Athlete Spotlight: Lilly Garcia

Name: Liliana llovet Garcia
Age: 23 years old
Occupation: I work at a restaurant
Hometown: Mexico
Which class time do you usually attend? 9:30
Favorite WOD: DT
Favorite CF Movement: Deadlift
Least Favorite CF Movement: Burps
3RM Back Squat: 240
1RM Deadlift: 325
Favorite Food: Mexican food
Favorite Movie: I like all the horror movies
Favorite Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Dream Job: Nurse
Dream Vacation Destination: Norway
If you could have any super power… It could be fly or super strength
Favorite Motivational Quote: “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.”

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
“Since November 2016.”

How did you first discover CrossFit and what made you decide to start? 
I discovered it because of my brother. He started first and then he talked about CrossFit all the time, so I decide to try it!”

Tell us about your fitness/sports background: 
“A long time ago I use to do Tae Kwon Do.”

What sorts of positive changes (mental, physical, emotional) have you noticed in your life since getting involved at No Excuses? 
“Well it has made me more patient and constant. No matter what, I’m in class every day. I’ve been losing weight and I have gained muscle!”

Who or what keeps you coming back and motivated? 

In what other ways do you use your fitness? 
“In my job.”

Please share with us a favorite CrossFit or No Excuses moment. 
“When I did a heavy shoulder to overhead everybody was watching me. I dropped the barbell once, but I tried it again and I did it. It was awesome!”

Name one goal you would like to achieve in the next year (doesn’t have to be CrossFit related, but it can be) 
“Well, I want to do a pull up and a bar muscle up.”

Tell us about your hobbies and interests outside of the gym: 
“I like have a good time with my family, go out with my friends and go to the movies. But I like to pass time with my brother JC, especially.

What advice do you have for someone just starting CrossFit or is on the fence about starting? 
“Well my advice is do not get desperate. Little by little you’re gonna get it, just keep the pace.”

What do you love most about No Excuses?
“Everybody is so friendly and it’s like a big family. I love the events and I get to have so much fun.”

Coach Laura’s Take:
“When Lilly started, I knew she had so much potential. She let me know she had done Tae Kwon Do when she was younger and it was evident that she moved well. It has been so encouraging to watch her develop as an athlete over the past year. She used to be a little unsure of her abilities, but now I think she sees how strong and capable she is and is really motivated to improve! Y’all. This girl STRONG! I’m excited to see where her numbers go and how her skills progress in the coming years. Her brother JC better keep his foot on the gas so he doesn’t get caught by little sis.”