MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CRYSTAL SALAZAR

OUR MEMBER SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK IS CRYSTAL SALAZAR!

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Q: What brought you to CrossFit Paladin in the first place? 

A: MY OLD CROSSFIT PLACE WAS SOLD TO NEW OWNERS.  THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT CROSSFIT AND WERE NOT EVEN CERTIFIED TO COACH.  I KNEW IT WAS MY TIME TO MOVE ON AND FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO GO.

Q: What was your first impression? How has it changed? 

A: I REMEMBER BEING SUPER NERVOUS ABOUT BEING IN A NEW PLACE.  I WAS IN COMPLETE AWE OF ALL THE AMAZING ATHLETES THAT CAME HERE.  AT FIRST, I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I REALLY FIT IN BUT THEN EVERYONE WAS JUST SO NICE AND WELCOMING.  I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH MELISSA’S KNOWLEDGE AND HER COMMITMENT TO MAKE EVERYONE BETTER.  AFTER THAT FIRST WEEK I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT WORKING OUT AND JOINING PALADIN AND KNEW I FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE.

Q: What was one of your first “bright spots”?

A: I’M GOING TO HAVE TO SAY HSPU.  IT TOOK ME FOREVER TO WORK UP ENOUGH COURAGE TO EVEN ATTEMPT TO GET INVERTED.  I HAD THE BIGGEST FEAR OF CRASHING ON MY HEAD OR BREAKING A BONE.

Q: What do you enjoy most about CrossFit Paladin?

A: HANDS DOWN THE PEOPLE.  I FEEL WE ARE ALL THERE FOR THE SAME REASONS AND WE ALL SHARE A PASSION FOR WORKING OUT AND WANTING TO BE BETTER VERSION OF OURSELVES.  IT MAKES COMING HERE FUN AND SOMETHING I LOOK FORWARD TO AFTER WORK.

Q: Favorite CrossFit Movement:

A: POWER CLEANS

Q: Least favorite CrossFit movement:

A: FRONT SQUATS AND RUNNING (JUST CAUSE I’M SO SLOW HA!)

Q: What is going to be your next bright spot? 

A: MAYBE, JUST MAYBE ONE DAY A BAR MUSCLE UP.  FINALLY GOT A JUMPING ONE OFF A BOX AND THAT WAS PRETTY BIG FOR ME.  I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WAS SOMETHING I’D EVER DO AND I HAD ACCEPTED THAT BUT NOW WHO KNOWS MAYBE ONE DAY!

Q: What is your favorite meal after a hard workout?

A: I USUALLY DON’T WANT TO EAT AFTER.  IT TAKES ME A WHILE TO COME DOWN AFTER A HARD WORKOUT.

Q: Tell us about your family:

A: I’VE BEEN MARRIED FOR 23 YEARS TO RICKY AND HAVE TO 2 WONDERFUL BOYS WHO ARE BOTH IN COLLEGE AND MY DOG COCO, SHE’S A BULLY (BREED).  DEVIN WILL BE 21 THIS JUNE AND OF COURSE KALEB.  I LOVE THAT KALEB HAS JOINED PALADIN AND I JUST GET EXCITED WATCHING HIM LEARN AND WORKOUT.  I CAN’T EXPLAIN THE JOY I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SHARE ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE DOING WITH HIM.

Q: What kind of job do you have?

A: I WORK IN THE OFFICE AT BRUCKNER TRUCK SALES.  WE SELL SEMI TRUCKS.  I DO A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING HERE.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I LOVE READING HORROR/SUSPENSE AND MYSTERIES.  I ALSO ENJOY JUST WATCHING TV.  OUR LIVES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GO, GO, GO SO I LOVE BEING ABLE TO JUST SIT AND WATCH A GOOD MOVIE OR OUR SHOWS!!

Q: Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you?

A: N/A

CRYSTAL IS ONE OF THE MEMBERS WHO ISN’T AFRAID TO TRY NEW THINGS. ALWAYS STRIVING TO BE BETTER THAN SHE WAS YESTERDAY. GLAD TO HAVE HER AND HER SON KALEB AS PART OF THE CREW!

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