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Is there anything that Scott Panchik doesn’t do well? We asked Scott about going team, beating Rich Froning, staying consistent after all these years and owning a gym. We also asked him about his most memorable CrossFit moment!
Q: Congratulations on being the newest team member of CrossFit Mayhem. What were your top reasons for going team?
A: Going team has always been a goal of mine. I played a lot of team sports growing up and l will love sharing the journey with others this season. Going team also allows me to be more present with my family, friends, and community at Crossfit Mentality.
Q: How did it feel to beat Rich Froning Jr. in Open workout 20.1?
A: Sharing the floor with Rich brought back a lot of great memories from competing against him at Regionals and the Crossfit Games. Coming away with a win is always a great feeling in anything you do in life.
Q: There are a lot of Grips out there. Why do you choose Victory Grips?
A: I choose Victory Grips because they are the very best and get the job done. My hands have been healthier than ever since making the switch.
Q: What are your favorite style and material of Victory Grips?
A: My favorite style of grips are the Stealth 3 Finger Grips.
Q: You are no stranger to the CrossFit Competition floor. What is your most memorable Games experience and why?
A: My most memorable moment was battling Mat Fraser in the Squat Clean Event in the 2019 Crossfit Games.
Q: Outside of functional fitness training, what other sports and/or activities do you enjoy?
A: I recently started swimming more, and I love going on hikes with my wife and dog.
Q: What do you think is the key that has kept you this consistent for this long?
A: Every year I come back from the Games I change a few things. I find it very important to surround yourself with people that push you to be better and bring out the very best in you. The sport will continue to evolve and I have always strived to do the same.
Q: Name an athlete you look up to and why.
A: I look up to my dad (David Panchik) who introduced me to Crossfit back in 2008 and is still doing it today!
Q: What is your favorite CrossFit movement? What is your least Favorite?
A: My favorite movement is a clean. My least favorite movement is long-distance running.
Q: How do you manage your time being a gym owner and an athlete? Are you able to coach classes and have a big presence in the gym?
A: I have a great team around me at Crossfit Mentality that has supported me as an athlete over the years. My wife and I run the gym together. If it wasn't for her I likely would not be competing. I coach classes, and will always have a presence in our gym. I see my self as a gym owner that competes in Crossfit, not the other way around.