Athlete Profile: Juan Blanco
Name: Juan Alfonso Blanco
Hometown: Queens, NY
CrossFitting Since: October 2009
Favorite Workout: Diane (21/15/9 reps for time: Deadlift [225#], HSPUs), because it incorporates deadlifts and handstand pushups – two of my favorite movements! That said, I injured my shoulder a year ago and haven’t been able to do the HSPUs as well as I used to.
Least Favorite Workout: Nancy (5 rounds of: 400 meter run, 15 OH Squats [95#]), because I’m not a big fan of overhead squats.
What is your fitness background? What were you doing before CrossFit?
I’ve always been an active person. When I was younger, I played a lot of sports (soccer mainly, but also football and others!). I went through a triathalon phase for about a year and a half, trained at your run of the mill globo-gym, and also did velodrome bike racing.
Despite the fact that I was extremely active, I was overweight (weighing in at 280lbs!) which posed a serious issue for me both mentally and physically. I couldn’t figure out what else I needed to do to lose weight and become a healthier person.
How did you finally start Crossfitting?
One of my friends introduced me to it. I hadn’t seen him for about a half year when we met up and he looked great. I asked what he was doing and he simply replied “Crossfit”. He wouldn’t explain it to me – he just said that I had to try it for myself to understand. I gave it a go and never looked back.
How have you changed since starting CrossFit?
Prior to starting CrossFit, I was overweight, depressed, and my confidence was at an all time low. I was living a very negative lifestyle. After having somewhat of a “crossroads experience”, I acknowledged that I needed to make a change. Crossfit was the change I needed.
As a result of CrossFit, I’ve been able to achieve my weight loss goals, my confidence has improved tremendously, and I became inspired to share that experience with other people.
What made you want to become a coach?
For the first time in my life, I had faith in what I was doing. I wanted to inspire others by sharing my life-changing experience with CrossFit. If I was able to make such a positive change through CrossFit, then I knew I could get other people to believe in themselves, too.
What is the most rewarding thing about coaching?
I love watching my athletes grow. They challenge themselves and ultimately achieve things they thought they couldn’t. I love teaching and assuring my athletes that they have the abilities to not only achieve, but to surpass their fitness goals. There’s nothing more rewarding than being a coach at CrossFit Virtuosity.
Any favorite/best “Coaching Success Stories”?
Very early on in my coaching career, I had one of my colleagues (who had been coaching much longer than me) in my class. Initially, I got nervous that they were in my class. I thought they’d be judging my abilities as a coach and worried that I wasn’t good enough.
I decided that I wouldn’t think about it, went into my “coaching mode”, and taught class as I typically would. When the class ended, my colleague told me that I’m a great coach. It was very flattering to hear that from a colleague who I admire greatly as a coach.
What advice do you have for people just getting started?
Never be afraid to challenge yourself. Don’t give up. Don’t get overwhelmed. Believe in yourself!
god he’s handsome
What an absolute hunk
Gee…coolest dude ever? I think so.
Blanco is the Fonzie of Virtuosity. I’d step into his office any day.
And he sings Opera. I for one would like to hear him sing Bohemian Rhapsody during a WOD.
After the private on ramp sessions are finished how much would it cost to have u as a personal trainer?