THE BARBELLS & BANTER CREW
Paul Barrios a.k.a “Pauly B”
I’m originally from Rockville, MD but now reside outside of downtown Frederick in historic New Market.
I grew up playing teams sports such as baseball and soccer. At age 10, I began studying Tae Kwon Do and continued through high school until a competition injury sidelined me. In my 20’s I had a brief stint as a runner and have participated in the Marine Corps Marathon, The Parks Half Marathon, and various other races.
I started doing some CrossFit workouts on my own back in late 2014 while I was at Gold’s Gym. I didn’t know what I was doing and could tell I needed real training. As a result, I was introduced to ODIN CrossFit in Frederick, MD and began my real training there. In late July of 2015, my work schedule changed and I began training at CrossFit Hardshells in Gaithersburg, MD for a period of about six months. I returned to ODIN in early 2016 and have been back there ever since.
I started this podcast as a way to connect with people in the local health & fitness community. I love meeting new and interesting people and learning about their story and how they approach fitness.
Outside of the gym I’m a photographer/videographer, musician, lover of whiskey, MMA fan, and HUGE Orioles fan. I have a wife (Rachel), a ham of a 6 year old (Gavin), and 3 dogs (Chico, Tank, and Aria).
Bob Gawler a.k.a. “Super Bob”
A Rockville, MD original, I graduated in 1991 from The Citadel and ultimately returned to the MoCo locale.
I grew up playing a variety of team sports which morphed into an interest in adventure racing in my 20’s resulting in a literal near-death experience. I found CrossFit, and dabbled in it in 2012, and came back to it for good in 2015. I am a Level 1 CrossFit Coach and certified Spin instructor working on my NASM certification. I train out of CrossFit Hardshells in Gaithersburg, MD which is where I met Paul.
While CrossFit has literally saved my life I have an avid interest in all forms of physical fitness, functional movement, and well-being and harbor fantasies of opening my own athlete training facility in the next five (5) years.
Outside of CrossFit I am a self-employed business consultant, a Ducatisti, have an avid interest in firearms, and enjoy a good bourbon and cigar.
I’m quirky, don’t live under the center of the bell curve and I hope I can make broaden your horizons in physical fitness and functional movements and make you laugh.
Angel Cabrera a.k.a. “Don Taco”
I love the idea of being a well-rounded athlete. When I used to box, there was always something I needed to work on and it is no different with CrossFit. With CrossFit’s definition of fitness being the ability to move your body well, move external objects, and to do both across various lengths of time- I enjoy the challenge of pursuing a well-rounded program. Doing CrossFit also gives you a community of people that encourage and support each other in the journey of self-mastery and that is what keeps me coming back.
It is easy to hop into a gym and workout and not see any results. It is even easier to hop in a gym and not know how to define results. Our self-perception can be like looking at a carnival mirror (we think we are too fit, or we think that we are never going to be fit enough) and we need the help of a coach. I like providing members direction and assistance in the gym. If people can say, ‘I may not be as strong as I want to be, but I am not as weak as I once was.’ that makes me a successful coach.