Amalia was born in Bogota, Columbia and lived there for most of her life. She is the oldest of three (one brother and one sister) and was very big into family growing up. After High School Amalia went to design school for clothing and soon after met her husband. Through work, Amalia and her husband left Columbia and moved to New York where she spent three years. She has always been into working out but not necessarily sports, she just enjoys being healthy. After a short stint in New York her and her husband moved to Jacksonville FL where she found SoFit Athletics. Amalia primarily speaks spanish but still wanted to join the gym and see what CrossFit was all about.
When you joined the gym, what made you feel comfortable enough after fundamentals to actually be a member, especially one that primarily spoke Spanish?
When I came into the gym for the first time people were very friendly to me. Even though I don't speak much english and most of them don't speak spanish they would still try to help me and would say hi to me. It made me feel comfortable and Ruben and Ryan also worked hard to make me feel comfortable.
What are some things you enjoy doing outside the gym?
I like to go to the beach, restaurants and to travel around. Jacksonville is a very peaceful place and I enjoy the nice weather here compared to New York which was very cold, and people weren't as friendly as they are here.
What's your favorite restaurant?
I like Ruby Tuesday because of the Salad Bar. I like to eat healthy.
Do you have any quotes or phrases of inspiration that you live by?
I am a Christian so I use the Bible to give me strength especially in being away from my family. I really like Philippians 4:13 which says "I can do all things from Christ who gives me strength."
What are some things that you have liked about SoFit Athletics?
I have worked out at a lot of different places and it got so boring riding on a bike or elliptical for an hour and then lifting weights alone. This gym feels like a family and I like the competitiveness in the gym that pushes me. I have a lot of fun when I'm there and it works the entire body. I am sad that I have to leave.
You have been a real inspiration to us. You came in to a new place not speaking the same language a majority of the people in it, but you trusted us to be able to help you. We really appreciate the opportunity to work with you and that you gave to us to help us grow as coaches. We're sad to hear you're moving but only wish the best for you! Do you have anything in closing that you would like to say?
The gym has been one of my favorite places to go and it feels like a family to me. I am really going to miss it and am sad I have to leave. Thank you to everybody for being so friendly and thank you to Ruben and Ryan for working with me!