Cintia Campos ~ Training for Nationals

Workout of the day for Saturday July 13th, 2013

Team WOD
100 Overhead Squats, 135/95 lb
100 Clean & Jerk 135/95 lb
150 Burpees

Teams of 3-4.


Just over 11 months ago I had an ACL reconstruction surgery from a Taekwondo injury (Jul 27th, 2012). A month after the surgery I went back to class and started training again focusing on what I could do. Today (July 7th. 2013) I won 1st place at the USA Taekwondo Nationals representing California at the 30-40 Blue Heavy weight division (which is an age bracket division below mine). The choices I made this past year brought me this far. I could have quit when I fully torn my ACL and said “I tried, but…”, but instead, I chose to persevere. So I reached out to those who could help me and be team players in this journey.

Once my knee started getting stronger I joined CrossFit Roseville for strengthening and conditioning (March 2013) according to my TKD instructor recommendation. I met Justin and Jesse (the owners) and told them that I was going to State Tournament in one month and Nationals in four months, that I was still recovering form an ACL reconstruction and could not afford getting injured again, but needed their help to get stronger and faster. I remember I could not even do any squats or wall balls then. The CrossFit Roseville Team was amazing helping me train safely at my own level, but still pushing myself to the next level. I started training with a 15 lbs. barbell but now train with the 35 lbs. one. I could not do any squats at all, now I do a 115 lbs back squats! I could not do any jump boxes and had to step up and down, but now I can do that! It’s a huge improvement to me in just four months considering my schedule was not consistent.

As a single mom of a high functioning autistic boy, I depended on having a respite worker (sitter) for my son that would be willing to wake up at 5am to be at my house at 5:45am so that I could train from 6am to 7am before I would go to work. There were times that I could not train because I didn’t have a sitter. Although I would get frustrated at times, I had to accept the facts and kept going. Quitting was not an option, and the clock was ticking.

The interval training and explosiveness of CrossFit training better prepared me for sparring in Taekwondo and improving my resistance to last all rounds in the ring. I certainly got faster and stronger within these 4 months, and I can only imagine the power and speed level I can reach as I keep moving onward and forward with my Taekwondo and CrossFit training. I am still working on those toes to bar, push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, and I still have to manage my knee pain level and recovery, but I am excited about my improvements so far and what I accomplished today, becoming a National Champion!

The greatest barrier to any accomplishments is our own self. One of my favorite quotes is “Change your thoughts and you change your world” by Norman Vincent Peale. One must have a strong mindset that is not easily shaken by external events. We can chose to give those events power over our lives, or take control and soar. Ultimately, it is our own decision. It is our attitude towards what life throws at us that makes the difference. The decisions we make determine where we are going to land in the future. Choose to be the difference maker when tough times arise.

Thanks CrossFit Roseville to your contributions to my training, my health, and my life.
~Cintia Campos

Post to comments: What is one life goal are you working towards? Are you focused towards achieving this? Do you have others helping you along this path? What keeps you motivated?

Comments 2

  1. As a former TKD competitor, I can attest to how much work it takes to get to nationals. There are not many people that can complete at a national level in TKD after an injury like that. Congrats to Cintia! That is very inspiring!

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