Athlete of the Month – Eddie Alvarenga

Eddie brings a presence to the gym that can’t be missed. He shows up, puts in the work and doesn’t complain, all while being an inspiration to others. When Eddie misses a class, the first question everyone asks is “Where’s Eddie?

Eddie started out in CrossFit, but quickly found his love for lifting weights and transitioned seamlessly into Hank’s Powerhouse. Eddie quickly settled in and became a positive role model for all the lifters and members of CF6S and Hank’s Powerhouse. Last year, he competed in 3 powerlifting competitions! His first one was full of PRs and success. An aggressive weight cut for his second meet had him tired and not his usual self, and unfortunately, he ended up missing all his squats. Typically, this would rattle any competitive powerlifter, but Eddie held his head high, learnt from this experience and came back to training with even more motivation and determination. He went into his third meet seeking redemption and this is exactly what he got! He hit competition PRs in all his lifts and made 8/9 lifts – talk about a comeback!

In training, Eddie is always supportive of his fellow members and pushes them to succeed. As Eddie slings big weights in the gym, the bar is always bending. This may seem intimidating to others, but don’t be fooled, Eddie is as kind as he is strong.

We are so lucky to have Eddie at CF6S and we’re all looking forward to many more memories, PRs and competitions together!

Tell us about yourself.
I am 39 years old and a father of two: my daughters Lillian age 7 and Meredith age 3. I work full time for Loblaws, in the meat department, at the Maple Leaf Gardens location. I have a background in Karate and Pro Wrestling.

What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?
I had never done a back squat or deadlift before joining Crossfit6S.

How long have you been doing Powerlifting at CrossFit 6S?
I have been doing Powerlifting now for a year and 4 months.

Why did you start Powerlifting?
I never planned on starting Powerlifting – CrossFit led me to it. I discovered I was better at lifting then I was doing WODs or AMRAPs.

What are your goals?
My goals are to get stronger and to compete at a national level in Powerlifting.

What’s your favorite music to workout to?
Heavy metal or hard rock.

What impact has Hank’s Powerhouse and CF6S had on your life inside and outside the gym?
With my wife Anne passing away last January, the biggest impact both inside and outside the gym is that both have helped keep me strong. Not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. It has helped me believe in myself after not being sure if I can go on in life without her.

Other than Powerlifting, what do you do for fun?
Karaoke night for one. I’m also a big board gaming geek and a big fan of the Ontario Indy wrestling scene which I always go to see with me sister Mary.

Who inspires you?
My wife Anne.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Reddish green. I would be something impossible made possible.

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“​Has Hank’s Powerhouse gotten here yet? One them left their hat behind at the last bar.”

What was your favorite TV show growing up? Why?
Threes Company. John Ritter was king of physical comedy.

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can have a conversation with myself as Beavis and Butthead.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
​Super speed.

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