Saxon Panchik Moves to PRVN and Prepares for Open Announcement 22.2
The 2022 CrossFit season has begun and Saxon Panchik is starting it with a new zip code and training environment. After spending his CrossFit career training in Ohio with his brothers Scott and Spencer, Saxon is now part of the PRVN training team – and living – in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This is something that’s evolved over the last few weeks,” he said. “It was a pretty quick change…I came down and worked out with them at the end of January and I got along with the group and I really liked what they were about. I felt like it made me better just spending two days down here.”
From there – Panchik, his wife Taylor and twin daughters packed their bags and moved to Nashville. After Panchik finished fifth last year at the CrossFit Games, he’s hoping this move will help him inch all the way to the top of the podium.
And what better way than to get an early start going head to head with last year’s champ, Justin Medeiros, as they both throw down live at the 22.2 Open Announcement.
“To be one of the athletes that are blessed to be able to do one of these, especially since now there are only three weeks, I think for me that’s pretty rare so of course, I want to jump on any opportunity to compete.”
Panchik is hoping to see a barbell for the 22.2 announcement but regardless of the workout, this will be a very different experience for him than last year when he went head to head with his brothers, Scott and Spencer, for 21.3 and 21.4.
“Being able to go against your brothers you want to beat them but you also want to see everyone succeed so going against someone who’s not family will be more where I’m focused on myself.”
Although the Open is certainly not when Games level athletes are looking to peak, Panchik made it clear that he wasn’t going to just skirt by – and that his performance in these three weeks is still a crucial confidence builder for his season.
“If I was to go through the Open and finish 50, 60, 100, 120, that’s not going to help your confidence going into these other events but if you finish top five, top three, or you win it, I also think that that’s going to help your confidence.”