Athlete of the month: September 2017
Richard “The” Zapata September 2017 Member of the Month
Caffeinated Crossfit, Smyrna, GA
We’ve known Zapata from waaaaaay back in the day when we first started doing CrossFit. He was always a smiling face with a welcoming attitude and made everyone around him feel relaxed and at home. I think that’s one of the reasons why so many people feel like Caffeinated CrossFit feels like a second home. His personality brings out the best in people and his sincerity makes you feel like you’re family. We’ve grown so close to Zapata over the years, and he’s been there for so many times for us, supporting us and helping us be the best smiling faces we ourselves can be. It is an absolute joy and our privilege to call Zapata our friend, and that relationship holds so much more than we can ever put into words.
Some fun facts about Zapata:
(Q) How long have you been at Caffeinated CrossFit? (A) Since before it was brewed
(Q) What do you enjoy doing outside of CrossFit? (A) Teaching, Reading, Watching Movies, Learning new Tech
(Q) What is your biggest achievement so far? (A) In CrossFit? A sub-5 min Fran (4:59). In Life? A sub-5 min Fran (4:59).
(Q) What are your future goals? (A) In CrossFit? Get a MU before I die.
(Q) Any advice for anyone just starting their CrossFit journey? (A) Be patient. Always choose good form over time. Respect your rest days. Go heavy at least twice a week. Listen to your body. Eat cake.
(Q) Favorite Cheat Meal: (A) Any type of cake (Piece of Cake); Mac and Cheese
(Q) CrossFit Secret: (A) Having a super competitive brother who also CrossFits, and is almost the same age.
(Q) On Rest Days: (A) Ice, rest and occasionally active recovery (when the mosquitoes are not a PIA)
(Q) What you can't live without: (A) Faith...and cake
(Q) Who is your box buddy? (A) Way Joe (The Nov2 Gang!)
“Who's got spirit? Zapata does! Zapata is the gym's original cheerleader. He works hard in every workout, and even harder in encouraging everyone to be the best they can be.” ~ Coach Jess
"You can always count on Zapata to bring laughter and encouragement (and lemons) to class! He is always cheering for everyone around him and always taking care of people. Zapata always brings his A-game to the workout!" ~ Coach Mary
"Zapata is one in a million and we are so lucky to have him at Caffeinated with us. I have been crossfitting with him since I started back in 2011 and I’ve had the pleasure of travelling to competitions with him from Charleston to Jacksonville to Miami. He is one of the most positive people I know and he brings that attitude to every class he attends. Thank you Zapata for being awesome!" ~ Coach Christine
"Zapata brings life to all of the classes he attends and even the ones he doesn't. He is always there offering encouragement and challenging everyone to give it there all and improve!" ~ Coach Mike V
7 Thrusters 135/ 95
7 Wall Balls 30#/ 20#
7 Power Cleans 135/ 95
1 Rope Climb