Ep 68 – Pat and Taz Barber on CrossFit, Coaching, and Kids

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“The strongest thing a coach can have is a high level of emotional intelligence. So the ability to connect with people and see what they need and where they’re currently at. Whether it be where they’re currently at in life, or where they’re currently at in their progression through a movement, the ability to feel and sense the subtlety of human emotion is hands down the most important quality a coach can have.” – Pat Barber

Pat Barber found CrossFit while playing competitive high school volleyball, and was one of the few fortunate enough to train under Coach Greg Glassman at the original CrossFit gym. He began working for CrossFit as a video editor in those early days, and later as a trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff. Taz Barber also became a trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff after earning her BSc in Sports Science and BA in Psychology at the University of Auckland and opening the first ever CrossFit affiliate in New Zealand. Together, this power couple has had more than 10 CrossFit Games appearances, both as individuals and as members of various teams. They each served as the Head of Coaching Development at NC Fit prior to turning their full attention to running Warm Up and Workout together and raising their two young boys.

I caught up with the Barbers at their home in Santa Cruz, CA to talk about their history, what drives them to do what they do, and some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned along the way (hint: many of them come from being parents!).

In this episode we discuss:

  • Taz’s athletic background, finding CrossFit and starting an affiliate
  • Pat’s athletic background, collegiate sports and finding CrossFit through high school volleyball
  • The Glassmans, CrossFit Santa Cruz and the growth of CrossFit
  • Pat and the early days of CrossFit media
  • Taz’s natural competitive spirit and training for CrossFit competitions
  • How Pat and Taz met
  • Pat’s move to New Zealand
  • Their decision to move back to states, marriage and settling down
  • Working at NorCal CrossFit, and fostering coaching talent
  • Pat and Taz’s marriage and learning from their kids
  • Competing in the CrossFit Games individually and on teams
  • Pat and Taz on coaching, programming and continuing education
  • A day in the life of Pat and Taz
  • Three things Pat and Taz do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Pat and Taz

You can find Pat and Taz Barber’s session plans on Warmup and Workout and at Beyond the Whiteboard. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on Teaching CrossFit, Judging at the CrossFit Games, and Garage Gym Training

Ep 45 – Dan Bailey on Moving West, Training for 2017 and Danny Broflex

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: Do you have kids? Or maybe a pet? What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from taking care of someone who depends on you? How do you apply these lessons elsewhere in your life?