Spotlight Athlete- Mike!

Spotlight athlete this week is Mike Lema! He is determined and never gives up during a WOD. His story is inspiring it his hard work is definitely paying off! Read more about him

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When/Why did you first start doing CrossFit?

I started doing crossfit on March 2. I weighed 302lbs, I had high blood pressure and some other issues related to my weight and unhealthy lifestyle. I also play music and had a less than flattering photo shoot at a radio show we did that was made very public. I needed to change and needed something different. My good friend Tony had been doing crossfit for 6 months and looked incredible. I wanted that, so I came for the Ramp-up class and free week and haven't left since.

What fitness activities were you doing before?
I did the gym thing. I would be really good for a few weeks and then back to the same ole same. It was a vicious cycle. I would mainly do cardio and weight training. I would get bored and start to hate being there by myself with no moral support or real encouragement. Also I would be there for 2 hours in a clip sometimes so it was taking up so much of my life.

What results have you seen since you joined CrossFit Beyond?
I have lost 40lbs so far. My blood pressure is normal and even stopped taking some daily meds now. My clothes are falling off of me and I genuinely feel better about myself and self image.

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What I like most about Crossfit is the community feel. Everyone is so nice and encouraging. I have met some really great people here. No one ever judged me for being heavy when I started or when I couldn't do some of the things in the WODs. I always got the right kind of push when I needed it most, weather it was from a trainer or a peer. I also like the challenge of mind versus body....can I push myself further than I did yesterday.

What is your favorite CF exercise?
Kettle bells....they are just fun and with the music blasting behind you, you just get into this groove.

Your least favorite?
Toes to bar, or in my case flailing about on the bar attempting to do knees to elbows with my belly hanging out. Yeah it's a good time for me lol.

What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?
That I stuck with it and that I'm completing most of the WODs now. When I started I was doing sometimes less than half of everyone else. I just kept pushing and finally one day I wasn't the last to finish and completed everything. That was an amazing feeling.

What CF goal are you working towards?
To keep showing up and pushing harder than the day before. To adopt a healthier lifestyle. I want to have one of those crazy before and after photos that make people say "WOW". Now that I got the standard stuff down I also want to start journaling and tracking the progress and times of my WODs.