Congratulations Oscar Lopez on being Babylon Crossfit’s Member of the Month for May!
A Word From Our Coaches…
“I have had the pleasure of coaching Oscar for over a year now. COVID-19 hit us all hard in so many ways but its safe to say I think most of our members came out stronger, mentally/physically and Oscar is one of them. His dedication to the gym and prioritizing his overall health and wellness has really shown in his progress. He has no shame just using a barbell and really practicing his technique. He has been working hard on mobility and even trying out Yoga for the first time! I know I can speak on behalf of the 6 am class that we are all so proud of him” – Coach Trish
“Oscar is awesome, he comes into the gym every day saying hello and good morning to everyone. He is extremely coachable and is always asking for feedback as well as willing to scale. I look forward to working with him in class. He is always leading by example and is a great pick for member of the month.” – Coach Seb
Most frequent class time and how many days/week do you Crossfit?
What was your fitness background before you started at Babylon Crossfit?
I used to work out regularly with friends in my 20s. I hiked and I did some light exercising the following decades but nothing stuck or was the right thing for me. I joined CrossFit 3 years ago but tendonitis sided tracked me for almost a year. Returned 2 months before Covid-19 hit which side-tracked me again until my return this November 2020. I did a fair amount of swimming over this past summer in our new pool; I slowly increased the number of laps until I could do 100. I also started to bike ride regularly to stay active and get outdoors during the pandemic.
What accomplishment are you the proudest of (outside and inside of the gym)?
My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year. I think that is a big accomplishment since currently marriages often do not go the distance. Inside the gym, I would say being able to get in the box 4 times a week. In addition, I recently starting yoga and one open gym a week.
After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal?
Soft boiled eggs w/homemade salsa, avocado shredded cheese. Bacon if available.
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?
Cooking, drawing, painting, hiking and camping. Drinking wine maybe a little gin lol.
What do you do for a living?
I work at ViacomCBS (CBS, Paramount Pictures, Showtime, BET, MTV, Comedy Central, TV Land, etc.) as a Technical Information Security Manager. My current responsibilities revolve around Content Protection and Social Media Intelligence. On the Content Protection side, the effort focuses on identifying leaked content or spoilers to our reality TV productions. I support standard network shows, book publications, sporting and special events. On the Social Media front, I monitor company and employee accounts on the platforms and focus on reported threats and negative sentiment. Our talent (newscasters, reporters, actors, hosts etc.) are often a target due to their public presence. We work with internal security or law enforcement where necessary.
What is one goal that you are currently working on?
My biggest challenge is mobility. This is affecting my exercise movements from Squats, jerks, snatches etc. I started yoga and I am hoping this will help my progress. The goal is to complete the full range of motion on the core exercises.
I do not think I have a favorite WOD but strength WOD days are rewarding; however, any day there are no burpees or lunges is a good day.
Favorite Cheat Meal?
Favorite memory at Babylon Crossfit?
My Birthday WOD this year was special. I turned 50 and the Gym opened at 5 am to give me the perfect start to the day.
If you had a music genre, song, or artist playing in your head at all times what/who would it be?
The one and only, Tom Waits.
What’s on your DVR/current favorite TV series & favorite Phone app?
Currently watching Ray Donovan, Wanda Vision, The Watch. I like a lot of Sci-Fi and horror just finished The Stand and Start Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access. I watch a lot of cooking shows too.
Any advice for people who are just getting started with CrossFit or maybe too afraid to start?
Several things. First, I would say go in slow and steady, this will help you create the habit. I knew I would be sore at the very beginning and it would dissuade me from working out day after day. I created a plan in my mind. I would hit the box once a week and either walk, jog/run or do some light exercises at home for the first month. Then I went to 2 times per week on the second month, then 3 times and 2 weeks later made the jump to 4 times per week. Second, listen to your body and resist pushing yourself too quickly. Pushing too quickly may lead you to an injury. Coaches and members will help identify when your form is lacking. Poor form generally means you are trying to lift more than what you are capable at that time. Take a step back and focus on your form, even if it is bar or body weight only. Third, engage other members. There is a reason why we refer to our box as a community. Everyone understands the struggles, pitfalls and successes. They will help you if you ask or can just provide some feedback when you need it. People who do not CrossFit will not understand what you are achieving or going through. Forth, I would say look at this as lifestyle change and not a quick fix to lose 10 lbs. by the summer. You are investing on a healthy lifestyle, which will allow you to do or even try things you may have thought to be unattainable. Finally enjoy yourself and make friends.