Meet Jessica (Luna) Torres, and join us in congratulating her on being the Nela Athletics Athlete of the Month. We are thrilled to recognize Jessica during the month of October. She has been working incredibly hard and has been consistent with her workouts and improve her diet - so much so that she lost 20 pounds in the last few months. We are very proud of her efforts and dedication, so take some time to congratulate Jessica the next time you see her at the box! Keep up the hard work, Jess! 

Tell us about yourself.

First of all, I am honored and humbled that I was chosen to be the AOTM. I am happy that my hard work and consistency is being acknowledged. Thank You! 

My name is Jessica Luna, soon to be Mrs. Torres. I am 33-years-old and was born and raised in Blythe, California. I attended Palo Verde College and obtained my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Soon after, I began working for a Men’s State Prison for a year and a half in the records department. In the Summer of 2006, I had to make a choice between pursuing my career as a Correctional Officer or moving to The Valley to attend California State University Northridge, to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree. I decided to leave my small town, where the population is approximately 20,000 people. 

Although leaving my family behind was not an easy decision, I found courage, because I wanted to challenge myself. I remember the drive to campus being eternal. I had to move into my dorm by myself on my 23rd birthday. The first couple of months were rough. Adjusting to the “city lifestyle” was not easy. I would constantly get lost trying to find my way around, I did not have any family nearby, and people were different from what I was used to. After a year, I finally adjusted and was trying to juggle between being a full-time student and full-time employee. Balancing both was tough, so I decided to put school on hold. 

Moving away from my family and friends was really challenging, but I don’t regret my decision because many great things have happened to me. I’ve grown so much and I also met the love of my life, Bryan.

What do you do for work?

I have my Emergency Medical Technician license. I work part-time at Playboy Enterprises as a floor manager. I am a full-time student at The Los Angeles Film School, where I am pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Entertainment Business. I will be graduating January 2017.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I like to go camping. I like to Karaoke. I also enjoy ATV riding, swimming, and taking long naps.  

I love to binge watch my favorite shows while having my favorite drink - a cold Michelada! But, what I enjoy the most is spending quality time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite food? What is your favorite junk food?

My favorite foods include: Thai food, Sushi and Mexican food. 

I am also open to trying anything new. I am a foodie! 

My favorite junk foods are popcorn, flaming hot cheetos, munchies and all of the above. Although, I do not have much of a sweet tooth.  

Which movement is your favorite/least favorite?

My favorite movements are hang power cleans, deadlifts and double unders. 

My least favorite movements include, burpees, HSPU, and I HATE those dirty snatches.   

How long have you been doing CrossFit? What got you started?

Bryan introduced and encouraged me to start doing CrossFit in 2012. We became members at CrossFit Chatsworth that year, and we did a couple competitions together. My favorite one was Battle of the Boxes at the LA Fit Expo. In 2014, we moved to Pasadena. We tried a couple of gyms, but they just didn’t satisfy our needs. We then came across CFER and fell in love with the environment, the coaches, and how welcoming everyone was. 

Do you have a favorite CFER memory?

What comes to mind is the first time I climbed the rope and I had the best cheerleaders cheering me on: Vanessa and Noreida. 

There was another time when I was chatting and laughing away and I was not paying attention to Coach MJ while he was explaining the WOD. During the WOD I asked Vanessa if we were supposed to rest and she told me, “Just to keep running.” Well… I did! I was the only one running while everyone was resting. I was so excited because I thought I was moving faster than the guys and that is unusual. When I returned everyone was laughing and MJ asked if I was doing my own WOD. I learned my lesson and now I make sure I pay extra attention.   

What motivates you?

My health is my primary motivation, and I have a group of motivators. Bryan always encourages me to push harder. Noreida always makes me add weight to my bar when I can barely lift it. 

Nicole loves to remind me that my wedding is around the corner.

Vanessa bullies me when there is running in our WOD. Thank you ladies. 

Do you have a favorite quote?

“If you can’t fly then run, If you can’t run then walk, If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” -MLK