Coach’s Spotlight – Patrick Starck | CrossFit 312

Coach’s Spotlight – Patrick Starck

Favorite CrossFit movement:
Power Cleans

Favorite Workout Song:
Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch. However, for some reason I love to listen to country while doing Olympic lifting.

Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD:

Favorite Food:
A burger with bacon, egg, avocado and rib meat.

What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach? 
CrossFit truly changed my life for the better and I wanted to pass that on to others. To be part of a wellness community is an awesome experience. No matter what level of fitness a person is at, they can always be coached and always find ways to improve. I love to help others achieve their goals.

What has been your best coaching experience so far? 
During the 2014 CrossFit Open, one of the workouts had toes-to- bar in it. One woman told me she wouldn’t do the workout because she had never completed a toes-to- bar before. That motivated me to help her. With some coaching and great effort on her part, she completed 18 toes-to- bar! I’ll never forget the look on her face when she finished!

If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Mobilize! I guarantee that your shoulders and hips are way more messed up that you realize.

Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?
When doing any Olympic lift, remember that the bar should travel vertically in a straight line. If you are unsure if you are doing the lift correctly get someone to take video of you and review.

If “PATRICK” was a WOD, what would it be? 
500m Row, then
21-15- 9
Wall balls
Power Clean 135#, then
500 m Row

What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve?
All the gymnastic movements. That has always been my biggest challenge in CrossFit. I’m making sure I do not back away from any movement that I am struggling with. I’ve been working on strict pull-ups and ring dips to help my strength. I am also exploring more ways to assist in my shoulder mobility.

What CrossFit athlete do you aspire to be most like? 
Garrett Fisher. I met him at CrossFit Miami Beach a couple years ago. CrossFit was not set up for taller guys, so it was awesome to see a guy taller than I am who is great at CrossFit. I did one wod with him and just trying to keep up with him was extremely humbling. He was very helpful and encouraging and treated everyone the same.

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