September 2018 – Pedro Rivera
“Pedro has grown as an athlete so much in the past year. He’s consistent, pushes himself during every workout, and looks for ways to improve each class. Keep working hard!” – Coach Pat Z
IT – Network Engineer
In general, what is your background?
I was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Venezuela. I moved to Chicago 15 years ago after getting my degree in Computer Science. I’m the youngest of 4 siblings.
How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start?
Since October of 2017. I don’t remember how I found out about CF, but I remember that after working out at regular gyms for so long, I was looking for something new and different. I remember going paintballing on a company outing, the next day I was so sore which made me realize the regular gym wasn’t really working.
How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
Being a member at 312 and doing CF in general has made a very significant impact in my life. I played all kind of sports growing up, but I never felt fit or strong, and never in my wildest dream I thought was going to be able to do a ring muscle up at my age. Also, I think CF not only makes you mentally tougher but it gives you a sense of accomplishment that very few other activities do.
Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Efficient at double-unders
Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
Keep improving my endurance and being able to do better in longer WODs, especially those that don’t have built-in rest.
What do you like most about being a member at 312?
I think 312 has one of the better facilities in town, but at the end is the community that makes all the difference. From the coaches to the fellow athletes, everyone has been great.
Favorite and least favorite movements:
Clean is my favorite bar far. When I started CF, I hated burpees but have gotten much better at it. Now overhead squat takes the crown as the most hated movement.
Favorite and least favorite WODs:
Fran is my favorite WOD because it was the first named WOD that I ever did, and it happened in the very first month of doing CF when I could barely string together a couple of pull-ups, so I’ve been able to track my progress since the very beginning every time I do it.
Least Favorite: I would say Nancy since I dislike overhead squats so much, but 18.2 was very humbling and somewhat humiliating since I couldn’t get to 18.2a in time.
Favorite post-WOD meal:
Beer and Pizza
Back to the Future 2, best movie of all time.
I’m currently reading Trevor Noah – Born a Crime. It’s fascinating to me to see how many similarities the South African culture has with the Venezuelan culture.
I grew up idolizing Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.
Favorite quote or words you live by?
Talent and hard work always pay off
What are a few of your most notable achievements?
I was able to acquire an IT certification that only about 70000 people world-wide have. Learning English. When I came to the Sates barely spoke any English. It might be the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life. Needless to say I have no desire to learn another language.
I’m passionate about:
My career. After doing all kind of odd jobs when I moved to the States, I was able to start my career in 2006. I’m so grateful for being able to do what I love and passionate about getting better.
Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
In Venezuela I grew up in an island named Margarita, yes like the drink. My adolescent life was all about surfing and reggae, that’s where the love for Bob Marley came from. I was blessed for growing up in a place that’s 80 F and sunny 364 days of the year. That other day might be 75 and partially cloudy 🙂