Happy New Year from the staff at PCF! We’re grateful for another year with you all, and look forward to an awesome 2015.
Patriot CLOSED today, 1100 ONLY at Potomac.
Time for another installment of Coaches’ Corner. Who better to ring in your New Year than our resident no-repper, Aaron Kozuki?
Aaron K PCF: December 2008
When did you start coaching?
What made you want to coach?
I enjoy helping people, whether it be coaching or my day job — I’m a transportation consultant, and I work with transit agencies and intercity rail across the country in cost modeling, strategic capital planning, and asset management. As I became more experienced with CrossFit, my natural inclination was to help pass on what I’ve learned to help others get better.
What does that say about you?
It’s the fastest lift in the world (tee hee)! But really, it’s a complex movement that, with a lot of practice, becomes a beautiful thing to watch as it is performed with precision. (Humble brag: Just take a look at my 195# snatch on the Patriot FB page. It’s pretty.)
I’m pretty good with technology. Look, it’s right here.
Right you are. If you could cherry-pick your ideal WOD, what would it look like?
It would be a variant of “The Chief” — 5 rounds of 3min AMRAPs:
1 BW snatch
6 ring dips
9 air squats
1 min rest
Rest 3 minutes, then max strict HSPUs in 3 minutes. I just made that up in my head and it sounds amazing to me.
Let’s go into the vault. What’s your proudest childhood achievement?
Being elected chairperson for the Hawaii State Student Council for my senior year in high school. It was an honor representing all students in legislative and policy affairs, even though I was in WAY over my head.
I try to find songs that best match the WOD movements. Zedd or Calvin Harris — aka the polar opposite of Erika’s music — Zedd’s “Clarity” may be the best song ever for a metcon, especially one that involves rowing. EDM is really the best for sexy metcons.
I’m a spidermonkey. Though I don’t have long arms or a prehensile tail, it’s the nickname bestowed upon me by the legendary Vegas Mike during one of many nights of mischief at Eleventh, apparently because I’m strong for my size. [Source.]
Car singing — where no one can hear me when I belt out Nick Jonas’s “Jealous.”
Juicy. That needs to be shown the light of day. OK, it’s time for the slam-dunk question: What does the PCF community mean to you?
It’s a great mix of people with a variety of backgrounds who are willing and open to helping people out. Just look at the blog (aka the PCF oracle) for proof — a question or request can be answered by someone. Or it’s the crowd that shows up for an event, be it the Throwdown series or supporting SUPERVILLAIN at King Street Blues.
It’s harder than it looks. It isn’t just telling people what to do, turning on sexy music and starting the timer.
I play on a social kickball team, but since that isn’t really a sport (though some folks in the league beg to differ), really I just focus on looking athletic. So in short, I just look better naked — isn’t that what we all want?
I worked with an athlete earlier this year who had very limited body awareness when he started. Over a few months of steady progression, he was able to back squat 175# and deadlift 200#; weights he didn’t think he’d ever lift (credit daniel). It was a challenging and rewarding experience: it gave me the opportunity to design a program to hit his weaknesses, and helped me become a better coach by forcing me to develop different cues to change his movement patterns.
Awesome! What is one thing you wish our general athlete population would do more?
Keep track of your scores. Write them on the whiteboard and post to comments. It helps to a) track your performance and measure your progress over time, and more importantly, b) see how you did relative to others. I encourage healthy rivalries and competition — they challenge you to get better.
As the official CrossFit Games judge in the house, I don’t want to see people shorting standards or reps just to make the leaderboard or beat someone else’s time. It’s awesome to push yourself to get better, but there is a line of integrity you need to draw.