Tell us about yourself Romina!
I am from Chile, and came to Canada in 2010 planning to go back after 2 years of grad school. I ended up staying and I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Research Methods at McMaster University- where I teach graduate students how to do clinical research, and do research about how to do research. I live in Westdale with my 5-year old dog, Mambo.
What got you into CrossFit?
Working out was something I always knew I should do, but there was nothing that I could do for longer than a few months- workout days were a torture! I tried all types of traditional gym classes: spin cycling, aerobics, pilates, yoga, etc. CrossFit was just one more attempt to find something I enjoyed.
What do you like about Alchemy?
The support and encouragement from everyone, the coaches and other members, is at the top of my list. I feel like the leadership truly cares about the members. With regards to the workouts, I really like the variety and how we are constantly pushing limits. I actually enjoy working out now… I never thought I’d be a person who goes to the gym every day at 7 am, I barely recognize myself. I also noticed the transition from thinking “that was awful” after every workout to “that was good” after most workouts.
Proud moments/future CrossFit goals?
Climbing the rope all the way to the top! It makes me feel super strong and skillful. When I was able to do it for the first time, I kept telling people that it was my biggest accomplishment of the year- including personal life and work-related accomplishments. I just want to keep enjoying it and getting stronger in the process- not getting competitive and hard on myself has been a big part of my success. Maybe one day I’ll be able to do handstand push ups, handstand walks, or a bar muscle up- crossing fingers!
My favourite workouts are the ones where you have to go at about 75% effort for a long time, with little breaks and variety. I’d probably choose an EMOM with burpees, barbell cleans, air squats, barbell push presses, and box jumps for 6 rounds.
What do you do for fun outside of the gym?
This past year I’ve really enjoyed calming down, relaxing, and reading. Before the pandemic, I did competitive ballroom (latin) dance, so I spent most of the time practicing. The pandemic was a nice break and reflection time, so I am currently trying to take things slow and deciding what to do. I recently started learning how to play piano.
Where is the place to go for a meal in Brantford?
My favourite hidden gem is Flux Brewery in Scotland. It’s so close to home and tThe French and Bread Bar never disappoint!