CFLA Athlete Profile – Maya Ramirez
Hometown: Santa Monica
Occupation:Student/works at VeggieGrill
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June 11, 2013
When did you first start training at CFLA?: June 11, 2013
Favorite WOD: Jonesy!!
Least Favorite WOD: Fran and Franklin Hill
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I was always involved in some sort of sports camp or team because I genuinely loved to just play! I have tried out most sports but basketball and Tae Kwon Do (and now CrossFit) were my favorite. I was never great at basketball, but I loved to run up and down the court. When I was younger, because of my spunk and passion for playing my hardest, I was a star…but as I got older, girls got better and I became a bench warmer because “my attributions to the team were keeping my teammates’ heads and spirits up” — not actually playing in the game, or so my coach said. Tae Kwon Do was also a huge part of my life for about seven years during which I received my second degree black belt and went to the Junior Olympics at the age of 11. I loved to spar, but I loved the art of forms more and I placed in most competitions I competed in. I soon got a little burnt out and bored with the training and decided I would rather play basketball, a team sport. Every now and then I think back as to what would have happened if I hadn’t stopped and I can only imagine how far I would have gone if I had continued.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My mom, Diz! I was actually the last person in the family to start because I was so confused as to why anyone would want to put themselves through such a gruesome workout. But last summer I tried it out and I fell in love almost instantly! I don’t remember the exact workout I did, but I remember wanting to die. But after I felt so good and strong and proud that I had gotten through it and couldn’t wait to come back ASAP.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? So right before starting CrossFit, I was living in San Diego and except for basketball season, I wasn’t really working out at all and had gained a lot of weight. So when I came back up to Santa Monica and started working out and eating better, I definitely saw changes in my body, but most dramatically my face! My cheeks (or what I told myself was still baby fat at the age of 18) had disappeared and I no longer looked like a bowling ball! I became more confident and overall happy because I had engaged myself in a much more healthy lifestyle.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I now find it so stressful if I don’t workout for more than a few days. Playing sports growing up, you don’t realize you’re actually working out. When that ended, the thought of going to a gym and working out was such a joke to me! But now that I have emerged myself in this great community that pushes and encourages you no matter how you’re performing, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. (Everyone I have met is also a huge reason I come back. Everyone is so great and when I don’t feel like coming, I always know that I will have a great time with the people. Somehow almost dying with people I like brings us together that much closer- or so I feel!)
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: The first Femme Royal I ever did with my mom! Such a huge percentage of the gym was there cheering us on and that feeling of knowing that we were supported by so many people in our community was the best feeling I could ever feel! Not just at the Femme Royal but when we went to the Games or regionals or anywhere we go together, we all have each others backs and I love that so much.
Any advice for people just getting started? Just get to the first workout! I know that getting up and going to that first one is the hardest because I pushed it off for years, but once you do, I promise it will change your life.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? This is awkward because other than a few high school friends that I still have tight connections with, you guys are it! I go to school, work and come to CFLA — and that’s my life’s story. It may sound sad, but I love it and wouldn’t change it if I could. Because I am taking five classes and working about five days a week, I haven’t been at the gym as much as I would like, but whenever I am not doing homework or sleeping, I promise you will see me here!
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