CrossFit Gardendale Member Spotlight! Mike Holmes tells us a little about himself and his CrossFit Gardendale journey. We are so proud of Mike and his dedication and hard work!
Tell us a little about yourself:
Been married 17 years to the former Jan Creel. We met while singing on Praise Team together at the Church at Brook Hills. We have two children, Reagan, 15, and Zachary, 12 whom we homeschool. (And by we I mean Jan). We moved to Gardendale from Inverness in 2004 when I opened the Chick-fil-A. Since that time, I have opened another Chick-fil-A in Fultondale. I graduated from Auburn University and love Auburn football. We attend Church of the Highlands and are very involved there. I also have the honor of serving as the Chairman of the Board at Cornerstone Ranch.
What made you start CrossFit Gardendale?
The primary motivation for me starting CrossFit was my approaching age 50. I had been pretty consistent working out for most of my life but as I got older I became bored with traditional exercising styles, and also found that I was not getting the results I did when I was younger. I knew that if I wanted to stay fit I was going to have to change my approach to exercise.
Describe your first workout?
My first workout was pretty intimidating. I had several friends who already attended so I came the first time with a lot of anxiety. I didn’t attend an On-Ramp, so I had no idea what to expect. My goal was to finish the WOD and not throw-up. I met that goal and made that my goal for the next month. I told my friends after the first month that my goal was “to be the best girl there”. That’s still my goal because we have some freakishly amazing female athletes.
On another note, I found it refreshing that there were no mirrors on the walls and none of the guys were wearing tank tops or wife beaters. What I also noticed was that there were people of all shapes and sizes. As tired as I was when I left, I couldn’t wait to come back.
What are your favorite and least favorite lifts/movements?
I have been pleasantly surprised with my cardio improvement since starting CFG so I really enjoy any movement that focuses on body weight moves and stamina. In addition I enjoy pull-ups and HSPU’s. I’m not a huge fan of anything requiring a bar. I think I feel the weakest when I’m doing deadlifts or squat snatches.
What goals have you accomplished so far and what goals do you plan to accomplish?
The goals I’ve reached that I’m most proud of are being able to compete in 2 Gridiron Games and the Mud Duck Run. I like to compete and feel I push myself the most in that environment. In 2014, I was able to learn how to do pull-ups without a band, rope climbs, and do 30″ box jumps. My goals for 2015 are to be able to do double-unders consistently, perfect my HSPU, and do a muscle-up.
What hobbies or things do you like to do other than CrossFit?
My hobbies include golf and hunting, but I am doing less of those as I get older and doing more family stuff. I really feel the happiest working on projects around the house. We live on 18 acres so there is always another project that needs to be done.
In the last 5 years we have started RV’ing a lot as a family. We have a goal of seeing all lower 48 states by the time my daughter graduates from High School
What, if anything, has changed in your life since joining CrossFit Gardendale?
I think the biggest change in my life since starting CFG has been my energy level and the way I feel about myself in general. Turning 50 was a lot easier because I feel better physically than I have felt in a long time. I’ve also lowered my blood pressure and my anxiety level. I can also still hang with my kids in any sport we play, which is pretty important to me.
What advice would you give to any new members?
My advice to new members would be to not be intimidated. One of the biggest differences of CFG to me is the sense of community I feel when I’m there. There are no egos because CF tends to be a great equalizer. Set goals for yourself and don’t be influenced by what others are doing. Its YOU now vs the YOU you want to become. I really wish CF had been around 30 years ago but I plan to make the most of it now and I would encourage others not to wait. Do it now.