Weekly Dose of Awesome

This week's Awesome is an interesting cat. Quiet and mellow most of the time, just consistently coming into classes and getting work done. It takes the right question, or a proper nudge, and you'll get a glimpse at his funny side. But under his nonchalant demeanor, you can see the fire burn!  And over the last months, I've enjoyed watching him step up his game.  He sometimes comes in before class to put in some extra training, and he's determined to improve his mobility on the way to Gainzville. I especially enjoyed watching him get into the House Cup during the Open. Again, it took some prodding, but once in it he was committed as always - mixing it up with the community and putting forth his best effort. Don't miss your chance to get to know this cool dude:


Name: Michael Stevens
Nickname / Alter Ego: Money-Stevens; has nothing to do with having money. It's a long story, but it all started in HS and a snow-ball fight - I was making it rain and the rest is history. The nickname has stuck with me over 2 continents through college and beyond
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan (but SF is definitely my second home)
Occupation: Finance – Portfolio Management
When did you first start CrossFitting? Mid 2015
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB? March, 2016
Favorite WOD: Favorite is a strong word, but 17.1 was a good one
Least favorite WOD: Any that require a mobile body...so all of them!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Kristina (also a UBer) kept bringing it up and at some point I said something like "Stop talking about it and be about it" and she actually did so I had to try it as well. Haha I had heard about CrossFit, good things and bad, but you can't knock something until you try it!
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? Keeps the fight alive! I’ve played team sports my entire life and CrossFit has a lot of similar aspects. The playing days may have come to an end, but the drive never dies. What keeps me coming back is the community of UB all striving for similar goals and everyone always willing to offer a helping hand. Great teamwork!
If you could be any super hero, who would you be? Wolverine – Blades in my hands and the ability to regenerate? I'll take it.      
What’s your favorite Nicholas Cage movie? The Rock or Face Off
How About Harrison Ford? Star Wars
Denzel Washington? Training Day
Julia Roberts? Pretty Woman
Tom Hanks? Forrest Gump or Saving Private Ryan
That list just made it seem like I haven't seen a movie since like '99, but I'm going to blame the questions! :)