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Pat Barber Outsider Interviews

This world is full of people pushing themselves, unlearning harmful beliefs and behaviors, following their curiosity, and just trying to do their part to love life and leave the world better than they found it. If they can do it, so can you, so can we. Because we’re all in this together, and we’re tougher than we think.

In this week’s Outsider Interview, we’d like to introduce you to co-founder of OTB, Pat B.

If you could magically gain one skill without working for it, what would it be?
I want to sing and play guitar like Ed Sheeran.

It’s your birthday and you get to have anything for dinner you want. What are we eating?
Honestly, you can never really go wrong with good fries and a burger, but for my birthday I would say al pastor tacos straight out of Cabo with homemade tortillas.

Where did you grow up? And where are you now?
I grew up in Santa Cruz, California. I am currently back in Santa Cruz and I love it.

Are you a Minimalist/Generalist/Enthusiast?
I fluctuate between Minimalist and Enthusiast on any given day.

What’s your typical workout environment?
We have about 30 min per day in our garage gym. Lucky for us, it’s pretty kitted.

What’s been your best workout gear investment?
Stretchy board shorts! For me that’s all the gear you really need. I hate working out in compression underwear so “athletic shorts” don’t really work for me. I need a bit thicker short like a board short so the whole scene is not too revealing if you know what I mean. The problem with board shorts is they tend to not have enough flex for my thunder thighs. The solution was 4 way stretch board shorts. I am in love.

If we took a look at your workout playlist, what songs would we find?
I personally like some heavy metal but my family isn’t into it at all. I’m outvoted every time. So, I get to listen to the “pop workout” channel on Apple music while we all workout together.

What’s your workout routine like?
We try to get the sessions in from 9-noon on any given day. That tends to be our slot. We aim for 5 times per week but sometimes that ends up as 2.

Which movements make your body smile? And which do you wish you could banish from the program forever?
Dumbbell snatches make my body smile. Any overhead squatting makes my body frown.

If you could workout with anyone, who would you choose?
My sons in 15 years. That would be awesome.

What’s your biggest obstacle to consistently working out? And how do you overcome it?
For me it’s the desire to embrace movement that I know will be somewhat painful. I know how to train and I know how to train hard. The idea of just going through the motions and getting some movement in doesn’t really work for me. Which means if I’m going to train, its going to hurt a bit. What I do to overcome that is to make myself accountable to other people. The wife and my brother work ok but friends are the best way for me to stay consistent.

What do you want to do with your fitness?
Play. I love playing with my kids, and I love playing high-level games and sport. I want to always be able to throw down in things like dodgeball and volleyball. I also want to be fit enough to surf any size wave.

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
The habit of trying to figure something out even if I have no idea what I am doing. I have never been much of a builder or creator but in the last 5 years I have started to pursue those types of crafts. Everything from fence post setting to forging knives has come across my table and I love it. Building has become my way to mentally reset, be present and meditate.

What have you become better at saying “no” to?
Honestly, this is one of my biggest struggles. I don’t say yes to anything that I don’t want to do but there are lots of things that I want to do that distract me. I am currently working on trying to narrow some of my hobbies down to a singular focus.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
Build/make something. That type of focused activity settles my mind.

If you could re-experience a book/movie/tv-show/song/album for the first time, what would it be?
Deadpool 1 and 2. They were both so funny and so good. Also, the whole Marvel universe in sequence would be amazing.

We’re all weird. What’s one unusual habit or thing you do?
Sometimes I go down a YouTube music hole for 4 straight hours watching music videos and trying to find new stuff. There are just times when music sounds better to my brain, and when that happens, it’s really hard for me to shut it off.

What made you create Outside the Box?
We never felt like we would build a program for individuals. For us it was more about the gym environment. We still feel that the best way to create positive fitness changes in your life is to head into an amazing gym. The problem is not everyone has access to that. With our 3rd child, we became the people who need this type of program to keep moving and get fit. So we wrote it, and we believe in it. It turns out that a lot of other people who’ve been doing CrossFit for years are also going through transitions — kids, new jobs, new priorities — and they need a program that meets them where they’re at. Whereas fitness used to be the center of our lives, it’s not anymore. We cannot commit to that type of workout schedule right now. And we’re not alone.

We are so fired up about this group of people around the world, doing this program together, supporting people they’ve never personally met. It’s truly amazing to watch people root for each other, share their stories with each other, and ask for help. It’s all feels totally natural. I’m stoked.

Where can people find you on the interwebs?
I write a lot of blog posts here on OTB. On Instagram, I’m @patbarbercf. And I co-host a podcast with my wife Taz (on Instagram we’re @thetribelife).

Get to know this community a little bit better by reading through some of our Outsider Interviews. We’re a wolf pack. A band of misfits. Peas in a pod. And we stay gold.

Pat Barber Editor
Co-Founder/Video Monkey/Head Pesterer of Taz
You’ll see my bearded face and excellent t-shirt collection in the videos I film for our unrivaled community of #Outsiders. I also test the workouts, help with social media, and steer the ship. For fun, I converted a van into a sweet rig for camping with the fam across the good ole USofA. I love the water and getting my boys outside. I can also sing the entire soundtrack of Hamilton: The American Musical while blindfolded and jumping on one leg in the rain.