach Brandon’s Take:
“It took a while for Orlando to finally drink the CrossFit Kool-aid, but he finally did in the summer of 2015 and he has made tremendous strides in the last eight months. Orlando always has a smile on his face and comes to the gym ready to work. His willingness to listen and accept coaching advice has been a big part of his improvement. He’s also very competitive, so don’t let his friendly demeanor fool you because he’s trying to beat you in the WOD.”