Athlete of the Month: Erik Dominguez
Birthday: May 12, 1979
CrossFit Birthday: October 2015
How did you hear about CrossFit? Long story short, I was part of a gym that offered yoga, HIIT, cycle, and Crossfit. My employer had financial incentives to go a certain number of days, and at the end of October 2015, I needed to go 5 times in a row and Crossfit was the only class I could get to. After that, I stayed forever.
How has CrossFit changed your life? Crossfit has been the one constant in a half-decade of inconstant. It has seen me through a divorce, a move across the country, personal and professional heartbreaks, breaking of addictions, and life transformations. Even in my injuries and setbacks, Crossfit was the place where I could clear my mind and push the boundaries of what I thought I could do.
Favorite & least favorite movements: I love everything with a barbell. But even more, I love the movements that I have seen progress in – mainly double unders and handstand push-ups. Having said that, there are no words in any language that I know to describe the hatred and fear I have for rope climbs.
Family info: My two sons, Elias and Ian, can often be seen at the gym and they drive me to stay physically and mentally healthy. This spring, I had lung issues and other obstacles that had me in the wrong mindset for Crossfit. Then, right before 19.1, my youngest out of nowhere said “Hey, dad! [long dramatic pause] Be brave!” That’s all I needed to motivate me to change my mindset, figure out my health, and come back stronger.
Something interesting about you: I am generally an introvert at the gym, but my passion is communication, public speaking, and helping others find their voice and their stories.
Favorite saying: At the gym, usually, a lot of Spanish swear words.
Favorite TV show or movie: Parks and Rec, Stranger Things, Brooklyn 99, and Shark Tank are my go-to’s. My sons and I watch a lot of the reboot of Duck Tales.
Favorite songs to workout to: Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cuddy.
What movement or skill were you most excited about when you were able to do it? Double-Unders. I have been working on them since I started Crossfit. I still have a goal to complete Flight Simulator and I attempt it at least once a week. Since it is part of my routine, even after I accomplish that goal, I will probably always do it at some point.