Member Spotlight: Cristian Olivera

Tell us about yourself! 

I immigrated from Argentina and will be turning 46 later this month. I am married to my wife Ana and we have one daughter, Lady Daphne. My summer job at National Steel Car right out of high school turned out to be my place of employment for over 28 years. We manufacture railcars for cargo. During my teenage years, I made a life decision to focus on my spirituality and because of this, I participate in volunteer work within our community.

What got you into CrossFit? 

For years, on and off, I was a member of a gym. Other than getting strong, my results physically were minimal and I would lose interest. About five years ago, we started watching CrossFit online and I thought that maybe I would give it a try. I went to 2 other gyms, before landing on Alchemy. Logistically speaking, Alchemy was not the closest one. But the online reviews were fantastic. So I gave it a shot. No regrets.

What’s been your proudest moment at Alchemy?

My proudest moment was doing the open in 2020 for the first time and doing a rope climb ¾ of the way up. Hey, I’m still a big guy so this took a lot of effort!
What’s your perfect workout?

Puppy Dog pose for 30 minutes. Kidding, but not really…

100m run (max!), deadlifts, skipping, dumbbell snatches, wall balls, air squats and v-ups.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since you started CrossFit? 

I feel overall healthier, stronger and my clothes feel better (it’s not just a girl thing!)
When you’re not at the gym, what’s your favourite thing to do? 

I enjoy playing soccer, golf and really, any type of sports. I am fascinated by technology, like watching documentaries on nature and animals, and enjoy listening to audiobooks and podcasts on my drives. I am also that Latino that always has his Spanish music blasting when leaving and returning home. Over the years I can truly say I have mastered the art of barbequing.  



What’s your favourite local Hamilton spot? (Restaurant, brewery, cafe etc) 

O Cantinho Churrasqueira & Café – it’s a family-owned Portuguese restaurant downtown. It can get very loud as they are very lively, but great food and coffee. Ask for their special “sauce” to accompany anything on the menu.

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