Anthony Baranta is the proud owner of CrossFit Athletic Academy and Shaolin Studios in New York. Not only is he the owner of the gym, but he is the head coach in charge of the CrossFit programming, Sensei Anthony, teaching Shaolin Kempo Karate, CrossFit Kids as well as a father, fiance and fitness guru changing lives on Long Island, NY. He sat down to chat with us.
How did you get started in crossfit?
I got into CrossFit in 2008. I was searching on Google how the actors from the film “300” got into such great shape. I was led into things such as kettle bells, pull ups, and barbell movements, as well as these “CrossFit” and Cross Fitness key words that kept popping up. I was driving down the highway one day and I saw a CrossFit sign with a kettle bell on it, stopped in and that was that! A Crossfitter was born.
How has the way you train for crossfit changed over the years?
In the early years it was a ton of cardio endurance workouts, but I was always strength and conditioning based. As the years passed I began implementing a lot of Olympic lifting as well as gymnastics into my training. It used to be that you would just try these movements as a part of your workout but now I spend time on every single technique to really provide a strong foundation during the workouts.
Do you do more than one CrossFit workout per day?
Yes, I do two to three CrossFit workouts per day.
What kind of music do you listen to when you are working out?
My favorite music to listen to while working out is pop music. It keeps you moving through the workout, although you never really remember what was playing when you’re done.
We all have at least one, what is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
What is the biggest misconception about CrossFit?
That CrossFit is dangerous and it’s inevitable that you will get hurt.
What does your diet look like?
My diet is made up of 60% fat 30% protein 10% carbs. I love guacamole on everything, chicken or steak, maybe a wrap here and there, veggies or a little rice.
What are the top 10 foods we would find in your kitchen?
- Almond milk
- Almond butter
- Kerry gold butter
- Kind cereal
What are your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises?
My favorite CrossFit exercise would be the clean and jerk; least favorite is running.
If you could give somebody starting in CrossFit some advice what would it be?
My advice would be that it is supposed to be hard, but everything is achievable. Don’t quit! You got this!
Tell us about your biggest CrossFit influence?
My son is my biggest CrossFit influence. I want to be the best that can be and show him he can do the same with focus, discipline and commitment.
Favorite cheat food?
Chocolate chip cookies, a little under cooked.
Do you take any supplements?
Yes – Creatine, BCAA’s, Vitamin D, Whey protein, multi-mineral.
What does the future hold for you?
The future is whatever I make it to be. I want to place Top 10 at Regionals, as well as grow my business (CrossFit Athletic Academy) and put myself in a position where people seek me out to train with me. I want to be the premiere CrossFit coach of Long Island, New York.