We are very excited to welcome Anthony Piccari to our coaching staff! He has been a wonderful member for many months and we are looking forward to having his experience and humor as a part of our Carousel CrossFit Family!
What‘s your favorite thing or things about coaching CrossFit?
First and foremost, I love sharing knowledge. Coaching gives me an opportunity to do that while throwing in some of my personality to the delivery to (hopefully) make people laugh while they learn.
Second, I love the mechanics of the movements. How one movement links to or is the foundation of another; using positions to create momentum or torque; or how one muscle or body part is linked to a movement that would normally never be considered as the case.
For instance, the explosive movement of jumping your feet to your hands in a burpee is essentially the same movement used when efficiently climbing a rope. Or how pushing your big toe into the ground in the deadlift setup can activate your glutes for the pull. And even using proper torque in the bench press to build tension in your lats and move more weight. These are just a few random examples of what I mean, and there are many more.
What I love about coaching is making these kinds of connections for the athletes. I enjoy seeing the proverbial light bulb above the athletes’ head turn on when I’m able to tie together different foundations or cues like these and have the proper, full movement come together.
What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit movement?
My favorite Complex movement for a long time has been the Clean. Otherwise, I cant get enough of sandbag squats in different variations. They’re simple and crazy effective in training so many areas at once.
A movement that I tend to loathe is V-Ups, pretty much all the time. I struggle with them from a mobility, strength, lack of momentum, and a fat standpoint. Other than that, I’m not a huge fan of Sumo Deadlift High Pulls… who likes those anyway???
Do you have any advice for new members or people thinking of joining CrossFit?
Three main things here…
First, I’d say to give it a shot if you’re thinking about it – the foundational movements are extremely beneficial to your long term health and abilities. Don’t be scared if you think you’re out of shape or haven’t done anything like it before – even the coaches and games athletes had their first crossfit class at one point…
Second, the simple things of rest and water go a very long way towards your performance in and out of the gym, as well as your longevity in Crossfit. Listen to your body; it’s smarter than you choose to acknowledge at times.
Third, ignore the clock (at least in the beginning of your journey). Quality over quantity is the name of the game, so don’t rush and sacrifice form to get a lower time than the rest of the class. Trust me when I say that learning how to move properly FIRST will only allow you to lift more weight, for more reps in the future.
What is your day like outside of the gym?
I’m in the automotive business and one of my hobbies is cars, so it’s a lot of car stuff…
During the week is suit and tie, meetings, emails, lots of driving and then fitting in the family aspect as much as possible/needed.
Weekends wind up being random family adventures, working on my car, and any other hobbies I can muster up time to do. And emails….
What’s something not many people know about you?
I used to roller skate to classes from my off campus house in college. Parking was tough and I was good at roller skating.