Angleo Fosco has been a lot of things. A high school math teacher, a volunteer firefighter, a personal trainer – but all of his previous and current jobs have one essential thing in common: they’re all centered around helping others. It’s a drive that has been inside of Angelo all of his life, and it has only grown while being a fitness coach for CrossFit Fringe in Columbia, Missouri during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Angelo has been a fitness coach for CrossFit Fringe for 6 years now. CrossFit Fringe is one of many locations offering the CrossFit style work out that has been popular around the country. It is designed to push your body in multiple ways in a short amount of time – giving you a complete physical workout in just 30 minutes. Angelo says that this is what makes CrossFit unique, but it also stands apart from other gyms because it provides members a sense of community through small group classes.
“The idea is really just to help people,” Fosco said. “[Working out] helps people have better health, better quality of life, help them live longer and have more time with their kids. And the sense of community is just really motivating, it helps people come in and go harder and then go on about their daily lives.”
Angelo says that while the community aspect is so special, it has been hard during the pandemic. All businesses that rely on in person traffic such as bars, restaurants and gyms have been struggling to operate in a safe way during the coronavirus and resulting city ordinances impacting how many people can be in a space at one time. CrossFit Fringe is open and operating somewhat normally, with coaches and attendees keeping a six-foot distance from each other and wearing masks when not actively working out.
“It’s been challenging. But it’s also been good getting back to whatever this new normal is and keeping people healthy. It’s obviously a big thing with COVID-19 with the [pre-existing conditions] like obesity and high blood pressure, so keeping people healthy can prevent them from getting sick.”
Although things look different at CrossFit Fringe, Angelo says he is grateful to be able to continue helping people better their lives and reach their fitness goals.
“I am just happy to continue doing what I am doing in some capacity. That’s ultimately the goal for me is just to keep helping people, as well as all of the staff here at CrossFit Fringe.”
I am over all really happy with this project. I was scrambling for quite a while after my original idea fell through, but the images I got when I was working with Angelo made the struggle worth it. I liked changing it up a little and putting the images in black and white and am happy with the toning even if it was a bit out of my comfort zone. The only critique I have just from my own viewing is I wish the shots had a bit more emotion. The masks and not being able to get close kind of takes away from the element of connection, but I know I am going to have to get used to that though out the semester. I think I did a good job of moving around the space to enhance the element of 5 points of view in order to work around that element. Over all I am happy with the work and am excited to continue photographing through out the semester!