Members Of The Month: June 2018
Name: Carlos Macias, Crystal Castaneda, Anthony Macias and Alex Macias
Age: Carlos 39. Crystal 34. Anthony 11 Alex 13
Profession: Carlos, shop foreman at Aircraft Specialties Inc. Crystal Bilingual Legal PA, kid’s full time students
Members since: April 2016
How long have you been doing CrossFit and/or Barbell Club?
Carlos and I have done CrossFit for two years now The kids have done Barbell for a year.
Were you scared to start? If so, what motivated you to start?
Carlos wanted a challenge in fitness since he was bored and did not see results just going to the gym and pretty much just doing endless cardio and bro lifting all the time and for me (Crystal) I was honestly mad Carlos signed me up for CrossFit and I was happy just going to the gym. I thought it was so expensive, I thought this was another fitness fad and only fit people did it, I was so negative about it, plus like we were the only Latino members so it was a bit awkward. At first we got so much criticism from friends and family but boy I was so wrong!! That did not bother Carlos vs myself. I was just doing it at first to make Carlos happy and honestly not make him feel bad and supporting him too.
That was all at the beginning though. Carlos was super positive all the time about CrossFit. He was not scared to start and he liked the change and the challenge. I was super annoyed at first and was not motivated at all. Now that has changed, a complete total 360 for me. Within a month I fell in love with CrossFit and was motivated to try my best not only for the challenge, but Carlos had issues with being overweight and I was borderline to be morbidly obese at 245 lbs, super high risk to have diabetes and I was always tired and moody and I can even say mad at myself for letting go so much of my wellbeing and health.
Did you have an athletic background before starting?
I did some beginner surfing in a program the school had for the Boys and Girls club back in California, I got injured and my parents got scared and did not let me continue.
Carlos was very sporty in Mexico he played a lot of street soccer and basketball and I can even say that is one of his hidden talents.
The kids were just begging to start Barbell and we hope that will be a sport they will continue as they become young adults, they love it so we see a big possibility that will be in their future.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since beginning?
My biggest accomplishment has been doing Burpees without a bench, learning all the rad Olympic weight lifting that CrossFit offers and my list is just endless but those two things were the worst for me.
Carlos accomplishment is definitely the handstand pushups and Rx all the workouts basically, CrossFit has brought to us lots of fitness accomplishments and we could not be happier.
What has been the most challenging thing for you?
Double-unders and Snatch are the most challenging for us at the moment.
The kids are still learning a lot but on their end they are always working on clean-and-jerk.
What time do you usually take classes?
The kids do the afternoon barbell classes, Carlos does a lot of the 5 am classes and I’m just a wild card I do evening and morning whatever works for my schedule, sad but true.
Give us three words that describe you.
Carlos: hardworking, honest, positive.
Crystal: direct, responsive, patient.
Alex: positive, cheerful, consistent.
Anthony: goofy, hardworking, practical.
What’s something we may not know about you?
Carlos use to own a nightclub and was and Dj back in the 2003-2008
I use to work in a nursing home as a dietary aide, I also worked in Disneyland back in California in my high school years.
My kids are both in band; Alex plays the French horn and Anthony the baritone.
Anthony is very good at math and Alex has been in honor roll for two years in a row (Excuse the light brag).
What is your favorite activity outside of the gym?
We like to go outdoors and travel to Mexico. We love road trips.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Mine is Caesar salad.
The kids like beef stew
Carlos likes a chipotle salmon I make with romaine salad and we all love guac and salsa.
Healthy foods have been a challenge in my cooking but I’m making efforts to complement our CrossFit training.
What is your favorite “cheat” meal
Tacos and pizza for all of us.
If you could master one skill in the gym that you currently don't have, what would it be?
Move on from singles to double-unders and Carlos also would like to be faster on the double-unders and lift a heavier snatch with proper form.
The kids on the other hand, with barbell I think they always want to better the clean-and-jerk and Snatch movements, I know they don’t like the muscle snatch. For them it’s a difficult movement still.
What's your favorite movement?
Carlos and I like deadlift and the back squat. Rowing for the cardio part.
What's your least favorite movement?
Carlos DU’S and I don’t like box jumps or burpees.
But the good thing about CrossFit is that no matter if you think you can’t do something, your coaches always have your backs and help you conquer those mental blocks (by the way Taylor has the best playlists for workouts). Big motivator for me! The kids enjoy anything that is new to them in Barbell with Coach Seth’s guidance and effort. We are so grateful for his patience all the knowledge he has instilled to our kids. Carlos and I will be forever grateful. Getting a little emotional here but our community does bring out the best of people! Such good people in our CrossFit gym.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about trying CrossFit and/or Barbell Club?
I can list hundreds of reasons, but you are looking at the blog and the Climate page and are here looking at this for a reason. I will be brief and promise you that if you want to see a REAL change in fitness CrossFit is Zero gimmicks. Everything you need in equipment and coaching it is there for you 100 percent. Climate Coaches are all dedicated to the members and will work with you needs and make you successful in your fitness journey the always remind you to eat the water and drink the food (inside joke), ;) No but seriously go for it! Experience CrossFit or Climate Barbell and the community for yourself. I can’t stress enough that health is wealth. We even have our kids, Alex and Anthony, taking Barbell over a year now and they hop into the community workouts too. They also do our challenges such as hero WODs like Murph and that makes us so proud. The cool thing about CrossFit is that in the gym we bond as a family too and if you are a parent you will find this so rewarding, something money cannot buy and it is all included in CrossFit!