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December Athletes of the Month

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Name: Sandra Amaral
Age:  46
Weight: 134

CrossFitting for: 5 years

Attends class: 6 times per week

Favorite quote: “Good is not enough when better is possible.”

How did you hear about CrossFit?
Like all of us, I was bored at the gym… and in addition, I needed to improve my overall physical condition since I had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease in which your immune system damages the central nervous system and you may lose sensibility and/or muscle strength. My PT at the time was learning the first steps into CrossFit and I joined him at his first box.

What were your goals when you first started CrossFit?
When I started, I just wanted to make sure that my muscles were fit enough in the situation I had an inflammatory event affecting my body strength, hence trying to avoid muscle atrophy. With time, I realized that despite I had been taking specific medication, the activity of my disease only stabilized when I started to do CrossFit.

How has CrossFit differed from your former training?
Well, its always different, always challenging, relieves you from the stress of the day, and you get always a better version of you, even when that version is just adding humility to your existence. 🙂

What type of results have you seen with CrossFit? 
I manage to keep my body functional, learning all kinds of different skills, and kept away any inflammatory events at central nervous system for the last 4 years (not only avoid losing strength but I have increased it!). Have much fun every day!

How would you describe your experience at CrossFit Hoboken?
I have worked out in many different boxes, mostly in Portugal, but also here and there around the world, and what I really enjoy here is at one side the completeness of the class model, with a warm up (always different and adjusted), mobility, strength and WOD, and the commitment of the coaches with the performance of all of us.

What would you like to accomplish in the next year in your own fitness?
Please, please I want to be able to do MU!!!!

What does a typical day of food look like for you?
Morning: Coffee, cereals with milk or yogurt, dry fruits
Mid morning: Fruit and dry fruits bar
Lunch: Fish or white meat, vegetables or salad, coffee
Mid afternoon: Fruit, dark chocolate, oats
Dinner: Fish or white meat, vegetables or salad, eggs or tuna
Lots of water throughout the day


Name: Rohit Mahajan
Age: 36
Weight: 185 lbs

Crossfitting since:  April 2017

Attends Class: 5-6  times per week (mostly 5 PM batch)

Favorite Quote:  “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

How did you hear about CrossFit?
Inspired by my sister and brother-in-law , I always wanted to be an athlete. Colleague at my office who is also a fellow CrossFitter suggested me this place.

What were your goals when you started CrossFit?
Frankly speaking, I never thought I would survive the CrossFit workouts when I did trial class and watched all the athletes doing those movements. So goals were  just to survive and live another day.

How has CrossFit differed from your former training?
Having the different workouts planned for you and performing it with other athletes is definitely  different and exciting than just going to gym and doing single body part workouts.

What type of results have you seen with CrossFit?
Results were amazing. All those movements which I thought I would never do in my life, I was actually doing it. To be specific, my PBF (percentage body fat) was 25.6 before  I joined CrossFit and it reduced to 20.1 in 6 months. My body composition was changing the way I never imagined.

How would you described your experience at CrossFit Hoboken?
I have had a wonderful experience at CFH. The coaches, the staff, and the people are amazing. The detail attention coaches provide to an individual is remarkable. I really like the way coaches accommodate seasoned athletes and beginners in the same class  with scaling exercises.

What would you like to accomplish in the next year in your own fitness?
Handstand walk and would like to improve my Olympic lifting  movements.

What does a typical day of food look like for you?
Breakfast – Oats and nuts/Beacon egg and cheese and some fruits
Lunch – Any meat/fish  with vegetable and rice
Dinner – Chicken/turkey over rice with vegetable
Pre workout – Any fruit
Post workout – Whey Protein