LEA PAZ-CASTILLIO - CROSSFIT COACH

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*CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

*USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

I have always been active and grew up playing team sports, primarily soccer.  When I started CrossFit in 2013, I was an avid distance runner.  I was bored and looking to try something new when a friend suggested I try CrossFit.  My first official class was an open workout consisting of a 12 minute AMRAP of 150 wallballs, 90 double-unders, and 30 muscle ups.  I made it through the wallballs and on to single-unders (as I couldn’t do a single double under!).  I remember thinking my arms were quite literally going to fall off.  I was sore for days and felt destroyed.  And yet, this made me immediately want more! 

CrossFit has given me added confidence and mental stamina.  I love that there is always something to work on improving and continuous challenge any time I walk into a box. CrossFit also makes me better at any other sport I do, be it snowboarding, hiking, running, surfing, or whatever else comes up!  This may sound cliché, but it is the one thing in life where I truly find that if I put the work in, I will get the results I want. 

My passion for CrossFit and Olympic lifting led me to take the L-1 trainer course.  As a coach, I really enjoy guiding people through the process of setting goals, helping them work toward those goals, and celebrating with them when they overcome barriers to achieve success.  The greatest reward in coaching is seeing people excited about something they have just accomplished.

The community that comes with CrossFit is a huge draw and part of why I still drag my butt to class even when I’m tired or simply ‘not feeling it.’  I am continuously amazed and appreciative of the positive and supportive nature of the community.  It’s no wonder that I have made some amazing friends along the way.  As a coach, I hope to empower others to define and pursue their goals, so, like me, they can realize what they never thought possible, while still having fun.