Tell us a little about you…
I’m Cristina Bayardelle and I’m a full-time student and crossfitter in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. When I stepped into my first CrossFit box I fell in love with everything about the sport. I grew up riding equestrian and as a competitive swimmer, and after I was finished, I felt like I lacked something in my life – CrossFit filled that void.
What do you love about CrossFit, most?
I love the community. I love the atmosphere. I love being able to push myself again, both mentally and physically. After being an athlete my whole life having the ability to push myself again and to compete in an effort to become better every single day was… exhilarating!
How has CrossFit made a positive impact on your life, aside from the competition aspect?
Throughout my CrossFit journey this far, I’ve learned that all good things come to those who work hard and are patient throughout the process. A lot of people walk into a box or see CrossFit on TV and think to themselves, ‘cool, I can do that better than they can’, which, isn’t necessarily true. It’s very easy to get caught up with your ego in this sport and try to perform skills long before your body is ready. I see it all the time. People risk serious injury just to prove a point or to compete with the person next to them. But that’s not what it’s about.
What is it about, the journey, to you?
I learned this lesson early on – you have to be patient and trust the process. The biggest thing about the journey is that you have to find it within yourself to never give up. Your mind and your body and your emotions are at times going to want to quit, and you can’t. There have been so many times in my career and my training and my competitions where I felt frustrated beyond belief, ready to give up, and I chose to keep going. That’s the other part – giving up is a choice. I never thought when I started this sport that I would be competing at the level and caliber that I do now, and it’s because of two things – I didn’t give up and I was patient with myself.
What is the best piece of advice you could give a new crossfitter?
The only time you truly fail is when you give up. It doesn’t matter who you’re competing against, how good you are, what competition it is, as long as you keep going… you win.
How do you take what you’ve learned in the box, outside of the box?
Being a CrossFit athlete has humbled me in every single aspect of my life. After pushing myself to the extreme limits that I have in the sport, and realizing there’s still room for improvement. I have learned to never take anything for granted and to be grateful for everything I have had the opportunity to accomplish. CrossFit has taught me to be more understanding of the struggles people go through on a daily basis by forcing me to face my own battles, inside and outside of the gym.
Why do you choose SWOLVERINE?
I pride myself on taking good care of my body. I feel that fueling my body with proper nutrition and supplements which enables me to perform at my absolute peak. All of my hard work in the gym on a daily basis is worthless if I don’t work just as hard in the kitchen and with my supplements to maintain my physical improvements.
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