Where are you from?

I’m from the beautiful and crazy Mexico City.


What is your occupation?

I’m a production editor at WHO Press. I manage the production of books and of the Bulletin, our monthly peer-reviewed journal. I also do the Bulletin’s communications.


How did you discover B3F?

My colleague Carla invited me to join her.


What sorts of sports / fitness activities were you doing before?

I have always enjoyed sports, but I have to admit that my heart belongs to dance. I started with ballet at four years old and at fifteen I moved to flamenco and belly dancing and danced professionally for a few years in Mexico City. Then I moved to London to continue my studies and I only had time to go to the university’s gym a couple of times per week. After having my son Gael in London, I stopped exercising (turns out caring for a small baby while trying to finish a PhD is very hard!) and I started again after discovering Peter’s class.


Do you remember your first workout with B3F? How was it?

I do! It involved a lot of air squats and it was really hard, but I loved the spirit of the group and, with Peter’s great guidance, I managed to do most of the workout. However, afterwards I couldn’t walk down the stairs for a few days. 


What is your favourite type of workout?

I like workouts that combine many different exercises. I find it easier, mentally, to shift from one exercise to another.


What is your favourite type of exercise?

I don’t think I have one yet.


What weaknesses are you working on right now?

After two pregnancies, I definitely need to work on my core strength!


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud of myself whenever I achieve something I could not before. It could be carrying more weight, achieving a better position or managing a few more rounds/sets. To me, the beauty of CrossFit is that it allows you to be proud of yourself with every single workout you finish.


What are your goals?

Short term: A handstand

Medium term: One toes to bar

Long term:  To steadily get better and improve my strength, mobility and overall condition.


Any advice for new comers?

Don’t be intimidated by all the new terms and equipment.

This is not a competition, you are only competing against yourself.

See more experienced athletes as a source of inspiration.

Do not be afraid to ask for help, coaches and fellow athletes are very happy to help.

Enjoy the energy of the group and have fun!


Anyone in particular you would like to acknowledge?

Thank you to the coaches for their dedication and passion. Thank you to my fellow athletes, you are an amazing gang that I am honoured to be part of

Author: Chris Fontaine