Owner and coach Carlos Montoya brings a sense of discipline to Glenview’s CrossFit Impact. It’s a quality he attributes to his upbringing.
His mother was a Cuban emigrant who established a medical practice in Chicago. His brother, Al, is a goalie for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. Raised by his single mother and surrounded by three brothers, Carlos Montoya’s sense of discipline runs as deep as his relationship to sports.
Carlos Montoya grew up playing everything — soccer, basketball, hockey — and settled on rowing as he got older.
In 2007, Al Montoya’s brother-in-law introduced Carlos Montoya to CrossFit. Like many, Carlos Montoya tried the workout program for a few weeks and got hooked, especially because it presented a contrast to the volume training associated with an endurance sport like rowing.
“I stopped rowing because it wasn’t fun anymore,” Carlos Montoya says. “You get to the point where your body is just beat down because of the volume idea.”
With his competition days over, Carlos Montoya has helped coach rowing at Loyola and figured there had to be a better way to train athletes.
According to an article written in the CrossFit Journal, the sports view of fitness standards includes cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. CrossFit attempts to address all of those standards through varied, high-intensity interval training.
Carlos Montoya saw immediate gains using CrossFit. That included strength gains as well as being able complete 5Ks in less time without doing high-volume training.
For Carlos Montoya, merging business with fitness was something he loved and he opened CrossFit Impact in 2009.
“Working for myself as a small business owner really drives me. It’s your masterpiece, your baby, your thing,” he says.
Carlos Montoya’s background as a rower, along with playing team sports growing up, has informed his coaching today.
“Another thing I took away from my sports is the importance of being a part of a very positive environment,” he says.
Many value the community aspect of CrossFit as much as, if not more than, the workouts themselves.
“People are there to build each other up, to work hard, work together and that’s what I want my gym to be about,” Carlos Montoya says.