Zach grew up in Kansas and moved to the Wylie area in 2013. He was in the Army for 10 years and was deployed to Iraq and Africa for a year each. He now works as a fraud investigator for insurance claims. Zach got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Geography and has a Master’s in Business Administration. He is married to his wife Sara and they have a daughter named Avery. You will see Zach rain or shine at the 5pm class during the week and the 9am class on Saturday. Zach has been one of our most consistent athletes over the years and it shows through the changes in his physique and performance.

Alex: How long have you been at CrossFit Wylie?
Zach: Over 4 years now.

Alex: Why do you CrossFit
Zach: I discovered CrossFit in the military in 2008, I enjoy the challenge and group environment of CrossFit.

Alex: Favorite CrossFit movement or lift?
Zach: The deadlift. It has always been easy for me and is not very complicated.

Alex: Least favorite CrossFit movement or lift?
Zach: The Jerk.

Alex: What is the thing that has surprised you the most since you started CrossFit?
Zach: How continually challenging the workouts are. Coming to the gym is always humbling and it never gets easier.

Alex: You have over time consistently gained muscle mass and lost body fat over the years you have been a member at CrossFit Wylie. What are the biggest factors with that and do you have any pointers for consistency?
Zach: For the first year or so I did not change my diet, I was just consistent with making it to the gym. Once that plateaued, I started to alter what I ate. I got rid of sugar, processed foods and limited my starchy carbohydrates. The biggest is sticking with your diet, nothing happens overnight.

Alex: What advice do you have for beginners?
Zach: My advice for beginners is to continue to show up. Make it part of your life instead of making it something you just do.

Alex: Can you tell me an interesting fact about yourself?
Zach: I went to the defense language institute to learn French for the military.

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