Hello and welcome to ConquertheCrux.com!
First, let me tell you a bit about me…
I’m Cristina, the climber, yogi, and creator behind Conquer the Crux. I am the happy wife of my best friend and fellow climber, Daniel, and the mother of my beautiful daughter, Alejandra, and my fur baby, Kaizer. Together we conquer the world by traveling to amazing climbing destinations and just enjoying life as much as we possibly can.
Aside from being passionate about climbing, I also share a passion in health and wellness and using a wholesome and mindful approach to achieving great results in climbing. I’ve been climbing since 2006 and began practicing yoga shortly after. Although I began yoga as a means to calm my active mind, I immediately noticed gains in my climbing as well. The benefits I experienced with yoga, both personally and in climbing, motivated me to become a certified yoga instructor and pursue a healthier lifestyle.
But, life wasn’t always this good…
Before I started climbing life was a bit rough. In a nut shell, I was a single mother (I had a daughter when I was 16 – that in itself is a long story…I’ll have to tell you about that later), I had developed bad anxiety from a combination of unfortunate situations I was going through, and on top of all that, add all the stress of trying to get through my engineering program at university.
It was truly a life saver for me when my best friend/boyfriend (now husband 🙂 ) introduced me to climbing. Climbing melted away my stress, but even more importantly it eased my anxiety. Anyone who lives (or has lived) with anxiety understands how debilitating and controlling it can be. I experienced some of the lowest points in my life as I struggled through it for years. However, the moment I started climbing I felt free. I was free from the negative thoughts that were otherwise bombarding my mind at a rate of what felt like 1000 a second. Climbing provided an escape for me where, even if just for a couple minutes, I could feel ‘normal’.
As you know, mental and physical concentration is a critical part of climbing. There was just no room for the annoying chatter of my mind while I climbed. But, not only did climbing help me achieve stillness in my mind, it taught me that I was indeed capable of it. This is why climbing is is so much more than just a sport for me. It changed my life.
Life is good now.
Although I completed my degree in engineering and worked in this field for almost 5 years, I quickly realized that this type of lifestyle was just not for me.
So, I took a deep breath and took a leap into the unknown.
I quit my job and started to pursue my passion. Cue the birth of Conquer the Crux! I now run this blog and teach yoga at my local climbing gym. I love the path I’m on now and it’s still unreal to me how much my life has changed.
In addition to all this, I am now married my best friend, we live happily together with my daughter in our beautiful home, we have amazing climbing just a short drive away from home, and we travel together to experience climbing all over the world!
Feeling good is addictive. I’ve learned that I feel best when I combine my passion for climbing with healthy lifestyle habits like proper nutrition, yoga and mediation. I live a healthy and active life that is centered around climbing and yoga. That is my lifestyle. It rocks! Plus, I’ve also personally experienced significant improvements in my climbing with my improved lifestyle. Yes, nutrition, yoga and mindset CAN help you tremendously in life AND with climbing!
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Now a bit about my site…
I created Conquer the Crux for passionate mindful climbers who appreciate health and wellness. If your desire is to become a better climber by using a combination of climbing, yoga, mindset, and nutrition then you are in the right place!
For me, climbing is more than just a sport; it is a way of life. Not only has it changed my physical strength and fitness, but it has also changed the way I eat, the way I think, and the way I live. I’ve noticed that climbing really has the power to transform people. Climbing has a way of igniting passion within a person.
Are you familiar with this feeling? I bet you are!
Knowing what your passion is in life is the key to happiness. But, life can get even better! Combine your passion with a wholesome lifestyle and you’ve got the perfect equation to living the best life you can live and unlocking your true climbing potential.
So, whether you’re already on this path or are interested in in adopting this lifestyle, Conquer the Crux is here to motivate, inspire and inform you. I have made it my mission to give you the tools, tips, techniques and motivation you need to help you conquer life on AND off the rock. Are you psyched!?
Well, I sincerely thank you for stopping by. If there is any specific information you’d like to know, then please let me know and I will do my best to put something up on the blog for you. Also, if you ever have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to kill some time and say hi then please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.
Climb & Conquer!