Coach's Spotlight - Patrick Zemanski | CrossFit 312

Coach’s Spotlight – Patrick Zemanski

Favorite CrossFit movement: 
ring dips, pull-ups, scorpion stretch

Favorite Workout Song:
Anything 90’s hip hop and slower paced.

Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD:
Fran 🙂

Favorite Food:
Sandwiches

What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?
I’ve been lucky enough to always have great coaches who have helped me learn the movements and motivated me to search for more knowledge outside of the 1 (4) hour(s) a day I spend at the gym. I felt like I had learned a lot and taken so much positive from my Crossfit experience that I really wanted to give back.

What has been your best coaching experience so far?
My favorite coaching moments occur one-on-one when a member lets you know that you’ve helped them “get it” or that look on someone’s face when they figure out how to Kip, pull-up, clean properly.

If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Set achievable objective short term goals, focus on the details and push yourself. A lot of people show up and immediately want to do Rx weight and pay little attention to technique. I always recommend taking some weight off the bar and focusing on good form for all our athletes.

If “PATRICK” was a WOD, what would it be?
15/12/9
Ring Dips
Shoulder to Overhead
Pull ups

What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve?
Deadlift. I’ve always had a hard time properly activating my posterior chain. I try to show up early and do some banded work to get activation started. I also focus at form at lower weights instead of blowing my back out to set PRs.

What CrossFit athlete do you aspire to be most like?
Mike Z!

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