January 2014 Spotlight Athlete: Mike Eddins
I have worked out in a gym at one time or another almost my whole adult life. I have always considered myself a fairly good athlete. I first came into contact with CrossFit through work about five years ago. Some guys at one of my stations had hired a “coach” to help them improve their fitness. They asked me to come by one day and join them. From what I can remember of the workout, it was here it is, now go do it. There was very minimal instruction. It involved some overhead work (that I had never done before) and running. Needless to say my formed sucked, and I was lifting too much weight. Injury resulted. Result- CrossFit sucks!!! Last year my best friend started down in Safety Harbor. He began to tell me how much fun he was having and how motivating CrossFit was. Recalling my previous experience, it was hard to believe. The other intriguing aspect that he explained to me was the sense of community. He told me that even though it was highly competitive, everyone was supportive of one another when it came to completing the workouts. I started doing some clumsy research online to see what I could find and try and adapt it to my regular routine. I wasn’t a big fan of instructor lead group fitness. I had seen them at the gym, and I didn’t fit the suburban housewife mold. I tried to decipherer some WODs that I found online and still didn’t see the point. In early summer I had decided that I needed to do something because I absolutely hated going to the gym, and my fitness was suffering because of it. It was blind luck that I came across Strongpoint. I looked up CrossFit on Google Maps, and saw the Strongpoint was close by. I came by the box and no one was there so I called to see when gym hours were and so forth. It still took me a few weeks after I talked to Ryan to set up my initial evaluation. Judgment Day – I remember coming in for the first time and thinking Wow! I was so excited! I remember after we finished doing my intro Ryan asked, “Did you know your shorts are on backwards?” What can I say, classic! The rest as they say is history.
What I have found has changed my life. I have a renewed sense of purpose when it comes to fitness. I have had to learn to pace myself during the week so I can recover and not have to miss classes due to injury. I have met a great group of people that all share in the mutual excitement for their health and fitness. CrossFit has provided a mutual playing ground for my wife and I to work out together. I have learned how my nutrition directly affects my ability to perform. It has improved my performance both at work and in the recreational sports that I play. I would have never thought I would be in the best shape I have ever been in and still making gains on a daily basis at 43 years old! If you had told me a year ago that I could go for an hour straight and perform over 300 movements, I would have told you that you were crazy. Now I’m a believer!
1. What made you decide to start CrossFit? I needed a change. I was tired of the same old gym routine.
2. What results have you seen or goals have you achieved? Best shape of my life and still improving
3. What do you like best about the gym? The people and our specific program
4. What is your favorite exercise or WOD? Olympic lifts
5. What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? Toes to Bar and burpees
6. What motivates you to show up day after day? Seeing the results and having fun while I’m doing it, and your pleasant disposition
7. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? Mental noise about not being able to complete a workout
8. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? When I jumped on a 30″ box. I never thought I could do it.
9. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? When I hit myself in the head with the bar during a workout (95 lbs I think).
10. What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you? I’m shy
11. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? “I’m the coach now you shut up.” : ) -RM
12. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? Better nutrition and improved body comp, RX the named workouts
13. What advice would you give to someone who just started out? Take it slow, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself, speed will come with improved form and technique
14. What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting? Burn the fence and get your ass moving.
Coach’s Comments: Simply put, Mike is a workhorse! He came into the gym with a good athletic base, but we have seen marked improvements in his strength, conditioning, and general athleticism since he started due primarily to his consistency and effort. He participated in the fall Paleo Challenge where he finished near the top of the group and turned around with a second place finish in the Master’s Division at our In-house throwdown in September! He also referred in his wife, Erika, who has become a great part of the community and we hope that she is able to rejoin us very soon. It is for these reasons that Mike was selected as our Spotlight Athlete for January and we look forward to continuing to work with both Mike and Erika in 2014!
Photo Credits to Will Huggins for capturing Mike setting up his deadlift personal record at 425# as Erika looks on behind.