Thursday 100107

"Olympic Total"

Snatch 1 – 1 – 1 reps

Clean & jerk 1 – 1 – 1 reps

Warm up to an opening weight that you're comfortable making (80%+) and then let'r rip. 

Post loads and total to comments.


Buddy Zac!  Missing you already homie.

We first met Zac at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central just before the 2008 CrossFit Games.  We did a little workout just to keep the blood moving, but more importantly to meet some new people.  Zac not only welcomed us into the gym, put us through a workout, and strategized about the upcoming competition, but he also reminded us why we love CrossFit – because it allows us to meet extraordinary people that we have so much in common with.

Zac is leaving tomorrow for Palo Alto to take a position with Stanford University working in the strength and conditioning field for the football team.  Although he says it may not work out and he might be back in two weeks – we know better.  Zac is too good of a coach, too much fun, and has waaay too much personality to not do well at Stanford.  I know I speak for everyone at CrossFit Verve when I say we'll miss you Zac!  You are welcome back anytime you'd like – even in two weeks.  Best of luck!


  1. Lynn :

    so sad to see you leave, but I know you’ll be rock star wherever you go! congratulations zac, a great opportunity awaits! thank you for all your great instruction and turning me on to crossfit! you will be missed!

  2. Jeff "CueBall" :

    Zac, I know that you’ll be turning ordinary athletes into elite athletes while adding some West Coast flavor! If you ever come back to visit, we should destroy a WOD together.

  3. Nat Ridder :

    β€œHeels.” I will associate that word with Zac’s voice. Thanks man and have fun in Cali.

  4. derek :

    I will miss your socks!! Zac you are a great coach and a super cool guy. best of luck and thank you for all of your help it means a lot to me buddy

  5. I’m gonna really miss that Zac but geez, rock it at Stanford good buddy! Had a blast at the goodbye gig! Thanks for being beyond awesome, having probably the hugest zest for life that I’ve ever witnessed in one person and helping me change my life. One can never express this level of appreciation with mere words. Go show ’em how it’s done! Will miss ya bigtime.

  6. Emily :

    Your beautiful SOUL is so visible from the outside. I love how you seem to have no veil that dampens or hides it. Blaze through Stanford with all that you got Zac. You’ll be so missed.

  7. Amy Schaeffer :

    I’ll miss your face

  8. Tiff :

    zac…you are genuinely one of a kind! your welcoming manner, energy, and creativity makes you an extraordinary trainer and person!!! charisma, buddy, cha-ris-ma! you will be missed greatly! and i know you are going to rock stanford in a way only you can… it up! thanks for being a great inspiration and friend. =)

  9. gerson :

    Yo Zac… camping in Big Sur cali, we gotta go! see ya soon brotha!

  10. Jack :

    There are certain people in this universe that just have the important things figured out. Zac pioneered this pursuit before he was born.

  11. Kim :

    Hey Zac – so sorry I didn’t get chance to see you b/4 you left – even more sorry didn’t get to have some WODs w/you! Good luck to you. Sorry to see you leave but so happy for your new adventure. You coached me well, taught me a lot and certainly pushed me past the “can’t” (a word I’ve removed from my Crossfit vocabulary because of you!) and made me laugh – and come to think of it – made me cry as well! Stanford is blessed to have you on board! Will miss you!

  12. greg b. :

    i thought Stanford was for really sooper smart peeople? I noe you kan bring theme back doune to mie level. Do great and kick ass, Take care Greg

  13. Mike Ware :

    Zac, Sorry I did not get a chance to say bye in person! So later! Stanford is lucky to have you! Thanks for introducing me to the Verve. Keep in touch. Mike

  14. Timk :

    Zac, You will be missed but what a great opportunity! Best of Luck!

  15. Clinton :

    Zac, best of luck and have fun with the new adventure. Rock N Roll Brother!

  16. Erin :

    ZAC!! I am so bummed that I missed your going away par-tay! You have blessed us all with that beaming smile of yours and a happiness exuding energy that is unparalled!!! We were lucky to have you, even if it were for way too short of a time! I’m with Nat, I will also associate the word “heels!” with your voice…it will be missed greatly! You have an uncanny ability to lead and coach by example. Thank you for all you have given us here at CFV! You are gonna ROCK Stanford! They have NO idea what they are getting but soon they will find out! πŸ™‚
    Hopefully I will get to see you soon! I have your fiance for ransom! HA!
    Good luck Buddy!

  17. jc :

    Zacha, only trained with you for 4 months but it was great! You will be missed dude, the gym just got less wierd πŸ™ Good luck in Cali, all the best.
    Jimmy C

  18. Michael :

    One friend in a lifetime is much;
    two are many; three are hardly possible.
    Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
    CrossFit Verve: Matt & Cherie, Zac, & Heather, Luke, Anna, and Joylnn as well as the many members who I cheer, pat on the back, live strong with, sweat, hyperventilate, joke, and even envy every one in a while (erins double unders, cherisa’s bad ass prowess, dan’s guitar playing, etc.)
    May our family continue to grow no matter where we go.
    Cheers pIINNNNNee!

  19. tiff :

    on a side note….what the wha???!! joei and steph are famous! =) (sorry if i misspelled names….)

  20. Elizabeth :

    Totally started crying when I saw that picture! Gonna miss you and your good energy! Good luck! Go kick some stanford ASS!!!!

  21. Andy :

    Zac, that 6am instant energy will be sorely missed. Loved laughing at whatever ludicrous comment/gesture/noise was on tap for the day. You don’t need it, but good luck at Stanford. And don’t let the football team give you any crap about your socks.

  22. Nisha :

    Good luck Zac! Hope to see you back in Denver soon!

  23. Jaime Brenner :

    Thank you Zac for being a part of my first Crossfit experience. You’ll be missed by many!! Thank you for all the time and energy you put into getting us all in shape. Stanford is lucky to have you πŸ™‚

  24. Mary Cripe :

    I was so excited to come back and do workouts with you. Selfishly I hope you hate it and come back, but as they said in the posting that will be unlikely to happen. Thanks for making working out so much fun!
    Good luck! You’ll be missed!

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