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Salty Soul Highlight: Kolby Krystofik

Erin Wilson

We were so excited to connect with Kolby Krystofik, an Arizona guy now living our west coast dream in Malibu, California.   Kolby works at CrossFit Malibu and started his own company, Water WOD Training.  We are personally struggling right now between two jobs and a busy social season to make our health a priority and Kolby gives some good advice on this below!  

Kolby recently became engaged to the beautiful Elizabeth Lutz and we could not resist asking about the proposal.  These two are true Salty Souls!

If you are in Malibu and are looking for a good workout or to learn how to surf, contact Kolby!  But the good news for the rest of us is that he also has remote programming.  Enjoy the Q&A!

Q: Where are you from originally and how did you end up in Malibu?  

A: I'm from Gilbert AZ, I played water polo growing up and ended up getting recruited to play for Pepperdine University. Once I came over the hill and saw the beach and knew I wanted to stay. 

Q: We see you are a Crossfit instructor, is this in addition to the programs you offer via Water WOD Training?   If yes, can you help us understand the difference? 

A: Yes, I am a CrossFit instructor at CrossFit Malibu where I have been for almost 5 years now. I have had an amazing mentor, Mike Anderson, who owns the gym that has taught me so much of what I know and use today. In addition to the coaching that I do there, I do water related training like surf lessons, swim lessons, and ocean safety. My guiding principles are very similar to CrossFit, but adapted for the environment I love so much. (The ocean!) 

Q:We see you offer surf lessons as well.  How often do you surf and what do you feel it brings to one's life?  

A: It's a little tricky in Southern California, we go through periods of time where we have no waves to surf. But when there are I'm probably in the water 3-5 times a week, sometimes twice in a day. I don't consider myself to have a stressful life, but surfing is a way for me to practice being present. You can't think about the past and can't think about the future, you have to be in the moment. I love that about surfing and I think we could all use a little more often. 

Q: We love that you believe the outdoors, physical fitness are so important to a balanced life but have you personally been able to achieve this balance?  With such hectic schedules it is hard for so many people to get to this place and often we put our own health on the back burner.  

A: First and probably the easiest way that I fight for balance is where I live. In Malibu the weather is so amazing so often that it is hard not to be outside. The other thing about Malibu is there are so many like minded people around who want to be outside or in the ocean that it makes it easier. I understand the hectic schedule, and how difficult it makes not only exercise but living a healthy life! One of my biggest secrets on how I keep health and fitness incorporated is this: instead of trying to fit health and fitness into a circle with all the other circles of life (like work, friends, family, fun, etc...) I've decided to make health and fitness the big circle and everything else fits inside of it! 

Q: Okay, Pepperdine University.  Was it amazing?  We have driven by and it really must be the most gorgeous campus in the world.  

A: Not only was the campus absolutely incredible, the faculty and staff are some of the most genuine and loving people I have ever met. I had personal relationships with most of my professors and my advisiors actually cared about the life I wanted to build. I am still friends with some of my professors and I can definitely say that Pepperdine has shaped a lot of who I am today. 

Q: Favorite local spot in Malibu? 

A: Difficult question! Malibu is so small that each place gives a unique vibe so I'll just give a couple. Malibu Kitchen is my favorite coffee shop/ hangout and la costa beach club is my go to beach hangout spot if I'm not surfing. 

Q: If we are coming out to Malibu for vacation, will you take one off appointments? 

A: Yes! Please stop by Malibu for a surf lesson! I have beginners boards and wetsuits for anyone. It's definitely a great experience if you've never tried. 

Q: If someone lives elsewhere but would love to benefit from your workouts and knowledge, what are their options? 

A: Another great question! I do offer remote programming to people who don't live in the area or have specific goals they are trying to make. I create 12 workouts for you after taking a half hour to talk with you on the phone and set up goals and talk about questions. You'll get another check in with my about two weeks in to check your progress and answer and questions as they come up. This is a great, affordable way to get yourself on the road to better health. 

Q; You are a wealth of knowledge - if you were to give the rest of us one health related tip...what would it be? 

A: One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to learn to play. As we grow up we forget to do things for no other reason than because we enjoy them. Learning to play again will bring joy to your life! 

Q: And we have to are now engaged to your fiancé, Liz.  How did you propose?  

A: What a great memory.  We went for a sunrise hike at a place called Makapu Point on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. We left at 4am to get there before sunrise with some friends. It was "their idea" to go on this early morning hike. Sunrise was glorious as we neared the top where there was a vista of a lighthouse overlooking the east side of the island. We climbed over the railing to get a better look at the lighthouse and "take some pictures" and that's when I got down on one knee and asked her if she wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.