Meet Michael (Mike) Sommers
Age: 45, but let’s keep that between ourselves…
Day job: IT Engineering
Tell us something we don't know about you?
I help to run a martial arts center, in the little spare time I have. Most of the students are young kids, so it’s a bit like herding kittens at times, but its good fun.
Fitness Background (before starting CrossFit)
I’ve always enjoyed running, and often enter marathons and half marathons. I also did (and still do) Taekwondo, boxing, and a little Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I love watching UFC and enjoy the kind of training they do to get in shape for fights.
Why did you start CrossFit?
Working in IT can take its toll on your body, especially if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. I needed to do something that would help fix my posture and provide a bit of core strength. CrossFit for me covers a lot of the physical and mental elements I wanted from an activity.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
Well it’s certainly turned me into an early riser! I don’t know of another activity that has consistently got me out of bed before 5am before. It really is the best way to start a day.
I think I am fitter than I have ever been too, I can run faster and longer now without picking injuries, which I think is down to all the leg, glutes and core work I’ve done. CrossFit is constantly making me set new goals and pushes me to smash those goals, so it acts like a bit of an advert for life.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement?
I enjoyed 18.2 in the Open this year. https://games.crossfit.com/workouts/open/2018/2
And I do a modified version of 17.1 at home (it’s a real slow burner!). https://games.crossfit.com/workouts/open/2017/1
I don’t really have a favourite movement, but I’ve enjoyed the progression I’ve made in pull-ups.
What's your current goal?
Overall goal is just to keep improving my core strength, after all that’s where it all stems from. This I hope will then have a knock-on effect for things like my shoulder strength and mobility, which is seriously lacking (anyone who has seen me do attempt handstands, thruster's and overhead squats will testify to this!).
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community?
I love the fact that you get a real mix bag of people every session you go to. People from all walks of life and backgrounds. Everyone is there for you, they’ll pick you up when you’re struggling and pat you on the back when you are doing well... And no matter what your fitness experience is, everyone at heart has the same goal to be better than yesterday…