CrossFit athletes share battles with COVID-19

Published August 20, 2020, 3:49 PM

by Gabriela Baron

The 2020 CrossFit Games are at risk of cancellation due to the surging cases of coronavirus cases. (CrossFit Games Images)

CrossFit athletes who recovered from COVID-19 shared their personal battles against the coronavirus and their road to recovery.

A potentially extended recovery can be frustrating for anyone seeking a return to full health normal activity, especially for athletes who are facing challenges of regaining lot fitness after inactivity-induced detraining that occurs during an illness.

However, for long-time CrossFit athlete Darryl Chajon, three months is all it took to feel like his normal self again, after he came “incredibly close to dying” from COVID-19 in March.

The 47-year-old spent six days in the intensive care unit (ICU) in April, where he was placed on a ventilator and underwent dialysis as his kidneys started to fail.

When he was released from the hospital, Chajon said he was “weak and had lost 30 pounds,” but four months later, Chajon had gone back to following CompTrain programming and gained all his weight back.

Suzi Cancar, from Cleveland, Ohio, said she finally eased back into regular CrossFit training after testing positive for COVID-19 in May.

“It took a solid month of going back to consistent CrossFit workouts before I felt comfortable with myself, mentally, and physically,” Cancar told Morning Chalk Up.

Athlete Claire Cochran, who was “completely healthy” and has no health history when she tested positive in June, is now back to normal, although she is still missing her sense of smell and taste.

Noe and Maria Longoria, a couple who likewise tested positive for COVID-19 in June, have now returned to the gym.

“[We] are both back (at the gym) and we feel incredible through each workout. Nothing lingering,” Noe said.

“I believe our immune system was working on our behalf,” he added, crediting their fast recovery to the health and fitness level CrossFit helped them achieve.