Monica Garzon-Wilson

Print

Name: Monica Garzon-Wilson
Age: 42
Crossfit Start Date: Sept 2010 – CrossFit Silicon Valley
Favorite movement or WOD: Deadlift, bench press
Least favorite movement or WOD: Anything involving the snatch

GET TO KNOW MONICA

What was your athletic background prior to CrossFit?
I grew up playing sports, especially basketball, volleyball and running track. I became a gym rat for a while with aerobic classes and the like. After my son was born, I discovered boot camp and went at it pretty hard-core.
How did you hear about CrossFit? What convinced you to join, and why have you stayed?
I was doing a fitness competition in Las Vegas (Women’s Tri-Fitness) and was training for it with my boot camp instructor. A lot of the amazing fit women I met there did CrossFit and that is where I first encountered the sport – my interest was piqued. Once I relocated to Northern California, I decided to jump in and explore it first hand.
How do you manage the mental and physical demands of CrossFit training?
I listen to my body and I rest when I am too sore or my mind is not into it. But for me, CrossFit and my workouts have made my recent relocation to a new place away from family, friends, etc., bearable – my lunchtime workout was my one constant in a new part of the country and it kept me on an even keel.
What do you love about the people and/or place where you train?
I love the fact that everybody goes in to workout hard when it is time to go, unlike in a typical gym – that is my personality, and I like that everybody’s goal is the same in the box. Whether your level is Rx or scaled, I love the fact that everybody is supportive and everyone is working hard around you.
What do you do in your everyday life? How has CrossFit impacted that role (or roles)?
I am a full-time working mom balancing work, kids, and home life. CrossFit keeps me from burning out and has positively impacted my life by giving me the energy to do everything I need to do, the ability to deal with the everyday stress of my life, and the outlet to release all my concerns and sweat it out at the box – so necessary!
Looking back, what 2-3 things did you wish you knew when you started CrossFit?
I wish I would have been more familiar with weightlifting moves because I didn’t have a background in that previously. Don’t compare yourself with anyone else in the box because the minute you do, you either get discouraged or injured trying to keep up with them. Come in with the expectation that it is about you and what you can do, and not about comparing your results to others.
What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?  What is your most embarrassing moment?
Every time I hit a PR or improve my technique in a movement, it is memorable to me. I have not had embarrassing moments like pukies or accidents thus far (knock on wood), but sometimes when you are working hard during a WOD, breathing really hard with all the inhaling and exhaling, you look in the mirror afterwards and realize maybe you should have blown your nose ahead of time … that certainly qualifies as embarrassing!
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 

Contribute to this story by commenting below:

Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

Vanessa LaFaso Stolarski published the post How to Break Up with Your Box on Tabata Times
So your back squat hasn’t PR’d squat in six months. The CrossFit box owner is bedroom WOD’ing...
CrossFit 323 shared an image on Facebook

HALLOWOD 2014: The Costumed Crusaders. #hallowod323

CrossFit Carpinteria posted on Facebook

Hi All I need to cancel the 6:30am class tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. My apologies! Kevin

CrossFit Merge posted an article
Vault CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Monday, October 27 STRENGTH Deadlift: 5x40%, 5x40%, 5x50%, 5x50%, 5x60%, 5x60% (of your 90%) WOD 7:00 AMRAP 2 Manmaker (40/25) 2 Toes to Bar 4, 4, 8, 8, 16, 16, etc. Rest 3:00 For Time: 1 mile run - http://www.vaultcrossfit.com/2014/10/monday-october-27/

Vault CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Dallas posted on Facebook

Monday (All gyms) Nutrition Challenge Tester (1) 3RM strict press + burpees in 10 minutes: With a 10 minute countdown timer, and starting with an empty barbell, use the first 8 minutes to complete as heavy as a 3RM strict press as possible, and the last two minutes to complete as many burps as possible. You must cease pressing and begin burpees at exact 8 minutes. Burpee score plus kilo score gives total. Example - athlete builds to 60kg x 3 reps, and has 3 minutes remaining to score max burpees of 35 reps. Score is 60+35 = 95 total points 10 minute break (2) For total reps; 4 min AMRAP row calories 3 min AMRAP box jumps - 24/20"" 2 min AMRAP Kb swings - 53/35lbs 1 min AMRAP wall-ball shots - 20/14 to 10"" Example: athlete rows 55 calories, box jumps 44 reps, does 33 Kb swings, and 22 wall ball shots, for a combined score of 154 points Total score for the entire test: 95 + 154 = 249 points

CrossFit Carpinteria posted on Facebook

WOD For Monday 10/27/14 1. Warm Up (200M, 1 Rd body, 1 Rd Barbell) 2. Test/Goal Work 3. With a 20 Min Running clock: WOD 1- 3 RFT Of: -200M Run -15 Thrusters (95,65) *Rest 2 Min 4. WOD 2- Until the 20 Min is up -5 Pull Ups -10 Push Ups -15 Squats

CrossFit High Voltage posted an article
CrossFit Carpinteria posted on Facebook

Hi CFC Members I hope you all had a great weekend! I am sorry I have been out a lot this week, caught the flu. I want to apologize about the floors spreading. We know the problem and had planned to fix it today but I actually started getting sick again this afternoon. We should get to it this week and take care of the problem. See you all soon, I will likely be out again tomorrow unless this crazy sickness passes. Have a great WOD! Kevin

CrossFit Central posted an article
Vault CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Here ya go! Our schedule in the palm of your hands! And YES we have added more open gym times (free to our unlimited members) - new on Monday mornings and extended to 2 hours on Sundays! #vaultcrossfit #opengym #workyourweaknesses #practicemakesperfect #embracethepain #getcomfortablewiththeuncomfortable #work #boxlife

Vault CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Wondering how to navigate the holidays in a healthy way? #vaultcrossfit is lucky enough to have Kristen Bell from KRRconsulting - a registered dietician and #crossfit games 2013 regional competitor - host this seminar to empower all of us to nourish our bodies properly to fuel our fitness goals. #dontmissthis #fuelyourbody #holidayhealth #startnow #dontwait #headstart #noho #healthyliving #youneedthis Sunday Nov 2 $15 members $20 non-members Email info@vaultcrossfit.com with questions!

CrossFit Yelm shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit Carpinteria posted on Facebook

Reminder, our new member On Ramp is tomorrow night, Monday Oct. 27th at 7:30pm. Tell your friends! See you then!

CrossFit Yelm shared a link on Facebook

Nov 1st you can help

CrossFit Yelm shared a link on Facebook

Rob Carlson, Al

CrossFit Dallas shared a link on Facebook

Registration for this year's All Cities Open goes live today at 6pm CST!

mindcoach published the post Hoping Is Not A Strategy In Athletic Performance on
Do you ever find yourself thinking something like the statements like: • “I hope I have a...
Rainier CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

need one more article about the glory of sleep? here it is.

astewart30 published the post How Much Does Guilt Weigh? on
We are women. We are strong. We do CrossFit. We are mothers. We feel guilty. Mommy guilt is...
Vault CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

MUSCLE UP MECHANICS WITH COACH G #muscleups #progressions #hollowbody #rings #technique #practice #determination #chalkup

CrossFit Los Angeles shared a link on Facebook

Saturday http://wp.me/p1oO2b-3WFUMX

CrossFit Los Angeles shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Counter Culture shared an image on Facebook

Final product

CrossFit Counter Culture shared an image on Facebook

Pumpkin carving at CFCC!

CrossFit Heat shared an image on Facebook

PR week coming up at the gym Time to reward that hard work Enjoy the weekend

Rainier CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

This is how we do it. Do what??? Thank Amber and Jeff for helping me clean up after Barbells for Boobs!

CrossFit Cedar Park posted on Facebook

Don't forget Skillz & Sprints at 12pm - this class is included with ALL memberships. 1pm - come get your MOBILITY, Flexibility and ZEN through ReFlex Yoga. This class is included with all Unlimited Memberships and only a $12 drop in

CrossFit 323 shared an image on Facebook

Today! 10am! Be there for HALLOWOD 2014! Costume it UP. Or just throw on a cape. Then come on doooown....

CrossFit Yelm shared an image on Facebook

Graham CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

"For the first time, I felt my butt muscles work. This baby got back"! Quote by Paulla as she wrote her new Personal Record on the board. In the last 6 weeks she's lost 14 pounds and has dropped one pant size so far! Congratulations Paulla!!

CrossFit Counter Culture shared an image on Facebook

Pumpkin Carving at Crossfit Kids Sunday at 10:00am! Bring your own pumpkin! #crossfitcounterculture #crossfitkids

CrossFit Cedar Park shared an image on Facebook

Repping CrossFit Cedar Park today at Barbells for Boobs PR! PR! PR! For everyone!!!

King CrossFit posted on Facebook

Congrats to all of our athletes competing in Bar Wars at CrossFit Devotion today!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

Check out our new coaches wall! CFP is blessed! 10 coaches make up our awesome crew!!!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

The box is ready and waiting!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

CFPs Birthday Bash is Tonight! 6-9pm. Bring the family for food, fun and hip hop!! FREE!!!!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

Cardboard floor installers. Best in the business!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

Party prep!!!!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

The dance floor install....

Silverdale CrossFit posted on Facebook

Happy Rainy Saturday!!! Had great classes today here at SCF! Thanks for all the hard work everyone put in. Monday we will be doing of CrossFit Total. So rest up and come ready to rock your numbers!

Graham CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Nigelle has been taking our strength-based class, Iron Bar, and set a new Personal Best back squat today of 140 pounds! This was a 25 pound increase and proves that strong women are in fact beautiful! Nice work Nigelle!

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

The transformation begins!

CrossFit Puyallup shared a link on Facebook

10/15/14 wod results http://wp.me/p4uAGk-2o6

kjherdzik published the post Mo' CrossFit, Mo' Problems! on
The honeymoon is over. You all know what I’m talking about – that initial 3-6 months of...
Rivertown CrossFit posted on Facebook

Don't forget about are last minute Kill the Keg / Halloween Party tonight! All our welcome! Starts at 7pm!

CrossFit Puyallup posted on Facebook

We need an old school boom box!!! Please bring one tonight if you have one

Graham CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Did you know we have Iron Bar customized wrist wraps? Using wrist wraps can help provide added support and stability in your front rack position and overhead work. Check out Ray sportin' the black and red colors!

Paradiso CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Finish First shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit Puyallup posted on Facebook

If anyone has any 6 foot folding tables we could use a couple more for Saturday night

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

This is happening tomorrow night!

CrossFit Olympia shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit Everett shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Puyallup shared a link on Facebook

10/24/14 wod results http://wp.me/p4uAGk-2o3

CrossFit Unbound shared a link on Facebook

CFA Athletes! Barbells for Boobs is TOMORROW morning! We would like to start the workout right at 10am, so please be at the gym by 9:45 to warm up... We will be there early to set things up if you would like to come earlier. Dont forget to wear pink if you have it, donate if you can, and be ready to work hard in the team WOD! Also, I was asked if you are allowed to donate cash. If you would like to donate cash, please give it to me tomorrow and I will donate it to our teams site. See you guys tomorrow! Coach Andreah

CrossFit Puyallup posted on Facebook

Last year we had a life sized plastic cow for our photo booth. What is the most unique thing you can bring for this years photo booth?????

CrossFit Puyallup shared an image on Facebook

You know the party is about to go down when the Honey Bucket arrives!

Doxsa CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

This will be SO MUCH FUN! come and workout! listen to some awesome music and checkout DOXSA SOUTH with your friends!

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV