September 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Mike Cummings
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
When my running started going downhill to injuries and burnout I decided to take the advice of my fiancé’ and try something to get stronger and possible more flexible. I had never lifted weights in my life so it was intimidating. Once I met Ryan I knew right away he couldn’t live without me so I stuck with it.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
I’m happier! Nothing feels better than a good workout and you never leave Strongpoint feeling cheated. I think I have been very up and down and up and down…..but I have fun and the coaches are awesome. I also have my own corner and you have to be special to join me in it.
What do you like best about the gym?
The people. I like working out with people who are motivated and enjoy it. It makes the whole gym come alive. It’s amazing how much cooler the 6am crew is than the rest of the gym. Not saying everyone is not cool.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
Broad jumps!!!! Then maybe wall balls. Hopefully Ryan gives me the gift of a WOD consisting of wall balls, broad jumps and running….I would go 3 times that day.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Overhead squats. Overhead squats. And…overhead squats. Not a huge fan of sumo deadlift high pulls either.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
I hate the feeling of getting up and going directly to work. It makes me feel old! That feeling when you’re heading out the door and saying goodbye to your friends and know that you worked hard is the best! I’m also a big fan of watching others get better and work harder. That to me is very underrated and a big reason why so many people stick when they start. Very motivating when you see others achieve.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
I second guess everything and really have a hard time being satisfied with my results. I have a hard time accepting my best days “might” be behind me and it holds me back….still working on this
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Ryan programming filthy 50 on my 40th birthday to try to make me feel old! I was really touched by the big turnout. Great day!
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
A few…let’s just say they usually involve chalk, ADD, housewife comments, comments in general that should just stay in the little white cloud above my head that fails to do its job. I tend to pick on anyone that gets within 5 feet of me……but it’s all out of love
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
That I really can’t dance and I only have 6 weeks to learn. (yes that’s a cry for help)…oh and that I created Stephan in a lab…(note the similar flexibility and attention span)
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“Shutup Cummings” -said by at least 2 members, 1 fiancé and 1 coach on numerous occasions.
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
My goal is to run a sub 3 hour marathon. I want to use Strongpoint to help get me there by balancing my training.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Relax! We are all in it together and there is no one in the Strongpoint community that doesn’t want you to succeed. Don’t try to do too much too soon and listen to the coaches. You absolutely will see gains that will amaze you and if you relax you will have fun and gain a bunch of weird friends in the process.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Commit to two workouts after your introduction and you’ll see how good you feel and how comfortable people make you feel… you won’t regret it!
Coach’s Comments: Mike is one of the few remaining “OG” Strongpoint members (OG = Old Gym). It’s true… he’s been with us for just over three years now and has become a huge part of the community. Besides taking over as our accountant in 2013, Mike routinely volunteers his time and effort to make the gym a better place. He was integral in planning our first competition (5K Gone Bad), was our scorekeeper for No Baby Leave the Socks On in 2014, and served as a judge for No Baby in 2015. Mike has competed regularly participating in multiple Masters Fitness Leagues, three CrossFit Opens, two Festivus Games, Row to Daytona (where he finished first in his division), Rep Your Box, and numerous road races. Mike also completed our first ever TakeDown Challenge in May where he placed second and dropped over 20 pounds in 28 days! Mike has become the de facto mayor of the 6:00 am class and, despite his antics (swinging from ropes, kicking over innocent chalk buckets, tagging new members with wall balls), has become one of our most welcoming and consistent members. We have enjoyed seeing him progress and look forward to helping him bust that three-hour marathon in the future!