CrossFit Strong  -- Athlete of The Month
  Strong Heart, Strong Mind, Strong Body
We chose Mike Baker as our Athlete of the Month for May because he always has a good attitude when he walks through the doors, always welcoming visitors, and always pushing himself outside his comfort zone to get better. We have seen not only his physical changes but he has mentally become stronger as well. Thank you for representing what we are all about!
 Mike Baker-Q&A  
How long have you been Crossfitting? — Almost one year - I started Crossfit on June 12th, 2010
What is your occupation? — Director of Web Operations for Neiman Marcus Online
Where are you from? — Livermore, Iowa (population = 500)
How did you hear about Crossfit Strong? -- I was at a bar watching a UFC fight and one of my friends introduced me to guy that worked out at Crossfit Strong. He could not stop talking about Crossfit and how great it was. When he went to leave I shook his hand, and his grip almost broke my hand! I thought to myself “that guy is an @#%^#$, but damn he’s strong - I need to find out more about Crossfit”. The next day I googled Crossfit in Addison, watched the online videos and the rest is history! By the way – I have never seen “hand breaker” at the box?
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 Mike's Transformation  
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS? -- While the physical changes have been very obvious (lost weight, increased muscle mass, conditioning etc...), I find myself much more disciplined now – especially regarding what I eat as well as when I go to sleep at night. Also, in the beginning I was intimidated by many of the WOD’s, now I look forward to everything and anything Gale can dream up!
What is your favorite move? — Overhead Squat
What is your least favorite move? — Double Unders (I still cannot do them unbroken)
What has been your favorite WOD so far? —Murph - this WOD was long and grueling, but it had purpose. It was very inspiring..
What has been your least favorite WOD ? — Salt - or at least it was the last time we did it. My conditioning has gotten better, so maybe it will come off my “least favorite” list soon!
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? — Physically, I want to continue to improve my running game, master the elusive Double Under, complete a Muscle Up, and strengthen my legs. Psychologically, I need to learn to push through the temporary pain and resistance thresholds that keep me from maximizing my potential.
How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs? — Most of my previous gyms did not take the time to offer personal training, nutrition advice, or varied workouts. You joined, figured out your routine, and fell in to a workout coma where you repeated the same exercises over and over with little or no results. At CFS, I really enjoy the group setting as well as not knowing the day’s WOD until I arrive. On top of that I get personal guidance, nutrition advice, rockin’ music, and a great workout with a fun group of people! What more could you want?
Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? — No. I only wish I would have found CFS sooner!
How can other people relate to your story? — As a few of you have noticed, I am a “bit” older than most at the gym. During my introductory class, I could not even figure out how to balance myself on the gymnastic rings? Since then I have lost 20lbs and am in the best shape of my life. The hardest part of the entire process was walking through the front door. Once I tried Crossfit and “bought in” to the program – I was hooked!
What is something that others may not know about you? --I like to cook. I guess with a name like “Baker” that should not be a surprise?

What is the funniest thing you have seen done at CFS?--At least once a day I laugh out loud at work because someone has posted a “hilarious” comment on the workout blog. I find myself checking it frequently during the day because someone always has “something to say”!
What is your most memorable moment here-- Two moments stand out for me. 1. Finishing the Kettle Bell Challenge (I drug that kettle bell through six states - twice). 2. When I went in for my annual physical this year I had lost 20lbs, my cholesterol had dropped 14 points, and my blood pressure was normal. My Dr. said to me – “Whatever you are doing, you need to keep doing. I should have you give a lesson to all of my patients on diet and exercise”. I told him that it was all due to Crossfit and I was just along for the ride – enough said!