Favorite CrossFit movement:
Tie between Back Squat and Clean and Jerk
Favorite Workout Song:
Anything Country- if you can’t squat heavy to country music, you need to get your head right!
Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD:
400 meter Run
30 Box Jumps
30 Wall Balls
I’m a huge fan of breakfast/brunch, some kind of hash with lots of veggies, bacon, and runny eggs.
What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?
Before I walked into CF312 I had never lifted a barbell before, and it’s changed my life. I wanted to help people leave their comfort zone and do things they never thought were possible and create better versions of themselves. When coaching, there is an energy in the gym-people working hard and the music is turned up loud that you don’t always notice during your own workouts-so it’s a nice break from my cubicle work too.
What has been your best coaching experience so far?
Watching 312 folks crush Murph this year. Lots of first timers, amazing fast times, and I’ve never seen that many people do Murph with weight vests.
If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Prioritize Strength! When I first started Crossfit, I wouldn’t push myself super hard during the strength portion of class to “save it” for the MetCon. When I figured that out and focused on strength almost all my benchmark times improved, I’ve come full circle and now bury myself on the strength and don’t have much left for the Metcon- that’s ok too.
Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?You’ve probably heard me yell this during Olympic lifts. “Patience!!” During the 2 nd pull, you want to use your lats to pull the bar into your hips to set up VERTICAL hip extension. Many people rush the 2 nd pull by bringing their hips to the bar creating HORIZONTAL hip extension- so the bar swings out in front like a kettlebell swing. Staying patient, pulling the bar in till the bar is at the hip crease will keep the bar close and likely higher, which is key as the weight gets heavy.
Also, Patience in the catch/landing position of a jerk or snatch. If you are wobbling off balance and rush to stand it up, you’ll likely drop the weight. Instead, pause in the catch position and regain control- then stand.
If “ADAM” was a WOD, what would it be?
50-40- 30-20- 10
*250m run with 65# sandbag between rounds
What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve?
Overhead Squat/Snatch lag significantly behind other lifts. The strength and technique is there, but struggling to stay committed to improve hip and scapular mobility.
What CrossFit athlete do you aspire to be most like?
Matt Chan. Besides being an incredible athlete, he always puts his wife, friends, and athletes before himself and he uses his fitness for fun outside the gym (hunting/cycling/chopping firewood). I try my best to do the same.