Member Spotlight: Alberto Roche

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Alberto recently started with us at CrossFit 561 and has experienced some amazing results.  We asked him a few questions about where he started and the goals he want to achieve.  We know if he keeps up the hard work, Alberto will see great success.

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The defining moment in my life that led me to make a significant lifestyle change was when I went to see the doctor about a back injury and learned that I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a fatty liver. I had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. At that moment I knew I needed to change the way I was living. I weighed in at 305 pounds, had a terrible diet, and just became a father to a beautiful baby girl. I had to do something.

I knew fitness and changing my diet were the answer. So I joined CrossFit 561 and I am currently training Monday, Wednesday and Friday with my wife, Stephanie. On Tuesdays and Thursday, I train jiu-jitsu for about an hour each day. On Saturdays I double up with CrossFit training and jiu-jitsu. Sunday is my rest day to spend with my wife and daughter where we like to relax and get ready for the week.

I currently follow a paleo diet. I have not felt any better than this. I feel stronger, leaner, and it is really helping me to lose weight. After I cut all the bread, sugar, and dairy from my diet, my joints and my back feel so much better.

My favorite CrossFit workouts are the high intensity days with cardio. I enjoy the feeling of giving everything I have to give and not being able to move or make it to my car. I don’t have a least favorite CrossFit movement. I didn’t join CrossFit to be a skeptic, and I know every movement has a purpose whether it’s functional strength or flexibility.

My short term goal is to weigh 200 pounds before the new year. I want to start 2017 off right. I am down 35 pounds so far from 4 weeks ago. My long term goal is to stay on this journey of fitness and clean eating. I would also like to compete again either in CrossFit, a 5K, jiu-jitsu, or even a Spartan Race.