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Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. July’s Athlete of the Month is Scott Pao. Scott was chosen because of the positive attitude he brings to every single class (even when there’s a movement or workout that he doesn’t particularly like), his desire to improve every movement, and his willingness to accept the coach’s feedback and then implement it the best he can. His hard work is paying off and we love having Scott as a part of our OPCF community! Learn more about Scott below.

How long have you been working out at Overland Park CrossFit? I have been working out at OPCF for 10 months.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? Do you remember what it was? I thought that my body was going to feel this workout for the next week.

What has been your favorite workout so far? Anything that involves pushing the barbell is my favorite type of workout.

What is your favorite cheat meal? Korean fried chicken with a cold beer.

What did you want to be when you grew up and where do you work now? I wanted to become a professional race car driver. I’m currently a full-time student at the University of Kansas and majoring in finance.

What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my 6-year-old nephew.

What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF? Make sure you stay hydrated and listen to the coaches.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement? My favorite movement is the push press and my least favorite movement is the snatch.

What’s one Crossfit goal you have set for yourself to accomplish this next year? I really want to get a muscle-up!

What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF? I’ve developed my mental strength to be able to push myself farther than I think my body can go.

What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far? My progress with handstand push-ups.

How do you fit working out into your weekly schedule? Being a student, I’m able to fit my weekly schedule around working out.

What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet? Graduate from college, which I’ll accomplish this December!

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