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March Athlete Spotlight: Mike Mosallam

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Name: Mike Mosallam

Height: 5’7″

Weight: 165lbs

Age: 34

Profession: Television Producer

How long have you been a member at Cave CrossFit?

It will be 2 years in April.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

It is the first time I found a type of workout that continually piques my (self-diagnosed) ADD. I’m proud to say that I’m addicted, and I’ve joined the “cult.” I respond very well to the variety of WODs in a week. I’m constantly challenged and pushed and setting new personal goals. The Crossfit model makes my workout habits more consistent. Also, the life lessons one could learn from CrossFit transcend beyond the WOD, I mean learning the technique of the Double Under is really a metaphor for life when you think about it.

What is your athletic background?

Prior to 2007, my exercise regiment consisted of walking from the couch to the kitchen and back to the couch again. If I was feeling really ambitious, I might even bend to reach for the remote (otherwise, I’d just use my toes). And then, in January of 2007, something snapped, and I decided to embark on a journey that would change my life. Since then, I’ve lost 100-105lbs. I’m happy to report that it was all completely natural and done the good ol’ fashion way: diet and exercise. Currently, I work out at the Cave about 5 x week and run between 3-6 miles 1 day a week.

Favorite WOD:

Anything that includes burpees (really), box jumps, sit-ups, lungs with plates, and my new favorites: double unders.

Favorite Lift/Movement:

Probably dead lifts or back squats, and I’m learning to love the snatch (no pun intended)

Least Favorite WOD:

Anything that includes pull ups or push ups.

Least Favorite Lift/Movement:

Strict presses are the worst.

What are your proudest achievements?

The 1st time I got a spotlight!

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?

I’d love to gain enough upper body strength to do a muscle-up!

Any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started?

Get out of your way. Get out of your head. Don’t listen to your fears. Don’t believe what you think you know. Just do it. Just do. try. learn. fall. get up. That’s when you succeed.