April Athlete Spotlight: Andrew Giuffrida


Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc).

Although I was born in the US (Los Angeles, CA), I grew up in Argentina. Like most Argentinians, I drink mate, love to BBQ and am a die-hard Messi fan. On The family front, my wife, Kelly and I, have two babies under two (Luciano -2 and Simona-1). Aside from the joys and chaos of keeping two toddlers alive, we love binge watching our favorite shows: Peaky Blinders, Billions, Catastrophe…just to name a few.

My favorite book: Harry Potter


My favorite local restaurant: We don’t get out much (baby restrictions) – we love the Zebra Striped Whale for family ice-cream outings.


Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you: I’m 100% deaf and use a cochlear implant to hear. I had a bad infection as a baby and lost my hearing due to that. I also played semi pro and D1 collegiate tennis (UNLV)


How I was introduced to CrossFit:  My son goes to school with Matt’s son, Caden. My wife bought me a month pass for Christmas.


My fitness routine before CrossFit:  Carrying two babies all day long.


My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:   I loved it even though I couldn’t walk for days… (thanks to Coach Matt)


My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:  Not having to call 911!


My favorite WOD is:  Filthy Fifty!


My Favorite Lift is:  Deadlift


My next goal is:  Master the Handstand Push Up


How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

Prior to CrossFit, I was struggling to adjust to life with two babies and living on the East Coast. I went from working out outside in the sunshine every day to nothing for nearly three years. I felt like I had lost a part of who I was. CrossFit has allowed me to be part of a community while also finding myself again. I feel amazing after every work out. I told my wife CrossFit is like magic. She agrees and has even said it’s helped our relationship too!


What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:

The support I get from coaches and other members. I also love the intensity level. It’s a completely different experience than going to the gym.


What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:  Do not push yourself too hard. Make sure you take your time and are patient so you don’t get hurt. It’s not about competing. It’s all about improving your skills and setting goals.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?  Cut the carbs and sugar. It will help a lot!

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