A few weeks ago I exhaustively poured myself out of bed to get the gym at 6:00 am. Groggy, sleepy, hungry, the last thing I wanted to do was workout. I’m sure a lot of people have this same feeling from time to time. But as I walked into the gym, I got a sudden burst of energy. There were over 25 athletes in the gym, excited, enthusiastic, and ready to rock. The amount of quality people in Precision Crossfit is unbelievable. There are so many great people that make Precision a home away from home. That morning I got my butt moving and it really made my day much better by being there. I often think to myself that it is unbelievable what Greg and Mike have built. Because it always starts at the top.
That day I called my brother and told him how awesome the gym is becoming. I mean, it has always been amazing, but now there is something special going on. He said, “Yeah man, it’s crazy right? It’s really coming together.” The rest of the day I couldn’t help to think how proud I was of my brother.
Mike has come a long way in the strength and conditioning world. Yes, he has mastered the art of programming, but most importantly, he has cultivated the community we all love. Mike has always been a serious go-getter. He never leaves any stoned un-turned and will outwork anyone. He programs for over a thousand athletes and each program he writes up gets his full attention and care. It doesn’t matter if somebody wants to get a little stronger to play with their kids or train to lift at the national level.
Most people do not know this. Before Mike went full time at Precision, he would spend his days at Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles. There, he developed the top adolescent strength program in the country. Due to his work, he has spoken on numerous occasions at national events and has been named one of the foremost experts in this field. A vastly different form of coaching than what you have all become accustomed to at Precision. Upon his conclusion at HW, Mike was a part of more than 7 different CIF, League, and National Championship teams. He was even put on the list of notable alumni for the aquatics program–a feat never before accomplished by a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the school. Yes, Mike truly left his mark. He is now only turning 34 years old. I remember when he started training clients at a little gym in Newbury Park at the mere age of 22. In just 12 years Mike has accomplished more than most do in their whole lives and he has taken every step with precise calculation. With over 20 certifications to speak of, he has developed himself into a top strength & conditioning professional and continues to learn everyday. In addition, let’s not forget that Mike is a father of two beautiful children and is constantly seeking balance in his life. Mike used to often start his mornings before many of us wake up. He gave all of himself to his coaching at Harvard-Westlake, then at Precision, while also finding time to travel to events, and be an awesome parent. Now life is a little easier for him. He has worked hard to achieve that balance in his life. I have never seen him as happy as I see him now. However, he still puts in that same amount of effort, day in and day out, for everyone he coaches. He has put in the work over the years and often lived by my favorite quote: “It’s not what you do when people are watching; it’s what you do when they aren’t”–something I always truly envied in my big brother.
I’m excited to share this birthday with my brother, and here’s to another year to look back on and reflect on the amazing things Precision has accomplished as a whole. Happy Birthday to my Bro!!
100 Jump Rope Singles
10 Bumper Jacks 2″
10 Bumper Jacks 4″
10 Pass Throughs
10 Good Mornings
3 Rounds (At a walking pace)
20 Hollow Rocks
10E DB Single Arm Strict Press (Your choice)
ADV: 20 Unbroken C2B Pull Ups
INT: 15 Pull Ups
BEG: 3 Bar Kips + 3 Strict Pull Up’s
10 Goblet Squats (53/35) (44/26) (35/20)
20 Cal. Row
30 Sit Ups
40 Double Unders
Roll & Stretch