Novemeber Athlete of the Month, Yazmin Tome

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1. The DC Metro is very transient; from where did you move?  What brought you to  area?  What do you do as a career?

I moved here from Tampa, FL, although, it is not my first time in the DC metro area. I went back to Florida and after my sister’s miscarriage (sad face), I knew that if she and her husband were going to try to have another one, they would need help. My parents and brother live in Miami and are set in their life there. I was living alone in Tampa and was recently divorced, so I saw this as an opportunity to start fresh…again. Since the move, I worked for a non profit organization as a Testing Coordinator for candidates trying to obtain their defense financial management certification; however, I’ve recently taken a new position. Goddess of Logistics for Beautiful Solutions Group. In other words, I’m the Operations/Production Manager for the company.

2. How did you get started in CrossFit? Did you have prior athletic experience? And how long have you been at CFSA? What’s your favorite or least favorite workout?
In 2012, I realized that I was going down a very ugly road. Both in my personal life and in health. My father, who works out 6 days a week and eats healthier than I do, underwent heart surgery for an aneurysm. I knew that if I hadn’t made the changes in my at that moment, I would have health issues later. I started working out 5-6 days a week and completely revamped my eating habits. I lost 40 lbs in 5 months. After that initial weight loss, I wanted to try CrossFIt, but I was intimated and it’s super expensive (UGH). When I moved up here, I saw CFSA right outside my doorstep. I knew at that moment, that I would not have any excuse to not go because 1) the financial investment is too great and 2) I can jump the small fence. I’ve been at CFSA for 4 months now. My favorite workout would have to be the back squat. My least favorite workout is the wall ball. I’m exhausted even talking about it!
3. What’s your greatest improvement/achievement since joining us at CFSA?

My greatest achievement is my strength. Everyone has noticed how much stronger I am.
4. Now that you’ve been crushing it in the gym, what advice would you offer our CFSA newbies?  What motivates and pushes you to continually improve?

Stick to it. When I would talk to other people from other boxes about CF, they would tell me how aggressive and intimidating it is. However, this box is not like that. I can definitely see how it can be overwhelming at first, but everyone motivates each other. We are all going through the same thing. Maybe at a different level, but we are there for support.
 
5. Tell us something about you no one at the gym knows.  It can be anything: worst job you’ve ever had, the cheat food you constantly crave, the workout you fear most…anything you’d like to share.
I don’t know if I can call this the worst job because I was able to use the skills I acquired later on, but I was a clown for kids parties. It was fun and I love kids!!