Coach's Spotlight - Brian Sebben | CrossFit 312

Coach’s Spotlight – Brian Sebben

Brian Sebben aka ‘B-Smooth’ aka ‘Silk’ (Thanks to Big Steve for the nicknames)

Favorite CrossFit movement:
Snatch, second favorite would be Rowing!

Favorite Workout Song:
Eagles of Death Metal – Got a Woman, it’s got a fast beat, great for the end of a workout. Or anything by Soundgarden

Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD:
Diane is fun.
DL (225/155)

Favorite Food:

What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?
When I started, I felt like I had no business being in a gym or even touching a barbell. My coaches made me feel very welcome and inspired me to get stronger. I was amazed at their form and fitness. I hoped to one day be able to inspire and encourage others like my coaches did for me.

What has been your best coaching experience so far?
I’m enjoying coaching the strength class. I like that the athletes are very consistent, and most of them have goals. It is very gratifying when I go over the movements with them, give them a cue, and then it suddenly “clicks” for them. I can see the excitement on their faces when it works and that bar just floats up into the air. Let’s keep setting those goals up, and knocking them down!

If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Form First! Don’t lift with your ego!

Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?
Be patient, and finish that pull! It’s easy to get excited and try to sneak under the bar before you’ve finished your pull. I always remind myself to be patient, and wait for it.

If “YOUR NAME” was a WOD, what would it be?

5 Cleans (185/135)
10 Pistols
15 Pullups
20m Handstand Walk
1000m row cash-out

What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve?
Upper Body Strength – I try to use the Scap Jack frequently to build upper back and shoulder stability.

I also give myself homework several times a week to do 30 strict pull ups, 60 push ups, and some bar muscle ups, and it has already made a difference. I can do a few extra unbroken strict pull ups now, and I have no shoulder pain anymore.

What CrossFit athlete do you aspire to be most like?
I like the little guys, especially Chris Spealler, the dude is humble, and inspiring. The little guys have to rely on form rather than brute strength.

“Find your weaknesses, make friends with them, and beat them to death.” – Chris Spealler

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