Sometimes people get overlooked. It’s not that they don’t deserve rewards. It’s just that it’s easy to forget that somebody’s day in and day out consistency needs to be recognized right away.
Tom has flown under the radar for 6 years without ever being highlighted as a client success. The funny thing is…he has been crushing it the entire time. Tom often sets the mark for the workouts in his noon class and has even had many of the overall best workout times/scores for the gym as a whole for a long time.
He is a guy who humbly shows up and works his tail off and never looks for credit from outside sources.
I will never forget about 2 years ago when he was dealing with some serious shoulder and elbow issues to the point that he couldn’t use of his arm for a good 2 months or so. Most people typically avoid the gym until they can return or simply never come back. This guy simply showed up and modified everything in the workout so that he wouldn’t miss a beat. Everything with weights turned into single arm lifts. He was even doing 1-arm jumping pull-ups. If we had to, at times upper body movements were changed entirely to squats, lunges, box jumps, running, etc. so that he could still get better and improve his fitness every single day. Not once did I ever notice frustration or concern in his demeanor.
It’s a cool thing to see somebody who has guts this day and age. People like him remind me that having a strong mind is what I need to strive for everyday, and I only wish more people understood this today. Sadly, it has become a lost way.
Here’s to being Brave, Bold and Resilient!
I started my journey with CrossFit at CrossFit Central in 2007. My wife, Whitney, was participating in a challenge and I went to watch her compete. I remember being in awe at both the workout and the fitness of the competitors. It was truly amazing. That next week, I had enrolled in a 6am class that was being taught by Mike. As with most CrossFitters, I quickly became enthralled with not only the WODs but the community as well. I found a place where people were like-minded and strived to encourage each other.
Through the years, I have continued to train with Mike because of his incredible knowledge and his positive outlook. For six years I have trained with one of the best coaches. I feel thankful that he has let me be a part of the community. Not only do I continue to make gains and PRs but I feel that I am a better person for my family and friends. I also feel blessed that I have been allowed to be a part of a group of athletes who have chosen to workout at noon. The group has the nickname the “Giants.” This name is very fitting, not because of size and strength, but due to their inherent quality and tenacity. Recently, the 12:15 Giants experienced a transition. Instead of concentrating on self, the group banded together and helped organize an advanced CrossFit opportunity with Mike at the helm. I cannot express how thankful I am to have this group in my life.
* CrossFit Level 1
* CrossFit Mobility
* CrossFit Kettlebell
* CrossFit Strongman
* USA Weightlifting Sports Performance
I have been able to utilize these certifications to improve my movements in training and competitions. As I continue to train, I will continue to compete as I am able. I have two simple goals as I progress in CrossFit. Physically, I want to be better tomorrow than I am today. Mentally/spiritually, I want to be a better me for my wife Whitney and my daughters Emma and Honore. I do want to give Mike a big thank you for helping me with my journey. Bob Marley once said, “Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”