Welcome to February, a month of Celebrations! Groundhog day, Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day, Fat Tuesday…the list goes on. And we can’t think of anyone we’d rather celebrate them all with than our February AOTM, Paulino Sanchez. He loves burpees??!! His favorite restaurant has the word “Fat” in the name? He makes fun of his own dogs! This is a man you must meet.
Q: What got you interested in CrossFit?
I hit a plateau in my fitness and I was in desperate need for a change/challenge. CrossFit was the perfect fit for what I needed. It offered me intensity and the new push that my body and mind were craving.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
I really enjoy gymnastic movements and burpees. Unlike most people, I do not mind burpees at all. The fact that I am 5’7” probably helps given that my center of gravity is close to the ground. My most challenging movement is the snatch. I have a hard time activating my hamstrings and popping my hips. Slowly but surely and thanks to the coaches, I have been learning to use and incorporate my hamstrings and popping my hips into the prescribed workouts.
Q: What do you do for work?
Graphic Designer – I am an Art Director for a design agency. I specialize in retail design and visual merchandising. Home Depot and Walmart have been my main clients for the past couple of years.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
Spending time with kids (my two fat pugs named Jackson and Henry).
Q: Favorite music to work out to? Favorite music to relax to? OR Favorite Atlanta Restaurant? OR Favorite Vacation spot?
My favorite restaurant is Le Fat in West Midtown. I am a big fan of Vietnamese food and their clay pot is exquisite. In terms of music, I have an eclectic music taste. I like everything from country to pop music.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Just do it and take risks. Do not think about it twice. Most importantly, do not let the sport intimidate you. The gains and results you see down the line are enormous. Hard work pays off. You become stronger both physically and mentally.