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January 19, 2012

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Eight years ago, John Schneider enlisted in the Marine Corps. His workouts, he says, were traditional: 3 sets of 10 in the bench press were standard as he trained for judo competitions.

“I thought I knew how to deadlift. I thought I knew how to squat,” says Schneider, who is the faculty adviser to Pitt student organization Panther CrossFit.

As he searched for a strength-and-conditioning program, a friend told him about

“Did my first workout, was wiped out and knew I was onto something that was totally different, and (I) went on to have the best competitive year I had in judo in my career at that point.”

Everything got better, Schneider says.

“I got 20 pull-ups for the first time after doing CrossFit.”

He shaved a minute off his 3-mile time and felt better prepared for new challenges faced in the Physical Screening Test—known as the PST—he endured as a member of the military.

“When I started I didn’t know anyone else was CrossFitting,” Schneider says. “I did it in the gym and everyone looked at me like I did something crazy, and I thought I discovered this new magical thing that nobody else knew about.”

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Additional reading: Toward Better Military PT Tests by 1st Lt. Matthew Hoff, published June 24, 2009.



3 Comments on “An Interview With John Schneider”


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Great stuff John, awesome to see you on here!


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Kudos John! I learned from john while at Camp Victory and now have my own box in Utah. Johns attitude is very infectious!

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