In the heart of the Salus fitness community, we often encounter remarkable individuals whose dedication and progress inspire us all. This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Leo, a dedicated 6am-er who has been on an extraordinary journey since joining Salus in November 2022.
“From his first day in on ramp busting out handstand push-ups, Leo continues to be a force to be reckoned with. He gives 110% on every workout but still is smart in listening to his body when he needs to scale back. His extra work in open gym, consistency and hard work are definitely paying off!!” ~Coach Alicia
“Leo is a very hard worker, he enjoys getting feedback to help him with his form. He prefers to work smarter, not harder.” ~Coach Gino
“Leo has shown up eager and ready to train from his first WOD with us! When he started he had amazing bodyweight strength but he has really been consistent in showing up to class and is starting to master the Olympic lifts as well! Leo’s gymnastics are so strong, often working on strict movements. I have also noticed he has been showing up to Open gym on the weekends and working hard on his own. I love having Leo in 6am class and love that he has brought his daughter on board, too!!” ~Coach Melissa
Throughout his time at Salus, Leo has since made remarkable progress on his fitness journey. Take a moment to meet Leo:
Meet Leo Brito, Athlete of the Month for September 2023
1. When and why did you start at Salus?
I started at Salus in November 2022. I’ve been into fitness for about 30 years, but I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to try something different.
2. How has your performance changed since you started at Salus?
Amazing! I have been exercising for a long time, but the new movements that I have learned since I joined have been nothing short of incredible. Muscle Ups, Pistol, toes to bar, wall balls, etc.
3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
Definitely, Muscle Ups and Pistols are two exercises I couldn’t do before joining Salus.
4. How has your body physically changed since you started?
I’m actually exercising less than I used to, but my body feels stronger and looks leaner. It’s been a noticeable transformation.
5. How has Salus changed you in other ways?
Mental focus has been the biggest change. Training your brain to do new things at my age is not an easy task, but it’s been a rewarding experience.
6. How do you describe Salus to your friends?
I tell them it’s a place of instruction, community, and care. It’s more than just a gym; it’s a supportive and motivating environment.
7. What keeps you motivated to continue? What’s your “why”?
I am pretty driven individual and the fact that every workout feels like a new challenge keeps me going. Sometimes I look at the workouts before going to bed and I get excited even though they may look out my league.
8. Favorite lift or WOD?
The Murph!!! Been doing it for a few years, and it’s a tough but rewarding workout.
9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Salus?
Patience! it will come!! I have been able to learn so many movements in 10 months, so don’t be discouraged if it takes time.
10. What is your next goal to accomplish?
I need to master double-unders and get stronger in all the bar movements. That’s my next challenge.
11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?
1 min Bike
5 Muscle ups
1 min Bike
12. Favorite thing to do for fun?
This is my fun!!! I love working out and challenging myself.
13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?
For healthy, it’s baked sea bass and rice. As for splurge, it’s definitely pizza!
14. If you could be a animal what would you be and why?
I’d be a lion because it represents pride.
15. Favorite motivational/Inspirational quote?
“Be the best human you can be.”
16. Interesting fact not many people know about you.
Nothing of note, what you see is what you get! 🙂
Leo’s dedication and progress at Salus are truly inspiring, reminding us that it’s never too late to embark on a new fitness journey and achieve remarkable results. Congratulations to Leo for being our Athlete of the Month for September! Keep up the fantastic work!