Name: Dino Fernandez
Occupation: Realtor & Builder
Sports: Basketball, Running, CrossFit
Fitness Goals: Build stronger legs
Favorite CrossFit Exercise: Burpee
What do you do for a living? Anything on the side? Which do you prefer?
I sell real estate and build houses for a living. I also appear in TV commercials on the side. I prefer the real estate business because it’s more challenging and rewarding.
How about sports? What’s your sports background?
I played for the Ateneo UAAP basketball team in high school and college.
Do you miss the UAAP? What were your workouts like at Ateneo? Did you get more playing time if you worked out harder?
I do miss it a lot especially the competition and team camaraderie. Our workouts were mostly cardio, plyo, and the usual basketball drills. I got more playing time when I worked out harder because I was able to improve my basketball skills as a result.
Where do you normally workout? What are the things you usually consider when selecting a gym?
I normally work out in a gym with the basic cardio and weightlifting equipments.
How did you learn about Crossfit? What did you think when you first heard about it?
I learned about CrossFit from my friend Miggy who first brought it here from the states. I researched it online and got excited about it because the workouts were unique, short, and intense.
You seem pretty fit already. What makes Crossfit different from the rest? How does Crossfit stack up against the training regimen when you were with the Ateneo Blue Eagles?
There’s never a boring workout in CrossFit because each workout is new and you’re doing it together with other athletes trying to achieve your best performance individually or as a team. Our training in UAAP was mostly cardio and plyo which could last for hours and was repetitive. It lacked the weightlifting and high intensity workouts that CrossFit offers in a short period of time but with better results.
People say Crossfit is like fitness cocaine. True or False? Why do you think so?
True because it’s simply addicting. I think it’s because of the challenge of every unique workout, the satisfaction you get after finishing one, trying to improve your performance, and seeing the results in your physique.
You often wear those funny looking shoes while working out. What are they? Is that some sort of new fashion statement?
They’re called fivefingers and they give you the barefoot benefits of better balance, stronger feet/legs, and proper form when working out and running. You’ll be surprised how many CrossFitters and other athletes from different sports are now wearing these babies!
What are your fitness goals this Holiday season? Do you already have any 2011 New Year’s resolution you’d like to share?
I’ll be spending the holidays in the states so my fitness goal is to try to stay fit by joining a CrossFit gym in downtown SF. 2011 resolution: drink less beer than Miggy.