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Your King of the Point for June is Luis Moran. Luis is a veteran, seasoned CrossFit athlete and with an extensive endurance background. Luis is a determined, strong and adaptable athlete. He always comes in with a plan and is always ready to get the best out of the workout. We all know him as the man that can fearlessly run .. for a long time .. and really really far. Luis recently led CJP in our very first Ragnar Relay Race 200ish miles long!  We had so much fun and plan to continue this tradition. Thank you Luis for helping us believe if we put in the work we could actually RUN. Congratulations Luis!

 

We are sad, but mostly excited to announce Luis and his wife, Jenna will soon move to Seattle. So, get ready for Luis’s workout! Let’s show him all the love our community has for him. Learn more about Luis and his CJP journey below:

 

What brought you to East Boston?
We wanted to find a neighborhood in Boston that was diverse in terms of people and culture.  Eastie hit all our buttons.

 

What drew you to CrossFit?
Monotony is my worst enemy so the varied part is compelling to me.  I started running in my 30’s and then picked up weight lifting in the gym but couldn’t find or maintain a consistent level of intensity on my own. CrossFit makes it so all you do is show up and give it your best.  I try not to look at the workouts before hand and trust the programming.
Aside from that, I started doing CrossFit in Minneapolis and found a small box down the street and fell in love with the community aspect of it all.  When I left, it took me 5 years to find it again here at CJP.

 

What was your expectation on your first day at CJP? How has your perception changed since that day? I pretty much knew the concept having visited a few other boxes in my travels.  The first thing I saw was dudes rocking muscle ups and I about did an about face.  Javi and Bryan we super welcoming and I didn’t look back.

 

What keeps you coming back to CJP? Mostly the people, the feeling of community and belonging to it.  Everyone is so genuinely friendly and encouraging.  Sometimes I just want to come and hang out.  Programming is pretty great, too.

 

What are some of the changes you have experienced in your physical appearance, strength and/or body composition. How have you used this outside of the gym? I’ve dropped two speedo sizes, so that should answer both questions.  Also, I am a better runner when I am strength training. In fact, I can skip some training runs and just do metcons which are way more fun.

 

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My body isn’t really made for bar stuff.  I have always struggled with pull ups and over head squats because my arms are wiry and have old volleyball injuries.  I’ve been working on strict and kipping pull ups and am about to set a bar muscle up goal pretty soon.  
 
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
I know most CrossFitters don’t like running but what is more functional that being able to chase down a mugger or out run a bear?  I would incorporate some all out track sprinting and various distances with some core stuff, like weighted planks.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?So many nicknames, Veco, Weezy, Bugsy…I don’t think my family knows my real name.

 

If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say? The hardest part is always stepping out the door and heading towards the gym.  Make a move!