"Stephanie Martinez"

Hometown: El Segundo, CA

Occupation: Police Officer Recruit, ESPD

When did you first start CrossFit? November 2016.

What is your favorite exercise? It’s a tie between squat cleans and deadlifts.

What is your least favorite exercise? I’m not usually fond of the dumbbell movements, like snatches. Makes me feel awkward!

What is your sports / fitness background?
I played soccer for about 10 years, and ran consistently to keep in shape after that. Once I got to the Marines, my fitness background expanded immeasurably.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?
When I was on active duty still, at my last station I would see Marines on their lunch breaks running back and forth, doing tire flips, hand stand push-ups, and all kinds of crazy stuff. I asked around, and was told they were doing Crossfit. I said those have to be the craziest Marines around.

Describe your first WOD. Were you scared? Excited? How did you feel after you were done?
With a class, it was a little intimidating. Listening to people speak the terminology was bewildering. I felt pretty accomplished, and the soreness was a trophy of that.

When did you know something had to change before you joined Desert CrossFit?
When I went to go take my first physical test as a Police Officer candidate. I did fine enough on everything else, but at one point we had to scale a six-foot wall. I did not have the strength to even pull myself up to the wall. I wanted this career, so I contacted Cheryl the same day I failed the physical. Something had to change.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?
I’ve never really paid much attention to my muscle definition or anything before, but I have definitely noticed development in my shoulders and arms. Especially when my son noticed it too: “Whoa, mom! You’re a beefcake!”

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join Desert CrossFit.
My career, for sure. I am a Recruit at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Academy, and I am hitting the ground running every day because of how I prepared by committing to Crossfit. Without DCF, I wouldn’t be where I am, on the road to the career I want.

Can you describe your most memorable Desert CrossFit experience for us?
There’s so many, but the first thing I think of is Nahdja, one of our respected regulars, hitting her 300# deadlift. So motivating! She made it look so easy too.

When have you used CrossFit outside the box? Leaping and bounding over the six-foot wall! Killin’ it!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I really enjoy backyard astronomy. I take out my Dobsonian telescope on clear nights, and when the moon isn’t around, and love just scoping out different celestial objects. I also love just hanging out and playing video games with my son, Elias.

 What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next year? Getting my deadlift to #230.

What are some of your favorite cheat meals and why? Mexican food, for sure. I feel like such a glutton after, but I can’t help myself.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t quit. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing. Commit to it, if it’s important to you. Stick on a schedule to show up a certain amount of times a week. Don’t make excuses for yourself. Bring your coffee mug for the 9:30 class. We like being social.