Michael Haynes

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In the six years I have been working in the CrossFit business, and the seven I have been engulfed in the community, I have had the pleasure of meeting people from all walks of life. What has always been incredible to me is how different everybody’s story is. Some you would never guess their background and their set of skills. Michael Haynes is one of those men. A renaissance man is the best way to put it. He’s incredibly polite and gentle, yet he served our country as a US Army Ranger and fought for our freedom. He’s one of our more intense members with the yells and grunts, yet he coaches youth soccer on the weekends. Mike has been a steady CFNP member for years and when he sets foot in the gym we expect nothing but his very best, and he delivers every time. Mike during this time of year, thank you for your service; all year round, thank you for being another one of those incredible people that I got to meet in the CrossFit community. Congratulations on being CFNP’s June Member of the Month, you earned it, and keep up the hard work!

How long have you been Crossfitting?
I have been CrossFitting since January of 2012, so roughly 4 and half years.

What made you try CrossFit?
My wife, Nina, and I were looking to get our butts in shape since we were pretty much falling a part physically. We both had stopped working out and playing sports due to the rigors of raising a family. Some friends of ours were visiting from Hawaii and we took them to Portos in Glendale. While we were there, they asked if we had heard of CrossFit and we said we had no idea what that was. As we were leaving Portos and walking up Brand Blvd., we noticed this girl in great shape but totally out of breath and almost heaving. We were like, “What is wrong with her?” Then our friends said she was from that CrossFit. So we looked in and there were no machines. It was very empty and simple. A couple days later Nina noticed a new CrossFit opening up down the street from our house. I was like, “How much? You go ahead and join.” So she went down and met with Gabriel and then came back and said they have an opening special for couples. 🙂 So no getting out of that one…We signed up together. Naturally, our kids joined when CrossFit Kids when opened up as well.

What has been your biggest accomplishment while at CFNP?  
A 22 mile hike in Yosemite National Park. I started at 8k ft in Toulumne Meadows to 10k ft to Clouds Rest, the highest peak in the park, and then onto Half Dome and down to the floor of the park at roughly 4k ft. I would never have been able to do this if I had not started CrossFit.

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What’s the best thing(s) about CFNP?
I like the community and the friendships. This is not like a regular gym where no one knows anyone. You build friendships, cheer each other on and congratulate each other when finishing a WOD. That is pretty cool. The Hero WODs are also exciting and remind me of my time in the military and help me to push even harder.
Which class time do you most commonly attend?  
Usually 8pm and Saturdays. It has been tough getting in lately with work and coaching my kids’ soccer teams. Now that soccer season is over, I’m starting to get back into the groove.
Is competing one of your goals? For me, every WOD is a competition.  
It’s a physical and mental process to finish and get through each WOD and to try and push yourself to give it your all but still remaining within your limits and being safe. As far as CrossFit Competitions go, it would be fun to do a Masters Competition someday.
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Do you have any advice for someone on the fence about trying CrossFit or joining CFNP? 
I would say that CrossFit is so worth it. I used to go to the regular gym and try to find a treadmill to warm up on and try to find a machine that was not being used and really had no focus. Then I tried working with personal trainers but that is expensive and very lonely compared to CrossFit. With CrossFit, all I have to do is show up. All the planning and thinking is done for me. Within an hour I am warmed up, training at a high intensity which means my butt is getting kicked and then an easy cool down/stretch. When I started CrossFit, I pretty much had to learn to run again. Within a short period of time I was back to my young active self again but much stronger. CrossFit makes you strong–no more bending over throwing your back out doing yard work. 😉
What keeps you motivated?  
Being able to stay active and do things like hiking, biking and playing sports keeps me motivated. Life is busy and it is tough to stay motivated sometimes but if I fall off track a bit I know a few weeks in the Box and I’m right back in the groove.
How has CrossFit changed your life?  
The years before CrossFit I would not even think about doing 10, 15 or 20 mile hikes and now over 4 years later, I’m up for any hike anywhere.
What has been your favorite workout and why?  
I’ve always liked the Tabatas. Lots of core and variety in the movements.
What is your favorite cheat item? 
I’m a big cheater. 😉 I love Donuts!
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What is your favorite activity to do outside the gym?  
Hike, bike and play soccer.
Anything I missed that you would like to share?  
CrossFit is a great community and we, as a family, enjoy it very much. Even our kids participate in the CrossFit kids program. CrossFit has helped our kids tremendously in soccer. Within a few months of CrossFit for them it was night and day with their fitness on the field. Lastly, Gabriel Perez and his team of coaches are outstanding. Gabriel is always looking to make his Box better than it already is and he’s always learning about fitness in order to make himself and the people around him be the best they can be. Thanks for all the support, Gabe! 🙂

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