Coach Spotlight: Coach Zane

When did you start CrossFit and why did it appeal to you?
I started CrossFit in 2013, I was looking for a new means of training as well as something to fill the competitive void that I had after finishing high school sports. The opportunity to learn new skills and movements that were more athletic than bicep curls appealed to me instantly. Seeing people climb ropes and fly around on rings and pull ups bars looked like the most fun way to improve physical health. I learned that there were local competitions where I could test myself against others and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Did you do any sports or recreation before or during CrossFit?
In high school, I played basketball, volleyball and football. Since finding CrossFit I’ve played a little recreational hockey as well as baseball. I’m always up to play a sport, I’m not the best at spectating though. Put me in, coach!

What are your current health and fitness goals?
I’d like to keep on a steady path of improvement–it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I have a longer term goal to compete as a masters athlete and an even longer term goal of being able to hike, bike and snowboard mountains into my 80s. It’s a marathon, don’t forget!

What’s your favourite CrossFit workout?
I honestly can’t say I have a favourite workout. I think the best and most memorable workouts are the ones that we share in the suffering so usually those long ones like Murph really stand out, but I also like the grip and rip styles of Grace. My favourite movements however are all the gymnastics! Muscle ups, toes to bar, rope climbs and handstand walks top the list for me.

Outside of CrossFit, what are we likely to find you doing?
Outside of the gym I spend my time walking with my dog, reading, enjoying a good cup of coffee(maybe too many), playing guitar, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and writing lists that are too long. I also work in construction and love stand up comedy.

Favourite Alchemy moment?
In my short time at Alchemy I’ve been fortunate to have a few moments where a small tip has made a big difference in how a movement feels to a member, be it more powerful or more efficient. I’ve had the joy of seeing members push harder than they thought they could and out do the amount of scaled calories I’ve prescribed on the assault bike. I was also around during the open last year and I don’t think that energy can be beat. There’s nothing I love more than seeing people push past what they thought they were capable of.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want to have?
There’s only one power you need and that’s the power to alter reality. Reality says I can’t fly, try again *Flys off with ease*. Or maybe I just want to fly hahaha

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza! It’s like the less healthy version of salad, infinite possibilities.

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