Our January Member Spotlight is Mike Leonard!!!! You all know Mike, he is always at the gym….pretty much every open gym, including most of the 8 am Sunday morning sessions, and possibly also at 11 am. He is always working on his lifting or gymnastics skills and he continues to improve at an unbelievable rate! As you can see below, for a guy who used to weigh 315 pounds, he can bang out muscle-ups now! If you work hard like Mike has, YOU can get it done!!! Mike is still a young buck, but he has already overcome a lot in life and he has become such an amazing athlete and positive part of the 203 Family. If one of our barbells ends up bent, Mike will be one of my prime suspects because of the weight he has been able to put up. Just earlier this week, he PR’d his clean and jerk at 260! We are really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the new year. Keep it up Leo!!!!!
Where are you originally from? New FairField, Connecticut
What high school and/or college did you attend?New Fairfield High school and James Madison high school. West-Conn part time.
Favorite sports teams:I get a lot of looks around the gym for this, but my team is the Philadelphia Eagles. Sorry Kirk. (Editor’s Note: GO GIANTS!!!!!)
What do you do for work? I work at my father’s company as carpenter when I can. I’m about to start a new job in NYC.
When and why did you start CrossFit?: I started CrossFit in September of 2015 because I can’t stand going to a regular gym and sitting on a machine doing the same thing over and over again. I like to be competitive. I also like to be a part of a caring, loving, and supportive community, which you don’t get in a regular gym.
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?: My favorite lift is probably the clean. I don’t really have a least favorite…..I love all the lifts, but if I had to choose a movement I sort of dislike it would be the split jerk. But I’ve been working on it a lot lately.
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? The first workout I did at 203 was “Wood” on September 11th. I can’t really remember what I thought of it at the time but if I had to guess….. it sucked but I wanted to come back for more and I clearly did. (Wood is 5 Rounds, 400 m run, 10 burpee box jumps, 10 SDHP, 10 thrusters, rest 1 minute after each round). Woof!
Greatest CrossFit Achievement so far: My greatest CrossFit achievement so far is probably just getting stronger and faster and learning to listen to my body, and keeping my back healthy and strong.
CrossFit Goal for 2017: There’s way too many things to list but right now my number one thing is this 405-pound back squat I’ve been wanting for some time. Oh, and I need to continue to improve my hideous split jerk.
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit: One interesting thing about myself not related to CrossFit is I’m currently going on 4 years cancer free from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. On top of that, I used to weigh 315 pounds. On a separate note, I also have a sick addiction to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and donuts. I have a genetic sweet tooth so there is absolutely no self-control whatsoever.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….” CrossFit should be a part of everyone’s life. It makes every day tasks simply easier, especially working as a carpenter.
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me…. working, studying, or in the kitchen eating. I also try to hang out with friends and family whenever possible.
Rodolpho getting in a set of heavy deads
Kerry pulled over 300 for the first time, going 305 x 5!
That’s a long way to go for Mikey and his long-ass condor arms
Aaron getting over the bar with those L-sit pull-ups
Three strong women here tearing up the Wednesday WOD (Lisa, Mikki and Elsa)
Tara setting up for a clean
Morgan tossed up 235 today
Everyone enjoys watching Jack lift insane amounts of weight
The moment Robin landed a PR split jerk