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NOVEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: DYAMI H.

Age: 29

From: Kalamazoo, MI

How long have you been with CrossFit Torrent and what made you decide to start? 

I started February 2020. I work with Bri and we had played on the same soccer team for a couple seasons. She invited me to come check out the gym and I have been here ever since.

When did you realize that CrossFit is right for you? 

Almost right away. I have always enjoyed working out but I also recognized that I was bad at working out by myself. The structure of having coaches and classes was very appealing to me.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

Probably either pure exhaustion or realization that I had a lot to learn.

What is your favorite or least favorite WOD/movement?

I have grown to love power cleans because as you move up in weight, technique becomes so much more important than pure strength. It gives me something to focus on other than just feeling like I need to be stronger. 

What is the one thing you have done at CFT that you never thought you would do?

I think the first thing for me was double unders. When I first saw people doing them I did not think I would be able to do it myself. Now I recognize that everything comes with practice.

What motivates you during a tough workout?

Trying to keep up with the other athletes and being yelled at by the coaches to pick the bar back up or get back on the rig.

What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?

You are never done. Whether it’s building to heavier weights or working on specific movements, there is always room for improvement and growth. 

What are your short term and long term goals?

Short term I’m still working on my movements on the rig. Trying to get better at toes to bar, chest to bar, and bar muscle ups. Long term I would like to see myself being able to consistently do the workouts Rx.

How have you seen yourself change- mentally and physically since joining Torrent? 

Mentally I definitely have more confidence in myself and my physical capabilities. Physically, I now have to wear large shirts which means throwing away a lot of shirts that don’t fit me anymore.

What impact has CFT had on you in and out of the gym? 

It has helped me be a more patient person and recognize that things don’t just happen. You have to be willing to commit to putting in the work and practice in order to become better. 

Do you have any advice for people just getting started at CFT? 

Everyone else at the gym was in your position at some point. We all got to where we are now by sticking with it and showing up. I would constantly ask members how long they have been with the gym as a reminder that I still have a long way to go.

Quick Questions

Favorite Cheat Meal:

Nonla Burger: Burger, fries, shake of the day.

Favorite TV show/ Movie:

TV Show: Boy Meets World, it still holds up after all this time.

Movie: A Knight’s Tale, if you want to see a grown man cry at the most ridiculous things then watch this movie with me.

Favorite CrossFit Athlete: I don’t follow the world of CrossFit outside our gym and I’m not about to try and pick favorites at the gym because everyone is amazing.

Coaches comments:

Dyami… My Open team captain. My go-to demo guy. Torrents ultimate cheerleader. We are so lucky to have this guy around. He never turns down a challenge (Even when he should! lol) He’s at every event and brings a zest for life that is so contagious. Dyami, we love you! – Morgan

Dyami makes every class he’s in more fun! He comes to the gym with a super positive attitude. He’s made huge progress because he’s committed and isn’t afraid to challenge himself. He’s a great ambassador for the gym because he exemplifies the Torrent spirit of being welcoming, humble and hardworking. -Bri

Dyami doesn’t mind challenging himself. One of the reasons why he has seen results so fast and accomplished so many goals is because he pushes himself into that uncomfortable place where gains are made! Dyami is a friendly face and is a people person who talks to everyone. Dyami is a member every gym wants! – Carson

Dyami has come so far since he first stepped foot into torrent. He’s a great example of how hard work and consistency pays off. He’s so much fun in and outside of class. We couldn’t have done our Ragnar Road Race without him! – Michelle

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