Hi, I’m Taz

Taz 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, Taz.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An athlete or veterinarian

It’s your birthday and you get to have anything for dinner you want. What are we eating?
Shoot, only one choice?

Right now, it would be Tacos. Made at home.
Dessert would be something with dark chocolate involved.

Where did you grow up? And where are you now?
From 0 to 12 I grew up in South Africa.
From 12-30 I grew up in New Zealand.
Currently, I am (still) growing up in Santa Cruz, CA.

Are you a Minimalist/Generalist/Enthusiast?
I bounce between all three. Depending on my mood and what this ole postpartum body is capable of right now 😉

What’s your typical workout environment?
Garage that usually has two kids swinging off of rings, one baby eating dried mango in his bouncer, two dogs tied up in their dog bed, and one husband less than one foot away from me, also working out. It’s a tight squeeze.

What’s been your best workout gear investment?
We have been very fortunate to not have to buy any gear in our garage. The perks of Pat working for Again Faster back in the day.

BUT, If I could choose just one thing that I have used the most in the garage, it would have to be the Rower. I know, sounds lame, but that thing has gotten me through three babies, during pregnancy and after. I just get on and start rowing.

If we took a look at your workout playlist, what songs would we find?
I usually don’t even bother with music. BUT, if I do, I just put on some ‘workout station’ that I can just have in the background. If Pat and I are together, then he is always in charge of the music. He cares more.

What’s your workout routine like?
I am much better in the morning. Get it done. Otherwise, life comes up and I struggle to squeeze it in. My goal is to get 3-4 OTB WODS in per week and on the other days, I swim, bike and run with the hope of eventually doing a triathlon some day.

Which movements make your body smile? And which ones do you wish you could banish from the program forever?
Love me a good Pull-up/Running Workout. I am still not doing Pull-ups since Baby #3 so that makes me a little sad, but all in good time!

I really dislike Thrusters. With a vengeance. Can’t.Stand.Them.

If you could workout with anyone, who would you choose?
I would love to workout with my girlfriends a bit more. Also, my crew back in NZ when we first started CrossFit. Sigh…The good ole days 🙂

BUT, I do love working out with Pat. We have a great connection over working out and it has always come really easy to us. We don’t argue or try to coach each other, we just get it done.

What’s your biggest obstacle to consistently working out? And how do you overcome it?
The same excuse as 90% of the population. The lack of time and motivation excuses! But, right now I am in a good space and am both making time and am pretty motivated to workout. Long may it last 🙂

What do you want to do with your fitness?
Getting older is weird. I still feel like I am in my 20’s but when I go to do the physical stuff I used to do with ease, it feels harder and it takes me longer to recover. So post competition and post babies, my goals for exercise have changed slightly.

I want to play with my kids. Not just be there, but be able to play alongside them (swimming, surfing, running, etc.) for as long as possible.

I want to be able to compete and play other sports/activities for as long as possible.

I want to FEEL alive and be alive for as long as possible.

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Letting go of what I can’t control, being more present in the moment and not sweating the small stuff. It’ still a work in progress, but having kids has been the biggest lesson of what doesn’t work in my life, and these are things that have made parenting and humaning much easier on me mentally. #ProgressOverPerfection

Trying to figure out what is important to me currently helps weed out things that I shouldn’t be giving energy to. It is hard at first to let go of things or say no, but the more you practise it, the easier it becomes.

Social media is low on the list now and I don’t say yes to every social outing/gathering if it means we are out all weekend.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do? What activities or practices help you connect back to yourself and feel better about life?
I need time alone, a good coffee, and a tasty pastry doesn’t hurt either 🙂 Then, if my time alone is longer than 1 hour and I have written in my journal, a good book helps me decompress and bring myself back to the present moment.

If you could re-experience a book/movie/tv-show/song/album for the first time, what would it be?
I read Under the Tuscan Sun when I was in my early 20’s. Ever since then it has been a dream of mine to run away to Italy, grow olives and grapes, cook, explore and eat all the good food!

We’re all weird. What’s one unusual habit or thing you do?
I eat the shells of prawns. That’t not really that weird though, is it?

What made you create Outside the Box?
Things changed — it became a way of life for us to workout in our garage surrounded by kids. Getting to a CrossFit affiliate on a regular basis was something we kept trying to schedule but couldn’t make it happen. We are in a very different stage of our life compared to a few years ago. The third baby has left us with less time and motivation to make it to a gym. We know how important working out is for our health, well-being and as role model parents, so it’s got to be done. We figure there are more people like us out there, and having an online community with others who can’t make it to an affiliate, for whatever reason (not necessarily just kids) makes this journey a little less lonely. So far, the support from other Outsiders has motivated me to workout more than anything else!

Where can people find you on the interwebs?
On Instagram: @tazbarber and @thetribelife

Our podcast: The Tribe Life

And on Facebook: Tamaryn Barber and The Tribe Life

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.

Taz Barber Editor
Co-Founder / Semi-Nomadic Programmer
I’m the one you love to hate — I am the master programmer here at OTB, which means I’m the one making you do all those burpees and all that running. #Sorrynotsorry. If it makes you feel better, I’m doing it too. I’m an outnumbered mamma (3 boys) and wife to Pat, and my other true loves are the ocean and cooking tasty meals inspired by our travels.