get to know…Jim Maliksi

Jim Maliksi is 53 years young, and becoming more tenacious with every step. His appetite for running long distances, lifting weights, eating caveman foods, and creating some of the premiere homes on the peninsula, is only the tip of the iceberg.  Getting to know Jim also means attending one of his dinners for the United Architects of the Philippines, where he acts as President of the California Chapter, or an event of the Filipino American Arts Exposition, and the list goes on. We primarily recognize him as, filling the gym with his contagious laughter, easy going attitude, tight hip flexors, big biceps, puddles of sweat, and most importantly, as a friend.

San Carlos CrossFit: The SCCF pride is comprised of people living in many different locales. Where did you grow up and what are you doing here now in the bay area?

Jim Maliksi: I was born in Manila, Philippines and at 26 years old, I migrated to the US (SF bay area) in 1984. I was really heading for New York after a year, but decided to stay in the Bay Area when I met my wife, Jean. Being an architect here in the peninsula is also much more rewarding compared to anywhere else in the country, in my opinion.

SCCF: As the founder and principal architect of Jim Maliksi and Assoc. how do you find time to design so many beautiful homes and still represent our Endurance Team with a vengeance?

JM: It’s funny how you guys think I represent the SCCF Endurance Team with a vengeance! Like everyone else, I have priorities: family, health and work. It’s really just a matter of balance and time appropriations for the important aspects of your life. I have been doing Architecture for over 30 years now so designing is one of those things that I can do even when I’m not in the office. It’s the creative mind that can function pretty much anywhere and whatever you’re doing. I work hard to keep my business going but I also allow at least 2 hours a day for my fitness program and regimen.

SCCF: Have you always been athletic or has CrossFit been your introduction to human movement, in general?

JM: No, I have never been athletic at all! I can honestly say that CrossFit has been the sole key to whom and what I am now. I am extremely grateful that I was introduced to it last year. Thanks Branden!

SCCF: Well since you weren’t getting anywhere on that treadmill, literally, I knew putting you in touch with Luis Velasquez for your marathon plan would be all she wrote.  Little did I know he/she would be writing a whole lot more!  After bagging your 1st marathon at 52 years old, inside of 4 months training, what else did crazy Luis have in store for you 2010/2011?

JM: Yeah, I remember vividly how many times you asked me to try your CrossFit class, but because of work load and other lame excuses, I couldn’t commit. You were also very critical of my diet and my exercise program, which was mainly getting on a treadmill or elliptical for an hour, 5 days a week. I would say that your biggest contribution on who I am now, was introducing me to Luis. I have accomplished so much in little time because of his mentorship and guidance. You know it’s hard to change a stubborn old man like me. As for his plans for the endurance team in the future, I just go with the flow and do whatever he says. If he wants me to climb a mountain, jump off a cliff with a parachute, or run a crazy 100 miler, then will do!

SCCF: With all the CrossFit and niche training facilites cropping up in the area, why us? And what got you started?

JM: To me, San Carlos CrossFit is not only a place and a way to keep oneself healthy, fit and strong but also a lifestyle and most of all a family. It’s true that there are several CF centers that are cropping up left and right in the area. Some of them are closer and much more convenient to go to but the SCCF is my newfound family and I’m very happy every time I come to workout. Equally important is the coaching staff and programming, and so far I have achieved things I thought not possible. All in all, I find that everyone is supportive and really fun to be around with, even though I get crap from some people who will remain nameless. Just kidding!

SCCF: Will I fly under the radar more if I change my name to Branden Nameless?  Alright, so tell the community one your biggest achievements since training with us, and where you want to be a year from now.

JM: My biggest achievement, as briefly mentioned, since I’ve joined San Carlos CrossFit is finishing my very first marathon in July of last year considering that I only have 4 months of training before the event. It’s unbelievable to think that I could barely run half a mile before my training started. I must thank Luis and my SCCF friends for the coaching and continuous motivation. Since then I have run several full and half marathons and became an Ultra marathon runner when I completed the Skyline Ridge 50 kilometer race in October of last year. My goal, hopefully next year is to complete an Ironman Triathlon and some long distance trail runs.

SCCF: If a workout came up tomorrow that you dreaded the most, what would it be?

JM: Nothing really scares me anymore, even the workouts that I suck in. I still arrive for the challenges, though there is one exercise that will make me cringe each time because I can’t seem to do it well: the dreaded overhead squats!

SCCF: We started this column to highlight members of our community and any hidden talents they may have. What ninja type skills would the community least likely guess you possessed?

JM: What you see is what you get dude! No hidden talents here other than extremely good looking! : )

SCCF: Liar! Rumor has it you are exceptional an unclipping from your road bike pedals. Alright, in all seriousness, besides mastering this basic safety skill, what else is on your “bucket list”?

JM: I’m getting better at unclipping but no guarantees, as I’m a work in progress. Also, Luis and Oliver need some sort of entertainment during our long bike rides. Bucket lists: sky diving, mountain climbing, Kilamanjaro, fly fishing, etc. I still have a lot to cross off on my bucket list but as long as I’m taking care of myself thru crossfit and proper diet, nothing is impossible. Barring any injuries, I’m actually looking forward to more accomplishments!

SCCF: If paleo allowed all the beer and ice cream you could imagine, what flavors would they come in?

JM: That would be great! Schneider-Weisse and Stella Artois for beer and peanut butter/chocolate for ice cream, please!

SCCF: Many say it’s the bond of suffering together, which brings this community close to one another. Have you found this to be true? Any other new found friendships worth mentioning?

JM: I’m not sure if suffering together is the only reason for making the SCCF family really tight. It sure helps, but I think the bond is also made stronger due to the support, motivation and respect that each member gives unconditionally to one another. Everyone seems to have a positive outlook as well.

SCCF: Through pain and hard work comes clarity and results. What inspires you to keep coming back for more?

JM: As Luis always tells me, it’s a lifestyle change and I’ve practiced that mantra for over a year now. The physical results are great but the camaraderie is what makes me go back every day!

SCCF: Unknown and unknowable is a training principle we align ourselves with but you will often hear us nagging you to train with proper equipment. If you could recommend something to a new client looking to improve his dress code, what would it be?

JM: I’m not sure if this pertains to clothing but definitely shoes are important! Shirts that’s properly ventilated and lightweight is also advisable.

SCCF: Top 5 songs you would sync to our iPod for your next training session

JM: Pink Raise your Glass, Black Eyed Peas I Got the Feeling, Just Can’t Get Enough, Bebot, Cee Lo’s Forget You

SCCF: We constantly preach the virtues of good sleep habits and ancestral type eating. Have you taken that step? What have you noticed most?

JM: Yes I did. I have been on a paleo diet (on and off) for the last 8 months. I definitely think I’m a lot stronger and my endurance is better, not to mention a big change in my energy levels and recovery. Overall, I feel so much better, plus my general medical health vitals are much improved over what they were before. My cholesterol was way above the standard levels before I started my training and paleo diet ways, and now it’s down to manageable levels of about 50% below the standard. I’d say that I’m so much healthier now at 53 than when I was 40 years old. Also my body fat is at 13.4%, which is normally intended for a 30 year old male.

SCCF: If we found you kicking your feet up anywhere in the world, where would it be? And what book would you be reading?

JM: I’ll be in my coffee plantation in Kona, the Big Island looking over the Pacific Ocean and reading Blink: Hunch Power by Malcolm Gladwell

SCCF: When you’re not down at our shop taming wolverines, what types of kinesthetic mischief would we find you celebrating in?

JM: Outside of traveling for pleasure and working my business like crazy, I enjoy running trails and hiking with my dog, Big Z. I’m also an avid photographer and indie film supporter.

SCCF: Is SCCF a family affair or are you the only exercise assassin of the bunch?

JM: The one and only!

SCCF: Training in so many different modalities almost certainly exposes weaknesses is a person’s skillsets. Since training with us, what has been the most surprising exposure for you? And have there been any elated moments of newfound acquisition?

JM: When I started training with you guys a little over a year ago, most of the skills were intimidating for me as I was not familiar with any of them. As time goes, it seems that I have been very comfortable with most of the movements, albeit not prescribed weights. There are few that I feel I will never conquer i.e. muscle-ups, overhead squats, double-unders and swimming!

SCCF: You will Jim. Maintain your patience, as you’re still a 53 year old spring chicken, in our eyes.

SCCF: I don’t know about you but I am always thinking about my next meal. What’s for dinner tonight?

JM: I’m lucky that my wife cooks paleo foods for me, so dinner is never a problem. Heather told me that macaroons are made of almond flour (which I didn’t know) so I’m including that in my paleo food group! Sweet!!

SCCF: If we started taking up a collection fund at the box for you to be surgically modified with any superpower, would we find you banging out iron crosses for reps or cooking one of Amy’s paleo recipes with your eyes?

JM: It would awesome to be able to conquer my weaknesses, mentioned above, if I have magic wand!

SCCF: We’ve been putting together a new equipment list. Any special requests?

JM: We definitely need more rowing machines, more walls for hand stands, barbell racks, shower, cable TV, A/C, happy hour on Fridays, etc.

SCCF: Wow, interview #2 and the list is already growing out of control! Alright, so if folks want to know more what class would we most likely find you at?

JM: 5:30 PM

SCCF: Leave us with 3 words.

JM: Never give up!

SCCF: …and I thought it was going to be “I Love Naps”. Thanks Jim!!

For folks who can’t make it to the evening classes, check for more dirt…



  1. Marianne says

    Jim, awesome interview! I had no idea you finished your first marathon after doing Cross fit for only 4 months-you could have fooled me! So inspiring, keep at it!

  2. Jim Maliksi says

    It’s a little over the top, but a great write up. Thanks Branden, and thanks Marianne for the comment.

  3. Luis says

    Jim… you did it all on your own my man.. It is great to have you in the gym, you totally bring people together and your smile is very contagious. You truly are a great training partner and friend.. Can’t wait for you to experience starting and FINISHING a full Ironman..

  4. OG says

    Jim, you are an inspiration to all of us…. except for the excessive sweat, I want to be just like you when I’m 53!!!

  5. Mom says

    Great interview. Great questions. Loved, loved, loved it. Great job. More hidden talents huh? But that doesn’t surprise me.

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