"Dionne Elvira"

Hometown: Winchester, CA

Occupation: Teacher

When did you first start CrossFit? June, 2015

What is your favorite exercise? Toss up between Deadlifts and Thrusters

What is your least favorite exercise? Anything Burpee, Wall Balls are a close second.

What is your sports / fitness background? Cross Country and Track all four years of high school, CSUSB Cross Country team for one season. Ran long distance (between 3 and 13 mile runs for most of my life). A few years ago, I tried finding the lifting routine at the gym but that didn’t last beyond a few months. Aside from that, I’ve been a high school dance teacher for over a decade and am new to teaching Physical Education this year.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? A friend mentioned how amazed she was with the results this sport had on her body. She was always athletic and I held onto the thought of joining a Crossfit gym for a few years. What kept me from joining was the cost, as I am always about a bargain. I now know it is worth every penny and wish I had joined sooner!

Describe your first WOD. I was very excited and eager to begin. The 5pm All Levels class made me nervous, cause they were so intense! I recall thinking there was no way I could do what they were doing, and now I am! The first few weeks were tough, I have never worked my entire body the way Crossfit does – and remember being the sorest I’ve ever been. I felt accomplished by the workouts, welcomed by the environment, and encouraged by the positive gym members – I was instantly hooked.

When did you know something had to change before you joined Desert CrossFit? I was once very overweight, and while being overweight I still went running and taught dance. I knew I needed to first fix the way I was eating and this first step was taken 6 years ago. Once I hit my goal weight, I was ready to focus on my body and I knew that my old cardio routine and dance teaching job wouldn’t help me find the physical strength and shape I desired. I did my research, and selected the best Crossfit gym with the best reviews in the Coachella Valley.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? Tremendous! I have lost a little bit more weight, and I’ve noticed that it’s a great exercise in maintaining weight if you’re not fully focusing on diet. I have muscle tone and definition in places I didn’t know was possible. I can do kipping pull-ups!

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join Desert CrossFit. It has given me a physical strength I’ve never known and a confidence I’ve never had. I’ve truly never felt this good, inside and out! It’s tough to not bombard my friends and family with this amazing “fountain of youth type thing” I’ve discovered, but I think they get the idea now after seeing my physical changes, and increase in happiness.

Can you describe your most memorable Desert CrossFit experience for us? The thing I benefited most from the was my first grocery store tour with DCF. Cheryl was amazing at pulling products off the shelves that were healthy and showing us healthy options available to us. The most fun was the holiday bash event, it was hilarious and extremely fun!

When have you used CrossFit outside the box? I’ve been teaching a modified version of CF to my high school students. I’ve observed a growth in their confidence and focus. What I love about the Crossfit style, is that it teaches the individual athlete about having integrity for themselves – in finding the personal reward in that. These kids have the chance to practice those skills and they will benefit from that tremendously. They have gotten so pumped about this sport, that they are interested in starting a club and possibly going for the 2017 Open Games. All of this is a works in progress…

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Anything creative, and karaoke. I am also passionate about education and have begun my journey towards earning a doctorate in educational leadership at CSUSB.

What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next year? Muscle ups, consecutive handstand push-ups, and to front squat my body weight!!

What are some of your favorite cheat meals and why? Chocolate anything, and pizza! Those are my comfort foods. :)

Any advice for people just getting started?

  1. Be patient with yourself, and patient with the process.
  2. Results happen faster when you take care of what you’re eating while you’re exercising. Learn about the food you’re eating.
  3. We all move at different rates, move to your own rhythm and listen to your body!
  4. If you’re sore, it’s working – KEEP GOING!
  5. Yes you can!!