Athlete Spotlight: Sean M.

At CrossFit Hale, we like to give a public shout out to folks we feel epitomize our core values: consistency, hard work, positive attitude, overcoming of fears or obstacles and community spirit.

We are lucky enough to have a gym full of amazing people and today we are shining a spotlight on Sean M.!

You have probably seen Sean in a workout, often on the weekends. He works hard during every WOD and is an athlete that many of us look up to. He is a great example of what consistency, focus on skills, and hard work allow you to do.

Let’s get to know Sean a bit better:

Age: 45

Day job: Teaches Computer Science at Albany High School and works on a web-based data visualization project with a Transportation research group at Cal.

Dream job:  My career is awesome. I have been given enormous opportunities.  I just need less of it all!

Can you give us some of your benchmark stats?
• Fastest Mile Time: 6:15
• Power Clean : 165#
• I am most proud of my Power Clean; I remember a year ago trying to Power Clean with the 10# bumpers!

What is your athletic/fitness background?
I was always into sports (baseball, basketball, soccer) as a kid. I started lifting weights in high school and was off and on over a couple decades. I thought I was in good shape until I showed up at Hale(!)

What’s your biggest strength in the gym?
I can clear my mind and grind just about anything out.

Biggest weakness?
Snatch, OH squat and that DANG kip! I struggle a bit with finding my limit on the barbell exercises. I tend to go light until I am sure I know the movement. Sometimes I leave some on the table.

What’s your drink?
Whiskey is fun, red wine, sour beers — whatever seems right

What is your current fitness goal?
I never know how to assess this. It depends on what I struggled with during the last workout:) — Double Unders are almost there, Kipping Pull-ups/Chest to Bar are almost there. Break a six-minute mile – that would be huge. Get to the Advanced level. All fun.

What do you enjoy most about Hale?
The people and coaches above all; I love working out with my wife in the morning. The physical intensity and challenge is next on my list.

What are some improvements you have made since joining Hale?
Above all more functional pieces like eating better and such, I see myself as an athlete. In high school, I was 100 lbs(!) and my ability to compete with my peers to get on teams was gone once I got into 9th grade. With only the big sports available, I didn’t get to play at that level.  I never realized how important it was to me until I started coming to Hale.

Any advice for those new to or considering Hale?
Show up and have fun(And go to every possible extra training offered)

Most importantly, what do you think is the greatest SPORT MOVIE of all time?
I remember Pele and the movie Victory from my childhood. I think the political pieces mixed with the soccer pieces touched me. Does White Men Can’t Jump count as a Sports Movie?

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