Joe Cabrera (CrossFit Coach)
Hi everyone, my name is Joe Cabrera. I’m one of the CrossFit coaches at CrossFit Wellington. I’m also a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer.
My fitness journey started in martial arts when I was in my early teens. Being constantly bullied in school, it seemed like the best choice. I tried several different martial arts including Kenpo, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, etc.… Years later I got heavily involved in Tae Kwon Do. My teacher said that I would make a good instructor so the hard work to earn my black belt really began. I was training 2-3 hours a day, sometimes 6 days a week. Eventually, I started helping lead classes. In 2006, I earned my black belt and became an instructor at the American College of Martial Arts.
In late 2007, I felt the need to do something bigger with my life so I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. I thought that I was in good shape but they proved me wrong. We did countless miles of running, pull ups, pushups, sit ups, etc… By the time I finished boot camp, I was in the best shape of my life. In late 2009, we began pre-deployment training. In preparation for deployment, my section was ordered to add CrossFit workouts to our daily workout routine. At the time, CrossFit was very new and we had very little knowledge of it. Our “coach” coached more like a drill instructor and less like a coach which was a big turn off. At the time we hated every minute of CrossFit training but we understood the benefits of functional fitness.
While on deployment, I stopped CrossFit all together and just hit the gym. In 2011, I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp. Upon returning home, I needed to stay in shape so I thought I’d give CrossFit another try. Apparently, having a good, quality coach makes all the difference in the world because after a few classes, I was hooked. In the spring of 2013, I decided to get my CrossFit Level 1 certification and shortly after, became a coach at Cast Iron CrossFit. In February 2017, I came over to CrossFit Wellington and began coaching alongside the amazing staff.
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