Why I’m #InTheOpen: the Lozanos

We all know Zach Lozano as Hroch’s younger, cooler arch nemesis. He’s been a member at Renew for a long time, and is definitely the one on the leaderboard that everybody loves to chase. Or roll their eyes in disbelief. It’s hard to say!! Zach’s no stranger to The Open, so you can bet yer butt he’ll be setting the tone for Hroch there too.

Zach’s wife, Andi, while a newcomer to the CrossFit community, is quickly climbing her way up the leaderboard — workout by workout. A yogi and mobility connoisseur, she’s bendier than we’ll ever be. And guess what? She’s signed up for her very first Open.

Read more on Zach and Andi’s “Why”:

“I am a terrible wordsmith, and honestly don’t know why I am doing the open. I guess peer pressure is effective.  I think Andi is writing something up though.”

Zach

Neat.

“When the first announcement for The Open came, I, like many of us, immediately thought: “I’m not doing that.” I came up with every excuse on the planet:

I’ve only been doing CrossFit for 6 months.

I didn’t start CrossFit to compete.

I’m not strong enough.

I’m going to look like a fool compared to everyone else.

I can’t do *insert movement here*.

I don’t like drinking beer after I workout.

Blah, blah, blah.

But after all the negative self-talk, I gave myself a minute to think. I started CrossFit as a way to aid me in my yoga practice. During my yoga teacher training, I was about one month into my CrossFit journey, so I was basically sore 24/7. I got really frustrated when yoga teachers would queue a pose for “tight shoulders”, but my muscles were literally too tight to even get into the pose and too fatigued and sore to even hold it. It made yoga frustrating and not enjoyable.

So I let my body be the teacher instead, and I learned how to use yoga as way to make it feel better. It became more and more apparent to me that I wanted to bring yoga to the CrossFit community to 1) recover well, 2) increase mobility & body awareness, 3) build a fiery core!

I registered for The Open so I could essentially feel the pain, lol. I can make an educated guess on how to recover from a workout based on the muscles that were worked, but there is something to be said about feeling the fatigue myself. Feeling intimidated about registering for The Open is an understatement, but I’m a firm believer that you should never let fear be in driver’s seat. I’m #InTheOpen to be a better yoga instructor. I’m #InTheOpen to be a better CrossFitter. I’m #InTheOpen to be challenged, to push past mental limits, and to be a part of the best community in Austin.”

Andi

There you have it. Zach, you know you love competition. Andi, we are so freaking proud of you for joining us. You won’t regret it!