Athlete Spotlight: David Carrion

Athlete Spotlight: David Carrion

Athlete Profile: David Carrion
Hometown: Born in Yonkers, NY / Raised in Naples, FL
Age: 28
I live in Bonita Springs, FL.  I’m a Senior Sales Consultant for a wireless carrier in Ft. Myers, FL.  I come from a Cuban family and we love to eat!  Some of the things I love to do are Crossfit, drag racing, cooking/grilling, being on the water, and I’ve recently taken up golf.
When did you first start training at Crossfit Naples? October 2012
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I’ve always loved being active.  As a child, I did a lot of running, shooting hoops, and martial arts.  I played football through high school, was a sprinter on the track team, and was involved with weight lifting.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  After not having a real set schedule or any kind of motivation to go to the “gym”, I contacted Mario.  (Mario and I went to the same middle school and high school together.  I remember his as a big jokester.)  We’d been out of contact for years but we were Facebook friends and I saw he was involved with this “crossfit thing”.  When I called we caught up a little.  He asked about my personal goals and so on.  Mario educated me about what crossfit really was and invited me in for an intro class (said he hoped I wouldn’t pass out).
What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after?  I did the Baseline in the Intro.  Finished in 6:48 and I wanted to DIE but I was hooked!!!
Favorite Workout: Anything without wall ball!
Least Favorite Workout:  Anything with wall ball!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I went for 26% body fat @ 205lbs to about 16% @ 185lbs in 6 months.  I have a lot more energy throughout the day, I sleep better, and I feel so much healthier.
What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit?  I love to eat!!!  But I eat very different now.  I don’t count calories or any of that.  I try to eat as health as I can 90% of the time which has been very hard in my past.  I see Crossfit not just as a short term fix but a lifestyle that will continue to help me better myself everyday.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFN moments:  My second baseline challenge.  I PR’d by over 2 minutes and I could’nt believe it!  But most of all, I love coming in and having everyone feed off each others energy.  It’s like nothing else.
Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?  Crossfit is a lifestyle that makes you fight against yourself.  Use the energy in the room to make yourself better and only look back to see how far you’ve come.  Oh, and if you’re late….. 10 Burpees!!!
Thank you Mario and Crossfit Naples staff for always pushing me to get better!!!
Before/After

Before/After

MONDAY’S WORKOUT
{9am Class Only}
Relays Races (15 minutes each)
  • Deadlift 185/105 & Burpees
  • Med Ball Cleans to Wallball & Sit ups
TUESDAY’S WORKOUT
Benchmark: “Nicole”
Advanced: Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of: Run 400m/ Max Pullups
Intermediate: Run/walk 400m , Pull up assisted
Beginner: Run/walk 200m, Pul lup assisted (10 reps)
Score-Pullup Total