Do you know those people who have a brilliant mind who can solve just about any problem? That is Gabe. He plays a significant role in how Macrostax is architected and has a big vision for how we will expand our platform in the future to outperform any of our competitors.
How long have you been counting macros?
On and off for about a decade. I like Keto and various styles of intermittent fasting primarily for the cognitive benefits and convenience, but they have the happy side effect of making it easy to stay relatively lean. Restricting carbs and protein while ignoring fat makes me a bit of a contrarian here at Macrostax.
What did you get your degree in and where?
B.S. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, preceded by a couple years studying philosophy and classics at St. John’s College.
What is your favorite “fun food” that you will “make fit”?
I’d say ice cream but I can’t actually keep it in the house because too often I’ve found myself emerging from a fugue state with over half the gallon missing. Maybe chips and queso?
At which store would you most likely max out your credit card?
Amazon.com. I HATE shopping and at least with internet shopping I can get it over with quickly. If I could outsource all shopping and the associated decision-making to someone I trusted, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
What is it that drives you to be successful?
The quest to earn both self-respect and greater freedom.
What are you most passionate about?
Understanding complex systems, pondering existential questions, self-improvement, dancing.
Who inspires you?
Amos Burton, Zarathustra.
What made you want to work for Macrostax?
The opportunity to 1) build the backend with Elixir (the best web programming language around, obviously), 2) develop an app that relates to some of my core interests: health & fitness - that actually helps people change their lives for the better, and 3) work with a really fun and motivated group of people.
What style of workouts do you gravitate towards?
I like to train core lifts like a powerlifter (lower reps, heavy and/or fast) and accessory lifts like a bodybuilder (higher reps, emphasizing perfect form and the mind-muscle connection). I’m doing GZCL right now and generally I gravitate towards programming from guys like Jim Wendler and Greg Nuckols. I also started mixing in quite a bit of long, slow steady-state cardio a few years ago after reading Joel Jamieson’s book and realizing it that it was severely underrated.
Outside of working out and counting macros what are a few things that Macrostaxers would find you doing in your free time?
Reading, cooking, dancing, floating in my sensory deprivation tank, skiing, and when I can: traveling and SCUBA diving.
Can you play any instruments?
Piano, primarily classical music. But it’s been quite awhile since I played actively.
What is one of your staple foods that you couldn’t live without?
Thai curries (Thai hot, obviously).
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Live in a South American capital, ski in Gulmarg (Kashmir region of India), go to space.