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Our Queen is the lovely, Raquel de Jesus! Raquel is a faithful 6AMer that shows up to work hard just before going to work. She is a busy professional and a gifted woman who can sing her heart out. Raquel has chosen us to guide her with her health as she finds that work-life balance we all desire. Thank you Raquel for trusting us every step of the way! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished. CONGRATULATIONS Raquel!

Learn more about Raquel below:

What brought you to East Boston?

East Boston was the first place I lived when I came from the Dominican Republic.  I lived here on and off, 2 years ago my dad got really sick so I moved back with my parents to help my mother and sister.


What drew you to CrossFit?

Well I know a couple of people there (Sandy and Javy) and to be honest I hate the regular gym. I would just get bored and wouldn’t commit. My health was declining due to do to my weight and I needed to do something about it. CrossFit was like my last resort.


What was your expectation on your first day at CJP? How has your perception changed since that day?

The first day I walked into a workout I thought there is no way in this world that I will be able to do any of this 🙁 What can I say,  I get surprised by how strong I have become in the last year. I can’t believe how much I have learned, how much I am able to do today in comparison to when I started.


What keeps you coming back to CJP?

What keeps me coming back is the community, the support that I have found in the CJP family, coaches and athletes. Even in days where I am so tired that I can barely make it to class I find myself working hard and that is thanks to the support of everyone at CJP.


Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I have seen many changes happening in my health. I am stronger.  I am more confident.  I have a better attitude. The Struggle is to not get frustrated with myself when I can’t perform some of the movements.


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 have gone down a couple of sizes.  I am stronger now than I have ever been.

When outside of the gym I am smarter when choosing what I eat because I don’t want to hinder the work that I am doing. I feel more energetic which helps me to walk instead of taking the bus or take the stairs instead of the elevator.


If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Deadlifts, ring rows, squats, kettlebell swings


If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say?

I would tell them is the best choice they could ever make!