Congratulations to our October Athlete of the Month, Mike Collins!
CrossFit Hierarchy Members,
When did you start CrossFit?
My first attempt at CrossFit was back in 2011 in San Diego at CrossFit Invictus. I enjoyed it, but for sure didn't fully embrace it like I do now. I then left California, did the Vida route, didn't see the results I wanted so I joined Hierarchy in 2015 and have loved every minute.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I am originally from Long Island NY same town as Lindsey Lohan. I went to college at Towson University, waited tables for a bit after college. In 2007 I joined the Navy. Did four years living in England then San Diego. Got out, got a job offer in DC and here I am.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Paying too much for a trainer and feeling bad about myself every time i stepped foot in Vida aka nothing productive
How did you find CrossFit?
It was the rage in Cali back then and I'm naturally attracted to things that are trendy (I'm such a social follower)
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
Ummm I'm not sure I was able to even think and probably what will I order from the Chinese place as my reward for working out (the logic that got me to where I was)
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
To get my life back or get a life. My life was on a somewhat downward spiral as far as health and personal satisfaction so I knew I needed to do something to jump start and told myself it's really now or never.
Have you achieved any of those goals?
Without a doubt. I am in the best shape of my life and know this is still the beginning of my new "journey". I've come so far and done so much but it's this new addiction to push the limits that excites me.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
Crossfit has become my life. Class is the highlight of my day without a doubt. Walking in to the space is like walking into a second home. The amount of support I have gotten my my new family is beyond words. Not just in the gym but in life as well. I cannot thank each one of you enough for what you have given me. And as a whole the gym has given me the ability to take my life back. I hope everyone knows how much they mean to me, even if I give you some shit. I love you all. (We can talk offline for the more emotional version, if you get me buzzed) but for real, thank you Tyler for the ability to find a place where I feel I finally fit in.
What does Crossfit Hierarchy mean to you?
It means everything. It means a place where I can come push myself to limits I am able to break. Where I can laugh and get some of the best life advice from my Hierarchy family. It has given me confidence I never knew I had and still to this day is able to keep moving me forward on a path that is full of happiness. This is the most amazing journey and I am so excited to be on it here and with you all.
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
I've lost 14.5% body fat since January so I'm pretty proud of that. I've done Flex on the Mall twice and MAAC and loved every minute. Hitting a C+J PR at MAAC is something I'll never forget. The support from strangers who are really family too is amazing. I love this community. Even though I hated it, running in the rain last year and completing a 3 mile run stands out. God so many memories and then all the memories from outside the gym. The parties, the friendships, just being with the Hierarchy family.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Hierarchy?
Favorite WOD (Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)?
Grace cause she hates to run.
Least Favorite WOD?
I love everything????
Clean and Jerk
Least favorite lift?
Snatch I will beat you yet
Something you might not know about me is...
I actually used to like running. We've all made mistakes in the past and one time I did a 46 mile walk in one day I cried during it