When did you become a member of Mi5 Fitness?
I enrolled in the Kick Start program in January 2017 and then officially became a member in April 2017.
What do you do when you are not at Mi5?
I’m a contract accountant specializing in assisting entrepreneurs and small/medium businesses with their accounting needs. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family - Scott, Allie and Rachel – all of whom are regulars/drop-ins at the gym. Rain or shine, I walk our golden-doodle, Winston, every morning and my happy place is our cabin in Turtle Lake, WI.
How did you find out about Mi5?
Jodi Dobratz invited me to join her for the Kick Start Program.
When/How did you realize CrossFit/Mi5 was the right fit for you?
I’d always been “active”, but I needed help to “step up my game” and someone to hold me accountable. The coaches and community at Mi5 do that for me in a positive way. I don’t have to plan my workouts. I simply show up and am encouraged to push myself harder and lift heavier weights than I’d ever do on my own. In addition, Mi5 coaches take the time to discuss nutrition and provide suggestions on ways to change my eating habits so I fuel my body properly both pre & post-workout. Finally, the atmosphere at Mi5 is welcoming regardless of ability level. The coaches and other members “met me where I’m at” without judgment and make the effort to get to know me personally so I feel like a valued member of the Mi5 family. I’d say M15 offers the complete fitness package.
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
A chipper with a mix of strength and cardio.
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
I don’t despise the rope climb as much as I used to, but I do sigh each time I see it on the WOD.
What would your perfect WOD look like?
Anything outside as long as the temperature is above 60 degrees!
What is one thing you have been able to accomplish since starting at Mi5 that you never thought you'd be able to do?
Running a 5K was never on my bucket list, but I felt an awesome sense of accomplishment when I completed my first one. Since then, I even joined my family in a 5K Turkey Trot last Thanksgiving and I’m signed up for the Rugged Maniac this September with a bunch of other Mi5ers!
What motivates you to stay fit?
I’ve never had any health/fitness issues (knock on wood), but turning 50 made me seriously consider how I was going to be proactive and take care of myself.
What is something about you that Mi5 members do not yet know?
Long ago, I traveled to Russia for work with $10,000 in cash strapped to my waist.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Mi5?
If you commit to working hard 3-4 days per week with a bunch of pretty awesome people and are open to evaluating your eating and driving habits, you'll see results!"