Member of the Month (May) – Gregg Mikolaities

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CFBF Member of the Month (May) – Gregg M. Mikolaities

Day Job:

Vice President/ Business Unit Leader, Tighe & Bond (civil engineering consulting firm)

Hobbies & Other Activities:

Biking (road and mountain); hiking; golf; snowshoeing

Proudest Life Achievement:

Raising 3 great adults (26, 23, 21)

Previous Fitness:

Before starting CrossFit 16 months ago, I had taken about 5 years off from any regular gym attendance; played golf and periodic hiking and biking.

Why CFBF:

Attended an intro class put on for our office and was hooked. I really enjoy the energetic coaches and personable members; the box energy and camaraderie is always great and helps get through workouts on those low energy days.

First Memorable WOD:

Fight Gone Bad

Favorite CrossFit Movement:

Prefer any lifting movement over the gymnastics.

What Motivates you the most:

Seeing improvement each month, quicker WODs, heavier weights, feeling healthier and stronger, smaller pants sizes.

Biggest Challenge: 

Any movement that requires hanging from the bars. Although progress is being made.

Biggest Improvement:

Due to previous shoulder surgeries I didn’t have any shoulder strength overhead; went from 10# dumbbell overhead to 115# strict press in a year.

Advice for New Members:

Stick with it!  The soreness and stiffness go away; but listen to your body and know when you need a day or two off.

Who is Your Superhero:

My dad, courageously battled cancer for 14 years and never once complained about his situation, just kept fighting until he couldn’t anymore.

Fun Fact about Yourself:

As a 14 and 15 year old played on national championship baseball and football teams. In my 40’s ran the Mt Washington Road Race 3 times. In my 50’s started CrossFit and my goal is to run Mt Washington again.

Favorite 2016 Open Workout:

16.2 for exceeding expectations and coming within 3 reps of finishing the entire workout. (We should add that Gregg was 8th in the region for his age group in the open this year…he’s awesome!)

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