“Since my sweaty @caffeineandkilos T-shirt looked like a heart today I wanted to share something with you. ‘I am not physically gifted, it takes me ten thousand times to learn a simple technique and my body is constantly fighting back, but HEART gets me up every morning to chip away at all my lack of skill and imperfections'”.
Choosing this month’s Athlete of the Month was a COMPLETE no brainer. I was just a little worried about finding a picture because, regrettably, I haven’t been shooting many lately. So I went hunting on Facebook and found this… and then I read his caption… And realized he literally stole the words that I intended to write about him. Well I guess it doesn’t work that way… considering he wrote the words 4 months ago…
Anyway… I first met Stevie over three years ago back when Ace (of Mighty CrossFit) was still running our program. Stevie didn’t stick around too long. He was struggling with some injuries and had to take time off. Stevie rejoined us about 6 months ago and has been a consistent, hard-working, and determined member of our community ever since.
Like he said in his caption, he had some challenges when he first started. His knees wanted to go in weird directions when he kept trying to force them in another direction, his feet would collapse, his back would round and go into unsafe positions, he would lose his balance and fall over… He had a really tough time of it. He got frustrated a bunch, but regardless, he never gave up and he kept pushing to be better.
Stevie’s consistency, humility, and coachable attitude are fueled by his HEART to persevere and be the best he can. He’s come A LONG WAY in six months and it’s been a beautiful transformation to witness.
Please join me in honoring CrossFit Stronghold’s May 2015 Athlete of the Month: Stevie Santos