“It’s my favorite time of day to focus on me.” ~Annette Navarro

annette athlete of the month

Each month we bring you an interview with one of the inspiring athletes at Salus. We highlight this individual because they have something special. They give their best in every class, they are hungry to learn and always ready to put in the work. Not only that, but this person supports their fellow classmates and encourages them to reach their goals, too. This athlete embodies what we believe the Salus Community should be all about.


Like a Ninja assassin, Annette quietly moves through the warm up and the strength work dialed in and focused. When the WOd hits, she pulls out the advanced moves for the kill! After class she helps everyone with clean up and equipment with a great attitude. The silent killa I love to have in class!” ~Coach Gino


I’ve been working with Annette with her nutrition and lifestyle goals for about six months. During this time, she didn’t just lose 4.5% body fat, but she also made efforts to improve her sleep habits, dial in her meal timing and displayed a strong determination to fit in her workouts and meals navigating around a tough holiday work schedule.” ~Coach Angela


Annette will also always take the time to motivate you during the WOD with her quiet serious look however you better not say no with that being said knowing her on a personal level she is super sweet and has the best organized gym bag I’ve ever seen!” ~Coach Scott


I may or may not have been the one who gave Annette this nickname, legend unknown. However, I met Annette many months ago, when she casually told me “I’ve not Crossfitted in awhile, but I am back at it now.” I initially was cautious when she responded calmly “yes” when asked if she was planning to the Rx the WOD for the day. She did NOT fault on form, nor did her pace let up and she crushed it. Friday by Friday, she shows up, initially layered up in sweatshirt and pants, all accessories (as Scott also noted) set and ready to go… and from peaceful with a friendly smile, on “Go”, she shows her dedication and intensity, never letting up right to the last second, EVERY time. On occasion, at end of the WOD… I will look over to see how she feels about her accomplishment, and I’ll get that silent killa – grin. Inspirational athlete.” ~Coach Marc


Meet Annette Navarro, Athlete of the Month February 2023

1. When and why did you start at Salus?

I started Salus in August 2022 but did a drop-in in February of 22’ when I moved down to Monmouth County from Northern NJ.

I chose Salus because the community was very welcoming.

2. How has your performance changed since you started at Salus?

Yes, I took a break from CrossFit for a month to try a different fitness approach and although it was good it wasn’t the same results I get with CrossFit.

My overall strength and endurance have improved!

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

Strict HSPUs to a riser. I’m down to one ab mat and feel it in my bones, that full range is right around the corner.

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

Well I’ve lost some weight, gained some muscle…

…and I’m back in my old jeans.

5. How has Salus changed you in other ways?

I’ve been working with Angela to get my nutrition back on track which is inclusive of sleep and stress management and have made progress with all.

It’s helped me keep focus on the things I can control.

6. How do you describe Salus to your friends?

Salus has great programming and one of the best CrossFit communities I’ve encountered through my years of CrossFitting.

7. What keeps you motivated to continue?

It’s my favorite time of day to focus on me.

It makes me feel like a kid again exploring a jungle gym.


8. Favorite lift or WOD?

Deadlift. It’s a basic movement we do everyday, like squatting. It’s empowering to be able to lift heavy weight off the ground.
I don’t know if I have a favorite WOD but I do enjoy Murph.

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Salus?

I would tell a newbie not to be intimidated and to make every effort to try to make it part of their daily routine.

I would tell them to focus on form first, the rest will come in due time.

10. What is your next goal to accomplish?

I would like to become GYMNASTY 🙂.

The beauty of CrossFit is that there’s always something to work on.

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

It would include deadlifts, double unders, pull-ups

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

I don’t know if I have one favorite thing but I would say exploring different areas by foot (walking, hiking or running).

13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?

Is there such a thing as a favorite health dish? My splurge is gluten free pizza or chicken tostadas.

14. If you could be a superhero/animal who/what would you be and why?

I would choose to be an everyday superhero, someone who makes a difference on a daily basis like the folks I work with in the healthcare industry.

If I had to choose an animal I would say a family lion, they are always on the hunt and protecting their family no matter what.

15. Favorite motivational quote?

“Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson