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July 12, 2009

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“The way I feel now, I can’t freakin’ believe I’m 70 years old,” says Jacinto Bonilla, the much-beloved Level 2 trainer at CrossFit New York in the second part of our profile from Again Faster.

Jacinto is a retired radiographer who saw many X-rays of older patients with hip problems. He’s always been active and decided to keep up his fitness level to avoid ending up in a nursing home himself. Jacinto began by training friends and colleagues for just fifty dollars a month (and some came every day).

Jacinto found that starting a CrossFit program helped him recover from an injury and eliminate backaches. He is seen bounding up stairs, doing box jumps and training clients.

Jacinto competed in the 2008 CrossFit Games just a few months after operations for prostate cancer and a hernia. He was also at this year’s Northeast Regional Qualifier. “I had no illusions I was going to beat any 30-year-old kid,” Jacinto says. He just wanted to do the workouts and help motivate others.

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18 Comments on “The Inspirational Trainer, Part 2 ”


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The guy is a freakin inspiration. I'm 27 now and I can only wish and hope that I maintain what I am capable of doing now and be able to be where he is at when I'm his age.


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Mr. Bonilla,

You and your wife are certainly inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story, and I hope you become a regular contributor to the journal.


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I belive that Mr. Bonilla shows the 11th criterion for fitness, mental fitness!
He is a great example of the 3d dimension coach talks about.
He is an inspiration and a great role model, just to show how excellence works.
All you need is the passion and people will see it, it got all the way here to Israel.


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Jacinto, you are even more my hero than you were before!

I hope I have the pleasure of meeting you in the near future - what a story!


Allison Bojarski wrote …

Thanks to the makers of these videos for reminding me of why I love Jacinto so much.

I get to work with him 5 days a week at the Black Box and seeing him is always one of the highlights of my day.


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Jacinto, God Bless You. You are a display of human perserverance for the quality of life. I also see that your wife may in some way have influence and moral support for your way of life. As they say "behind a great man is a great woman". I am the owner of Functional Edge CrossFit Staten Island... and I only hope to ever have just one member like you walk through my doors. Your truly an inspiration.


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Such an inspiration !


wrote …

Great set of vids! Jacinto is the man. nuff' said.


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Jacinto "Gracias" !!!!


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I am fifty two now and I want to by like Jacinto when I grow up too!!!


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Hitting 40 and finding Crossfit for the first time. I look forward to 30+ years of it and being as awesome as Jacinto. I have met Jacinto and he is a special and inspirational person. Keep on.


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It's an honor to know Jacinto. I don't want to be like Jacinto when I grow up, I want to be like Jacinto TODAY. He is a testament to eating well and vigorously exercising. If I could be in half the shape of Jacinto when I'm 70, I would be happy, but knowing Jacinto, he would encourage me to be at my best until I am 99 and beyond.


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You truly are a warrior, Jacinto.
You continue to inspire.
Thank you for sharing your story.


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Thank you, Jacinto, for sharing such personal information with us. Truly inspirational and motivating. Keep it up!


Rob Barrese wrote …

I truly hope this comment reaches Jacinto.
I am 32 and I've been riddled on and off with injuries. I can relate to the frustration and more importantly the agitation of one thing after another.
Specifically, I write because I had 2 hernias back to back and it took years to really get my confidence back. If you do not know this already, let me say, breath right, ease into strength components and slowly that pain and discomfort will disappear. Sometimes after a really difficult WOD or intense core some soreness would still happen.
I admire your attitude and I do my best to uphold the same. I simply try to believe that some injuries or issues (hernia, prostate, ect.) are highly genetic and we’re damned if we do damned if we don’t. Keep on keep’n on man and let those issues sort themselves out. My very best to you.

…. When I grow up I want to be like Jacinto!


wrote …

Jacinto, you are the staple of Crossfit for a generation that needs an eye opener. I hope this video is circulated throughout communities and Crossfit affiliates. People, take a page out of this man's book, he is an inspiration and a hero. Jacinto, never stop believing and competiting, not that you would, you are masterful. I hope to meet you one day, maybe we both will qualify for the 2010 games. ..3...2...1.. WIN!


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Mr. Bonilla, You kill ass! Your story is an inspiration to us all, regardless of age or circumstances. Thank you so much for sharing your story! Best of luck to you!


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Jacinto, this is wonderful and you are not alone. All of you should also know that Ted Lyons, Dad to Mike Lyons did the first CF Masters group WOD in 9 minutes and he is 77. His video is located at along with some video of fellas doing a 4:41 and a 7 minute set. Clearly, we are all breaking new ground here. Thanks for the inspiration.

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