- Meet Cesar Toledo
Cesar is easy to find. You'll spot him at 1 of 3 spots 98% of the time - 1 in bed sleeping, 2 Ossington Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, or 3 the Academy of Lions. He's always carrying a smile and willing to help out community members so we took a few minutes to sit down with him and chat about his work and play.
It's fair to say that you've dedicated your personal and professional life to physical health. What got you started and what drives you today?
I've always wanted to help people. But I didn’t always know exactly how. I knew I wanted to do something in the health science field but it wasn’t until I traveled for 3 months through South America that I decided to put my love for anatomy and physiology together with rehabilitation.
The same thing that drove me as a kid drives me now - I love helping others.
You're a regular at the Academy, what got you into Crossfit?
I've been into fitness since I was young. It started with team sports as a kid and then it became mainly body building and a bit of soccer in my teens and 20’s. When I started working on Ossington I knew I would have to become more familiar with crossfit so I dove in thinking my body building would help. I was very wrong. At first it was quite challenging and frustrating (and it still can be) and I didn't quite get into it right away. When the 2016 Crossfit Open came around I was inspired by Cassandra Batts and Frances Young as well as others at the academy. I saw how bad a** it was and how much heart people were putting into the sport. So I began to work on my weaknesses and towards competing in the next open. In the process I fell in love with the sport.
Both AOL and OCR promote strong and safe form and movements when exercising. What are a couple of movements you commonly notice people have trouble with and why?
I would have to say the Olympic lift - the snatch. It is a very complex movement which requires a great deal of mobility in the upper and lower body. It’s actually a movement that I had to work really hard at improving when I first started and still continue to do so.
What's your favourite movement and why?
Its difficult to choose between the snatch and the muscle up for me. Both are really high level and challenging which is why I love them so much. When I first started Crossfit I would watch some amazing athletes perform these movements effortlessly and I was always drawn to them. I’m not close to doing them effortlessly by any means but with hard work and dedication I have been able to continually improve.
Would you rather be a master salsa dancer, soccer player or Crossfitter?
Great question! As much as I love soccer and salsa dancing, I would have to say I would love to be awesome at Crossfit more than anything. The appeal is how functional it is compared to the other 2 activities. Crossfit can help keep me healthy in so many different ways and keep me active my entire life, and thats the plan - Life long functional fitness.