Pablo Damonte

Coach

CrossFit Level 1

My CrossFit journey began as a senior in high school as I was conducting research for my nonprofit organization, The Teen Network. I decided to try CrossFit for 30 days and do an in-depth review of this trendy methodology. Within the first week I was hooked. For the six months that followed, I showed up to my box every day until it was time to leave South Florida and attend college at the University of Florida. My mission in Gainesville was to find the best way to help people; it didn’t matter how, where or who, I have always dreamt of being able to help. Throughout my schooling I convinced myself law and politics were going to lead me towards the path of helping others, in strange way I wasn’t fully wrong. The fall of my freshman year I began an academic Congressional internship. Every day I drove to the campaign I passed by a gym, always thinking back at my old box. Little did I know, this would be the start of my new path. I began to have an uneasy feeling, a knot in my stomach urging for change. As my internship came to a close, one day I noticed a “hiring” sign at the same gym I kept driving by each morning. That same day, directly after finishing my shift at the campaign I decided to inquire about the position. I knew now was the time. I was told if I got my level one, I would have a shot.

I found a level one seminar that same weekend, took a bus down and loved every second of the level one. It only took a few short weeks for me to realize I had found my calling. The timing for this realization was far from ideal, I was two semesters shy of finishing my bachelors. After this internship, I was on track to continue involvement in political campaigns, the life I once thought was for me.

Within a month of receiving my level one I was cheering athletes across the 400 meter mark and high fiving PRs. I graduated that summer with a bachelors that I would put to use in unexpected ways. I set out on a mission to learn and coach CrossFit until I could open my own box, my mission continues.