Rest Day/Athlete Daniel Smeraldo


Hometown: Plano, Texas

Age: 20

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
I live with my dad, stepmom, and half brother. We have a dog, a rabbit, a bird, a lizard, and an assortment of fish. I’m a full time student at Collin College and I’ll graduate with my Associate’s degree in General Studies in May. After graduating from Collin I would like to continue on to get my Bachelor’s in International Relations. I currently work three jobs: I work for my dad’s company doing office work, I intern for the Student Minister at First Baptist Church of Plano, and I tutor two boys after school. In my large amounts of “free time” I like to go to crossfit, read, and play video games.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Urban Jungle and what was your first WOD? I started training at CFUJ on August 28th 2015.My first WOD was a 5 min AMRAP of 5 Pull Ups, 10 Push Ups and 5 Goblet Squats followed by a Met-con For time: 15 Power Cleans , 30 Bar facing burpees and 60 Wallballs. It was awful. I remember being the last one to finish, but I didn’t care that much because I was too focused on trying not to throw up.

What was your athletic background before CF? Not much really.. In high school I did some weightlifting off and on, but my main athletic activity was running.

What is your kryptonite?

Your best ninja skill? Power Cleans

What your favorite cheat meal?
Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit from Whataburger

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? The amount of muscle on my body has increased a lot since starting crossfit and I pay a lot more attention to what I’m eating.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFUJ moments: One of my favorite memories from CFUJ was the Halloween party. It was a lot of fun to see everyone hanging out and playing games with each other. It was cool to see everyone interacting and coming together outside of the workout. My second favorite memory was going to the Guns & Hoses competition and watching our teams compete there. It was so cool seeing how well they came together and supported each other, and also how incredible some of the things they could do were.

 Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? Stick with it. Give it some time to grow on you and talk with some of the other members. A lot of times they have great tips for things that are frustrating you. Also, take good care of your hands.

 Something you might not know about me: Last year I went to school at the University of San Diego in San Diego, California on a full academic scholarship

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