To introduce four awesome athletes and humans is a difficult task. The four that are featured as part of a 4-part series will show you just how difficult it is. How does a person best describe why you should all get to know them? Well, I will let them do the talking and you do the reading and listening, but take my word for it, you should get to know these folks.
Meet Mike. Mike started with us 6 months ago after he decided he wanted to make a change, that he wanted to be a fitter Mike. As a self-proclaimed Tech Geek, Mike can maneuver his way through a computer pretty well, but figuring out how to master a barbell was a different story. Just like he problem solves as an engineer, Mike also has worked over the 6 months to better himself with the programming at Raleigh CrossFit, studying the workouts and discussing strategy with his friends and wife.
These three individuals just so happen to be the three additional athletes making up this quartet of Raleigh CrossFit athletes. Mike shared his experiences and thoughts with friends Chris and Necole (husband and wife and Raleigh CrossFit athletes) and they joined him three months later. Mike’s wife Cindy also followed suit just this month and now the foursome of friends can often be seen training together at 600a.
Their CrossFit stories are rooted from Mike and as you will learn, there are all very supportive of one another and of everyone at Raleigh CrossFit.
Name: Mike Sholar
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Occupation: DevOps Engineer
Family: Wife (Cindy) + Daughter (Ashlyn)
Please take a moment to provide a quick introduction to your CrossFit career…
I started CrossFit in June of 2015 after deciding that I wanted a change. I had been inactive for some time and I wasn’t happy with how I felt and looked. CrossFit was the last thing from my mind but I think the fact that it’s completely different from anything I’ve ever done made it somewhat easier to get in to. That coupled with the fact the coaches are probably the nicest people on earth made it easy to fall in love with Raleigh CrossFit.
Your fitness background is only recently attached to Raleigh CrossFit, would you mind sharing about what you did previously and how that background led you to where you are today?
My fitness background would have previously been defined by its nonexistence. I’ve tried a few things in the past: pickup basketball, P90x with a few friends, pretending to know what to do in the gym, but nothing lasted long. I have a desk job (and thankfully a standing desk now) so my days are filled with not much activity.
How did you first learn about Raleigh CrossFit?
Google. A friend at work mentioned he did CrossFit (at another box) and after we spoke I googled boxes in Raleigh. Raleigh CrossFit is literally a block from my office so I checked to see what was offered.
What were your initial goals when you started training with us?
Coach Chad asked me this question in Foundations and my response is still the same: I wanted to be somebody different. I was tired of not being active and not sticking with something. My first goal really had nothing to do with CrossFit, I really just wanted to commit to something.
How have your goals evolved or changed?
I think changed is the right word here. I feel safe saying 6 months means I’ve committed to being at Raleigh CrossFit, so my new goal is to understand fitness and what that means to me. I want to go from just being able to get through the warm-up without being out of breath to actually planning a path to true fitness in my life. I want to know all my 1RM and be able to build on them every time I work out.
You officially had your first training session with us in June, what was your mindset when you walked into the doors that day, compared to what you think about now?
Terror J. I knew I was out of shape and it was going to be tough but I had committed to being there. I had no idea how to do most of the warm up and we had Toes to Bar. TOES TO BAR. It was rough but at the end I was glad to have made it. That has since turned into rabid obsession with what’s coming next. Chris (to be featured next week) and I constantly check the site for the next day’s WOD (so much so we have automated the process via email) and I’m pumped every time I walk through the door. I know it’s going to be hard since it never gets easier, but I know that each time I’m there, I’m getting better.
Since Chris, Necole and Cindy are also going to be featured, would you mind using one sentence to describe them as way of introducing them.
Chris is an unbelievably compassionate and intelligent person whose mind constantly overanalyzes things to try and make them better.
Necole is an outgoing and energetic person that constantly pushes people around her to be better.
Cindy is an incredibly caring and genuinely concerned person that always seeks to connect with those around her.
Share with us how you convinced your two friends, Chris and Necole to start training with Raleigh CrossFit.
Chris and I typically sit beside each other when we work from BREW and he knew I had started with Raleigh CrossFit. We talked for a while about being fit and I eventually convinced him to just try it one time. We stopped by one afternoon and he checked out the place and said he would be there the following Saturday for the WOD. It was 31Heroes that weekend. I’m still shocked he came back.
Your wife Cindy recently began training with us as well. It has been almost 6 months since you first started, so how come it took so long to get her started?
I’ll have to be careful answering this one ;) She has been working out on her own for some time and I honestly think she really wanted to make sure I would actually stick with this before she even feigned any interest. Eventually she got sick of hearing the three of us (Chris, Necole and I) talk about CrossFit and had to find out what was so awesome!
You both own BREW, a local purveyor of fine coffee and beverages in Downtown Raleigh. Describe yourself as if you were describing a coffee. J
Dangerous questions continue! Pretty sure I’m a warm drink, most likely a pour over since it takes a few minutes to prepare. I would say I have lots of subtle notes that don’t really come out till you’ve had a couple of sips.
What is your favorite beverage, coffee or not?
Orange juice. It’s dangerous. I would drink it till I was sick.
What is playing in your music carousel right now?
TwentyOne Pilots, Jon Bellion, Nathaniel Rateliff….among others.
What three words would your friends use to describe you.
Direct, Sincere, Passionate
What are some hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I’m a geek. I love anything tech and constantly try to solve problems with a technical solution. Owning a small business on the side keeps me busy too.
Favorite CrossFit movement and/or WOD:
Oddly enough I love overhead squats. It’s the one I struggle with the most and want to conquer more than anything. Also getting my Toes to the Bar would be pretty sweet one day…
What do you tell your friends when they ask what you do to workout?
I tell them I’ve been doing CrossFit with friends. I spend a lot of time explaining CrossFit.
What are three words to describe how you feel before a training session?
Excited, Focused, Determined
What advice would you give to anyone out there who wants to get started with CrossFit?
My biggest fear when I started out was that I would fail. I didn’t know what that would look like but I assumed it would be a bad thing. I’ve come to learn that failure happens all the time in all parts of life. If you want to start with CrossFit all you have to do is show up. You can do whatever is posted, maybe not exactly as written, but you can do it. Failure is not being unable to do it; failure is not showing up to try.
Thank you Mike. You have been such a wonderful addition to our community. From sharing free coffee with us on Saturdays to donating money to Barbells For Boobs and for sharing your wife and friends with us. The best compliment we can have is when athletes share us with their people. Thank you for “Googling” us and for allowing us to coach you and to help you realize a new you. -Chennelle
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