When Josh accuses J.R. of being weak, J.R. dares Josh to take the CrossFit challenge with him. The guys head out to Metro Flex Gym to see who’s really got the goods. It won’t be easy: the guys will do some intense workouts, including sled pushes and tire flips. And you know it isn’t CrossFit unless someone brings out the sledge hammer. Spoiler alert: Only one of the guys will make it to the end.
CrossFit has been taking over the fitness world for the last several years and Latinos have been making their place in the workout craze. Sure, most of us struggle just walking up a flight of stairs but these Latinos really show off with their skills. Check out these top athletes who are crushing their WODs.
1. R. Paul Castillo
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R. Paul Castillo was named by Men’s Journal as one of the Top 20 Men to Watch at last year’s Crossfit Games. He was named the 2017 champ of the Central East Regionals in Nashville, a surprise finish as a newcomer.
2. Margaux Alvarez
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Self Magazine named Margaux Alvarez as one of the 19 Best Female CrossFit Stars to follow on Instagram. Alvarez’s work ethic expands past doing a killer number of burpees—she is also a business owner and winemaker for The Vine Yard Varietals.
3. Itzel Cadena
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Mexican CrossFit athlete Itzel Cadena has competed four times at the Latin America CrossFit regionals. Besides posting workouts and introducing her followers to the athletes she helps train, Cadena also likes to post photos of her dog, Ronda.
4. Pablo Chalfun
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Brazil’s Pablo Chalfun finished at the top of the leaderboard for this year’s Latin America Men’s Regional competition. The 25-year-old finished over 40 points ahead of his closest competitor.
5. Luis Oscar Mora
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Finishing in second place at the 2018 Men’s CrossFit Latin America Regional, 19-year-old Mexican athlete Luis Oscar Mora delivered impressive stats for his young age. Imagine what he can accomplish in a few years!
6. Florencia Fourcade
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Communications student Florencia Fourcade is able to balance it all—including her studies and weight lifting. This Argentine Crossfit athlete will give you some #summerbod inspo with her Instagram posts.
7. Andre Sanches
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This 30-year-old Brazilian CrossFit athlete is holding his own against the young guns at this year’s Men’s CrossFit Latin America Regional. He placed third at the competition.
8. Anthony Vazquez
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This former pro footballer placed 17th in the Crossfit North East regional competition this year. If you’re looking to get into shape, well step on up, he’s accepting athletes to train right now.
9. Cata Guimarey
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If you’re not pumped up by Argentine Crossfit athlete Cata Guimarey pumping some iron, then she might pump you up with the quote at the top of her Instagram page: Outdream Yourself. The GNC and Reebok ambassador has also competed at the regionals in 2017.
10. George Sanchez
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George Sanchez’s goal come 2019 might be to squeeze into the top 5 of the Western region CrossFit leaderboard. He came in sixth place in this year’s regional games.
11. Brenda Castro
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At the top of this year’s leaderboard for the CrossFit Games Latin America region is Brenda Castro. The 29-year-old has grabbed medal after medal for her home country of Mexico, taking home the prize three years in a row. She definitely deserves the title of ‘Fittest in Latin America.’
12. Melina Rodriguez
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Aiming to catch up to Brenda Castro is Melina Rodriguez, who missed out on getting to first place by just 12 points at this year’s Latin America regionals. The 22-year-old still has plenty of time to build up her muscles.
13. Christian Lucero
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Rounding out the top ten of the Crossfit Games West Regional this year is 25-year-old Christian Lucero. When he isn’t squatting or jump roping at the box, Lucero likes to rock climb and hike.
14. Diego Fernando Lenis Calderón
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The TV producer and presenter is a CrossFit athlete with the dream of representing Colombia at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the sport of karate. He has already represented his home country at the World Series and the Panamerican Championship.
15. Daviel Ostolaza
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Daviel Ostolaza was ranked as the 16th Fittest Teen on Earth last year. The 18-year-old Boricua Crossfit athlete is also a coach at a gym in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico.
Twenty nine-year-old Mexican CrossFit athlete Cecilia Ramirez Villamil calls herself “Negra,” and she is more than a dark horse candidate when it comes to the CrossFit Regionals. Ramirez Villamil placed fourth at this year’s Latin America regionals.
17. Tata Rebane
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Tatiana Giordano Rebane is a Brazilian wonder woman. She placed in top 5 at this year’s women’s CrossFit Latin America regionals.
18. Harol Chavez Pinedo
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This Peruvian CrossFit athlete also keeps up with his WOD as a basketball player as well. He is intent on growing the CrossFit community in Peru little by little, one box jump at a time.
19. Eliana Jimenez
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One of the premier CrossFit athletes from Panama, Eliana Jimenez made history for her country by winning her heat in the fifth event at the women’s CrossFit Latin America regionals.
20. Nicolas Bidarte
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This 24-year-old placed fourth at this year’s men’s CrossFit Latin America regionals and has a lot more to improve on when it comes to dumbell hang squat cleans.
Are you inspired by these Latino CrossFit athletes? Let us know in the comments!
After J.R. steals a taste of Josh’s dinner, he instantly realizes it was a bad move. Why? According to J.R., Josh’s cooking tastes like crap. Taking offense, Josh challenges J.R. to a cook-off. For this challenge, the guys will have to grill a delicious burger. Easy, right? Not quite — it’ll have to be vegan. Who will be creative enough to make a mouth-watering dish?