April NIKA of the Month

01 Apr 2021

April NIKA of the Month

Since transitioning from Varsity to regular classes, Alexia has consistently impressed her coaches. Her positive outlook, easy smile, and hard work easily made her April’s NIKA of the month. Read on to learn more about Alexia.

  1. How did you hear about Nika? I came to Nika through Coach Dave and Kati Kaye through a 4 week introduction to weights every Saturday morning as a way for some kids on my swim team to learn the basic movements and technique for lifting.
  2. What made you come in for a No Sweat Intro for the first time? I never did a NSI😂
  3. Did you feel nervous or intimated after your No Sweat Intro? I will say for this question, i was in crossfit varsity for a long time and when Dave left for the coast guard, i didn’t want to stop doing crossfit, so i decided to continue with the adult classes. Not going to lie, i was intimidated at first, it felt like watching the adults work out was a whole different level. But i realized very quickly that i had it all wrong, yes the adult classes are difficult, but it suddenly wasn’t intimidating anymore, it became something i was inspired by more than anything through the work ethic of all these people, and how through every WOD they would come together and support each other, and how the coaches are incredibly friendly and relentlessly support all the athletes as well.
  4. Favorite WOD or Movement? I’m between two,,, i absolutely LOVE doing deadlifts and/or pullups in a WOD.
  5. Tell me about a friend or friends you have made at NIKA. I’ve made so many friends at the gym and they’re all wonderful, but the person that I’ve made that stands out to me the most, I’m sure you could even guess without me needing to say his name, our dear friend Tim Tylec. I don’t to make him sound like a bad person, because he isn’t, he is just the type of guy that stands out, because of how he projects his personality no matter where he goes. He’s a kind and goofy kind of guy, and one of the things that I saw that inspired me was how at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a workout, he cheers people on. He goes right up to them, and is always encouraging people to keep pushing through, and how excited he gets when that person finishes, or even outside of that, when someone hits a PR or they learn how to do a certain movement, etc. After he left to Miami again in January, as weird as it may be, i missed his presence a little in the gym, and I’m sure Coach Diane does too, as much as she may not want to admit it😂 But watching his work ethic and just how he doesn’t care how others look at him, really inspires me to be more comfortable with who I am, and if people don’t like me, then they’re the ones who are missing out🤷.
  6. Greatest accomplishment so far? If we’re talking within Nika, definitely getting 10 pullups, I went from barely being able to do more than 2 at a time, to finally hitting 10 in a row. I was so excited to finally hit that PR. If we’re talking in general though, getting into college is the greatest for me. Both of my parents got their degrees in their home country, and then they moved here to start a family within the United States. They’ve always pushed education and have always told my sister and I, “Getting your degree is your golden ticket to doing all the things you want in your life, so don’t waste that opportunity.” Throughout the whole process of applying for college and trying to find financial aid, was very confusing, I’m a first generation to go to college outside of Guatemala, so we had no idea how to even begin looking in the right direction. When i got that acceptance letter for the school, I couldn’t tell you all the emotions I was feeling, and to be able to commit to the school for Division 3 swimming, it just made me feel like everything was finally coming together after the past very difficult couple of months.
  7. Next goal? The next goal is to go to college and get my bachelor’s degree, but along the way, to never forget how far I’ve come, and everything people and the communities I’ve been apart of have taught me, because they’ve molded me into the person i am today, and they’ll always be important in the back of my mind and heart.
  8. How has Nika helped with your job, hobby, everyday life? My confidence in who I am. I’ve always been a very shy person, and you could ask my friends and they’ll tell you how i would never say a word to anyone. I wouldn’t hug anyone, i would never interact with anyone, I’d walk with my head to the ground, I just felt like I didn’t belong, and I didn’t want to be seen. When I joined the gym, I watched how all these adults, vastly different in race, sexuality, ethic background, personality, etc. would smile and act as they are within workouts. I saw how this crossfit community was so warm and welcoming, accepting of each other, it made me realize, “How do I want to be living?” And from sophomore year on, I’ve decided to live and accept myself for who I am, and I honestly credit this crossfit in really allowing myself to feel confident in coming out to my friends, my family, and give me the confidence as I’ve watched in all these coaches and athletes in the gym, to just be themselves, and despite what others may think or say, I walk into that gym and look up at that pride flag, and it reminds me everyday how amazing it is to be myself.
  9. What is your Spirit Animal? It might seem silly, but my spirit animal (in my opinion) is a goldfish. Ever since I was very little and started to swim, my dad would always call me a goldfish. One day i asked him why he would call me a goldfish, and he told me it was because I was different from all the other kids. I wasn’t a guppy like the others, but a goldfish, because although on the outside i may seem small, and not like much, but on the inside i had a heart of gold, and was a creature that could show people to not think so lightly of me. And ever since then, I’ve always thought a goldfish as my spirit animal, because no matter how i may look on the outside, what’s on the inside is what matters, and something that I’m always going to push forward and show others that I’m so much more capable than what they believe.
  10. Favorite Song to workout to? Fight Back by NEFFEX
  11. What advice would you give others who are thinking about signing up for a No Sweat Intro? Advice i would give to others is to not allow yourself to convince your brain about one specific image about something like the gym. Watching others workout and even looking at the workouts yourself, is scary, it really may seem like it. But immersing yourself with this community of people, and with this gym, is going to be one of the most amazing experiences. As the coaches say all the time, “If you let it, this place will change you.” And i can definitely attest to that, because this place has changed me, and for the better, and there’s no way I could ever repay them for their kindness. This gym has become a happy place for me, and no matter where I go, i know i can always come back here.