Member Story Romeo Villanueva

Romeo usually joins us for our 6:30pm classes and is beyond a pleasure to have. He's alway greeting everyone with a smile and if you're really lucky you might catch his slick dance moves! 

A recent Story from Romeo and how he used his fitness

So tonight, I was at my car and some guy yells and asks if I can help him. I see a delivery truck with 6 mattresses that fell out the back when he opened the door. With no one else around, he asked if I can help him since he has “OPS”... old people syndrome. I look up in the back of the truck and it is filled with mattresses. And getting the ones that fell out on the road back in the truck was going to be a feat. I had to climb up in the truck by pulling myself up with straps like a rope climb. I had to lift 6 mattresses, squatting, and then doing a thruster to push it to the top and back. Old Man Rivers tried to help, but he was having a hard time breathing. I wouldn’t be able to help this guy out if it wasn’t for what I learned at CFR. Also..I made 10 bucks. The end.
— Romeo Villanueva- 9-4-16

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

In 2012, the place I used to work at was attached to gym and I was able to go for free. At first, I was just doing my own thing during open gym and then of the trainers convinced me to pick up the bar and also try a WOD. After a few weeks, I felt dramatic changes in my strength, body weight, and attitude. I just had so much energy and it felt good.

What was your first impression? How has it changed?

My exact words were "you want me to do what now?" Now, my words are "I got this"

What was your first “bright spot”? 

Back at CFO, the same trainer (Jeff) was working with me on my first deadlift 1RM.  Every time I thought I was done, he kept saying you can do more and added more weight. After about two hours, I was lifting 325 lbs.What are you working on now?

I'm working on form, technique, and mobility.  It makes so much difference when you are lifting the right way and saying "Oh wow, that's so much easier!"  I'm also working on healthy habits.

What's your favorite CrossFit Reanimated memory?

My favorite CFR memory was the Tuff Stuff event.  It was great helping out and watching everyone participate.  Maybe I will work up the nerve to compete soon. Also, my first class with Michelle coaching.  It was like old times back at CFO.  She is one of the main reasons why I chose Crossfit Reanimated.