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January Athlete Of The Month – Michael

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Let’s hear it for the first athlete of the month of 2020…. Michael!!!

Michael has been in the 2024 family and doing CrossFit for officially one year this month! We think this is a fantastic way to kick off the year and celebrate his anniversary with us. Since joining, Michael has been one of the most consistent athletes we’ve been blessed to have. No matter what’s happening, he makes it a priority to get to the box to get his fitness in. Besides his consistency, Michael moves incredibly well, is coachable and awesome guy with the most animated faces while working out, which our family LOVES! It’s even been rumored that he should have his own emoji! Everyone at the box enjoys being around Mikey. Coach Jared recently said this about him, “What stands out to me about Michael and why I think he deserves athlete of the month is his insane consistency. He is at the gym every day without fail. I honestly can’t remember a day I HAVEN’T seen him at the gym and with that he’s humble enough to focus on movement and makes sure he does things correctly before worrying about weight or intensity. It’s rally awesome to see and something we can all look up to.”

We absolutely love having you in our 2024 family “Mikey” and we can’t wait to see all the wonderful gains in store for you! Keep it up!

Some fun facts about Michael:

Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: I started January 2019 so exactly one year ago. 

Q: Why did you originally hop on the CrossFit Express?
A: I had a friend in college that started back in Ohio and he seemed to have fun doing it so I decided to give CrossFit a try when I move down here to Austin.

Q: What motivates you to keep going and working hard?
A: Some people read books or learn a foreign language to invest back in themselves, I choose to work out and see how far I can push myself. Also being around others doing the same thing as me is motivation within itself. 

Q: What’s your favorite movements in CrossFit?
A: If you asked me this question 6 months ago, I would have said the snatch, but now all you have to do is give me a barbell and tell me to do cleans or front squats and I am a happy man. Also, I like to run. 

Q: What are your long term goals?
A: My biggest goal is to just keep having fun, if I can’t do that then I’m doing something wrong. I would also love to try my hand at a competition this year. 

Q: What’s your biggest accomplishment since joining 2024?
A: I have accomplished so much since joining, but my biggest one was simply showing up the very first day and continuing to do so afterwards. I remember my first workout; it was overhead squats and I was struggling to with just the bar overhead. I could have stopped there after failing my first day but didn’t and now I can squat a lot more than just the bar. 

Q: What’s one hidden talent you have or interesting fact about you?
A: I once sold Mark Cuban, American entrepreneur and Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, a bottle of Coca-Cola. 

Q: Favorite movie?
A: My favorite movie has got to be The Shawshank Redemption. It is one of those movies that I will always watch if it is on tv even if there is something better on. 

Q: Favorite coffee/lunch/dinner spot in ATX?
A: Well I don’t drink coffee and/or really eat out for lunch, so my answer is any pizza restaurant as I am still searching for the best pizza in Austin. 

Q: What’s one item on your bucket list?
A: At some point I would love to just take a few weeks off and just travel across Europe. My sister got to study abroad in college and travel on the weekends and she had a ton of fun doing it. 

Q: Favorite Cheat Meal?
A: Raising Cane’s. And it doesn’t help that I live directly across the street from one. 

Q: What are you looking forward to the most in 2020?
A: Getting a dog. I haven’t even told my family, but this is 100% happening.

Q: What’s something you’d say to someone considering joining CrossFit for the first time?
A: Sure, it’s more expensive than say Planet Fitness. Sure, doing 100 burpees for time sucks. And I know this sounds cliché, but the people you meet along the way and seeing yourself improve over time more than makes up for the 30+ minutes you might be uncomfortable that day.