We, the Solace coaching staff, are very excited to award our April Member of the Month to Michael Williams! With a quiet personality, you may not all know him by name, but Mike is a strong competitor with an even stronger work ethic. He is up grinding every morning in the AM Crossfit classes. He is also a constant presence in yoga, as he believes it’s the perfect compliment compliment to Crossfit! Always trying to improve, Mike switched from the 7AM class to the 6:30AM class so he could stay after to do Romwod. Talk about getting a leg up on the competition!
Coach Cindy shares a little more about him. “Mike began taking Saturday yoga classes last April and has been pretty consistent, improved significantly and started taking yoga classes at other times throughout the week. He asks questions and actually uses the information he receives. Mike is on the quieter side but when it comes to supporting others, he gets vocal- he was one of the members who made me feel welcome when I started doing Crossfit last summer. I’ve also seen him give quiet pointers to newer yogis during class. He is what this community is all about!”
Coachable, friendly and supportive of other members, Mike is an invaluable member of the Solace community. From the entire community and staff at Solace, it is an honor to have you a part of the Solace family and we want to thank you for all of your hard work. So what are you waiting for ?! Keep reading to learn more about our April Member of the Month!
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Member of the Month
Name: Michael Williams
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: Planning at Nautica
How long have you been doing CrossFit and how did you get into it? I started CrossFit in 2010 while living in Houston. A friend had suggested it to me and I was desperate for a fresh approach to fitness so I tried it out as soon as possible.
What were your thoughts after your first CF workout? I previously worked out at a mirrored Globo Gym two hours a day for several years doing almost exclusively upper body. I was built like a golf tee or Johnny Bravo. I could bench 300lbs and do pull ups for days. I thought I was in great shape until I walked into CrossFit and the coaches chose Fran for my first workout. Looking back now, I can see they were trying to prove a point – I was in horrible shape.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? To find training I can do for the rest of my life. My approach to fitness is far more complete now. I can’t imagine going back to a regular gym.
How did you find Solace and what has kept you with us for so long? I moved to NYC not far from Solace. It made the most logistical sense but also proved to be the best fit in my schedule and more importantly, community wise.
You are consistently in the gym early working hard. Talk to us about what gets and kept you motivated. Coming from an athletic background, competitiveness is instilled in me. If I get there early or stay late to do accessory work or stretch, it’s a leg up from those who don’t.
What has been the most challenging part of your training? Biggest obstacles? Lately, consistency has been pretty tough. Hitting that snooze button has been a terrible habit.
You also regularly take yoga. How has that affected your CrossFit workouts and training? Yoga is the perfect complement to CrossFit. It teaches you how to control your body and your breathing all while stretching and opening everything up, something most of us don’t do enough of. I can see a big difference in my workouts when I don’t take yoga enough.
How has Solace positively affected you both inside and outside the gym? There are people at Solace that have transitioned from workout buddies to good friends outside of the gym. It’s cliché, but it’s always the best part of a gym.
What keeps you motivated? The desire to be healthy. I love sports and CrossFit helps me enjoy playing them even more. Also, who doesn’t want to look fit?
Biggest achievement at Solace so far? 225lb clean. It was my albatross for 3 years. Also, beating Kyle Pires in a workout, once 🙂
New goal for the coming year? Handstand walks and body-weight snatch.
Something no one at the gym knows about you I LOVE food. Like, A LOT. Sometimes I think I might work out just so I can eat all of the donuts and ice cream.
When you’re not at Solace, where are we most likely to find you? Eating (see above), sleeping or hanging out with my son.
Pre and post workout meal of choice? Coffee and cold oatmeal before. Eggs and fruit with BCAAs after.
Favorite WOD/ Least Favorite WOD: DT is the best. All others are my least favorite.
Favorite Lift/ Least Favorite Lift: I love clean and jerks and truly despise back squats. Don’t talk to me when we do 20 rep max back squat.
Advice for someone looking to start CrossFit? Just do it. Check your ego at the door and jump in with both feet. Oh and ignore the BS on the internet. Most of it is sensationalized or just not true.
Knowing how far you’ve come, if you could give your past self-advice, what would it be? Don’t listen to the negative voices in your head. There’s a dark cave of workout unconsciousness that my friends are good at getting into during a WOD. It’s a place where you don’t think and just keep moving. I still have a bad habit of turning the light on and just poking my head in. Progress only comes with a certain level of discomfort.
Rapid Fire Questions
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Oh man, I don’t think I have one. My music taste is all over the place :/
What is your spirit animal? Dogs. All of the dogs. I have a problem.
Drink of choice? Scotch
Last picture you took on your phone: My son, Parker. He just turned 1!
Last book you read: Born Standing Up – Steve Martin (highly recommended)
Favorite reality show: Not a reality TV person, but I have enjoyed the Biggest Loser in the past
Last concert you went to: Gary Clark Jr.
Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni and cheese
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Punctuality. AM coaches will understand.
One thing you couldn’t live without: Coffee, duh.
Favorite emoji: The thinking guy? That’s how I feel inside most of the day.
Last song stuck in your head: Shape of You – Ed Sheeran. So sick of this song.
Last dream you had: I was in a military base in the middle east fighting off terrorists with kung fu. Who needs guns and drones right?
3 people you could party with for a night dead or alive, who and why? Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Bill Murray.
Most important item in your gym bag: Tape and grips. Never tear your hands. It’s not cool.
First album/CD/cassette you ever bought? Alanis Morrissette ☹
Favorite hidden gem spot/restaurant in NYC: It’s no hidden gem, but I could eat Shake Shack for the rest of my life and die happy.
Favorite healthy snack: Apple and peanut butter or my newfound love, cottage cheese.
Go to karaoke song: No matter how many drinks, you will probably never see me in a karaoke bar
Hidden talent: I beatbox for my son. I think I enjoy it more than he does, though.