Philosophy: “Defeat is a state of mind. No one is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” - Bruce Lee.
Abel catapulted to the CrossFit Games in his first ever competition with his fierce focus, talent, and drive to be the best. The 15 year old Yakima CrossFit athlete exceeded his own expectations by qualifying for the 2015 Games, a full two years before he anticipated a shot at the World’s Fittest title.
Abel looks forward to 2016, after starting programming with 4-Time Games Athlete Scott Panchik and recovering from a shoulder injury that plagued him throughout his first Games. He kept a positive attitude and is proud with his top 10 finish. Abel says the best advice he’s ever gotten is “never quit. No matter what, never quit. That was what got me through the Games injured and it's what's going to get me where I want to be in life.”
3 Questions w/ABEL:
What are your short and long term goals?
My short term goals is to train hard for the 2016 Teen Crossfit Games. I'm also training for Grid or the NPGL (National Pro Grid League) I want to be the youngest grid athlete so I want to be on a team next year.
My long term goal is to make it to the Crossfit Games as an individual Athlete every year for 10 years starting at the age of 18. I also want to win the Crossfit games 5 years in a row. I want to own a gym and help others reach their goals. I want to be the #1 athlete for GR3EN Energy.
What fuels your competitive fire?
To be successful so I can give my sister (Testimony) the same opportunity I have. Testimony is my half sister and she's 4 years old. She still lives in Liberia with my mom. Though I haven't met her yet, I love her more than anything. She is what drives me to be my best.
What’s your favorite and least favorite benchmark WOD?
My favorite WOD is Grace because I like to cycle the Barbell
I don't like FRAN because of thrusters but I'm starting to get better at them.
Making it to the Crossfit Games at 15 and being in the top 10.
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