Mark Bambach, Fitness Instructor

CrossFit  near Riverview

Mark Bambach

College attended/Degree/Military Service and what you do now

-U.S. Army 

- Hillsborough Community College

Your athletic background (did you play competitive sports, college sports; your certifications – including what CrossFit certs you have

Growing up I played a lot of soccer and basketball, then football and rugby in high school, and in adult leagues.  I'm currently working on getting my Level 1 Cert, CrossFit Olympic Certification and/or USAW Certification. 

How did you find CrossFit?

While I was in the Army, one of my drill sergeants in basic training told us about CrossFit.  Once I was discharged, I started looking into it a bit more, and joined a local box close to my home for a few months.  Then when I moved to Brandon in 2015 I found CrossFit BNI, and haven't looked back since!  My first workout was Fight Gone Bad, and it was the 5 round (championship) version, not the regular 3 round version, and it buried me.  Went out way to hot from the beginning, and died a couple times.  The rest round was not a minute long and I'll die with that claim LMAO!

Favorite CrossFit move (could be Oly lift, other lift, cardio move, even burpees (if you really love them!)

This may come as a bit of a shock, considering I'm what you consider "fluffy", but I love gymnastics movements.  Handstand walks, handstand pushups, and bar muscle ups to be more specific.  When it comes to lifting I love the Oly lifts, Clean/Jerk and Snatch.  They're super technical and happen so quickly that it takes a lot of practice to get efficient and comfortable with the movements.

CrossFit athlete you would most like to WOD with (and for what reason)

Would love to throwdown with Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa.  The first CrossFit Open that I paid attention to had those two throw down in 13.5 and that's what got me hooked!  Besides, who wouldn't want to throw down with some of the CrossFit OG's!  

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