Member Spotlight: Luis Nishimura

When did you start CrossFit?
I started on Nov. 16, 2011 at the old location. I remember I scheduled my very first official class at 6am. It’s been a bit more than 3 years since then, always at 6am.

What was your first workout?
One of very first ones was Filthy Fifty. It was programmed the week after I started. It took me more than 35 minutes to finish!

What is one of your CrossFit goals?
There are too many and they also change constantly. My very first was to learn how to do kipping pull-ups then double-unders, hand stand push-ups, pistols, butterfly pull-ups, muscle ups and recently I got my first bar muscle up. I never thought I could do any of these movements, but everything is possible! I think my next goal is to do handstand walks.

Why did you start CrossFit?
Like so many people, I used to go to a traditional gym, but then I hit a plateau, I felt like something was missing. One day a friend mentioned about his brother opening a CrossFit box. I went to the internet researched and got my attention. I looked for couple of boxes in my area and decided to try.

Why do you continue to CrossFit?
Because it works! I feel that my fitness has improved enormously since I started CrossFit. There is always a new skill to learn, a new challenge to accomplish. This is my channel to release stress, and the source of energy to start my day. And most importantly, I am able to do all of the above in a great environment. The community here is excellent, very friendly, and supportive.

On a scale of 1-10, how sexy do you find Kyle?
I’ll give him a 9! He’s the reason I started CrossFit. Joking aside, I had my first foundation class with him. Walking through the door of the old gym hearing the sound of heavy bars dropping and seeing people sweating and yelling can be really intimidating, especially the first time. But as soon as I went through the door he quickly approached me, he was friendly, introduced himself and started explaining to me about CrossFit and what we were about to do. I did the warm-up and he started teaching me the basics movements. I did a scaled version of the WOD and the rest is history.

Any advice you’d give to someone new to CrossFit?
Pay attention to what your coaches say, they are here to help you achieve your goals efficiently and in the safest way. And take notice of how your body feels, do not overdo it. Rest days are as important as your workout days.