Athlete of the Month: Brian Zink Talks About Success One Day At a Time

Brian Zink has been a member at CrossFit Salus since April 2016! We met him a few months before that during the CrossFit Open. You may not know it, but he’s a very competitive person. And he’s on a mission to RX all of the CrossFit 2019 Open WODs. Approaching every day at the box with enthusiasm, Brian does a great job of adding a dose of healthy competition (and jokes) to any class he attends. He leaves it all on the floor and strives for success one day at a time.

Athlete of the Month Brian Zink SuccessThis athlete has heart! When Brian finishes, he’s often the one cheering the loudest or running last laps with those who are finishing up. He inspires people to do their best and he inspires us with his positive attitude and unwavering work ethic. We’re honored to have him as a staple in our CrossFit Salus community! Meet Brian Zink!

Brian Zink on Success

Athlete of the Month July 2018

1. When and why did you start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit officially when I joined Crossfit Salus 2+ years ago. My wife dropped in for the CrossFit Open in 2016 at CrossFit Salus and witnessed how instructional the coaches are, and supportive the community was to a visitor. I quickly realized this was the proper place for me to learn all of the movements.
CrossFit is a great way for people of all ages to get into great physical condition and be competitive on a daily basis.

2. How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?

Prior to CrossFit my fitness was mostly cardio based, but recurring calf and back injuries led me to CrossFit where I can say those two issues are in the rear view mirror with better form, mobilization and physical therapy.

CrossFit Salus is a special place where their stable of coaches include Regional Athletes, Olympic gymnasts, Nationally Competitive Olympic Weightlifters, Massage and Physical Therapists are all critical pieces to keeping this 42-year old healthy and on the playing field working toward my short and long term goals!

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

The last 2+ years has been a journey of learning many new exercises while learning better form and mobility.

Most recently I have learned pull-ups and hang squat cleans

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

I have lost 2 inches on my waist line and 15 lbs since I began.

5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

In the last 12 months I have been getting more sleep, eating more healthy and have seen this translate into better results in the gym and increased energy levels throughout the day.

6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

It is not a CULT and the quicker you stop making excuses the sooner you will be in the best shape of your life!

I used to be that skeptical person who didn’t think a 7 minute WOD was enough exercise for the day, but I was absolutely wrong!

CrossFit is different every day focusing on multiple different muscle groups, many which I didn’t know existed.

Athlete of the Month Brian Zink Success7. What keeps you motivated to continue?

There are still many movements that I can’t do or haven’t perfected.

Failure = Motivation for me to keep coming back and trying harder.

Failure today makes success tomorrow that much sweeter!

8. Favorite lift or WOD?

Any Hero WOD 30 minutes or greater!

9. What advice would give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?

Check your ego at the door.

Listen to your coaches and your body!

Learn proper form and increase mobility before increasing the weight.

Embrace the Suck, every single person in the box had a first day, week, month of CrossFit !

10. What are your next goals to accomplish?

Hand Stand Push-ups
Long Term: RX all CrossFit Open WODS in 2019

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

For Time:
800M run then 2 rounds of
10 Pull-ups
20 Box Jumps (24/20 inches)
30 DB Snatches (50lb/35lb)

1000M row then 2 rounds of
10 T2B
10 Clean and Jerks (135lb/95lb)
10 Burpees over Bar

50 calorie assault bike then 2 rounds of
10 T2B
10 Clean and Jerks (135lb/95lb)
10 Burpees over Bar

1000M row then 2 rounds of
10 Pull-ups
20 Box Jumps (24/20 inches)
30 DB Snatches (50lb/35lb)

Finish with a 800M run

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

Family day at the beach or watching the family (wife included) compete in sports!

13. Favorite healthy dish… and favorite “cheat” meal?

Grilled Chicken and Rice
Pizza or Nicholas Creamery

14. If you could be a superhero / animal / superstar who/what would you be and why?

Gumby and flexible are synonymous. One of my biggest hurdles with many of the CrossFit movements is my lack of flexibility.

15. Favorite inspirational quote?

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” – Tim Notke, HS Basketball coach

Athlete of the Month Brian Zink Success16. Interesting fact not many people know about you?

I am quietly a very competitive person.

Celebrating the Success of our Athletes of the Month

Every month we feature a new “Athlete of the Month” at CrossFit Salus. This is a member who has stuck out to us one way or another because of their amazing progress, grit, gains and community engagement. These featured athletes are full of motivation. Read their stories and get inspired.

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