Congratulations Mike! We are so excited that you have been chosen for this month’s spotlight. All of your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed and the coaches wanted you to be recognized for it. The transformation you have made is clear to all of us and well worthy to showcase!
Mike, you continue to show up day after day with a smile on your face, ready to take on the WOD no matter what it entails. You take advice, put it to good use, and succeed! Your metcon times, lift #’s, and positive attitude are always on the rise. Thanks for kicking ass and being an outstanding member for all of us to look up to. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you as an athlete.
Some words from your coaches…
Mike is a prime example of someone that can just step into CrossFit and succeed by effort alone, despite the fact all the movements were so new to him.
He always makes the choice to work hard and I think that inspires others to do the same.
He’s become a dedicated 7pm’er who has committed himself to improving his fitness through hard work and his technique by practice and being very coachable.
The member spotlight is a great way to highlight Mike and all his success thus far!
Mike is absolutely amazing and so inspiring! He is so focused on pushing himself and really improving technique to get even better at every movement! I’m so impressed with his drive and dedication. There is nothing better than when you know that someone in class is going all out and putting their best effort into the workout… and Mike is always that guy!
Let’s learn more about Mike!…
Tell us about yourself?
Well first I’d like to say thank you, it really means alot to me to be picked for the member spotlight. You guys are awesome!
There isn’t really much to tell but here goes nothing. I’m from North Babylon. I’m 33 years old. I’m a big kid at heart. If you ask for my opinion and I ask if you want me to be honest? get ready. I can be very random and spontaneous
I always have a bottle of water with me anywhere I go.
What do you do out in the real world?
I work in the aerospace industry as a program manager.
What brought you to Islip CF? How long have you been doing CrossFit?
A friend of mine has been doing crossfit for a few years and he told me about a Groupon for Islip CF and he wouldn’t leave me alone until I signed up. Well that was 7 months ago and it was the best decision I ever made when it comes to my fitness and health.
What was your first CF workout?
My first workout was 50KBS 100 double unders 75 Burpees 100 double unders and 50KBS. I remember scaling it and it still kicked my ass.
What did you think after it?
Honestly, It was tough and everything hurt the next day but I loved it. I never would have tried to do anything like that on my own. That was when I knew that if I wanted to make any real change to my health and fitness this was what I had to do.
What changes have you made in your diet or workouts that have been the most successful?
As far as diet I’m just a lot more conscious of what I eat. I don’t eat candy or drink soda and I cut back on my carbs. As far as workouts I try to make it to the box 4-5 times a week.
Favorite Cheat Meal?
It’s either Pizza or a Cheeseburger don’t make me choose!
Favorite movement? Least favorite? Benchmark WOD?
Favorite movement I’d say is Power cleans. Least favorite would have to be overhead squats. Benchmark WOD? I really enjoyed doing Murph. This year was my first time and I was only going to do the half but thanks to Nick I didn’t. I had to scale it but it definitely felt good to do it.
Favorite memory OR most memorable moment at Islip Crossfit? (could be a PR moment or an event etc.)
Actually today 9/1 I PR’d my power clean and was able to do some double unders. I really want to get them down.
What motivates you to keep coming back each day?
The coaches, the people and wanting to reach my goals. I have such a great time when I’m at the box. I couldn’t have made the progress I have if it wasn’t for all of the motivation and guidance I’ve received from everyone.
Something no one at the gym knows about you?
I usually only sleep 5-6 hours a night and when I can sleep in sometimes I’ll get 6.5 hours.
What is your greatest achievement in your fitness so far?
There are a couple first would have to be losing 40lbs and finishing my first Tough Mudder. Going for my second one in October . Neither of which I could have done without crossfit.
What has been the most challenging part?
Coming to terms with the fact that knowing how to do something and executing it are completely different.
Short term goal?
To be able to efficiently do double unders
Long term goal?
I would like to lose another 30lbs and work on getting pull-ups.
What/Who motivates or inspires you?
One thing that always inspires me is whenever someone puts in the hard work and effort and they reach their goals.
Don’t cry over things that don’t cry over you.
Favorite workout music?
Depends on my mood but usually rock or rap.
Anywhere I can enjoy peace and quiet preferably on a lake.
Advice for a new member or someone thinking of trying CrossFit?
Just try it, don’t quit and push yourself. Never be afraid to ask questions, nobody is judging you. Nick sees everything, Phil is always there and never drop an empty barbell.
How do you find/make time to get your workouts in?
I am lucky that my work schedule works so I can make it to the 7pm class. I also make it a priority. It would take something pretty important to make me miss any day other than my rest days.
What is your favorite part of Islip CrossFit?
It’s definitely the people.
If you aren’t at the box, where would we find you?
Working or spending time with my family and friends.
If you won lotto, what would you do?
Poof (cloud of smoke) lol. I would definitely take care of the people who are most important to me.
Last pic on your phone?
A picture of a fire we had over the weekend.
If you could program it, what is your perfect workout?
Hmmm it would definitely have rowing, deadlifts, running and some box jumps.