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Meet Carlos Vargas of CrossFit Escudo in Chula Vista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Vargas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Carlos. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Living an active lifestyle has been a way of life for us. We wanted to open the doors to the South SanDiego / Chula Vista community to a place where they could be a better version of themselves through fitness.

We were on a road trip the summer of 2013, when we just decided we wanted to open a CrossFit gym. Five months after blurting it out loud while I was driving, we were opening our doors to our first clients.

Three and a half years later (almost four), lots of sweat, hard work, dedication, and love for our community, if we have been able to positively change only one life, through fitness, we have reached what we set out to do.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The cliché phrase, “if it were easy everyone would do it,” really applies here. It has not been easy, but I do not think we would have it any other way. If I am not in the habit of complaining about “first world issues”, but if I had to pick one thing is making time for ourselves. We give in into our community with all of our energy, but it is important to keep our family’s needs in perspective. The everyday struggle of balancing the gym (business), my job, and most importantly my family, has probably the most challenging aspect so far.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a family owned fitness gym. We provide CrossFit classes, boot-camp style classes, personal training, and nutrition guidance for people of all walks of life. We specialize in providing our very diverse community with a welcoming and energizing environment where they can become better version of themselves, through fitness. We are best known for our top of the line coaching staff, who not only guide our community through an exercise protocol, but also educate them as to the “why” we do what we do. We feel that the 60-90 minutes that our athletes spend in the gym is only a slither of their overall daily activities. So, if we can educate them into making better choices outside of the gym, it will make their journey so much more pleasant and worthwhile.

What were you like growing up?
I was, and continue to be, a very active “kid.” I played all sorts of sports, from Tae Kwon Do and swimming, to basketball and cross country, and I was a three sport letterman for three years in high-school. I was also very active in my community through school and church functions working on mission trips and volunteering in community kitchens.

I am originally from South Texas, so I spent a lot of time in the ocean and working in my uncle’s cattle ranch. I worked in a small breakfast/coffee shop bussing and waiting tables, so I have been juggling an active and busy lifestyle since I was young.

Overall, my interest have always been around sports and a very active outdoor lifestyle.

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