Jhojam Torres: A Beast Unleashed

I’ve been working out ever since I could remember. I practiced Judo when I was 4 and at age 7 I got into Greco Roman Wrestling. Later, I moved to the US with my family and started playing football. Once I was in high school I joined the Football, Weightlifting and Wrestling teams. I also worked out with the Cross Country team and track teams as well. After high school I started working and didn’t exercise for about 5 years. I gained close to 100 lbs.

In January 2016 I made a promise to start getting healthy and started doing Insanity and lost 30 lbs. Then I did Body Beast and lost another 20 lbs., but soon I became bored of my routine. One day my sister told me of this gym that she was going to. She said that she does CrossFit. What’s CrossFit I asked her? She told me and I committed to try it. I didn’t know what to expect. When we arrived at the gym, I saw an open floor, Olympic weights, and ropes hanging from the ceiling. I got a sudden rush and chills! I had to sign up as soon as possible. I started with their Foundations sessions, which taught me the basic movements of CrossFit. I soon asked myself, “what the hell am I doing”? However, I pushed through the workouts and when I finished I often felt like I had died. It was actually like I was reborn though and through it I started to learn my body and what I needed.

After my knee surgery I never thought I would ever be able to straighten my leg or sleep without having a pillow under my leg. Coach Jason showed me what I needed to do to work on my limited mobility. The owner, Paris instructed me on proper form and skills and coach Mike guided me to push harder everyday. Everyone there, including my fellow athletes has helped me along the way. I still work on my flexibility and getting full range of motion with proper form. I’ll never forget the first bar muscle up that I did. I had been here just for a short time and wanted it so bad. I was about to give up and go home when everybody got around me and gave me pointers and cheered me on So I jumped and I swung and I pulled hard as I could! I did it!! Thanks to the support and encouragement from everybody I feel like I can overcome any obstacle that gets in my way and live life to the fullest.