November Athlete of the Month – Joe Costa!

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Congrats to Joe on working so hard and achieving so much! We are all so proud of you!

How did you first get involved with Crossfit? Take us back to your first WOD- how did that   feel? What did you think?

I had heard about CrossFit when I was stationed in Hawaii but I was always kind of skeptical.  I worked out at the traditional gym where my workout consisted of chest day, back day, leg day and my favorite arm day.  I used to measure my fitness by how much I could bench, squat, and curl.  When I moved to Maryland in 2011 I couldn’t find a gym in the area that I liked so I started doing P90X in my basement. After about 30 days of Tony Horton jokes I knew I needed a change.  I drove by CFA on a Sunday afternoon and decided to go in.  That’s when I met Coach Walt.  The first workout we did was a 10 minute AMRAP of running and kettle bell swings, after about 5 minutes I felt like I was going to die.  I always thought I was in pretty good shape until I started CrossFit.  CrossFit has been a very humbling experience.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

What changes have you seen in your body, health and overall fitness since starting at CFA?

The most significant improvements I’ve seen are in my mobility, flexibility and overall core strength
What do you enjoy most about being an athlete at CFA?
What I like most about CFA is the camaraderie that the members and coaches have.  Everyone at CFA wants to see you perform at your best.  The coaches are always encouraging, positive and always push you beyond what you thought you were capable of.  I also like that the workouts are always new and challenging and that the goal of functional fitness has better prepared me for everyday life.
What goals are you working on? 
-Technique on Olympic lifts
-Double Unders
-Muscle Ups
What the Coaches are saying

“Joe, has been putting in the time and effort every since he walked through the garage doors. From working on the jerk to seeing him progress on all his lifts, it has been a pleasure see the strides he has made. A consummate work horse in the gym! CFA is better with Joe!”  Coach Walt

“Joe is an absolute beast and always goes 100% out the gate. Seeing him strive to be better at every facet of CrossFit  is motivating to me and as a result I always look forward to having him in class. Joe is a great example of what athlete of the month should be. Good work, Joe!!”  Coach Luis

“Joe is one of those people you look forward to seeing in classes.  He always comes in with a smile on his face and determination in his eyes. You can tell how focused he is just waiting to tackle the WOD.  Joe is great example of what CrossFit is all about; hard work, dedication, and community.  Congrats Joe!”  Coach Shannon

“Joe should basically be in the amateur strongman circuit. He’s built for it. He goes hard every class. He lets his hard work show every wod. Always a pleasure to have in class, he has fun and he gets it done.”  Coach Josh


  1. Way to go Joe!

  2. Way to go Joseph!!!! Kids & I are proud of ya! Keep goin beast mode! :-)

  3. Awesome Joseph!!!! Way to go!

  4. Nice figure Joseph!!

  5. You’re a BEAST Joe! You should go on tour with the amateur circuit! I’d pay to see you work on your jerk and tackle the WOD! (Lisping)

  6. Way to go brother! Proud of you and what you are accomplishing. I know Nikki and the kids are proud of you as well…

  7. Aaron Tolentino says:

    Grrrrrrr.., ‘um you’re a TIGAH Joe!!! Mucho Aloha to you MUH BRUDDUH!!!

  8. Me and the guys are standing by for some tips on how to be fit as you. Rocky who… ?

  9. good job dad!!! I am soooo proud of you! You won athlete of the month and dad of the month in the same month!

  10. DeNeetra Weaver says:

    Still a beast Joe! Congratulations & keep up the great work. Keep smiling big :-)!

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