February 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Mike H.

Tell us about yourself

I live in New Melle, MO with my wife Susie, son Brett, and daughter Hannah. I work for Midwest Block & Brick. I have a GREAT LIFE!

What made you start CrossFit?

Life. I knew I needed to make a change or I was going to be in big trouble with my health. Saw the CrossFit games on ESPN and other media and thought it looked like a good fit.

What were your thoughts after your first workout at CFT?

My thoughts (as well as Coach Mendy, Marcela, Kevin, and Hope) were that I was literally going to die. Mendy had me do the base line. It was August 5, 2014 and was like 100 degrees and 100% humidity and I hadn’t worked out like that for 20 years!!! Marcela gave me a piece of gum as my potential last meal as I lay on the floor with the fan blowing on me. Kevin did not say a word. Little Hope was 13 at the time and I’m sure horrified. Mendy was glad I had signed the waiver. I recovered, and undaunted I returned a few days later.

What impact has CrossFit had in your life in and outside the gym?

I could go on for days talking about the impact it has had on me. Humility and a newfound RESPECT for all types of people. My coaches and teammates at Trenches never stop amazing me.

If you had to write a WOD, what would it be?

Sledgehammer strikes, and the promise of more sledgehammer strikes.

What’s your diet like? How does nutrition play a role in your life?

It’s terrible and something I need to work on badly.

What advice would you give to a new CrossFitter?

Just keep chippin! This is about your lifetime, not just today.

What’s your favorite motivational quote and why?

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” John Wooden

I love Coach Wooden’s teachings. Peace of mind is elusive for me, but when I know I did my best – that is success.