"Ruben Lazos"

Hometown:  Coachella, CA

Occupation:  Bartender

When did you first start CrossFit?  About 5 years ago

What is your favorite exercise?  There’s so many, but to narrow it down I’d have to say push press.

What is your least favorite exercise? Any lunge variation.

What is your sports / fitness background?  Weights, Football, Wrestling, Martial Arts, and now CrossFit.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  A friend referred me to a box when I said traditional weight lifting was getting a bit boring.

Describe your first WOD. Were you scared? Excited? How did you feel after you were done?  Very intimidated but excited that’d I’d someday be able to do these sexy-ass movements.

When did you know something had to change before you joined Desert CrossFit?  When I no longer had any excitement to walk into a weight room, especially always having to wait on a machine, or even free weights.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?  My kids don’t wear me out, I can keep up with them all day! My clothes fit better and it’s nice to hear compliments, especially from people I don’t get to see very often.

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join Desert CrossFit.  My kids know that fitness and nutrition are part of our everyday life. I think it’s pretty cool that the box is their playground.

Can you describe your most memorable Desert CrossFit experience for us?  Every time I compete and think about all the work I’ve put in to prepare and now it’s time to put it all out there with everyone else that’s waiting for the clock to start.

When have you used CrossFit outside the box?  Whenever I’m not able to make it to the box, I go in my garage, put together a WOD and get busy.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I enjoy playing golf, but by no means can I call myself a golfer.

What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next year?  I want to get an unassisted bar muscle up and drop 20-30lbs.

What are some of your favorite cheat meals and why?  Double bacon cheeseburgers,because they’re so damn good!!!

Any advice for people just getting started?  Understand that every single person that does CrossFit also had a first day. Don’t worry about the reps, or the amount of weight you put up. Get the techniques down first and foremost. PRs and bigger weight will come with time.