Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym. November’s Athlete of the Month is Zach Lieberman. Zach has been at OPCF for 6 months now. In the few months that Zach has been here, he has managed to improve his aerobic and anaerobic capacity and gain strength. He has also cracked some great Dad jokes.It has been amazing having him here, and we are excited to have him continue crushing it here, at OPCF! Read below to learn about Zach and what he has to say! We are so happy to have Zach with us at OPCF, and could not be more proud than to recognize Zach for our November Athlete of the Month!
How long have you been working out at Overland Park CrossFit? I have been working out at OPCF since April of this year. November will be 6 months participating with any type of CrossFit organization!
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? Do you remember what it was? My very first CrossFit workout was with Coach Anthony. I had a few sessions with him before I started to take classes in April. The first thing he had me do were stretching exercises. I thought I was going to get sick during my first “World’s Greatest Stretch.”
What has been your favorite workout so far? Well, I haven’t found a favorite workout so far. I do like Back Squats and Kettle Bell Carries. My most memorable workout was the 40-minute row. It was just us versus the rower versus the clock – have never done anything like that before!
What did you want to be when you grew up and where do you work now? When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a game show host. I thought it would be fun to give prizes and money away. I work for KMBC Channel 9 where I am the Local Advertising Sales Manager. I have been with this company for 15 years. It’s my fault if you have ever been sick of watching commercials during the Bachelor or Shark Tank.
What do you like to do outside of work? Life is busy. Both my son and daughter go to Mizzou. Besides going to MU Football games, We all like to travel. Our next trip is to Mexico in January. We also like live music – Knuckleheads is our favorite Venue.
What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF? As a newbie myself I’m still growing and learning. What I’ve learned so far is that the coaches and classmates really care about your personal success and all work hard to encourage you to be the best that you can be. I also learned that you have to play your own game and work hard and recognize your own accomplishments. Don’t compare your performance to your classmates but compare yourself to where you were one week, one month and one year ago and you’ll be surprised at your own development and growth.
What is on your bucket list? Speaking of traveling – I’d love to go on a yearlong RV road trip across America. I’m also trying to talk my wife into going to Japan.
Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without? Coffee…..Every Day No Matter what.
If your pet could talk, what do you think they might say about you? I wish he would drop more food on the floor.
What is your favorite random fact? I know the planets as well as the first 10 presidents all in order.
What is your go-to karaoke song? ‘I Love a Rainy Night’ Eddie Rabbit