Pierre Pancorvo, Fitness Instructor

CrossFit  near Riverview

Pierre Pancorvo

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

I attended 3 years of college and university, attained my AA, and had planned to become an accountant, but life had different plans for me, and the school of hard knocks gifted me a full-ride to what seemed to be an accelerated program. I’m now a father, husband, business owner, investor, and CrossFit coach.

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

I love playing sports. Started out playing baseball, basketball, and volleyball young and then continued baseball and picked up soccer in high school and some adult leagues. Nowadays just sticking to the family get-together pickup games.




How did you find CrossFit?

Back in 2013, my friend told me to quit sticking to the global gym workouts and come check out this thing he called “CrossFit”. I kept politely blowing him off. I thought it was silly and no better than what I was already doing. Then one day I finally gave in and joined him. The workout was FRAN. I had no idea what a thruster was and I didn’t understand the mechanics of a “butterfly pull-up”, which meant that I had to commit to doing strict pull-ups. To my surprise, everyone was finishing the WOD as I was wrapping up my first round of pull-ups. I finished that WOD last and 20+ mins— I felt tired, out of breath and one gulp of air away from dry heaving each second of those 20+ mins. Probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done in my life at the time. I couldn’t move my arms for two days, and I may or may not have puked twice during the workout and once on the way home. I have been hooked ever since.

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

Rope climbs, bar muscle-ups, and burpees.

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

Not an athlete but Dave Castro, to pick his brain. The man’s a programming genius and I’d enjoy that he’d probably put us through something terrible.

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