Sept. athlete of the month

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Name: Darren Acoba

When did you start doing CrossFit? What motivated you to start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit at CFSWP in Fall of 2012. I first saw CrossFit on ESPN and I immediately wanted to do what they were doing.

Favorite WOD/Lift: Diane and Snatch

Least favorite WOD/Lift: Fran and Bench

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). I was born and raised in Hawaii and my family is my motivation. I also lived in Colorado and California. Growing up, my two main sports were football and track. I ran a Junior Olympic season and won state in the men’s 110 hurdles. I also played volleyball and was a canoe paddler. I try to be really involved on campus and when I have free time I like to spend it either eating, working out or just being outdoors.

What were you doing before CrossFit? Before CrossFit I was a college student still trying to get all my things figured out. Now, I still don’t have everything figured out (who does?) but I have a pretty general, clear idea of what I want to do. More importantly, I’m happy with what I have going on right now.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? After my first CrossFit workout I thought “damn, that was tough” and liked it even more.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals? My goal coming into CrossFit was having something I can compete and challenge myself in. Initially, my main goal was to qualify for regionals in hope to one day be a games athlete. Now my main focus has transitioned into weightlifter. The mechanics and technique behind the snatch and clean and jerk really got me interested and want to practice those specific lifts more. I love CrossFit and would love to compete one day but for now I am putting more effort into improving my weightlifting.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? CrossFit has changed my life outside of the gym. As cheesy as it sounds (especially to those who are anti-CrossFit), becoming a part of it made more than just physical changes and helped me develop mentally, emotionally and on an individual level. When you can get through a 20 minute AMRAP or do an Open Workout you catch yourself outside the gym telling yourself to NOT quit whatever it is that you’re doing but to keep going.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit SW Portland? Advice I would give to someone who is just starting CrossFit is patience. Change will come and the type of change you want to see is dependent on the quality of the time spent on working towards that change. Listen to your body and ALWAYS do your best to follow proper protocol, which is, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE!!! It’s something I still struggle with but when I see change happen over two days versus change that happened over two months I know which one is better. Take your time learning the technique and all else will follow.

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