Better Know a Member: Zach Z.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been having fun with Better Know a Member, a blog-favorite in which we profile members from across the CFSBK community. Last week we spoke to Kirby S. This week, let’s find out more about a man who has Deadlifted on the roof of CrossFit Bangkok…
Name (and any nicknames):
Zach Zinn (Zinn City, Z Squared, Slippery Double Z—not sure why)
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Philly and its general environs. I’ll never be converted to a full New Yorker, though I’m dangerously trending towards hipsterdom with new beard and first-ever glasses in the last year.
How long have you been CrossFitting, and how did you arrive at CFSBK?
About a year and a half now. Former co-worker and fellow CFSBKer Lauren M. insisted I’d like it and should give it a go. I didn’t really want to but she managed to convince me and was totally right, which is pretty par for the course for us.
Program your nightmare workout:
The sled push is a true nightmare factory, so anything involving that. It’s one of several medieval torture devices that are all part of the fun at Strong Fit!
Ask me about that time I…
Was on a live Nickelodeon show with Paula Abdul while wearing a cow suit. Performing the role of “Cow,” naturally.
What are you recommending right now?
Everyone should try the miracle fried Korzo burger at Korzo in Park Slope at least once. They also have also have a hilarious bartender and occasional Coach Foxes sightings.
What are you up to when you’re not at 597 Degraw Street?
I do techy/communications type things at the Social Science Research Council in Downtown Brooklyn, which has been making fantastic social science for almost 100 years. If you’re the kind of person who gets jazzed up about the origin of the word “interdisciplinarity,” then I have lots of reading material for you. I’m occasionally shipped away to far off lands for projects, which is great opportunity to tour CrossFit gyms of the world. This year I visited Cambodia’s “Angkor Fight Club,” which has many rules.
Any advice for new CFSBKers?
“Trust the Process” (I’ve been waiting to say that). Picking stuff and putting it down is way more complicated than it seems. It will take a long time for things to click but the payoff is well worth it. I’ve easily made more progress here in a year than in 10 years of sports club gyms! I definitely recommend trying a Starting Strength cycle to slow things down and improve technique. CFSBK is also a fun place to dress like you are in an ’80s home workout video.
News and Notes
- Sign ups for Murph Day 2017 are open! This is a great community event where we perform this classic CrossFit benchmark workout followed by some grilling, side dishes, and beers. The workout is tough—very tough—but it can, of course, be scaled to meet everyone’s capacity. What’re waitin’ for? Sign up today! See the event page for more details.
- We recently cleared out our lost and found, and the goodies are up on Flickr. Does any of this stuff belong to you? Claim it at the front desk before we donate it to CHIPS in two weeks!
Yesterday’s Whiteboard: Push Press | Row, Overhead Squats, Handstand Push-Ups
Coney Island Museum Atlas Obscura
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