Another Stellar Transformation
Oct24

Another Stellar Transformation

Carolyn Ybarra Hi. My name is Carolyn and I am a very happy 46 year old, married for 23 years, Mom of 4 daughters. My life is and always has been full of activity and adventures. I’ve always been a fairly outgoing person, and in my high school years, I would consider myself an athlete. Growing up, I was a cheerleader, dancer, actress, singer and a highly competitive baton twirler for 12 years. I had the honor of winning Miss Majorette of America, at the University of Notre Dame in !984 and in 1987, I was chosen to lead the rose Parade with the official tournament of Roses band. After getting married and having my children, I spent my time as a stay-at-home Mom, raising my daughters while my husband worked as a firefighter and eventually a Captain for our State Fire Department. I struggled with my weight, as any normal overwhelmed Mom of 4 daughters would. I tried every diet known to man, with an occasional attempt at exercise. None of it ever had a lasting effect. I finally decided enough was enough and decided to train for a half marathon in 2009. As the world’s biggest Disney fan, I was excited that it was going to be at Disneyland. I trained hard, and though a turtle could run faster than I can, I crossed that finish line with a smile on my face and a face full of tears. 3 months later, I was blindsided by a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Like many, I had no idea what MS was, but I knew Annette Funicello had it, and she was in a wheel chair. I soon learned that the biggest thing about MS is the unknown. It is a nerve disease, where your body attacks itself by eating away at the covering of your nerves. This causes a lot of pain, not to mention problems. The other thing is fatigue. It is unexplainable and debilitating. Since 2009, I have suffered from nerve pain, severe fatigue, loss of vision, numbness in my arms and legs, and a whole host of other issues. Oddly enough……the one that bothered me the most, was the 70+ pound weight gain. Through my own efforts, I was able to lose 20-30 pounds, by dieting and hitting the gym for at least 3 hours a day. But i could never break through and actually get back to where I wanted to be. On February 10, 2014, I made a decision that absolutely changed my life. I had heard about “Crossfit”, but I always thought “that is for other people. people that are not me.”...

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Stellar Trasformation
Oct24

Stellar Trasformation

I started losing weight in January of this year. I lost about 8 pounds in 2 weeks but then stalled. I knew I had to start exercising but I just didn’t know what to do. I had been to a few gyms and I used to either do a class or go on the treadmill for awhile, do a few other machines and call it a day. I saw that a friend had gone to a Crossfit gym so I asked her about it. She said to contact Serena, the owner of Stellar Crossfit. Before calling Serena, I asked some people about Crossfit and read about it online. Everyone was in agreement about how intense it was, how it was only for athletes and I began to think it was probably not for me. I called Serena anyway, and she immediately put me at ease. I told her how scared I was about the intensity and she assured me that they didn’t believe in pushing anyone to the point of injury and that they would scale everything according to my fitness level. So I went to my first class feeling nervous, scared and excited. Meeting Serena in person absolutely put my nerves at ease. She was so welcoming and just exuded positivity. My first workout- which I will never forget- was 3 rounds of 10 push ups, 10 squats, and 10 pull-ups. It took me about 17 minutes to complete it (This is now a warm up for me and I can do it in about a third of that time) I did not think that I would get through it . But I did, with Serena’s constant encouragement throughout the workout. She never left my side. I went home and figured that if I could get through one workout, I could get through another one, especially with a trainer like Serena. I signed up for 2 months, thinking after two months I would just go to a regular gym. 7 months later, I cannot see myself going to a regular gym. I started going to the 5 am class and I cannot express the amount of encouragement, love and support that I received from Serena, her husband, Moss and everyone at Stellar Crossfit. They got me through workouts that I did not believe I could ever finish. I remember doing a workout that involved running and I was the last one coming in- I finally got to the entrance of the gym, only to find that everyone was at the door and they were all about to come and finish my run with me. I never felt bad...

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Hand Care
Oct19

Hand Care

Hand Care Tips SO you’ve been at this a few months making huge gains,but with that comes the burden of rough calluses or worse, HAND TEARS!! Ripping your hands is not cool, and does not need to happen. Hand rips can take a while to heel, are painful, annoying and may prevent you from training to you full capacity for a while. Here are a few tips to help you keep from tearing: Hand care 101 Step one: Get a Foot razor and a pumice at your Walgreens, CVS or RiteAide . Step two: After a shower, first shave the callouses on your hands gently. No need to do this for time. Be careful not to over do it. Step three: Use soap and a pumice stone to smooth them out. Step four: Have nice and smooth hands that rip less and interrupt training less. No excuses, take care of your hands. If your hands are still excessively tender, consider buying gymnastics straps (Rogue). We do not recommend any other type of glove as they can cause a loss of grip the the bar. In the case you do tear, bag balm or PrepH helps cut healing time...

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World-Class Fitness in 100 Words
Jan01

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds,
 some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep 
intake to levels that will support exercise but
 not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Dead lift, clean,
squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly,
master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups,
dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to
handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.
Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements 
in as many combinations and patterns 
as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy.
 Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. (courtesy of CrossFit Journal Article “What is...

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Merry Fitness from Stellar CrossFit!
Dec25

Merry Fitness from Stellar CrossFit!

We hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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Stoked on Stellar!
Dec16

Stoked on Stellar!

Stellar Crossfit will soon be Big Bear’s premium Crossfit gym, offering classes for all ages and athletic abilities. See you soon!  

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