Mikey making moves on the rings
Our August Member Spotlight is Mikey, AKA Mikey Moves, aka that guy who is probably lapping you during running WODs. Mikey is known to crush just about any WOD involving running, gymnastics, and deadlifts…but watch out, he’s making some huge strength gains when it comes to the barbell! We chose Mikey not just because he is a kick-ass member of this box, but because he is also making the transition to becoming a coach with us. Focused and determined during class time, but always ready for a good time…often instigating trouble once class lets out. As a coach, he has shown the ability to open up and lead a class with great command, thanks in part to his history as a tennis and wrestling coach. Mikey works as hard as anyone, and we look forward to him growing as both a coach and athlete. As far as his attitude and demeanor outside of the box, his answer to the first question sets the tone nicely, as long as you followed sitcoms in the early 90’s. Enjoy.
Name: Mike Silvestri
Where are you originally from? In East Danbury where I was born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days.
What high school and/or college did you attend? Danbury High, Penn State. LET’S GO STATE
Favorite sports teams: Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Penn State Football
What do you do for work? I’m an Executive Recruiter. The firm I work for in Wilton, specializes in Accounting and Finance and we work heavily off referrals, so spread the word!!
When and why did you start CrossFit: I started Crossfit about a couple months before the 2012 Boston Marathon. I was running about 50 miles a week, training hard, and my body was getting absolutely destroyed. Eventually I got a nice little case of shin splints amongst other numerous problems and I was sidelined for a few weeks. It was depressing as hell, ask Shayna, she can tell you how miserable of a person I am if I can’t work out…..it’s bad. I saw a few of my wrestle buddies doing these insane work outs on Facebook and thought it would be a good idea thing to try while I couldn’t run over 3 miles. So I called Kirk to ask what the deal was, and he basically said “yeah you just gotta come in!”. Lol I still laugh thinking about that conversation. So I did, obviously this kind of thing is right up my alley and have been doing it since.
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?: Favorite Lift-Deadlift. Least Favorite-even though I respect the hell out of it, OHS are just absolutely demoralizing, exposing everything wrong with my squat, my form, flexibility, even my general outlook on life.
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? My first work out was Baseline….Rowing is just a brutal thing to do in this life.
Greateast CrossFit Achievement so far: Squat Snatching 135. Just an emotional lift for me. Haven’t been able to OHS, Squat Snatch, or Snatch 135 but then a month ago got them both, hopefully I can work on my flexibility and develop some consistency with the lift.
CrossFit Goal for 2014 and Beyond?: My goal as a coach, is to keep an open mind and continue to learn how to help people reach their goals! As an athlete I need to constantly attacking my weaknesses and improving my strengths. That’s what makes Crossfit pretty sweet…there is always something to work on! Long term goal would be too be able to do “Amanda” unbroken J
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit: I’m a very silly dude. I’m serious about working out so I apologize if I seem unapproachable or overly intense, I’ve always worked out on my own. You can catch my silliness outside the box, I’m usually wearing some ridiculous graphic tee, and rocking some insanely tight dance moves. Shayna knows what she’s marrying. Crap, at least I hope she does
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….” Absolutely kick the $hit out of you. I can push myself working out alone or on a big run but after a tough WOD it brings me back to my wrestle days where I thought I was dying…then you have a protein shake and everything is cool again. Wake, Eat, WOD, Shake, Sleep, Repeat.
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me….: swearing and struggling on the golf course. It’s an obsession but I love it.
Other comments?: I’m very excited to coach and bring some of the things I’ve learned and STILL am learning to share with all of you. Hopefully I can help some of you in your CrossFit experience!!