Athlete of the MonthMarch

Tina de la Cruz

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 2


How long have you been doing CrossFit?

1 year but was doing FITCon for a year and half prior.

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

The need to feel more active, increase in physical strength, and overall health.

We are not your typical gym. Most gyms don’t offer a Coach for Life. Coach Julia is yours – how has having a Coach for Life helped you?

We have not only built a relationship of open communication, but a relationship of TRUST.

During our PT sessions, Julia has helped me and provided me with a great deal of insight, on how to increase my upper body strength, along with enhancing my knowledge of Olympic lifting techniques (i.e. Snatch and Clean and Jerk). We are, continuously, working on improving some of my weaknesses, such as strengthening my upper body and lifting / lunging with dumbbell in overhead position.

What I love most about Julia, is that she always jolly, her always sunny and bright disposition makes her that much more likeable and approachable!

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Getting past the idea or intimidation of lifting weights, a skill I wish I had discovered sooner. Barbell class is my absolute favourite! Thank you, Julia for the encouragement!

You decided to participate in the CrossFit Games Open this year. Congratulations are your first Open workout :) What made you decide to sign up?

The experience, and the desire to push myself more, physically, expand on the knowledge I already have, and experience the energy of our CrossFit community, all of us working towards that same common goal!

You and your husband Karl are both members at our gym. We love seeing families making health and wellness a part of their lives….and thank you for choosing us to be a part of yours! How has being at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness changed you guys? Do you feel like you’re lives are any different than what they used to be before coming to us? (ie: getting better sleep now, being more productive at work etc.)

We are supportive of each other and look forward to the WOD. Our kids also have a gained interest in being more physically active and going to the gym with us, given the chance. It’s important that our kids see us physically active, in order to encourage them to do the same, while they are young and leading them into active adolescent years.

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.

I appreciate all the coaches, their guidance, and how they strive to push you forward, beyond your own belief / limitations. Group workouts are my favourite, you feel like you’re part of something and the added energy you feel from everyone is so uplifting, it definitely gets your adrenaline going!

Did you play any sports growing up?

Believe it or not, as small as I am, I played basketball, in elementary and high school (Point Guard). I was really good at lay-ups, too! Wow, haven’t thought of that for years, thanks for asking!

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I LOVE to dance, it is how I release a lot of my stress and excess energy!

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

I want to bungee jump, go skiing – I want to do all of that exciting stuff, but most of all, I want to travel and learn about different cultures, food, the arts, etc, etc.

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Anything barbell…it’s helped my self confidence tremendously, both physically and mentally! Finding my potential…this is how my love my for CrossFit has grown, hands down!

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Burpees and running, although, it’s slowly growing on me, still a work in progress!

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

Throughout the years, I have had other gym memberships, which I got bored of, quickly, after January 31st (lol)! I have finally found a gym that I haven’t gotten bored of, I look forward to the WOD, and bringing on a good sweat!

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Always do! It’s a quality gym, very nice and super friendly staff and people, along with very well trained, knowledgeable and qualified coaches!

Thank you, Tina!  We are proud to have you as our 7 Miler of the Month.


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