Gaby is an awesome woman! She is an actress, TV/Radio host & Crossfit superstar. She is on FIRE right now when it comes to booking shows. This year alone, you have seen her on Jane the Virgin, Pretty Little Liars, CSI: Cyber, Rizzoli & Isles, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia & You’re the Worst. You can also catch her starring alongside James Franco in “The Adderall Diaries”.
Not only is she just a super awesome lady, but she is a huge activist. She knows what she believes in and what she stands for and she is willing to intelligently voice her opinion. With all of these amazing characteristics, she still has time to workout and she has a rocking body. Here is a little insight into the beautiful & talented Gabriela Fresquez.
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What type of activities do you do to stay fit?
I’ve been a member of a CrossFit gym for almost the past four years now. It’s a combination of high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics and more. The great thing about it is that every movement is scalable so no matter what level you are at, it is a very doable workout. I was very intimidated by it at first, but now I’m constantly encouraging people to try it out. I definitely drank the kool-aid. lol.
What do you think is the key to a healthy lifestyle?
For me, it’s a having a sense of humor. Humor, because it’s easy to take a diet or workout regimen too seriously to the point where failure becomes a major mental or emotional burden. Nobody is perfect. We all fall off the wagon! Say you’re trying to stick to a paleo diet or cut out bad carbs but find yourself dusting off a box of mac ’n cheese from the back of your cupboard after a late night out. Feeling bad about yourself can very likely cause you to spiral off your diet again, whereas laughing at yourself and acknowledging your own humanity will at least allow you to move forward and start again the next day. Finding the key to a “healthy lifestyle” is a pretty broad notion, and I tend equate healthy with happy. Laughing makes me feel happy. But so does the occasional fried ice cream. Yum.
What’s your favorite asset?
I’m assuming you mean physical asset. Since starting CrossFit, I’ve been able to really tone my shoulders and back so I’d have to go with those two. I’ve never had muscle definition in my upper body, and I feel like such a badass now that I do. I can actually do pull-ups. It’s kind of a miracle.
What is your LEAST favorite workout? But why do you still do it?
My least favorite workout? Everything I do in CrossFit basically. lol. I like to call it my torture chamber. Why does anyone do anything that is uncomfortable and challenging, really? Because the end results are completely worth it! I feel so much better about life after I work out. It’s a very empowering feeling, and ultimately, the hardest part becomes getting to the gym. To really answer your question though, there is an Olympic lifting move called a snatch in CrossFit and I really don’t love it. It involves hoisting a barbell from the ground to an overhead position in one fluid movement. It’s a very technical lift and it kind of scares me. Also, overhead squats with a barbell are not my fave. That lift also scares me. But CrossFit is awesome, I promise.
If you had to choose any healthy meal or snack what would it be?
Raw almonds! I could eat them all day.
We all have cheat days, what’s your poison?
I really hate the term “cheat day” because I don’t believe they service the idea of maintaining a balanced diet. I think it’s important to strive for moderation and enjoy a cheat “meal” every now and then as opposed to going crazy for a whole day. That said, I certainly indulge from time to time, and when I do it’s all about pizza and french fries. I’m more into savory than sweet.
What inspires you to be healthy and active?
Um, toned abs. Duh. Honestly, I want to live a long, happy life and look good doing it! I want to be the 45-year-old mom with a rockin’ bod and tons of energy. I want to be Madonna basically, but with slightly darker skin. I strongly believe it’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin and really love your body – regardless if you’re a size 00 or a size 12 – it’s the only body you have, may as well treat it right.
[EDITOR NOTES: THESE ABS!!!!]
Wow I guess I kind of said it already. When I was in grade school, I was a scrawny, flat-chested waif with bad teeth and buggy eyes. I’d like to think I’ve grown out of my awkward phase and have come to love and appreciate my body in a new way. Having a good relationship with yourself and your body is as (if not more) important than having a healthy relationship with another human. We all have our insecurities, but we have got to stop putting unrealistic expectations on ourselves based on what we see (or think we see) in the media. There are much more important things happening in the world than what bra size you wear, how well defined your calves are or whether or not you have a perfectly shaped butt. The most attractive human beings I know are the ones that carry themselves with confidence and respect their bodies by treating them well and not speaking poorly of them. That kind of self-love takes time, and it’s ok to have insecurities, just don’t let them consume you. Because you are human and therefore you are beautiful.
Now pass me the truffle fries.