Zack Haygood

Zack is originally from Tampa, FL but spent some time living overseas as well. In high school he was big into basketball, traveling up and down the east coast playing in tournaments and out of state schools. After high school he went on to college in South Carolina, but got bored and joined the Army where he spent the next 8 years as an Infantryman at Fort Drum, NY. Currently, he is a Financial Analyst for MGA, but recently got accepted to a position in D.C. with the Capital Police. 

This has been a big year for you. Can you tell us about some goals you have achieved recently?
This has definitely been a crazy year. This year I was able to compete more than ever, received my MBA from Liberty University, and most importantly, tried a ton of donut shops.

Competition seems to be something you enjoy very much about CrossFit. What can you tell people that don't compete the importance of potentially entering a local competition one day?
In the words of the late Shia Labeouf, "Do it!" Competition brings out the best in you and shows where improvements can be made. Don't worry if you don't think you'll win, that's not the point. Get out and push yourself. You might just be surprised at what you can do.

What's your favorite Donut Shop?
Hands down Donnies Donuts in Daytona Beach. Pretty sure it's the stuff unicorns are made from.

Why are you trying to ruin a good thing and move somewhere else?!
I've always loved D.C., and who doesn't love a new adventure?!

When you leave and enter local competitions in other places, are you going to fly Taylor to visit so she can do all the weightlifting portions of the event?
Absolutely! You don't expect me to lift anything heavy do you? The first team competition we did, the judge told me to just stand there and let her do all the lifts!

If you had a billboard that you couldn't use for advertising, what would you want it to say?
Look in the mirror. That's your competition.

What do you think you'll miss most about Jacksonville?
Honestly, the gym. Hands down the best group of people I've ever known. I've been to many gyms, but none have been as great of friends and community as it is here. 

The world wants to know... what's realllly going on with you and Taylor???
That's my donut partner in crime. We know how to push each other to bring out our bestin one another.

We're really sad to see you go but wish you the best of luck. We'll continue your billing cycle in your memory and incase you ever decide to come back. Do you have any final thoughts, comments or words of encouragement?
Thank you for everything over the past year. I've learned so much from all the coaches and have learned to push myself harder because I don't want Jen or Charity to yell at me. The biggest thing that I can say is to have fun, stick with it, eat a donut, and do it again the next day.