February’s Gym “M.O.M.”
Introducing our Gym M.O.M (Member of the Month) for February 2020 … Sophia Eleta!
Sophia’s hard work, consistency, positive mindset, and optimistic attitude have us feeling lucky to work with her as an athlete. Not only is Sophia a dedicated athlete, but a genuinely kind spirit and a joy to be around – us coaches as well as her fellow athletes love regularly having her in class! If you happen to see Sophia, be sure to congratulate her and keep an eye out this month for a workout named in her honor, including some of her favorite CrossFit moves!
Q: What made you decide to start CrossFit?
I got into CrossFit because I wanted to prove to myself that I was capable of so much more, both mentally and physically. I definitely wanted a challenge, but I also wanted to connect with people that could help me get there and I really wanted to get fit, too! Once I started seeing improvement in things that I was constantly practicing, I was hooked. It showed me that your hard work will dictate how you get better over time, and I loved that.
Q: Are you a student/working professional/both?
I’m currently a full time student at Northeastern University. My major’s mechanical engineering. I’m a 4th year (1 more to go!)
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of the gym & school/work?
My favorite thing to do right now is to spend time with my puppy, Nacho! But when I’m not playing with him, I love listening to all sorts of podcasts and audio books, walking around Boston, and road tripping! I’m deeply interested in world environmental policy, energy generation and sustainability.
Q: What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?
Double Unders, Cleans and Pistols
Q: What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Assault bike, Thrusters and Pull-ups
Q: What CrossFit movement do you want to improve at?
I want to cycle my handstand push ups faster and maybe finally get my handstand walk.
Q: What advice do you have for someone considering trying out/joining a CrossFit gym?
I would advice them to never compare themselves to anybody else! You are your own competition.
Also, to be ok with being uncomfortable – nobody’s good at everything, and skipping class because you hate a particular movement in the WOD won’t get you anywhere close to getting better at it.
Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
I would do anything for a massive box of chocolates or carrot cake!
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why?
I love to think it’s either eagle or tiger (or both sometimes!) I’ve always associated eagles with being noble and tigers with being passionate, and these are two things I try to live by.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
Self-inducing a food coma from eating a huuuge cheese platter with my friends, and ignoring everyone on social media!
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
I go by Soph or Sophie 🙂
Q: An interesting fact that we probably don’t know about you!
I have 2 beautiful hedgehogs back in Panama, (Dot and Oliver), I’m aiming to get my pilot license one day, and I’m currently working on getting my master of science in Energy Systems.