Athlete of the Month – July 2017

Meet Mike Morelli, our July 2017 Athlete of the Month!!

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Mike joined us back in February after deciding he was ready to make a change in the fitness department.  Sitting at a desk all day wasn’t helping, so he took our 3 foundations classes and never looked back!  Mike has made tons of progress since starting with us!  He is a constant in our 5am class, always gives his best effort, and makes zero excuses!

Mike is quick to greet everyone as they walk through our doors and to tell the 6am class how much fun they have to look forward to 😉  He does an awesome job of pushing himself, while staying smart with each workout!  He’s getting stronger, faster, and hitting PR’s all the time!

Mike, we’re so glad to have you as part of the CFP community and so proud of all your hard work!  Keep it up, the best is yet to come!

Mike’s Athlete Profile

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I’m originally from Long Island, NY but have lived in Charlotte the last 10 years.  Many many years (and pounds) ago I was a wrestler and distance runner, but after 20 years at a desk my fitness was at an all time low.  I decided that needed to change, but needed something to keep me interested.  I’ve watched the CrossFit Games for the last few years and always wanted to try a massively scaled down version, so here I am.

2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  
Starting my day with CrossFit makes me feel good throughout the day by giving me a sense of accomplishment.  I know if I tried to go in the afternoons that work would get in the way or I would find any excuse not to go.  I hope to continue to improve my fitness that will lead to a happier/healthier me.

3. What is your favorite CF exercise?  
Any type of shoulder to overhead movement that doesn’t include squatting first (see below).

4. What CF exercise do you least like?  
Thrusters – I’m terrible at anything involving legs but thrusters are on its own level.  They are tough from the first rep and it just gets painfully worse from there.

5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP or CrossFit in general?  Definitely give CrossFit a try if you want to improve your fitness, but you keep getting in your own way.  The support from the staff and members really helps keep you motivated.  It feels more like a team practice or hobby versus just exercising.  It’s definitely not boring, that’s for sure!