"Margarita Diaz"

Hometown: Coachella, CA
Occupation: US ARMY RESERVES/ Personal Trainer/ Student
When did you first start CrossFit? July 2015
What is your favorite exercise? My favorite exercise is the Squat of course.
What is your least favorite exercise? Snatches!
What is your sports / fitness background?
Basketball has been my number one sport growing up. Started in 4th grade and have been playing it since. I also did Cross Country and Track and Field in high school. Played softball for my US ARMY Unit Team. Also being in the ARMY being physically fit was out of the question. Early morning Physical Training was a must!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?

At an Hermosa Beach Crossfit competition I went to go support one of my classmates. I saw how challenging and exhausting the workouts looked and I said to myself “I want some of that!”.
Describe your first WOD. Were you scared? Excited? How did you feel after you were done?
First WOD…I was dead! But immediately I fell in love with CrossFit. I love being challenged. Proving to myself and others that we can do anything we set our minds to.

When did you know something had to change before you joined Desert CrossFit?

Well after being out of Active duty for about 6 months, I felt like something was missing. I needed something that would challenge me like being a full time soldier use to. So after I saw that CrossFit competition, I immediately knew I had to give it a shot. I did my research on the boxes around the Valley and Desert CrossFit was the best fit. After a couple days of being part of the box I knew that I had made the right choice.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?

My cardio and endurance has improved a lot! #TeamNoCardio

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join Desert CrossFit.

I’m a lot happier then I was after going back to the Civilian life. The Desert CrossFit community is great! A lot of different personalities that enjoy the suck as much as I do. Haha! I guess I feel like I finally found my home away from home.

Can you describe your most memorable Desert CrossFit experience for us?
Every day is a memorable experience at Desert Crossfit. Meeting new people, being cheered on, learning new things from the coaches, doing burpees for being late. Haha! I love it.

When have you used CrossFit outside the box?
On an every day basis. Picking stuff up, squatting down, proper form is important. A lot of us don’t know how to properly move around. That is why 4 out of 5 people have lower back pain. Learning how to use and engage certain muscles can help prevent injuries.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Playing basketball, sports in general. I’m very competitive. So if there’s a winner at the end, I’m there. I live for the bragging rights. (haha) I also enjoy going to shooting ranges once in a while. Indoor or outdoor, doesnt matter.

What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next year?
Next year I want to be looking at competing at Regionals. But first, baby steps, I need to do a muscle up!

What are some of your favorite cheat meals and why?
Tacos, tacos, TACOS! I can’t help it, I’m Hispanic. Haha!

Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t be too scared to give it a shot. Don’t let anyone tell you its not possible. Perfection doesn’t happen overnight! Whatever your goals are, be consistent and put some heart into it. Once you see results, you will fall in love, I promise. Impossible isn’t far!