Featured Athlete: Martin Montoya

My name is Martin Montoya. When Burt first asked me if I would write something up on my Crossfit Adventure, and would I interested in being the “Featured Athlete” I was truly, truly honored that all my blood, sweat, and tears had paid off. Then reality set in because for those of you who know me, know that I am a very quite and personal person. I keep to myself and really have to get to know you to even speak to you.
 I am 31 years old and a proud father of three beautiful children, and although I did not give birth or carry these kids for nine months during all three pregnancies I did suffer from a thing called “a wife’s cravings” so I also, like her gained weight, throughout all three pregnancies. Growing up I was always pretty active and although I struggled with my weight as a kid I somewhat grew out of it once I started playing sports in school. When I graduated high school I weighed 180 lbs, but all that changed once I got married and started a family. By the age of 25 I was up to 250 lbs and by 30 I was up to the heaviest I had ever been and that was 280 lbs, and honestly I was not that unhappy with my weight because I was comfortable with myself and family.

 Then February 2011 came along and a co-worker (Shawn) had gone to the doctor for a yearly check-up. Well apparently he had received some bad news, and shared his experience with me. It kind of made me think if he was having this many health issues what was my body doing. Then I began to think about my family history of diabetes and heart attacks, among several others so I decided in order to be more of a father to my kids I HAD to make a change. This is when I first heard about Crossfit. I began to watch youtube videos of the old Crossfit Games and told myself WOW I could never do that stuff. Those people are super-human and amazing. Beast like!! That was intimidating to say the least. Shawn and I talked about it off and on for the next few weeks, and honestly I was kind of blowing him off because I would have never have thought I could do any of that those things these athletes were doing. I did want to make a change in my life, and did what a lot of people do and went out and bought P90X. Yes I said it “P90X”

 I got home with this small box containing several different videos and opened the box. I popped in the first DVD and watched it, but did not attempt any of the movements. After about 5 minutes I was bored watching and again said this was not for me so on the bookshelf the DVD’s went. A few more weeks passed and although keeping Crossfit in the back of my mind I continued to put it on the back burner. Now mind you, the only exercise I had done for the last several years consisted of walking to the refrigerator and back.
 Finally April 2011 happened and I did something I would never have thought was possible. I walked through the doors of CFMC. I was extremely anxious and terrified. I was greeted by Stefan, and he had me sign a waiver. I looked at the waiver and looked at the door. I again looked at the waiver and took a step towards the door, but stopped. I can honestly say I don’t know why I stopped but I signed the waiver. As class started Stefan said take off on a 300m jog. As I began my jog I could feel my legs burn just halfway around the building and I felt like a fish out of a fish bowl. I could not even run all the way around the building without stopping and walking the rest of the way. Once I made it inside I realized this may not be for me, but I continued SLOWLY with the rest of the warm-up. After the warm-up I truly thought the work was done, but man was I wrong. Stefan then said lets get ready for the WOD. The look on my face was that of pure fear. I looked at him and said I thought that was the WOD. He laughed and said no that was just the “warm-up” What followed next was pure hell. Three 7 minute AMRAP, which included KB Swings, Double Unders, Broad jumps, Bear Crawls, Thrusters, and Ball Slams. Of course everything was scaled tremendously on this first WOD, but once it was over I felt relieved. After class I shook Stefan’s hand and told him thank you for making me hurt. He again laughed and said I will see you tomorrow.
 The next day I could not even get up out of bed. I had to roll out and slowly get myself together, but I was told the only way to get over the soreness was to do it all over again. So again I returned for round two, and ever since then I have come to love this sport we call “CROSSFIT” 
There is no doubt that Crossfit has changed my life, and made me into a better person. I have found out that if you put your mind to it, one can accomplish anything.  I try to look into the future and one thing is certain, Crossfit will always be a part of my life. I love all the new friendships I have forged over this past year, and do not know what I would do without some of you. ALL of the coaches/athletes have helped me in ways I never thought possible, and I can honestly say on the days I don’t make it to Crossfit I somewhat feel lost. There is no better feeling than the sound of your fellow piers cheering you on when you want to quit halfway through a WOD or when you are the last one to finish.

For those of you who read this and are not affiliated with a Crossfit gym or one the fence about if you are able to do this, trust me when I say “Yes you can”. Speaking as “just an average guy” if I can do it so can you.
 So far at this point I have lost over 70 lbs and 10 inches around my waist. I have muscle definition that I have NEVER seen before. Once again I can never express how grateful and lucky I am to all of you who have helped my along this journey, but just know I love you all!!



22 thoughts on “Featured Athlete: Martin Montoya”

  1. Oemg! Martin, your story is amazing! I am so proud of your accomplishments and dedication you bring to yourself. It is almost like you never have a bad day. Keep up what you are doing. You have come a long way, so don’t stop now!

  2. The quite killer. You have become such a great athlete over that last year. I’m so proud of and happy for you. Keep up the great work!

  3. Hell yes.
    Being able to watch seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things reinforces the fact that we aren’t so ordinary after all. Cheers, Martin.

  4. I am inspired by you! You are one of my favorite people to WOD with because, like Jason says, you’re the “quiet killer” so when I actually hear your voice cheer me on it really makes me move! Not to mention you are a genuinely amazing person.
    You should be so proud of how far you have come– I know we all are. The best part is, this is only the beginning of your awesome journey and I can’t wait to see the obstacles you overcome in the future.

  5. Way to go Martin! I knew that you looked a lot different – one time I hadn’t been to CFMC in a while and when I came in a seriously didn’t recognize you – but I didn’t realize how much you have changed! Your before and after pictures are amazing! You are an awesome athlete, and I know you’ll just continue getting better. Congratulations!

  6. I’m still meeting and getting to know all of you and this was very cool and inspirational to read. Nice F’n job!

  7. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!!! That seems to be all that I i can say!!!! Martin you have become an amazing athlete and i am glad to have been able to watch your transformation. Your story is great and so close to home for many of us. Keep up the good work and keep motivating me, as you do so well. Congrats my friend!!! The success stories just keep coming.

  8. We love you too, Martin! So glad you are part of our family. Stories like this make me so proud to be a part of this community of CrossFit. Anyone can come in and become a true athlete…and that you are. Keep on working hard. You’re killing it.

  9. Congrats Martin! Being able to coach and wod with you was always a pleasure. I agree w the silent killer and w Brittany saying when she hears your voice cheering ppl on it makes her move faster. You are so motivating and such a great person! Keep up the amazing and hard work. You truly deserved the featured athlete. Miss you!

  10. Excellent work Martin! That’s a truly inspirational story and your courage and hard work are commended brother!

  11. I want to thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. I love you all and together we will continue to better ourselves and each other. Again thank you and I hope to continue with alot of hard work and dedication….

  12. Great Job Martin! I know how hard you have worked to get to this point. It was always great seeing you at the gym keep up the good work.

  13. Matin..There is no way in F’ing way I would of known that you were 70lbs heavier just over a year ago. That is a great accomplishment. Keep it up. Your story has me fired up and ready to go!

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