Mike caught my eye in the 7:30am classes after I noticed him solidly squatting over 200lbs with great depth. He is consistent, strong and an all around friendly guy. I admire his commitment to his couch stretch after each class and enjoy joining him for a cool down reflection. I was blown away to learn that he had just started CrossFit this year! To top it off he sports a UB chain necklace on his pull-ups quite fiercely (he's normally wearing a navy blue shirt but this shot was a rare exception)!
Name: Mike Coutermarsh
Hometown: Canaan, New Hampshire
Occupation: Software Engineer at Product Hunt
When did you first start CrossFitting? January of this year here at UB. All of my friends were telling me I had to try it and I live nearby. So I signed up for the onboard class with Nikki. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. Now I’m addicted and there is no going back.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My friends were always talking about it. I didn’t think it was for me because I liked lifting alone. But last year I started getting into Soul Cycle and really enjoyed the group environment. I figured that I would probably enjoy lifting in a group setting as well. It’s become my favorite thing to do now.
Favorite WOD: “Hall” (5 Rounds of 3 Cleans 225#, 200m Sprint, 20 KB Snatches 1.5 Pood, Rest Two Mins) because I love super intense interval training. Anything with barbells plus running.
Least Favorite WOD: “16.5” (21-18-15-12-9-6-3 of Thrusters 95# and Burpees) Made me super nauseous. But I’m stronger now and will be ready for it when it resurfaces in 2018.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? It’s turned me into a morning person. I’m not sure why, but I’m able to wake up early now without an alarm. Maybe because I’m so excited for my mornings at UB.
What are you most excited about as the year comes to an end? That I will be getting my membership into the 300# squat club!
What are you most grateful for in your life right now? Everything is going really well for me. I feel super lucky. Career wise, I’m at my dream job. I’m also the healthiest I’ve ever been. I’m eating better and I’ve learned how to combat sitting at a desk all day and improve my mobility. I love my post-WOD couch stretch as well as getting some mobility in at the office. My co-workers have gotten used to lacrosse balls and wall angels.
What’s your definition of greatness? Setting a goal, making a plan and working at it a little bit every day then achieving the desired end result.