March 2017 Athlete of the Month - Greeyvin Camacho
Published March 1, 2017
My name is Greeyvin Camacho and I am 45-years-old. I grew up in Costa Rica and moved to the USA when I was 25. I love my wife of 23 years. Although we have tried, we do not have any children.
As a child, music became my passion. At 9-years-old, I began studying piano which led to my career in music education. I struggled to find any belonging to sports. Naturally, music became everything while physical training became nonexistent. Eventually, I came to believe that there are those who are made for music/arts and there those who are made for athletics.
At the age of 22, I started feeling the effects of not having physical activity in my life. My health began to deteriorate. At the height of my obesity, I weighed 285 pounds. I was losing energy and it was becoming harder to accomplish my daily tasks. Sleep apnea, high blood pressure, bronchitis and more came into my life. I was on a crash hill course.
Then one day something changed in me. I saw that the same hopes and dreams I had for others, I didn’t have for myself. I found it easy to encourage and motivate others to greatness, meanwhile, not finding the motivation in myself to pursue better things. I had relentless love for those around me, yet, I would be on a journey to realize I didn’t love myself.
As I began to realize this, my heart awoke to the desire of fitness and physical activity. It was not until my early 40s that I started walking, hiking and jogging. Shortly after, I purchased a bike and began mountain biking. Slowly but surely I found myself falling in love. Each day I desired to be more active. The more active I became, the more pounds I shed.
A few years later I started going to gym. However, I didn’t have guidance. I didn’t understand training. I would leave the gym feeling like I wandered around and wasted time. I remember one day that I heard the word CrossFit and it grabbed my attention. I was afraid of signing up because I wasn’t an athlete. I had zero experience in anything of the sort. When I heard what it entailed, I thought it was only meant for elite athletes. Then one day I was encouraged to try and I got a two-month special at OCF.
When I walked into OCF, I met some wonderful people. At the beginning, I had no idea what to do…it was a new world for me. But with the encouragement and help of the coaches and the rest of the people I was motivated to continue. What I found in OCF was not only a good box, but a great place of community. The coaches and the people made me feel special as if I was joining a family.
I appreciate the support and patience of all the coaches and motivation of my friends. Some of my CrossFit goals are becoming a better athlete and improving my endurance, agility and strength. I have fallen in love with CrossFit, but I’ve fallen even more in love with the OCF family. I have a lot to still learn, but I want to press on. Some days I am tired and sore. Some days I am learning a funky new name and its complicated movements, but that’s also what motivates me. I’ve learned that anyone can do CrossFit, all that matters is that we’re enjoying the ride.
LIFTS – past/present:
Back squat 45/215
Clean and Jerk 35/125
Front Squat 45/185