It’s a bittersweet celebration this month as we honor a valued member of the Thoroughbreds’ family and at the same time prepare to wish her well in the next phase of her life. Melissa Cruz has been a member of CrossFit Thoroughbreds for a mere eight months, but in this time she has made incredible progress in her fitness, formed fantastic new friendships, and even gone from a volunteer at a CrossFit competition to a competitor. She has inspired us with her dedication to hard work and brightened our days with her ever-present smile…not to mention the fact that her hair is AMAZING!
As Melissa prepares to leave Fort Myers to study abroad and continue her journey of personal growth, we would like to say thank your for all of the positivity you have brought to the gym. Wherever life may take you, you will always be a Thoroughbred!
Member of the Month: Melissa Cruz
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hobbies/interests outside of Crossfit: I have an incredible passion for creative writing as I do for cultural dances and poetic performances. When I have spare time, I try to serve the community and keep my mind fresh by reading!
How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds? Since August 2015
Favorite wod or movements? Box Jumps & Dead lifts
Tell us about your fitness journey? Growing up, fitness was never the easiest thing for me as I was the chubby kid with an intense appetite. I leaned on food on my best moments and at my worst because it was the only thing that kept me emotionally stable. When I was 15, I became so focused on the ideal body image that I started a “starvation diet”. I ate very minimal and exercised about 6 hours a day to the point where I lost 30lbs in a month and a half. I was so consumed with looking amazing that in turn it made me feel extremely lonely and exhausted! At this exact age, I was diagnosed with restricted anorexia nervosa. After many health scares in my life, I started channeling my personal weaknesses to writing and meeting new people on a daily basis. I am a firm believer that internal and external love manifests growth! Without a healthy mind, there is no healthy heart; without a healthy heart, there is no healthy life! How has your fitness changed since joining cftb? I am amazed as to how differently I look at fitness since joining CFTB! Exercising no longer feels like an obligation but a normal part of my daily schedule. CFTB has taught me many things from building patience to putting my well-being first and making my health a priority.
Favorite memory at CFTB? From speaking with Brian about curly hair care products to creating long lasting relationships with people in different age groups, every moment at CFTB has been incredibly significant! I am extremely grateful for the constant encouragement coming from the coaches & the members and all the laughs I’ve had in the process.
Any advice for new members? “You cannot see the wind, but you can see how the trees react to it.” Although you may not see or feel immediate progress, believe that it is possible and you will achieve whatever you set your mind to. Do not think about the person you envision, BE the person you envision! & lastly, Shed light on your soul and all things positive will follow!