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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: Uli Rabeiro

What is your occupation?

Direct Sales, Marketing and sales manager for Phillip Elenbaas Millwork. We manufacture, design and consult in the field of custom interior woodwork for the high end custom home market. I also own and operate an online direct sales and marketing company that focuses on educating and developing "Digital Entrepreneurs".

How often you attend CFP (2x/week, 3x/week, etc)?

3 times a week

How long have you been a member at CFP?
I have been a member of CFP for about 18 months.
 
What impact has CrossFit had on your fitness / wellness level over the
past year? 
Crossfit has changed me in many ways. For one thing CFP has given me my strength and confidence back. After years of being on the road and sitting behind a desk I felt as though I had lost a lot of my strength and my power. I was having issues with my joints and to be 100% honest I felt like I had lost the part of me that I admired the most. I felt as though age and bad health choices were tearing me up. CFP gave me the courage to take that all back. Slowly but surely I have been able to get back to my fighting weight and get back to how I felt, physically, while I was in the Marine Corps. I can take pride in the fact that I worked hard to get here and CFP was a big part of that. Not to mention that my mountain bike racing has improved exponentially. My race times improved beyond my wildest expectations this past race season and I couldn't be prouder.

I guess when you are moving the kind of weight we manage to move around in any given week, moving a 21 pound mountain bike up and down hills doesn't seem so intimidating anymore. So thanks for that.

What Performance goals have you achieved that you're proud of (bench press,
deadlift, pull-ups, Fran time, etc)?

Just being able to do any of the workouts on the board is a huge achievement for anyone including myself. These workouts are never easy and they challenge all of us to perform at our best. I guess I am most proud of not being afraid to try anything you can throw at me. I'm proud that I always give it everything I have until the job is done. I haven't felt that way about a workout regimen in a very long time other than riding.  I'm proud of all of it and how far I feel as though I've come.

What is your favorite WOD? Favorite movement / exercise?

My favorite WOD's are the Heroes WODs. I think it's great that CFP is such a huge supporter of the military, our veterans and our troops. I am also a big fan of the Crossfit Games Open. It's nice to compete against the rest of the world and see how you rank. My favorite movements are dead lifts, burpees, box jumps, pull ups, push ups, snatches, thrusters, wall balls, sit ups, lunges, toes to bar , power cleans and kick ball. Did I forget anything? Oh and I don't like inch worms or whatever you call those things.. We can stop doing those for sure...

What are your fitness goals in 2014?
My fitness goals for 2014 are to continue to increase in strength and speed. I would also like to shed a few more pounds and consider a nutrition plan to keep me on track. I am nutritionally challenged. My wife feeds me right, but when the cat's away the mice will play. I will also be taking the steps required in order to master muscle ups and dead hang, strict pull ups.

What other sports/activities do you participate in?  Upcoming races/events?
I race mountain bikes at a semi pro level. I race expert which is the class below pro/elite. I can honestly say that Crossfit has helped me with my racing more than any other training I've done to prepare for the season. I know a few of my fellow racers who Crossfit at CFP and I have hopes of getting more in this season. CFP actually sponsors our race team and I am grateful for that. Thanks.

My first race is in May. Mud Sweat and Beers. You gotta have the beer. I will do about 10 -12 races throughout the mountain bike season. We are actually sponsoring our own race this September at Boyne Highland called "Ride The Highlander" and I'm pretty excited about that.  (yes there will be beer there too)

What do you enjoy most about CrossFit Petoskey?
I would have to say "All of it". I can't really pin point what I like the most because I enjoy the hell out of all of it. The people, the challenge, the coaches, the pain, the environment, the music, the pain.... I look forward to the workouts and hardly ever come up with an excuse NOT to go. Except the occasional Saturday morning workout. Friday nights can be rough like that.

What would you tell someone who is considering joining CrossFit Petoskey?
I would tell them to stay away. If you don't like hanging out with cool people who like to work hard and have fun at the same time, then stay away. This might not be the right fit for you. If you're not some one who can push yourself to your personal limits daily, then maybe you could try Zumba or something else.
Crossfit is about reaching deep and giving it everything you have without worrying about what everyone else is doing around you. If you can push yourself to your limits and you have the courage to challenge yourself and give 100% every time you walk through those doors then I say go for it. This is one of the most welcoming environments I have ever had the pleasure of working out in. But you have to be ready to put in the work. Start slow and be patient. It will come.  (and that's all I have to say about that)