It’s time to meet our next Legend! For the second blog of our “Meet the Legends” series, we would like to introduce you to the co-Captain of Team Canada, the original Man with the ‘Tasche, the only member who understands ALL of Coach Maria’s pop culture references, Marco Ervalho!
Marco started training with us in May 2015 and since then, he has become half the man he was before he started… quite literally! Check out those before and after photos, dizzzzzamn Marco, lookin’ good!
Marco loves a good pop punk playlist, he really wants to ask you if a fish in water is actually wet, and, based off of his costume in our Thriller Throwdown, he’s a shoe-in for this year’s Best Dressed Athlete award! Not only is he one of our longest serving members, he’s also one of our most consistent athletes, never misses a community event and is never one to avoid working on his weaknesses - one of the many reasons why we are proud to have Marco as one of our Legends!
Now, let’s get to know Marco a little bit better…
What do you do for a living?
I am a nursery teacher at a school in East London. I have been teaching for five years, three at my current school.
How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?
I have been doing CrossFit for 4 years now. My favourite thing about CrossFit is the varied approach to it. Everyday there is something different that challenges you and makes you better. I also like how no matter how much you improve in a certain area, or get stronger, or faster, or whatever, CrossFit always finds a way to humble you.
What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
My biggest achievement since starting CrossFit was Rx-ing this year’s open. It was the first time that I was able to have a go at all the Rx movements and was even able to get my first handstand push up.
What are you present training goals?
My present training goal is to get better at my kipping pull-ups. Right now I have them, but I need to get better at pushing away at the top and not lose confidence in my shoulder which I have had issues with in the past. I also really want to get a muscle up!
What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?
The biggest pearl of wisdom that I can offer is that very few things can hit you as hard in life like a WOD, but you just have to keep chipping away at it and moving forward. Keep getting up and doing one more rep. It's not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep getting up and moving forward (Homes, that’s deep). I think Coach Phil (by way of John Welbourne) once said, it's just moving dirt. Sometimes you get a shovel and sometimes you get a spoon.
If you could do one job the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why?
I'd own a food truck. I love the idea of them and how you can go from running one at a food market somewhere in London to owning your own restaurant.
What fictional character is amazing in their book / show / movie, but would be insufferable if you had to deal with them in mundane everyday situations?
Bruce Wayne is amazing in the comics, but he would be the worst in real life. All he does is brood over things, and get emotional about his parent’s death, and is super rich. But if he was a real person he would just be an emo kid who no one would want to be around because he would just be sad and disappear every night to go and fight crime and if you texted him he would just leave you on read. He'd be a terrible friend.
What's the stupidest thing you have done as a dare?
I was once at a house party back in Toronto with a large group of people and it was lame so we decided to leave and head to a bar. Just as we were leaving though some guys showed up with a case of beer and entered the party so my buddy turns to me as I leave the house and goes I dare you to go back in and take the case. So I turned around, went up stairs, took the case of beer that they had just put down on the table and walked out. My friends and I drank the case on the way to the bar and didn't have to buy many more beers that night. Don't know what happened when the guy who bought the case found out though.
Finally, what is your favourite sports movie?
This is a tough one since I love movies. If I have to choose one I would say 'Any Given Sunday'. It's a classic with a great cast and an epic speech, it's so good that it inspired one of my tattoos.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
A) Front squat
In 15 minutes build to a heavy set of 3 reps
* If it feels good, go for a PB
3 rounds for time of:
10 Front squats @ 60-70% of A
20 Chest-to-bar Pull-ups
50 Double unders
* Time cap: 15 minutes