Member Spotlight: Collin Palomares
What’s your name?
Describe your first time trying CrossFit:
The first time I tried Crossfit I accompanied my best friend, Mitch, to a one on one coaching session with Logan. It was the end of February 2017. We did the Baseline test, and it destroyed my very out of shape ass. I couldn’t stand up. I was dizzy. I was babbling like a drunk high school freshman at their first kegger. My body had been completely depleted of the few nutrients you get from fast food. I sat swaying on the floor against the wall like a character from Pirates of the Caribbean (the ride, not the movies) drinking a Kill Cliff while Logan and Mitch went over snatch form. In fact I was so disoriented I thought it would be a terrific idea to continue coming back, and I haven’t been able to stop since.
Before starting CrossFit, when did you know something had to change?
My whole life I’ve been the skinny guy. Bullies made fun of me in school, I felt disregarded by women I was interested in. It compounded and contributed to body dysmorphic disorder, my self-perception became incredibly negative. So I’ve felt a need to change my body pretty much my whole life. I was never consistent, and never saw satisfactory results. There’s also so much info and so many different approaches, it was overwhelming. I did this weight gain regimen the summer of 2016, and finally got somewhere. When the 12 weeks were up though, I totally dropped the ball and just kind of slid into being a couch potato. Emphasis on potato. And couch.
Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.
There are several most memorable moments. Every time I get to challenge a limit I think I have it changes my spirit. So I’ll just describe the first one, the one that really got me hooked. It was Open workout 17.1, my second ever full on CrossFit experience, having taken my first official class three days prior. I figured I would get into the second round of dumbbell snatches and crap out. I had one of our coaches counting for me, Taryn, and she just kept guiding me, instructing me on form, and motivating me to push as we went. Round one passed, round two down, then round three, and into round four time capped me out during the burpee box jump overs. I couldn’t believe it. I gave a huge victory yell and burst into tears. Taryn and I just hugged it out for like five minutes it felt like. I had never felt such simultaneous acceptance of my limitations (I did the workout scaled) and celebration of my achievement. It was one of the single most powerful, affirming, and defining moments of my life. I hope I never forget that what I believe and what I am capable of can be very different things.
Outside the box, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!
I actually got laid off recently! Which has turned out to be amazing, haha! I’m a freelance video editor, and I’m not too bad at it. I really like cutting music oriented material, like music videos and montages. I also have a bunch of experience cutting promo videos.
How has getting in shape changed your professional life?
I’m more confident, I have better self image. I’m becoming more willing to put myself out there for jobs my head tells me I am unqualified for, and probably actually am very qualified for.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join CrossFit:
Well, my self image as I said before. My body dysmorphia has calmed down considerably. I find myself gradually shifting to being more concerned with what I’m capable of than how I look. I’m more comfortable talking to people I’m attracted to, and I don’t believe everyone in the room is thinking about my weight.
When is a time you’ve been able to use CrossFit outside of the box?
Moving furniture and set pieces on shoots. I’m very aware of proper lifting technique. Also, I love dancing and my endurance has improved, allowing me to go harder on the dance floor. #danceeveryday
Who is your most idolized fellow community member?
Hmmmm, tough one. There are a bunch of really awesome people I have come to appreciate and admire in this community. For brevity I’ll just say Kalinga. The man is SO kind and supportive, and he’s a beast. Does he ever get tired?!
What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?
Muscle-ups and double-unders. Oh, and to do the 2019 Open Rx!
What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?
My least favorite moment was during a WOD where I had loaded up the barbell with a weight that I could lift, and yet also knew I wasn’t going to be able to move consistently through the AMRAP. I got really frustrated, and all of the negative thinking took over. I was comparing myself to everyone else in the class, and to anyone I could think of who was stronger than me. I wanted to quit and walk out, and I wanted to storm off without putting my score up. Fortunately I knew that would only make the negativity worse, so I stuck it out. And even though I was incredibly unhappy with my performance, I wrote my score on the board. I felt better about myself on the drive home. I faced the demon and told it to kiss my ass.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
In-N-Out #2 Cheese and ketchup only, animal style fries, 7up no ice, and a chocolate shake.
If you had to describe CrossFit in one sentence:
A fitness philosophy that spawned a positive, inclusive, and motivated community where we can live our best lives, consistently growing past limitations we believed were real.