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March’s Member of the Month – Karen!

Congratulations to Karen Landsgaard for being March’s Member of the Month!

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Gotta show some love for the original Yeti Cave gym Mom 🙂 Much overdue! Karen was one of the first members to join the gym, and other than being a Detroit Lions fan, she has been a great member of the gym!

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When she first contacted me, inquiring about the gym and about CrossFit, I got a string of text messages probably 5 pages long! She explained at length how she wasn’t “super out of shape, but not in shape,” and that she was nervous about someone “like her” being able to do CrossFit. There was too much to respond to via text, lol, so I called her to go over her concerns 😉

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Karen took to CrossFit like an excited puppy dog seeing snow for the first time! She excitedly did each new workout emphasizing form, learning new skills that she never thought she’d be able to do! She was especially excited to start fitting into clothes better again and feeling more confident and able in her body. And whether it was switching from the training bar to the women’s barbell for her lifts, learning rope climbs or nailing a pull-up, Karen’s consistent hard work quickly started to show results!

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I’ll never forget after a short period of time, Karen told me that she was able to open all the jars for cooking Thanksgiving dinner unassisted (she is quite the cook, and cooks lots of amazing food!), was carrying the huge laundry baskets by herself, was buying the 50lb bags of dog food instead of two 25lb bags, and doing extremely difficult hikes with her adventurous husband, Hank. These improvements in her daily life completely overshadowed in my mind, all of the feats of fitness in the gym. It was a perfect example of fitness in the gym improving life outside the gym! She was moving more and living more 🙂

Karen is one of the best advocates for the gym. After probably day one of her being a member at the gym I gave her the title of “gym mom,” because regardless of who came in the gym she was welcomes them and encourage them, and makes everyone in the building feel like a family.  She often will go out of her way to help me at the gym when she can, even if I never asked, I am very grateful for her help and support on so many small things! Karen has also been a great example of overcoming adversity and setbacks. At some points she has been forced to listen to her body and rest more than she wants. At 50 years young, she wants to train every single day! During her time here she has learned when she can push, when to come in for a “recovery day,” and when to rest, in order to bring intensity and focus to her workouts and maximize her fitness results in the gym and in daily life! Often rest days and recovery days can be more difficult than the hardest workouts, Karen wants to GO, GO, GO!

Karen represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate her on being March’s Member of the Month 🙂

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February’s Member of the Month – Zach Burrows!

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Congratulations to Zach Burrows for being February’s Member of the Month!

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(Burrows and Linda T. are great friends and have epic throw downs!)

Humans have a certain affinity for bears. They are majestic and beautiful in their powerful nature. Their cubs are thought of as the most adorable creatures on earth and the center of too many viral videos to count on the inter-webs…They are also the kings of their domains, they demand respect from every other species in their environment and command with authority over their domain. Some people like Zach, also commonly called by his last name Burrows, even earn the nickname of “Bear.”

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(Burrows with his girlfriend Emmylou (sorry single ladies), and Mikey Ochs)

Burrows certainly epitomizes his nickname “Bear.” He has a prominent presence wherever he goes, exuding power. Once a workout begins his strength and grit are clearly apparent and bear-like. He has incredible strength and much like a bear, surprises you by equally impressive agility and speed!

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However unlike some massive Kodiak Grizzly bear that you keep your distance from, Burrows is one of the nicest, kindest people you’ll likely ever meet. He has a quiet demenor but is very social and sincere in his interactions with everyone. He has a great sense of humor and loves a good laugh. If he doesn’t know who you are he’s likely introduced himself, and made a point to get to know you, then cheered you on and encouraged you during a workout!

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Burrows is incredibly humble and coachable. He has made ton’s of progress as he does his absolute best to work on the form we are focusing on during any given class. He does the extra mobility drills we teach before every class he’s in, to increase his ability to perform movements more efficiently and effectively.

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(Burrows and Coach Bre are captain’s of team “Thicknastics”)

If Bear is his nickname, “Hard Work” has to be his middle name. Burrows is incredibly motivated to improve and loves to compete. He attacks the workout of the day regardless of what it is. And if work has kept him out of the gym then he likely will stay longer to make up 2-3 extra days workouts! The extended intensity he can bring to multiple sessions is simply remarkable. But he does these extra sessions very intelligently and listens to his body when he needs to rest. On many occasions rather than doing multiple workouts in a day, he will come to the gym just to mobilize, stretch, recover, socialize and encourage everyone else doing a workout.

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(Sometimes Burrows comes in a 5am to train, other times just to NO REP Coach Nate L. lol…)

Burrows represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate him when you see him, on being February’s Member of the Month 🙂

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(Picture of Burrows and Mike during the CrossFit Team Series I believe…)

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(Burrows battling during Yeti Cave CrossFit’s Winter Warrior, the event name “Winter Warrior,” was actually Burrow’s idea!)

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(Burrow’s and his best buddy Mike teaming up in Kansas)

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(Burrow’s and Mike are great teammates, true competitors!)

 


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January’s Members of the Month

 

Congratulations to Tony and Linda for being January’s Members of the Month!

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Tony and Linda recently moved to Colorado from Kansas, and are a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and positivity! They are always willing to help and welcome everyone. They’ve been doing CrossFit for 6-7 years prior to coming to Yeti Cave CrossFit and I am so grateful they have found a home here!

Despite so much CrossFit experience they are some of the most humble CrossFit athletes I’ve ever met. They are open to new drills and experiences that have helped them get stronger and do new things still! At Yeti Cave CrossFit we don’t put limits on anyone for what they can achieve and Tony and Linda are great examples of opening themselves up to new challenges! Since coming to the gym they have both increased strength, improved form and mobility, cleaned up double-unders and continue to challenge and push themselves!

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Despite being the gym’s “upper-classmen,” they display great courage to try new things and are very in-tune with their bodies. They energetically attack each workout and put forth their very best effort, cheering on those around them to do the same.

They both have immediately jumped in to do more than just be members. Linda frequently helps cover open gym times and Tony recently started the Yeti Cave Rowing club! They genuinely care about everyone in the gym and take action to build the community at every available opportunity.

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Tony and Linda represent the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate them on being January’s Members of the Month :)

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November’s Member of the Month – Kevin Frazier

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November’s Member of the Month is Kevin Frazier!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Matt Fraser, nope, it’s Kev Frazier! Congratulations to Kevin for being November’s Member of the Month!

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Kevin is a competitor, pushing himself hard in every workout, but humbles himself to learn and hone his CrossFit skills. He’s a gentleman who will seek out anyone new, introduce himself, help them during a class if they look or feel lost, and cheer on everyone around him whether they are the fastest or slowest person in the class, often staying for one or two additional classes to cheer on more people!

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Kevin is a classic old school tough guy. He enjoys camping, bow-hunting and is a wealth of knowledge about life and business. He does a lot of work with his company in Mexico and shares stories about Yeti Cave CrossFit’s members with the CrossFit gym owners there. Needless to say they are quite impressed with what you all achieve in the gym!

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It can be hard when coming into a new gym, especially when you’ve had experience with doing exercise a particular way already to soak in new techniques and to embrace a new system. Kevin is always willing to do his best when tweaking form or strategy on a workout when asked. He is a sponge for new information, and deliberately practices the techniques given to him, and it’s paying off! His coordination, flexibility, and overall fitness has greatly improved since he’s been at the gym.

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Kevin is a land developer and a wealth of business knowledge. He has been an immense help to me in terms of offering advice, brainstorming and talking to me about the business side of Yeti Cave CrossFit. His wisdom about life lessons and business are at the very least is appreciated and helps put my mind at ease a little bit, when at times it feel like my mind is doing “Fran” over and over again all day long haha!

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Kevin lives out the Yeti Cave slogans “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate him on being November’s Member of the Month next time you see him J

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October Member of the Month – Emmylou!

October’s Member of the month is Emmylou Scherman! CrossFit near me

When I have the class circle up to introduce themselves for the 100th time, because of our constantly growing community, it miiiiight solicit some groans from a few of you 😉 The purpose of these introductions are to help make future conversations easier with the fit homosapian standing next to you 🙂

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Sometimes when we’re pressed on time, I’ll go around the room and say something about everyone in class as the introduction.  On any given day, I might introduce a member by saying where they work, what they’re studying, or where they’re from.  When introducing Emmylou, it’s usually as “the girl who cuts animals throats for a living…” (even though we all know she works at JBS, and doesn’t cut animals’ throats). This usually entices a few laughs for those who haven’t heard the joke and it makes me laugh just typing this; good thing Emmylou has a good sense of humor, too!

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Emmylou is the Member of the Month for October, because she has been, per se, a “super-glue” force within the gym.  She introduces herself and makes friends with everyone that walks into class; she has taken my vision to make everyone in the gym into one big, fun-loving, fit, and “really-really-really good looking” family (name that movie reference anyone?), and taken off with that vision like a plane at DIA. Destination #fitfriendsforlife.

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Emmylou is bubbly, fun, and motivated. She gives her all in each workout and always has a plan and objective for herself in each class.  Methodically and impressively, Emmylou has gotten stronger, faster, and more athletic during her time at the gym. She is always doing extra work to help her hip and ankle mobility, and improve both her strength and endurance.  And she’s usually not alone as she typically ropes in a posse of other members from the gym to join in! She is a very motivational and convincing person to get others to improve themselves in and out of class!

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What absolutely shocked me was when she convinced coach Bre to sign up for the Rock and Roll half marathon in Denver.  This was surprising because I’m shut down regularly by Bre to join in on my crazy workouts, like Shaquille O’neal stuffing me on a layup! I love the fact that she pushes others to express their fitness in and out of the gym, and to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Just a few weeks ago I was trying to convince Tristin to do a practice 5k row to just get a baseline of where he was at for an upcoming physical assessment for the fire station he’s at in Denver.  He was hesitant, probably because it was after he’d just finished that day’s workout, and doing a 5k alone would not be super fun.  Lucky for me, Emmy was standing by and jumped in to do the extra 5,000 meter row with Tristin!  Now he has a target to improve on before the upcoming test 🙂 Good job Emmy for getting him through it!

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Emmylou lives out the Yeti Cave mantras “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well with her commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  She constantly strives for improvement by creating goals, empowering others, and putting in hard work. Congratulate her on being October’s Member of the Month next time you see her 🙂

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Member of the Month for September 2017

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September’s Member of the month is Jon Lucas!

These articles just get harder and harder for me to write. There are so many people that I could justify to be member of the month. Thank you to everyone for all you have done to help make the community in the gym as outstanding as it is.

For this month it was easy to write about Jon, but first the Marines…

The Marine Corp is one of the most proud and honorable organizations in the world. Across the military branches (Air Force, Army, Navy…) marines have a little bit of a reputation as being arrogant, with just a tinge of a “we’re better than you, and tougher than you” attitude. They get away with it because they can back it up. When I graduated Ranger School, the honor grad in my class was a Marine Force Recon total stud and bad ass. But he didn’t win that award just for getting himself through school, it’s because he lead his platoon-mates to have the highest graduation percentage in the entire group. He cared more about everyone else more than himself. And all my old Army comrades are beside themselves with happiness lately, because now they get to role up their uniform sleeves…pretty sure the Marines made that “look” cool…I think the number of bicep curls in the Army went up about 1000% after they allowed that!    

I talk about the Marines, their reputation and characteristics because many of you that know Jon, know that he started training at Yeti Cave CrossFit in order to eventually join the Marine Corp. They told him to lose over 70lbs and he is well on his way. He is down around 50lbs so far and going strong. The desire to serve and the pride in our country that Jon has, will make him a great Marine, and his training at Yeti Cave CrossFit is helping him towards that goal, not just physically, but mentally as well.

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When Jon first joined the gym, there were times when you could see it in his face, doubt about the length of the road ahead, leading to his dreams. Especially as he realized it there’s no easy way to get where he wanted to be. But that it would be a daily challenge. Jon continues to stay with it, telling the doubting voice in his mind to “shut up”, and now tells himself that he CAN do it. We all have those same voices in our head. Jon’s struggle is not that different than each of ours. Jon’s daily choice to beat back those voices and strengthen his resolve serves as an inspiration for everyone.

At the beginning of Jon’s time in the gym, he had to learn how to regulate training and rest. He often wanted to workout 3-4 times a day. Once or twice he insisted on learning the hard way, that training that way doesn’t necessarily lead to faster progress when you become too sore to move the rest of the week. We shifted his mindset from thinking he had to train 4 times a day, to thinking that nutrition is the key. He understands that he needs to train hard 4-5 times a week and to treat each meal as his next training session. That way he’s getting 3 training sessions a day just by making better choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Jon has heart. Maybe one month into starting at he gym, he signed up to be on the Yeti and Sprinting Turtles, Tough Mudder team. He completed that entire event, completing obstacles he never thought we would. Making it up and down a MOUNTAIN, covering over 10miles! Mental super-win. That’s the kind of mental toughness that will serve him well in the Marine Corp.

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Jon has heart. He makes a point to support each person in the gym every day he’s there. He also makes a point to be friendly and just be their friend, helping make everyone in the gym feel welcomed. At the end of August, Jon helped me get about 500lbs of equipment and promotional material to CSU’s plaza on two different days. He stayed and helped man the booth for around 16 hours that week. Sharing his story with students and faculty, answering their questions about the gym, and encouraging them to pursue their health and wellness goals too. So many of the members helped me to execute that outreach plan, but Jon was certainly a crucial player in the event.

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Jon is one strong ass dude; these past couple of months he’s hit the “turbo-boost” mentally, as he is going harder, heavier, and longer in each workout at the gym. Tell him to keep it up when you see him, but you better be quick because he’s on a roll, and pretty soon we’re all going to be trying to keep up with him!

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Jon represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Be sure to congratulate him on being September’s Member of the Month!

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Member of the Month for August 2017

August’s Member of the month is Holly Darrah!

One day coach Bre invited her friend Morgan to try out the gym. Morgan being a stud-rugby player at CSU, was not intimidated by anything in the gym, and stepped into workouts in full stride. But she did not come alone…

Holly, Morgan’s friend, also came to try the gym that day, but she had never done CrossFit before. That did not sway Holly from jumping into the fire straight away! She signed up with Morgan and never looked back.

Holly is not our most eccentric or flamboyant member.  She is usually quiet, super nice, a little shy, and sweet (unless she is testing Morgan’s reflexes with a random high kick up and around Morgan’s head J). But this doesn’t keep her from attempting everything in class. She goes after the barbells with extreme focus and gives her best effort on everything. Because she listens so well she is making extremely fast progress, and even got her first rope climb ever last month!

What impressed and surprised me the most however was when Holly and Morgan came in one particular day. This time, Morgan was clearly not having an “A+” kinda day. She was sore, tired, lacking motivation, let’s call it an “A-“ kinda day 😉 . Turns out, that day Holly was the reason they were both in the gym! Morgan wanted to skip, but Holly was not having it, and made her friend join her for a fun fitness-filled hour at the gym! That’s what a good fitness accountability friend is there for. The whole time I would’ve expected Morgan to be dragging Holly into the gym, but here they were Holly leading the charge! I’m sure it goes both ways for Holly and Morgan in terms of who gets who through the gym doors each day, but I love the fact that they have each other to stay accountable.

Holly represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Be sure to congratulate Her on being August’s Member of the Month!

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July’s Member of the Month Austin Pace

July’s Member of the month is Austin Pace!

Austin was one of the gym’s first members and quickly became the 6:15am “Class Captain.” He originally came in with the intent to get back to his old football shape and to be able to keep up with his fast-running wife, who likes to make him run with her. Gotta be able to keep up while she’s pushing the baby stroller right?!

With the last name being Pace, it seems incredibly appropriate, since he quickly became the “Pace-setter” for all the evening guys and gals! If Austin was ever out of town for work or vacation and there was no morning time set, I would get a good laugh at the hysteria and outrage in the afternoon that Austin didn’t “test” the workout for everyone.

Austin also has a great sense of humor and is positive every session. The morning that I’m writing this he came into the gym in his finest “Yeti-Monster” shirt. He also was the only one in the gym I know of that deliberately “prepped” for the Nutrition Challenge before it started. In other words he tried to pack on the weight prior to weighing-in…we’ll see if it paid off for him soon enough!

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Since he’s always in for the early class, many of you haven’t had the chance to meet Austin in person. But if you ever catch him, or see him on the weekend for a team workout, thank him for the body tempering devices. He was the master-craftsmen that welded our large and small body-tempering tools. I think I’ve used these to help just about every single gym member relieve pain and soreness and improve mobility.

Austin represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Be sure to congratulate him on being July’s Member of the Month J

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June’s Member of the Month

June’s Member of the month is Laura Veradt!

I wasn’t sure about this lady at first…She came in with a friend and seemed to begrudgingly get through the workouts. But she was STRONG and had great mobility from the start, catching onto the form of many movements quickly. I was never sure how she really felt about me or the gym for the first week or so. I remember being chastised for a picture I posted on the gym’s social media of her at some point early on…I generally don’t think too hard about the pictures I post and try to capture the cool moments of everyone in the gym…but man did I learn my lesson! We laugh about that post today 🙂

Eventually, I cracked the code of understanding Laura. She reminds me of a senior Army Non Commissioned Officer in terms of her temperament and sense of humor, not common around Fort Collins from what I’ve seen. Once I realized this, Laura’s presence and sense of humor have been a little breath of fresh air! She reminds me of the hilarious Army friends I had at Fort Bragg in the 82nd Airborne Division. It usually takes her a whole 30 seconds of walking in the gym now, until she has me laughing at whatever she says or does! It’s making me laugh typing this now as I think about the shenanigans with her!

Laura has made so much progress since she’s been here and is not afraid of new movements or ANY barbell. I’m sure many of you have seen her feriously flex and roar on top of a barbell after a lift, like a lioness over her fresh kill.

Perfect example was completing Memorial Day “Murph.” Laura was concerned initially (as many of us were) about being able to complete the workout. Staring down the barrel of two miles running, with 500 reps in the middle can be unnerving, but Laura knew to take it one step at a time, one rep at a time…turns out she finished the entire thing! Not only that but she came back to help others get through their remaining reps too (including coach Nate!). Turns out 300 air squats weren’t enough to stop Laura from squatting it out with those who needed a little help to finish or keep a certain pace!

She does all these things because she is embracing and enhancing the fun loving attitude we promote in the gym. I see her routinely cheering on others at the gym whether they are brand new or veterans of the gym. She is always trying to build the community as well. She always introduces herself to the new members and mingles with everyone.

Laura ATTACKs every workout in the gym with everything she has. She sets high expectations for herself but doesn’t let the result define her satisfaction. She is satisfied with her effort and is satisfied knowing she is making progress. As a very competitive person naturally, she does arguably the best job of anyone in the gym of not going overboard with it, remembering that each day’s workout is simply exercise in order to make life better outside the gym.

Laura does an outstanding job representing the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More.” Be sure to congratulate her on being June’s Member of the Month!

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May’s Member of the Month

Maybe you know this month’s Member of the month because you saw him running around in exotic-colored man-tights. Or maybe you saw him doing pull ups in a T-rex costume. Maybe he jumped out from behind the gym’s front door and scared the sh*t out of you. Or most likely, you know him because he came an hour before his workout just to cheer you on, even though you didn’t know him well yet, let out a motivational yell before starting a workout with you, or because he stayed hours after his workout to cheer you on for your workout.

May’s Member of the month is Mike Ochs!

If you can believe it, it took a few months to get Mike into the Yeti Cave on a regular basis, he came to us from the bodybuilding fitness world which he still does on top of CrossFit. I’m not sure what initially made him as dedicated in the Yeti Cave as he is, but at this point it is his sincere love of all the people at our gym. And it shows.

Mike’s positivity is 100% contagious and no one is immune to it! Every day he gets to the gym, he brings a fun-loving, determined, motivated attitude with him, and he naturally shares that with everyone he comes into contact with. If he doesn’t know you, he makes a point to introduce himself and is genuinely interested in you and automatically cares about you, without knowing anything about you at first.

Mike is a weeeee-bit competitive as many of you know, and as many of you also are (which is a good thing!). Probably more impressive than any of Mike’s workout times is seeing him mature mentally in his approach to a CrossFit workout. Although he has a high ability level, he does well in setting aside his ego in order to get the movements right, which sometimes results in slower times or lighter lifts in the present but pays dividends in the long run. His hard work, patience and “coachability” has resulted in extremely fast progress and he is on a path to continue at an impressive rate in order to take his fitness level far as he cares to do.

Mike represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More.” Tell him congrats on being May’s Member of the Month, chances are you’ll see him soon 🙂

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