June 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Mike Garland
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
Certainly, Connie joining and being very positive about her training influenced my decision. Knowing that the WOD varied from day to day and incorporated weight training at least got me interested. I started with the “bring a friend day” and never looked back.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
Not to be Mr. Obvious; overall my strength, cardio and coordination have improved. Some personal goals achieved; unassisted pull ups, toes to bar and a progressive improvement in my PR’s on the weight lifting skills.
What do you like best about the gym?
The saying goes “show me your associates, friends and or company you keep and I will show you your future”. The gym has a youthful, energetic and fun clientele. That environment matched with a professional and knowledgeable staff make it a great place to challenge yourself, stay young at heart and improve your physique. One young crossfit person was talking to Mr. Steve and I one day and said we were like college kids, just older. That’s kind of funny, I think.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
My favorites are Tabata, Death by Ten Meters, and the Filthy Fifty.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
My least favorite WOD involves anything remotely associated with seeing a rope, spelling rope, smelling a rope, mentioning a rope, doing a ropey dope or climbing a rope.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
Have you seen the cost of long term elder care insurance? Seriously, taking care of oneself physically is one aspect that keeps a person healthy in mind, body and spirit, regardless of age. So, in lieu of elder care insurance I have a Crossfit membership. No, Ryan you cannot charge me rates in line with EC insurance.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
Although not a negative thought, I would say a lack of skill in some of the lifts which causes hesitation in the movements and thus results in less than the best possible lift. It is more of a limiting factor than a negative thought. Progress is being made weekly.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
As simple as it seems; doing unassisted pull ups in the recent WOD! BAM!
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Anytime we come back from a trip; the first day back is always a “least desired” moment. However, our most favorite moment is “another trip”. Kind of Yin – Yang thing. No, more of a Yang – Yang -active and positive.
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I am the seventh son of a seventh son that was born on the 7th day of the 7th month. On that day all woodland creatures along with Connie’s cat, Taco, come out to celebrate.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“Pay attention or maybe you would like an ice cream bar and go eat it outside”. Ryan
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
Running: 25.xx 5k – Florida Senior Games 100 M Top 10 Finish / Weight Lifting: 295 lb Deadlift / RX a WOD that has Toes to Bar / Strict Pull Up
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Stay The Course
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Start The Course
Coach’s Comments: For the record, Mike didn’t just come to one Bring-a-Friend Day. He came to back-to-back days and I had a hunch he was going to stick around! He has become a mainstay in our 9:00 am classes since that time and we have seen pretty dramatic improvements in his health and fitness. He came to us primarily as a runner and we have seen his lifts steadily rise over the past year and a half. Mike dipped his feet into competition during our first Festivus Games in the spring of 2014 and regularly supports Connie and other members at their events. Mike is conservative in his approach and never hesitates to scale workouts in a manner that keeps him within his abilities, yet stretches and challenges him. He’s become a great member and we look forward to continuing to work with him to stave off “long-term elder care” in the future!