I realized that the best part of coming to this gym is that I constantly prove myself wrong. Every time my mind says "No, I don't think you can do that", my body says "yes you can and you will".
March 2022 Athlete of the Month: Meet Ro Carrillo
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and perseverance. Ro is a self described extrovert who exudes positive energy. Ro’s infectious enthusiasm has been a bright spot in our afternoon classes since he joined Terminus last September. Make sure to give him a fist bump the next time you’re at the gym.
Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?
I joined Terminus in September of last year, so a little under 6 full months. Physically I feel amazing. I truly shock myself when I do some of these workouts because I don’t think I’ve ever challenged my body as much as I have recently. My gym time is my “Me Time” and I get both a physical and mental workout when I’m at Terminus. Although I feel like death is knocking at my door after some of these WOD’s, I feel happy and accomplished after completing them.
Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
I’m generally a pretty positive person, but getting these daily workouts just puts an extra pep in my step for sure. That beautiful positive energy that you absorb at the gym translates so well outside of the gym. It’s like going into a candy store and getting all your favorite candy, except you work your butt off and end up with all the endorphins.
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Oh man, this is a hard one for sure. Besides my “Three Peas in a WOD” crew (Diana, Lacey, and I are dorks), there are so many amazing people that truly inspire me and that inadvertently push me to do better and be better. Michael, Ryan, Kenny, Toni, Carl, Bihn, Roxy, Taylor, Lauren, Ruslan, I can really keep going. Let’s not forget the coaches, because they’re all amazing and I hope they know how much I appreciate each and every one of them.
Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
It’s one of the best parts of my day. I know it sounds cheesy and sort of cliche, but I truly enjoy coming in here and doing something healthy for me.
Q: Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
Oh man, this was a memorable day. I took a 7:30pm class with Cam. By the time we finished with the warm up, I had burned like 300 calories and I asked myself “Can we go home now?” and just laughed because we hadn’t even gotten to the WOD. The best part about the class is that they broke down the movements to a beginners level and you tend to learn so much from classes like that. I did not realize what crossfit was until that class. It was like taking blinders off and I realized that this is what I had been looking for. I quickly realized that this was the perfect marriage between programming and coaching.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I feel like I’m pretty transparent and I talk a lot, so getting to know me is pretty easy if you say hello. I’m an extrovert and I love meeting people so I try to say hi to as many people a day as I can.
Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
When we did our crossfit totals, I was able to squat 325lb and I almost cried. That’s something that I’m super proud of. I don’t remember who the coach was that day, but they were like “That looked really good, add more weight” and I remember thinking “oh god, ima die”. I tried it and I failed, but that failure was so graceful. Learning to do cleans with Barrett one evening when we had a small class at 7:30pm was phenomenal because I got some one on one pointers that made the movement that much more comfortable. Lastly, that same night, we were doing handstand push-ups. Lord knows that I don’t like being upside down and I kept thinking that I would hit my head on the wall. I kept practicing and practicing until it clicked and I realized that the best part of coming to this gym is that I constantly prove myself wrong. Every time my mind says “No, I don’t think you can do that”, my body says “yes you can and you will”.
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?
My short list: HSPU, Heavy power cleans, DUs, 350lb on my squats, 450 on DL, and MUSCLE UPSSS!!!!