Mike began CrossFit during his freshman year as an undergrad and fell in love with it. Even in his earliest stages as a CrossFitter, Mike always held a bit of a bias towards strength-dominant work in CrossFit. He would go to his first CrossFit box three times a week while getting a daily dose of heavy squats, deadlifts, presses and of course curls (for the girls) at his local LA Fitness twice a week. At CrossFit, Mike always preferred WODs based around the Olympic Lifts until the fateful day when he was convinced to finally do his first Olympic Lifting meet. That was the day he fell in love with the sport and began making Olympic Lifting his primary training focus.
Four months after his first meet he came to CFCC and Liberty Barbell Club (CFCC’s competitive Weightlifting Team) with the intention of really pressing his career as an athlete in the sport of Olympic-Style Weightlifting. The camaraderie, coaching, and competitive atmosphere completely changed the nature of Mike’s training and accelerated his progress. In addition to being an extremely dedicated athlete, Mike also has a great capacity for encouraging his fellow lifters and explaining human movement – he also absolutely loves everything to do with lifting! Because of this, CFCC’s Founder, Erin Davidson, approached him about participating in a Coaching Apprenticeship with the goal of eventually joining CFCC’s staff as an Assistant Liberty Barbell Club Coach.
In addition to graduating from this 6-month program, Mike has also competed at many National Level meets across the country including going 6/6 in his lifts at Nationals in 2013. He has done all of this while simultaneously helping many athletes at Liberty Barbell Club to medal at local meets and qualify for National events. Mike considers the privilege of coaching to be an incredibly rewarding experience. His goal as a Coach is to help members of all kinds better their olympic lifting on the road to meeting their own individualized goals – whether it’s competing at a high level in the sport, or simply perfecting their form for CrossFit.
What is your athletic/professional background? I played sports all of my life. I played soccer from a young age up until high school and lacrosse throughout high school. After graduating high school I began CrossFit and strength training. I continued this up until 3 years ago when I began specializing in Olympic weightlifting.
List any notable athletic achievements: 2013 national championships – 13th place in the 69kg category. 2013 colliegiate national championships – 5th place in the 69kg category. 2013 American open – 9th place in the 69kg category category after going 6/6.
What are your goals as a Coach. Where do you feel your strengths lie? My goals as a coach are to become as great a coach as possible. In 2014 I was able to coach 2 LBC athletes at the American Open which was one of the highlights of my coaching career. I would love to send some of my athletes to national meets.
What is CrossFit to you (or weightlifting)? Weightlifting is what I love too do. It is my passion. I love competing and I love coaching.
What is your most memorable CrossFit/weightlifting moment? My most memorable moment as an athlete is when I went 6/6 at the American Open hitting PRs in the snatch clean and jerk and total. As a coach it would have to be coaching Silvana and Ryan Basa at the 2014 American Open.
What are your goals as an athlete? I want to compete in the 77kg A session at nationals and eventually snatch 125kg and clean and jerk 155kg.
What are your hobbies outside of training? I love listening to music. Probably more than most people. I listen to a lot of it and a lot of different types. I probably listen to multiple different artists weekly. I also enjoy rock climbing when I can make it out to a rock gym.
What is your favorite Philly restaurant? The Taco Bell on chestnut. It’s pretty close to the gym.
- Bachelors of science in Biology
- USAW Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Certification
- First Aid/CPR
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