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Member Spotlight: Larry Gomez

The easy stuff...

Name: Larry Gomez

Age: 45

Hometown: Born in Santa Barbara, CA. Raised in SW Houston. Moved to Katy in 2010.

Profession: Firefighter/paramedic x 22 years, ER nurse x 14 years, will be a nurse practitioner next month.

Fitness Background: I began running and lifting weights when I was 19 at a Globo Gym while in the USMC .

The CrossFit stuff...

When did you first try CrossFit & what made you want to try it? I was 39 and had spent the past 20 years lifting weights 5-6 times per week and running up to 70 miles per week… and I was fat. My impetus to change was when my family returned from a vacation to Santa Barbara and I saw pictures of myself on the beach. I wanted to try CrossFit to improve my body composition, but I soon found out that improved body composition was just a beneficial side effect.

What was your first CrossFit workout? I attended a free community WOD on a Saturday morning. Everyone was very friendly and introduced themselves, shook my hand, and welcomed me. We were divided into teams of 4 based on strength and ability. The workout was a 20 minute AMRAP and your score was determined by the number of push-ups and kettlebell swings completed.

o Member 1: Sprint to the end of the parking lot and back.

o Member 2: Push-ups until Member 1 returns.

o Member 3: Kettlebell swings until Member 1 returns.

o Member 4: Rest.

o When Member 1 finishes sprinting, he/she became #4. Everyone else moves up 1.

I was very competitive and I thought I was fit. I was upset because Coach Luke put me on a team with 3 very unassuming women. I thought I would have to carry the team, but I was the weak link and the 3 ladies had to encourage me to not stop working. I was amazed at how many push-ups and kettlebell swings all 3 ladies could complete.

What made you stick with CrossFit? I wanted to be as fit as those 3 ladies!

Favorite WOD: I don’t have a favorite specific WOD, but my favorite WODs involve body weight movements.

Least favorite WOD: Any WOD that involves double unders.

Favorite movement: Snatch – it’s such a difficult move that there is a huge sense of satisfaction when you do one perfectly

Least favorite movement/something that’s hard for you: Pull-up/muscle-up

What gets you through tough workouts? I think about my wife and kids. I want to make them proud of their husband/father.

What keeps you motivated? I want to be harder to kill.

Proudest CrossFit moment to date? There’s so many. Every “first.” First muscle up, first double under, first handstand, etc.

Hobbies outside of CrossFit: Currently, not many, due to working 2 jobs and being in grad school.

Changes you’ve seen because of CrossFit: Initially, I began CrossFit to improve my body composition - and it did - but now I am so happy I can now do simple things that many people my age cannot, such as touch my toes, do a handstand, jump rope, sit in the bottom of a squat, and carry my grandkids.

How has CrossFit helped you outside of the gym: I feel great and have a lot of confidence. I am better able to perform my job at the fire department and I am a great role model for my patients to improve and maintain their health.

How do you balance working out with family life? I try to work out at times that don’t interfere with family time. Elevate’s schedule is pretty good at accommodating that. My family also enjoys going to the box with me when I work out.

What’s your favorite part of bringing your kid(s) to the gym? I like to set a good example for my kids. I like for my kids to see hard work being done, hard goals being achieved, and hard WODs being shared by many people with varied backgrounds and abilities. I hope they do the same and begin doing CrossFit as soon as possible.

Why CrossFit Elevate? Two words: Coach Luke. Luke is the best CrossFit coach I have encountered in my 6 years of doing CrossFit, and he is the best “trainer” I have come across in my 26 years of working out. He leads by example, has a great style of coaching and motivating, and ensures everyone stays safe. I have visited many boxes and experienced many CrossFit coaching styles. Luke is the best, hands down.