Congratulations to our October Athlete of the Month, Mike Collins!

Mike Collins

CrossFit Hierarchy Members,

It is our absolute pleasure to announce that Mike Collins has been named Athlete of the Month for October 2017!
I suspect that to many of you, this will come as no surprise. I have been asked by no less than 5 people over the past few months when Mike will be given this award. When we decided to bring the award back this month, the coaching staff unanimously agreed. This widespread feeling is a testament to the presence in and vital part of CrossFit Hierarchy Mike has become. 
The first half of this is Mike commitment and dedication as an athlete. There has been no more consistent, persistent athlete at Hierachy than Mike over the past year. Rain or shine, fresh or sore, sober or hungover Mike shows up for class. In class he pushes himself to be better and never cherry picking workouts (as anyone who has attending a running WOD with Mike can attest). Outside the gym Mike has completely overhauled his diet, giving incredible attention to a key part of fitness many of us neglect. As anyone who has seen Mike lately will agree, his hard work has paid off in spades. His physical transformation is stunning, losing over 10% body fat in less than a year. He continues to get stronger and improve his form, and we can wait to see where he will go from here. As Justin Wood said of Mike "In the time I've known him, the amount of dedication he's put in to living a better overall lifestyle, from his form to his eating habits and general outlook on life, Mike has become not only a better athelete, but a better human being."
The second half of Mikes presence at the gym is his role in the community. Mike is a larger than life figure in class, quick with a laugh or some sass, but incredibly supportive of those around him and responsive to coaching. He has also become the defacto Social Secretary of Hierarchy, hosting events and parties seemingly every weekend. The role that Mike plays in bringing people together outside the gym and forming a tighter community for all of us is so appreciated by us, both as coaches and as friends. 
In the words of Kohl Therlkeld said: "If CrossFit is all about building community, then Mike is the Mayor of Hierarchy. He is a shining example of why the most import part of becoming better and strong is just showing up. He's shown up hungover, he's shown up injured, he's shown up after a weekend long competition. When I take a rest day, Mike shows up and works out. Mike is the guy that will always show up no matter what, no excuses. It's made him a better, stronger person, and made me a better person too.Every CrossFit gym needs a Mike Collins.
In a recent conversation with Mike after telling him about the award, he thanked the coaching staff for what they have done for him. My response was that we give people the opportunity and tools to become a better version of themselves, but its up to them to do the work, and damn has Mike done the work. Congrats to Mike Collins, October 2017 Athlete of the Month!
See below for Mikes responses to the Questionnaire, and congratulate him when you see him!

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?

Do it. Stick with it. Drink the damn kool aid. Join the cult. Change your life. Love every minute and let the people be your support. 

Favorite WOD (Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)?

Grace cause she hates to run.

Least Favorite WOD?

I love everything????


Favorite Lift?

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  

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