Athlete Profile

Athlete: Emilio Mascaro

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South East
Body and Soul Miami
CrossFit B & S
185 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad0
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k21:21
Clean & Jerk255 lb
Snatch195 lb
Deadlift450 lb
Back Squat375 lb
Max Pull-ups52


I go into this Open with different expectations than I imagined a year ago. My scores in the 2014 Open placed me 204th in the world for Masters 40-44, just a rep or two out of the top 200 and the Masters Qualifiers (and two reps that I lost because of a judging error). This year, I would be moving up to the 45-49 division, where my 2014 scores would have placed me around 40th in the world. Top 20 go to the Crossfit Games. I had a plan in place to spend the year working, improving, and competing, all with the hopes of making a serious run at Carson this year. Fate, however, had other plans. Shortly after last year’s Open, in April 2014, I tore my left distal bicep tendon. I had surgery within the week and spent the next six months with limited ability to train, although I developed a program to work on everything else I could during this time. By October, the arm was cleared to go, and I began to incorporate it, but had yet another setback with shoulder impingement and a small SLAP tear in the same arm as the surgically repaired bicep. More modifications and more physical therapy. And then, in the week of Thanksgiving, I had GI bleeding, passed out on more than one occasion, and ended up in the hospital for two weeks with what ended up being a GIST tumor in my small intestine. 15 blood transfusions and countless exams later, it was surgically removed, leaving me with a five inch gash through my abdominal muscles and 20 lbs lighter in just 14 days. The next six weeks were spent in pain recovering from the trauma of surgery, and the six weeks since I have returned to exercise. Although I have almost regained all my weight, I am now undergoing treatment to mitigate the chances of the cancer returning, taking a targeted drug daily that is extremely effective yet has side effects which I have already experienced, most notably low blood counts. I went from hemoglobin levels around 17 last year to around 13 presently. As such, I am borderline anemic, and my body is incapable of transporting oxygen to my muscles efficiently as before—not a favorable predicament for a competitive Crossfitter. I simply cannot perform physically as I could before. So the year did not go as planned. Instead of working to improve over the past 10 months, I spent it trying to recover from injuries and, quite frankly, stay alive. Understandably, I am nowhere near the athlete I was a year ago. And, as a result, I have no shot of meeting my original goals. But the Open is much more than a path to the Games. It’s about community. It’s about surprising yourself with what you are capable of. And, for me this year, it is many other things. It’s a celebration of the fact I am alive and I am able to do it. It’s proof that I can overcome. It is about perhaps being an inspiration to others to ignore the excuses and just do it. It is about the odds that I face. I know that in the coming weeks I am going to complete WOD’s I am unhappy with, and I am going to look at the standings knowing full well they do not represent who I am and what I am capable of. But I will fight, and I will persevere. The journey and the battle will define my success. #everydayifight


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I record my workouts

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2-4 years

Started in March 2011