How did you first get into fitness? How has that changed over the years?
I first started training for football. I had a personal trainer that taught me a lot of the fundamental movements, and my dad would work with me on more sports-specific drills at the field.
It changed a lot when I was in college. My dad introduced me to CrossFit the summer of 2008. My training changed big time from isolating muscle groups to more functional movements at high intensity. I was finally developing my weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular endurance.
Name one quality you learned thanks to your sport that you are so grateful to have learned.
I found joy in CrossFit. I realized this past year that it’s something I get to do, not something I have to do. I have faced adversity in the sport and it’s built my character and brought me closer to the ones I love.
What’s your least favorite part about your given sport?
CrossFit can sometimes become very consuming. It will eat you up and spit you out if you don’t find a healthy relationship. My advice is enjoy the small victories, and share the journey with others. It makes the hard days better, and is a great reminder to find joy in all circumstances.
Go-to music when crushing a workout?
I have a few great Christian playlists. Check them out on Spotify under my wife’s profile Cpanchik. I pretty much listen to those everyday. They are good for your heart!
What does your workout schedule look like?
I train for about 2-3 hours a day. Typically I try to do three parts, one every hour. First session is the most intense and usually involves some type of interval workout. Second session is usually weightlifting. Last session typically has some skilled gymnastics movements I am working on developing.
What does your recovery routine look like?
I see a chiropractor (Code Chiro) every other week. I also follow an app called Go Wod before and after I workout. My warm-up every day is the same, and about 30 minutes. It incorporates a lot of machines and rehab for my knees and feet.
Favorite flavor of O2 and when do you enjoy it most?
I drink O2 Water all throughout my sessions, and love a Lemon Lime recovery drink as my treat when I am done for the day.