November Athlete of the Month – Brad Mezquita


CFBF November Athlete of the Month – Brad Mezquita

Previous Fitness:

I have been involved in sports all my life.  I participated in football, baseball, and track.  After college, I concentrated on running races and triathlons.


I have relatives that were doing it.  They had been after me for a few years to try it.   Finally, Karen (my wife) noticed CFBF while out shopping and told me that was my birthday present.

First Memorable WOD:

So many to choose from!   I would say 15.1 during the Open.  Karen and I went down to CrossFit One to see the Froning vs. Frasier WOD, then I did the WOD at CFBF the next week.  It was amazing to get back into something competitive like that. 

Favorite CrossFit Movement:

I really like pull ups, C2B, toes to bar etc.  I would like to add a bar muscle up to that list.

What motivates you the most:

The easy answer is getting older and overweight, but once I enter the box, it’s everyone around me busting out a WOD.

Biggest Challenge:

Age.   It seems to be a constant battle between older = slower vs. stronger = faster.   I know that I am improving in a lot of the movements, but after age 45, I have noticed that I can’t do some of the things I used to be able to do.  I  really wish I had started CrossFit back in my 20’s. 

Biggest Improvement:

Strength.  I was never very strong.  I had been concentrating on marathons and triathlons, so I was staying pretty lean.  I now consider lifting weights fun, something I never thought I would say.

Advice for New Members:

I get the whole intimidation thing walking through the door the first time.  We have all been there.  I remember watching Bryant do a bar muscle up workout my first week.  What he was doing was so far out of reach for me.   I still haven’t got a real bar muscle up (the ones in the open were really ugly), but I can see it happening this year.  So my advice is to take your time, it will all come together if you let it.  I don’t know anyone who could do double unders on their first try, but if you look around the box, a lot of people can do them now.

Who is Your Superhero:

Not to be a kiss-ass, but I’m going with Coach Addie.  I have seen her start off as a timid athlete/coach and transform into what she is now.  Anyone who has seen Addie doing an Open WOD and start crying because she is pushing herself so hard, knows what I am talking about.   It really has been impressive to see her progress both as an athlete and a coach.   She is my superhero….all she needs is a cape.

Fun Fact about Yourself:

I have run four marathons, completed a half ironman triathlon, ran several 200 mile relays and ran the Mount Washington road race six times.  I will also challenge anyone to a trivia contest on classic Christmas specials or 80’s music.