Congrats, Mike!  We caught up with Mike to do a little Q&A with us.
  1. How did you start CrossFit?

I started back in 2010 when I lived in New York.  I could only go 1 or 2 times per week as I worked 6 days a week. My wife started shortly before that and encouraged me to go.



  1. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? Has CrossFit helped with them?

CrossFit has helped tremendously for refereeing high school soccer and lacrosse. Last lacrosse season, I had a terrible plantar fasciitis in one of my feet. I went to a foot surgeon who told me I needed surgery for bone spurs but decided to give it some time before making any hasty decisions. Ultimately I decided to do CrossFit instead :). To say my recent season was a success would be an understatement. I just finished with minimal pain after a 52 game season.


  1. Tell us about your life and your family.

I lived my whole life in New York until I moved here 2 years ago. I was a meat cutter for 37 years , and I am married to my high school sweetheart Debbie. I have a son and daughter-in-law with 2 grandchildren in Denver, Colorado. I also have a daughter and son-in-law (Crystal & Jared) who CrossFit as well.  They’ve given me 3 grandchildren here in Holliston, hence the move to Massachusetts.


  1. What is your favorite part about CrossFit and CrossFit Firewall?

The Coaches, the camaraderie, and the hard work.


  1. What piece of advice would you give to someone on the outside looking in, thinking about trying out a CrossFit gym?

It’s not as hard as you might think: there is no judgement. The coaches are always there to personally modify the workout no matter what your age or ability, and of course, it is fun.


  1. Which class do you go to the most and what if your favorite part about it?

The 9am. I like all the people, the familiarity is nice, and everybody is constantly encouraging each other.


  1. What was your dream job as a kid? Did you achieve it?

New York State Police. No I did not become one but my wife says at least I got the hair right 😉