Congratulations to Michael Gray on being named Fury Spotlight Athlete of the Month for December! Michael came to Fury after being discouraged with not being able to stick to a fitness routine. He not only had the desire to be committed to a fitness routine but also wanted to improve his overall health and wellness. This last spring Fury held a nutrition class that included blood panels. This was a great opportunity for Michael to get the bigger picture of what being “healthy” was all about. Michael is the athlete that always asks questions to improve himself and ensure he is using proper mechanics. Since joining Fury, Michael has seen a steady weight loss credited to changing his nutrition as well as showing up regularly to classes. Below are the responses Mike had to our questions we ask Spotlight Athletes.
What brought you to CrossFit?
I have always been good at starting new diet and exercise programs, but sticking to them was never a skill I acquired. When you stack up a ton of “before” photos over the years but never any “after” photos to go with them, it’s clear that good intentions alone are not enough to get results. Turning 40 this year made me realize that I can no longer rely on the simple desire to get fit. Who doesn’t want that, right? I had to commit to doing something about it every day. I came to Fury because I knew that group workouts are what motivate me best, and CrossFit is the ultimate group workout program. Somehow, it’s easier for me to wake up and drive to Fury every morning than it is to walk out to my garage and lift weights or jog through my neighborhood alone. The Fury Family pushes me, and I respond best in that dynamic.
What has impacted you the most during your time at Fury?
The coaches.Kelly McGuire took a ridiculously underprepared me and pushed me every single day. If my squats weren’t low enough, she let me know. If I was taking too long a break between rounds, she let me know. When I did my first solo hand-stand, she cheered me on. When I came up discouraged because I finished the WOD dead last (happens quite often), she reminded me that it’s not about finishing first, it’s about getting better each time.Peter, Tracy, Lauren, Brittany, Taylor, Kevin, Dani, Cole, and Lacey (yes, I even tried yoga a time or two) have all been a great encouragement for me as well. I appreciate all of you. Also, Peter’s Nutrition class this spring taught me that I cannot outwork my diet, and it set me on a path of eating that works best for my goals. The combination of strenuous workouts and balanced, intentional eating has yielded me the biggest pay-off.
Any other comments you want to share with current or potential members?
To potential members: Just show up. Whether you’ve never worked out before or you are an elite athlete, the people here will push you to improve at your current level. Since every day is something different, you won’t get bored with routine.
To current Fury Family, thanks for all the encouragement. It is great to see members finish their WOD, take a few moments to catch their breath, and then head back outside to push the remaining members to finish strong. One day, I hope to finish before others so I can do the same!