Meet the Wellness Professional: Anthony Vorachak
Head CrossFit Coach and Personal Trainer at the River Valley Club
Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Anthony Vorachak, Head CrossFit Coach and Personal Trainer at the River Valley Club
Anthony at RVC's CrossFit Box
I am a former Division 1 Track and Field Decathlete. I studied Exercise Physiology at the University of New Hampshire. Right after college I did an internship at the River Valley Club with strength and conditioning coach Scott Caulfield and have been here ever since. After a couple years of being at RVC I saw the CrossFit Games on TV and thought to myself this is something I could be good at. I started with the path of competing and slowly got more involved with coaching.
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
Exercise should be fun! If you enjoy what you are doing it's easy to keep coming back.
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
I've never had any real huge set backs that I can think of. A few small injuries that kept me out for a couple of weeks but I usually find ways to work around them.
What makes you unique in your field?
My combination of high level experience with my education background in exercise science. I think I am able to see things differently in respect to exercise, athletics and movement. I am very passionate about this field and enjoy sharing my passion and what I have learned.
What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage?
I'm not a big snack person but I do like eating good size meals. I usually try to eat a good amount of carbs, fat and protein in every meal - i.e. Sweet potatoes and chicken thighs or rice, broccoli and turkey sausage. But also, pizza, burritos and burgers. I have to eat for fuel too.
What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
Tough question - I don't eat out a lot and I am not a picky eater at all. I do like the Worthy Kitchen though. Not a big fan of chain style restaurants.
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
Pizza and ice cream but pizza first.
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
I wish I knew more about strength and conditioning in high school to help my performance.
What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?
To squat and stretch your hip flexors.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.
Who or what gives you inspiration?
I'm inspired by people who never make excuses, even when an excuse is warranted, but instead choose to just keep working hard. It is easy to blame someone or something else but that will not change anything.
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
I try to tell them everything I know! Like lifting weights increases bone density to help prevent osteoporosis. Squat press and pull because these are all functional movements that we use in daily life. If you don't use it you will lose it!
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
A squat rack that includes a pull-up bar.
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
What are your passions outside of your field?
The outdoors! Lakes, rivers, mountains, fishing, hiking, hunting.
What is your least favorite exercise?
Isolation exercises like bicep curls.
What is your favorite exercise?
Squats and Snatch. Compound lifts are my favorite. Total body, functional and athletic.
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
Working out with friends helps you stay motivated. I think that is a big part of why CrossFit is successful.
How do you make better bad decisions?
Moderation. I think going hardcore usually ends in crashing because it isn't sustainable. Slowly work on making changes while still allowing yourself the things you like. Example, if you eat pizza every night maybe work on eating it every other night and throwing more veggies on it.
Where can people learn more about you? (Website, Facebook, etc...)
- Website: CrossFit RVC
- Facebook: CrossFit RVC
- Facebook: Anthony Vorachak
- Instagram: @AnthonyVorachak
- But really just come find me downstairs in the RVC CrossFit space! And please don't be intimated! I have a lot of respect and admiration for people who show up wanting to better themselves.
Would you or your business like to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com
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