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Coaches Zach & Eric - Seaside Crossfit, Athlete's Strength and Conditioning

by Sue Shannon on October 15, 2021

Fitness is their passion, playing hockey, lacrosse, baseball, football, and track and field, since early teens. Through practice and education, a true love for athletic training, and strength and conditioning ensued.

With over 10 years of coaching experience combined, including high school hockey and football, as well as certifications in Olympic lifting, functional movement, precision nutrition, CrossFit, and a Degree in Exercise Science, they both love helping every person they work with, reach their fitness goals.

Both Eric and Zach train all ages - from middle school athletes to 70 year olds! They say it is especially cool to see the middle and high school athletes show up with a smile on their face! They want to be the best they can be, and see the value of not only improving their performance in their chosen sport, but embracing strengthen and conditioning and good habits, to help prevent injuries and keep their body in the game longer! And, many are able to realize their dream of playing college sports! As Zach and Eric say, trust the process, and the results will show!

Injury prevention and recovery tips

Both Zach and Eric have experienced and seen many minor injuries throughout their playing and coaching careers. Many of these minor injuries can be addressed and even prevented, through proper rest, stretching, body weight movement, as well as ice and heat treatments. When muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries occur on site they recommend treating with ice immediately, in order to keep inflammation down. "IceeNOW is awesome in the sense that is readily available and so easy to use. We have the IceeNOW ice wraps on hand at Seaside and ready to use when needed" explains Zach. After icing, they introduce movement and heat back to the area, in order to see proper recovery.

Recovery through rest, proper nutrition, and static stretching are important for muscle and joint recovery. On longer and more intense training days, they recommend these three things, along with some type of cryotherapy through ice and/or ice baths, alternating with heat. Cold can reduce inflammation and treat existing injuries while the heat will bring blood to the muscles for repair. They also say "motion is lotion" when it comes to muscle soreness and recovery. Movement, cold, heat, rest and proper nutrition are all a component to recovery.

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