Congratulations to our March 2020 Member of the Month, Nate Lopez!!! He brings such a warm and inviting energy to each class, is a hard worker, coachable and hilarious. We are so glad he's part of our community. Our coaches have a ton of wonderful things to say about this guy:
"Ohhhh Nate Dog as I call him, my man! Nate is one of the biggest personalities we have in the gym. He's a high energy guy and spreads good vibes and laughs always (he spent 10 years working in Comedy at Improv Boston which I'm sure he'll put in his answers). He's a dedicated athlete working on nutrition and weight loss since he joined with Coach Nicole. He's a great family man, handles his responsibilities with his boys with pride. Takes his shirt off all the time because he's not ashamed and proud of his success with his body!"
"Yes!!!! I love Nate, he brings such a joy and sense of fun to the gym. He’s always positive, encouraging, and works super hard but knows how to keep it all in perspective. I also appreciate how open he is about his incredible journey with sobriety - he’s an amazing example to our entire community! Congratulations Nate!"
"Nate Lopez is a an amazing member of this community. Nate takes learning from coaches seriously, whether it is guidance on scaling in class, nutrition coaching, or how to make improvements, Nate is alway quick to ask for help and eager to learn. He lifts the mood of every class he's in. We're grateful he no longer does stand up comedy late at night and now keeps our 5:30 AM class in a great mood."
"Things I love about Nate: His sense of humor, he shows up and works hard, he's humble, he's a role model for his son (and others!). AND he has great dance moves to accompany WOD music."
"Nate! Where do I begin? I love his enthusiasm and smile at 5:30 in the morning. It has a way of disarming some of us that might still be a bit grumpy and sleepy. On top of that he is a fantastic role model for the gym, coming in consistently, putting in the work, and reaping the rewards of said work. He's constantly pushing himself toward another goal and he's not afraid to verbalize, as he knows this will help keep him accountable. He's a joy to Coach and sweat with! "
Do you have any nicknames?
I tried to get people to call me Utah for a really long time. But it never worked. So now I just answer to whatever.
Where are you from? I am originally from Utah. Hence the failed nickname. But, I’ve lived all over the country. My least favorite was Goose Creek, SC. It was terrible. And the bbq was way overrated. That was the biggest crime. Bad job South Carolina. How long have you been doing CrossFit? About 4 years. I started at CrossFit Full Potential in Newburyport. Shoutout to Danny V. I couldn’t do more than 10 pushups. And I nearly died after doing 1 set of air squats. I am only now starting to not embarrass myself in class. What brought you to CWCF? I tried a couple local boxes. This was the only one that 1) coached me right at the beginning of my first WOD (shoutout to Brad) and 2) was big and organized well. Also the shower was clutch.
What classes do you usually attend? 530 am and the Saturday comp class. It’s a good opportunity to make sure I never stay up past 7:30. I’m very boring. What do you love about CWCF? My friends! The 530 class is so fun! It takes a certain kind of person to commit to that schedule! I like surrounding myself with that kind of person. Even if they make fun of my workout clothes. It’s not my fault I always look amazing. What do you do outside of CrossFit? I’m a trainer for a semiconductor company. It’s very boring. I also occasionally do comedy. It’s very boring for the audience.
What is something about you we might not know? I served on a submarine in the Navy. I joined because my car broke down in front of a recruiting office. True story. Who is your superhero? The good person and dad in me knows he should say my kids, cause they rule. But, also Captain Marvel.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Push press. It’s my super power. What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far? Handstand. Push-up. I have worked on that forever. It felt impossible. I got one just this week! Now I know it’s not impossible. Stringing them is definitely impossible though. This is known. What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them? Short term goal: improve my Murph time. Last year I beat an hour, but just barely. This year I’m gonna smash it. Long term: abs. Never had them. In fact I was pushing 300lbs 5 years ago. Now I want them. Then I’ll commission a painting of myself. It’s going to be glorious. (Also long long term of running a marathon) I work with Nicole and Murph on my weaknesses. Nicole is an incredible coach. Especially when it comes to nutrition. She lays out the plan, I just have to follow it. Murph is the king of “do this work and retest yourself, then keep doing the work”. I need that. I’m very lazy.
What motivates or inspires you? Competition. I’m right in the middle of this crazy impressive group of guys in the gym. Nearly all of them have better cardio than me. So, I have to keep up. Also that painting.
What is your best tip for new members? We all look stupid all the time. Don’t worry about that so much. Just sweat and fart and work. Do you have anything to add? I love CrossFit. And I’m definitely doing the Murph WOD in a singlet.