Meet: Christian Rojas

Tell us a little bit about yourself...
My Name is Chris. I also go by Brandon, usually by those close to me. I am 27 years old and grew up in the lower Rio Grande Valley. I moved to San Antonio, Texas for schooling and have stayed ever since. I received my Bachelors of Science in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology. I worked with the Woman Infant and Children Program for 2 years. There I learned about nutrition and helped the community, which has helped me in my fitness journey. I have always been fond of both health and wealth. I recently switched up my career path and am now in the business world, where I work for a consulting firm.
 
 
What is something about you that we might be surprised to know?

I know the red haired throws people off (haha), but I am Hispanic and bilingual. I'm fluent in Spanish. I used to make music as a past time during my college career. I still have a few songs via Soundcloud, lol. I occasionally find a beat or play guitar when I have time. I like to travel and take photos and have been trying to get into some minor video editing. I have been very fortunate to travel around the world and to say I have been to 11 different countries. Fish on!

What inspired you to begin your fitness journey?

My fitness journey has been a long one. I am sure as most of us go through this; we get focused, then life happens. However I have always been fond of taking care of one’s own health. I really began to get into the fitness aspect around 16, which is when I started weight lifting. It derived from hearing about bodybuilding and from hearing about fitness trainers, etc... I grew up watching a bunch of old school action movies; everyone was always fit. Aside from that, I was always on the thin side and wanted to gain muscle mass. I was tired of being the scrawny kid with no definition. Over the course of my summers when I was in my last years of middle school, I figured this was my time to get into shape before entering high school. I stayed active by riding a bmx bike with friends. We’d ride around the city all day and at night I would do 100 pushups and 100 sit ups. I was determined to have a “6 pack.” Fast forward to the college years, I was lucky to have roommates who were into fitness as well, a power lifter and a cheerleader, so we’d all hit the rec together and motivate each other. I was able to get where I wanted during those days. Once I graduated and got older I noticed it was harder to do, but not impossible. I slacked and lost my momentum. However, recently that has changed. I have been able to re-focus and head in the direction I want to be. I had gained some weight. My self esteem wasn’t the best, nor did I have the best confidence. During these times of quarantine, it gave me time to reflect upon this. I had to push myself and tell myself that if this isn’t where I wanted to be, it was time for change. No one was in the way but myself, something I had control over, so I decided to stop with the excuses and make my move.

"The way I stay motivated is by setting new goals, trying to better technique and trying new workouts and challenges. I also take time to reflect on all the hard work and sacrifice that has been put in and ask myself if I want to throw it away."

Has your motivation changed? If so, what continues to motivate you to move forward?
My motivation has changed. It’s difficult at first, then once you start seeing your hard work pay off, the big motivation comes in, you get excited, you feel a good about yourself and don’t want it to stop, so you keep going. The way I stay motivated is by setting new goals, trying to better technique and trying new workouts and challenges. I also take time to reflect on all the hard work and sacrifice that has been put in and ask myself if I want to throw it away. It makes it difficult to stop. I also reward myself and keep a token around that reminds me of it all.

What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of prioritizing your health?The best thing that has happened since prioritizing my health is that I have gained my self esteem and confidence back. It's a great feeling to be comfortable with yourself, whatever your goals may be. It’s like a chain reaction, look good, feel good. It gives you positivity and energy. Something I try and do everyday is stay positive and spread the good vibes!

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
I would tell myself everything will fall into place and to enjoy life. Start investing.

"Something I try and do everyday is stay positive and spread the good vibes!"

How do you fit exercise into your schedule?
I am lucky to be working from home at this time, so the workouts aren’t too hard to fit in. Usually it’s right after work. Pro tip: don’t sit on the couch when you get home. Get dressed and get going. I usually would be working out at a gym, however, I have been doing my workouts at home. Usually at minimum, 3 times a week. Where there is will there is a way!

What is your favorite way to exercise?
Typically it’s with free weight, isolating muscle groups different days. However, since I’have been doing at home workouts, it has consisted of full body workouts, HIIT, Boxing and cycling, I am waiting on some weights to come in to keep mixing it up.

If money was no object, what would your ideal day look like?
I would start the day with an awesome brunch, get that workout in, call up my closest friends and family, fly them all out to anywhere they’d want to go (private jets of course) and enjoy the vacay...Live life to fullest! I’d also find time in the day to find businesses to invest in and help out the community.
 
What is your favorite meal, healthy or not so healthy?

This one is a tough one for a semi foodie, haha. I guess I’d have to say a nice steak - filet mignon - or a nice marbled ribeye with potatoes and some caramelized veggies, sushi and poke bowls! If I want to be extra bad, a chocolate brownie a la mode for dessert. Burgers and Wings are always on the list, too!

What is on your fitness playlist?
My fitness playlist ranges from house/EDM to hip hop and rock. I guess it depends on how I am feeling. It’s hard to choose sometimes.

What is your favorite Purus Labs stack, and how do you use it?
Training days: I start the day with a KetoFeed coffee, then post-lunch I have some MyoWhey. Towards the end of the day, I take my Condense with NOXygen and Citrulline Malate (crazy pump!) followed up with a MyoFeed post workout. Either MyoWhey or another KetoFeed, for a late snack. On my off days, it's similar to the training, but I just stick with the protein shakes and aminos, no stims.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the world about yourself?
About myself... that's a tough one. The last thing I would like to say is keep pushing. Whatever life throws at you... You got this!

"Pro tip: don’t sit on the couch when you get home. Get dressed and get going."

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