Member of the Season: CJ Nicastro - CrossFit Lake Placid

Member of the Season: CJ Nicastro

Member of the Season

SUMMER: CJ Nicastro

CJ walked into CFLP and it has been amazing seeing the transformation CJ has gone through in the last year. As a coach it is a joy to work with and watch him pushing himself to his limits weekly (either physical or mental). We are truly proud to call CJ a member of CrossFit Lake Placid.

Fitness Background:  I studied karate from 12 – 16 years.  When I was in 10th grade, 15 years old, I started to engage in school sports.  I played football, Track and Field (shot put and discus), and the downhill ski team.  When I was 16 I pursued lifeguarding and learned how to swim and subsequently became a Water Safety Instructor.  I was enlisted in the Army when I was 18 years old, and physical training was fun for me.  After completing my enlistment I returned home and participated in local fun runs, charity runs, 10K’s, half marathons, and “mud runs.” 

 I originally started CrossFit as a method to manage stress in the summer of 2017.  I wasn’t exercising or really focused on health and I was in a rough space and needed something different. I do CrossFit because it fits my personality, short – sweet – and to the point, therefore it fits my schedule nicely, I feel like I bond with other members (something about suffering with others makes me feel connected – camaraderie), everyone is genuinely a good person , and I think I get high off the natural dopamine released from the challenging routines.

Favorite Move:  It seems to change every week!  I like the cleans.  All the Olympic lifts are new to me and for some reason dropping the bar feels good to me.  I like the bench press, probably because that’s one of the only exercises I can remember doing consistently in High school.   

Why I stay:  I stay for pretty much the same reasons I started.  I’m not stressed all the time, but it seems like the more stressful or demanding day I have at work and tired before starting a work out, the better my performance, and the better I feel.  I also want to be in really good shape when I retire, when I have so I can do the things I can’t do now. even though I still have at least 15 years to go.  Funny, CrossFit is part of my retirement plan!  Also, I have younger brothers and a son I need to be able to physically keep up with.  I’m also inspired by the community. 

Future Goals:  I want to get stronger, healthier, and content.  I feel like I don’t have anything to prove, but I have to check myself from time to time.  It’s hard not to want to compete.  Nothing wrong with the competitiveness, but I don’t need to kill myself.  I guess my future goal is to consistently do the routines at “Rx”.  I’m working on Double-Unders, overhead squats, but pretty much everything needs improvement.  I pretty much can’t do the handstand walks or pushups…yet.

Advice:  Coaches and other members are here for you.  Listen to their advice and try to perform the movements the way they instruct.  Listen to your body, but push yourself and try to be the best you can be in every session.  Everybody needs to start somewhere and if you can avoid injury and be consistent I believe you’ll see positive results. 

Interesting Fact or Something you do outside of CrossFit: I love music and learning how to play them.  I play a little bit of piano, guitar, ukulele (not so well), harmonica, didgeridoo, and tin flute, …or try anyway. 

I have an admiration and deep respect for people that take responsibility for their well-being and decide to do that through CrossFit.  One can pursue health many different ways, but to commit to CrossFit and follow through consistently takes grit. 

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