Guido Trinidad, 2012 CrossFit Games Final, Farmer's Carry

Guido Trinidad: Athlete’s New Testament Profile

Originally published June, 2013, as part of The Athlete's New Testament, which can be purchased via the Faith Rx'd Store. Guido owns and coaches at Peak360 CrossFit in Miami, co-founded and programs the Wodapalooza fitness festival, and is the Head Coach of Faith Rx'd Iron Sharpens Iron weekend training events.

I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of nine, but I drifted quite a bit in high school. My mom was a single parent trying to raise two boys on her own and with no father figure in the house I began to rebel at an early age. By 15 I was involved with a lot of things that led me astray from God: the wrong crowd, illegal substances, and activities that we all hope our children never get involved in.

Soon I was in a downward spiral-my dreams of playing college football were disappearing and my relationship with my mother was deteriorating. Something had to change. A love for football motivated me to get my act together, but I needed more than motivation. I needed direction. I re-established a relationship with God by the age of 17 and made a 180-degree change for the better. Grades went up, I became captain of my football team and earned a scholarship to play football at Benedictine College.

God has always played a role in my preparation and performance in sports. In college I started praying before every workout and every practice, including things like “I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to you, that this may be my spiritual act of worship” based on Romans 12:1. Praying like this helps me put things into perspective quickly, and reminds me I have a purpose in my life, my training, and my competition: to glorify God. Living and competing for any other purpose will eventually seem empty.

As a competitive CrossFit athlete, the lifestyle is challenging and I am more dependent on God than ever. In competition there have been several instances, specifically at the 2012 Regionals where my relationship with God carried me through the competition. I remember praying several Bible verses to keep me focused.

Everyday presents a different struggle. Whether it’s a lack of motivation to train, a business deal gone wrong, a misunderstanding at home, or a nagging injury, there will always be obstacles and adversities. But I believe God allows these things into our lives for a reason. Our job is to create the opportunity out of the obstacle and to let the adversity build us up. I still have my ups and downs, in CrossFit and in life, but I try to keep Christ at the center of it all and I praise Him for saving me.

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