Athlete Spotlight: Stephanie Cardenas

Name: Stephanie Cardenas

Age: 38

Occupation: Stay at home mom

Hometown: Los Angeles

Which class time do you usually attend?: I’m everywhere, but my roots will always be 5:30 pm

Favorite WOD: I’m an upper body girl, but don’t quite have a favorite WOD yet.

Favorite CF Movement: Push press

Least Favorite CF Movement: Wall balls

1RM Deadlift: 200 pounds

Favorite Food: Pho

Favorite Movie: The Mummy

Favorite Athlete: Steph Curry

Dream Job: Interior Designer

Dream Vacation Destination: Egypt or Norway to see auroras

If you could have any super power: Fly

Favorite Motivational Quote: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein

How long have you been doing CrossFit?: Since 2012

How did you first discover CrossFit and what made you decide to start?: I wanted inspiration through fitness. I was on a 5 year hiatus. I missed the atmosphere and goals.

Tell us about your fitness/sports background: Played high school basketball. Love playing football. I will try anything and play anything competitive.

What sorts of positive changes (mental, physical, emotional) have you noticed in your life since getting involved at No Excuses?: Gives me the breather I need from mommy duties. I see myself again. Perseverance to reach my goals and enjoy the competition we give each other at the gym.

Who or what keeps you coming back and motivated?: I love working out!

In what other ways do you use your fitness?: To play sports with my kids, I still don’t let them win????

Please share with us a favorite CrossFit or No Excuses moment.: Accomplishing Murph

Name one goal you would like to achieve in the next year (doesn’t have to be CrossFit related, but it can be): Accomplishing RX in the CrossFit Open.

Tell us about your hobbies and interests outside of the gym: Love playing basketball, long bike rides, traveling and trying new foods.

What advice do you have for someone just starting CrossFit or is on the fence about starting?: Keep coming to the classes and don’t give up on yourself.

What do you love most about No Excuses? The coaches and fellow members, you will always have a laugh, a little competition, and good solid hour of positivity.