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Athlete of the Month – Zane Beard

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Congratulations to our male
Athlete of the Month 
Zane Beard

What makes Zane such a stand out candidate for our athlete of the month is his positive attitude and his commitment to the process. Zane always shows up with a smile, ready to put in 110%. He is a loyal 7:00 PM member. Read more about who he is, how he dialed in his nutrition and lost weight, and what he does outside of CFPB.

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Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m 27 and originally from Northeast Texas. I left there to attend Texas A&M University where I earned a Bachelors in Leadership Development, and a Masters in Real Estate Development. After school I moved here to Jupiter (about 2 years ago) and work for Toll Brothers doing Land Development. My only kid is a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Ryder who keeps life pretty interesting.

What’s something about you that others may not know about you?  Any special talents, hobbies, or interests?

Something that people are always surprised to learn is that I enjoy woodworking. Growing up I was always helping my Grandpa work on different stuff and I ended up developing an interest in it too. I’ve built all kinds of things from my current bed and other furniture, a poker table, all kinds of decorations, a bar, and have even framed houses and built other structures.

What do you like to do outside the gym?  

Outside of the gym I enjoy anything active. Growing up I was always playing sports and now I try to do something that keeps me competing. I play golf, softball, and am even on a kickball team right now.

When did you start CrossFit?  Why did you decide to join CrossFit at that time?  What do you remember most about when you first started?

I started CrossFit in September of 2017. Before CrossFit, like a lot of other people, I was lifting weights regularly at the gym but wasn’t focusing on any cardio at all and my nutrition was, lets say, not good… My coworkers convinced me (after about a year of trying) to give crossfit a try and I decided to come out to the Beach WOD that CFPB had last summer. I remember thinking “how bad could it be?” well, when I didn’t make it through the first half of the work out I realized it could be pretty bad… but I also had a great time that day, so I decided to sign up.

WHAT NEW BELIEF, BEHAVIORS, OR HABITS, ADOPTED since you started Beachfit/Crossfit, HAVE MOST POSITIVELY IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?

Paying better attention to my nutrition has had the greatest impact on my life. When I joined CFPB I weighed in at 210 lbs and was eating whatever I wanted, but it was ok because I was lifting weights at Golds Gym so it didn’t matter what I ate (or drank). Now after 10 months of crossfit, 40 lbs, and watching my nutrition, I realize just how ignorant I was. While im still not perfect and enjoy the occational pizza I don’t over indulge like I used to and now I understand how what we use as fuel effects our lives.

Zane winning 2nd with his team mate German at this years Deadly Duo IV

What has been your most memorable workout?  (This could be a very positive experience, funny experience or one that was very challenging)

The workout that always comes to mind when I think of memorable would be 18.1 in this years open. Being new to CrossFit I didn’t even really know what the open was but I decided to sign up and do the Friday Night Bar Fights. The workout was a 20 minute AMRAP with 8 toes to bar, 10 dumbbell hang clean and jerks, and 14 calorie row. I remember standing there under the rig with the crowd and how exciting it was to be “competeing” in the open as a newbie with only about 5 months of experience. I remember the 3,2,1, go and jumping up to the rig to do my 8 toes to bar (unbroken) , jumping down to the dumbbell and knocking out the clean and jerks (unbroken), and then walking to the rower, looking around…and seeing no one else on the row… it was at that moment I realized the importance of pacing a work out…

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?

As cliché as it sounds “just show up” runs through my mind a lot. Especially on days when I look at the posted workout and it looks daunting. I just have to remind myself that I will actually feel worse if I don’t go and I’ll be dissapointed in myself for skipping it just because it may seem a little tough.

Also “you cant outwork your nutrition” has been something I have taken to heart lately. I’m still no where near perfect but once I changed my diet and started paying more attention to what I was eating is when I really started getting results and seeing improvements.

Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?

I havent had any major setbacks since starting Crossfit but due to my background in sports I have a number of preexisting injuries (dislocated shoulders, torn ACL, broken leg, etc…) and I do have days where I have to dial it back some. Particularly when we are doing snatch work I have to be a little careful with my shoulders. The key for me is just understanding what I can do safely and making sure that if something doesn’t feel quite right I scale the weights or the movements as needed.

What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CF (this could be CF related or just personal)

I would say investing in understanding nutrition. I still have a lot to learn and understand but I know so much more now than I did a year ago regarding how what we use to fuel our bodies effects not only our workouts but our daily lifes. It was when I started to focus on what I eat and try to limit the bad foods that I really started seeing progress both in my work outs but also in the transformation of my body.

What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated?

I just remind myself how much im paying for the gym! Seriously though, when I don’t go I feel like my day is not complete and that I have failed the day. Even on days when I tell myself im going to rest if I don’t do something active I feel like ive wasted the day. So when I do have the days that I don’t feel 100% I just remind myelf how awful ill feel if I don’t go.

What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach?  

Really everything. The community is amzing and theres so many great people at CFPB. The coaches are second to none with their teaching abilities. You guys do a great job of picking up on cues and showing us ways to improve. The programming is always exciting and challenging. And the extra things that are offered outside of class from the barbell seminars we recently had, the mobility classes, in house competitions, and things like the beach WODs.