Luis Benitez


Luis was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lived there until Middle School, when he moved to the States. Growing up on the island, he was always active, whether running around in the mountains or frolicking at the beach. He has always had a passion for fitness, as a child he would draw family members with bulging biceps (even grandma). At 14, his parents bought him his first weight set and from that day on he became what you might call a “gym rat”. His passion/addiction for fitness had him try all kinds of fitness programs and while enjoyable at first, they never kept his interest. In 2012, while watching ESPN, he stumbled upon a competition that would crown the fittest man/woman alive, and from there on, he would read and watch videos on anything CrossFit related. Unfortunately, injuries and misdiagnosis would keep him away from trying CrossFit until 2014.

After researching a few local CrossFit boxes, Luis and his wife Anmarie choose to join Manta Ray. What brought him to CMR were Coach Chris, Coach Sebastian, and the CMR family. We can say Luis has been home grown at CMR and hopes to continue his life as a Crossfitter at CMR. Currently, Luis has a new problem, he is totally addicted to CrossFit and everything CrossFit related. CrossFit has provide Luis with things he loves: fitness, loud music, and sneakers. In Sept 2014, Luis completed his CF-L1 Trainer certification and he’s excited to help others learn and love the CrossFit methodology while reaching their fitness goals.

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Favorite Movie: Friday

Favorite Athlete: Chris Spealler

Favorite Exercise: Pull ups

Least Favorite Exercise: Thrusters

Favorite Quote: “Do not “Love the life you live. Live the life you love”

”Bob Marley