“I think that’s super important, to have just great people around you to train with, especially brothers. You can say whatever you need to say to each other, and no feelings will be hurt. But not just that but, you know, those two years, junior and senior year, again we were still… I think I weighed 150 pounds and I wasn’t ready to lift heavy loads. So, what Scott had us do, we modified everything back. I don’t think I even had muscle-ups down at the time, and we just cut everything back. He said, ‘I don’t care how light you need to go, but I want you to kick my butt in every workout.’” – Saxon Panchik
Growing up, all the Panchik kids were exceptionally active, playing football, basketball, wrestling and more, until a near-deadly childhood hiking accident landed both Saxon and Spencer in the hospital with multiple injuries. Unable to return to the contact sports they loved, Saxon and Spencer shifted their focus towards a new sport: CrossFit.
As they got older, Saxon and Spencer watched closely as Scott worked with their dad to open CrossFit Mentality, learning the ins and outs of running a business and gaining first-hand coaching experience that would pave the way for them to open their own affiliate, CrossFit Cliffside. They also trained alongside Scott as he prepared for the CrossFit Games, scaling workouts to maximize intensity and pushing each other to improve every session.
These days, Saxon and Spencer are elite competitive athletes in their own right: in 2018 both finished in the top 20 at the highly competitive Central Regional, and Saxon went on to compete at the 2018 CrossFit Games, finishing 19th.
I recently caught up with Saxon and Spencer to learn what it’s like to compete against and alongside family, what they’re doing to prepare for the 2019 Games season, and what it’s like to make the leap from athlete to affiliate owner.
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