Mar 6th, 2014
Author: Haley Byrnes
We are very pleased to announce our March member of the month, Mike McGuire! McGuire is an excellent example of a dedicated CrossFit athlete: he takes his training seriously, but always has a smile on his face and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Recently, he helped the Shamrockers pull off a 2nd place finish at this year’s First Responders Challenge. He’s always the first to lend a helping hand and we really appreciate everything he brings to our community. Way to go, McGuire!
Also, McGuire was faced with cancelling his membership to afford living with his friends, so on his “last day” he did probably 23 workouts from sun up to sun down to get in as many as he could before leaving. Sun drenched, with white lips and no longer sweating we told him enough was enough and gave him a big hug and a high five. Fast forward a week later and we notice he’s here taking class. When asked what happened he simply replied “I’d rather live at home and stay here at Crossfit Southie” -…
How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience? I was first introduced to CrossFit in the military. I was going through infantry school for the Marine Corps when I first participated in a CrossFit workout. The specific workout was Fight Gone Bad and each platoon had to volunteer one Marine to represent their platoon in a company wide competition. Lucky me, I was the one the platoon selected, having the opportunity to find out what kind of pain a CrossFit WOD can truly create.
When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie? I started coming to CrossFit Southie November 2012
Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for? CrossFit Southie is the first box I’ve worked out at. I’ve been CrossFitting for a little over a year.
When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you? It took me a while to truly realize CrossFit was right for me. After Fight Gone Bad in infantry school, I thought if I continued to do CrossFit-type workouts I would lose to much strength and I wouldn’t truly benefit from a CrossFit program. Well let me tell you, I was completely wrong about that. Another Marine told me about CrossFit Southie in September 2012. I joined a few months later and I haven’t looked back. What I think really made me realize Crossf=Fit was right for me is the community that makes up CFS. CrossFit Southie is filled with so many good hearted people; I honestly have never seen anything like it. The theory that I have come to believe is a CrossFit gym is only going to be as strong and successful as the community within its walls, and that strength starts with the coaches. The coaches at CFS dedicate themselves to see us improve as athletes but more importantly as human beings. That dedication from the coaches and my fellow CrossFitters has helped me realize CrossFit was right for me.
What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals? My short-term goal is to hit 100 consecutive double-unders. My long-term goal is become a more competitive CrossFit Athlete. CrossFit for me is here for the long haul and everyday I want to strive to become better.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is being part of the winning First Responders team from last year and also placing 2nd in this year’s competition.
What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement? My favorite movement is pull-ups and my least favorite movement is the snatch.
What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit? I’m currently a full time student at UMass Boston, but I also work full time for a security company in Boston.
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit? My number one hobby outside CrossFit is dancing. I’ve honestly caught myself dancing several different times during a workout.
Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal? I strictly eat cookie dough ice cream before and after every workout…..Just kidding, I don’t get to crazy with the whole Paleo or Zone diet regiment. I do try to eat a lot of high protein meat with vegetables and fruit for snacks. I feel like I perform better when I keep carbohydrates within my diet, especially burritos!
Fun fact? I’m red/green colorblind. And I can perform the same dance routine Buddy the Elf does in the movie Elf.
Those retesting the 3 rep max thruster for the Whole30 challenge should do so today instead of the deadlifts. Whole 30ers please be sure to weigh in and get those benchmark workouts completed by this weekend so that we can decide upon a winner of the challenge. Thanks!
10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
5 Power Snatches (135,95)
Level 2- (115,80)
Level 1- (95,45)