Tom Borak

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in 2009 and started coaching in 2011 and began focusing on Weightlifting in 2013.


What was your first CrossFit workout and how did you do?

My first workout was Fight Gone Bad. I came in thinking I was going to kill it, but the coach made me use less-than-Rx weight and I only made it through three of five rounds. I felt like I was going to die, but I’d never felt like that after a workout of any kind before, so I came back the next day!


What’s your athletic background? Did you play any sports growing up?

I grew up playing baseball. I never did any weight training because I didn’t want to “get too bulky,” which I thought would inhibit my athleticism (also, I was lazy and it was a convenient excuse). I was still playing when I started CrossFit and it was incredible how much better it made me! I wish I’d had a coach explain the value of a good training program when I was younger!


What inspires you as a coach – why do you do it?

I coach because I want to help people avoid the mistakes I made and misconceptions I had about fitness and nutrition prior to finding CrossFit. I am also fascinated by the technical precision that’s required to lift heavy weight and I love sharing the finer points of this sport with others who are inspired to push themselves to their physical limits.


What are your favorite and least favorite CrossFit movements?

Favorite is anything heavy, especially snatch. Least favorite is anything cardio, but mostly running.


What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone new to CrossFit?

CrossFit is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge. Even if every movement is hard for you at first, they’ll get easier as you get better. The ability to continually make yourself keep moving is a constant challenge that only gets harder as your work capacity increases. Don’t worry as much about your physical progression – it will come in time. Start early on the mental aspect and you’ll find yourself ahead of the game in the long run!


What is your favorite thing about CrossFit (community, challenging workouts, friends, etc?)

I love the community. I have always picked my gym based on the community – primarily the attitude of the group. To me, CrossFit is less about competing with others and more about competing with yourself, so surrounding yourself with people who will support you, even while trying to beat you, is paramount to a good CrossFit gym.


List any athletic accolades, CrossFit or otherwise (college sports, national events, etc.)

2x state champion in weightlifting

2x qualifier for the American Open finals (weightlifting)


List of credentials/certs


CrossFit Weightlifting

Enderton Strength

Attitude Nation L1 & L2

Cal Strength Certified

NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach