Congratulations to Michael Ishmael, our March 2018 Athlete of the Month. Michael has been with a consistent member for two and a half years. Through that time we have seen Michael grow considerably as an athlete. With a running background, Michael had no problem with the endurance aspect of CrossFit, however other areas of his fitness were lacking. Through hard work, consistency, and the desire to get better, Michael has become a well rounded CrossFitter – gaining strength, flexibility, stamina, and being overall healthier.
Proof of Michael’s improvements can be found in this years Open competition. He has completed both workout as Rx’d, while he scaled all of the workouts last year. Congratulations Michael on an honor well deserved!
1. In general, what is your background?
I grew up a farm boy outside of Greenview, Il. and have lived in this area my whole life. I am married to the beautiful Jennifer Ishmael and we have 3 beautiful adult daughters and 1 perfect grandson. I enjoy making beer, spending time with my kids and taking trips out west.
2. Age, Occupation?
I will be 51 years old on March 10. So this is a great birthday present Brian, thank you! (And just in case I love IPAs.) I have work at Standardaero Business Aviation (formerly Garrett Aviation) in the cabinet shop since 1990.
3. How did you get to know about CrossFit and why did you start?
Well, I was a cross country runner in High school and then took a break from exercise for about 20 years and then started running again. And for the next 7 or 8 years I ran. But it seemed like I was breaking down and everything hurt. I noticed the sign for this CrossFit gym at Roberts parking lot and did some research on CrossFit and decided to give it a try, did the onramp and got hooked.
4. How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
I love the muscles I have been able to put on and I think it’s incredible that no matter what age you start CrossFit you can make a difference in how you look and feel. I can’t believe the things I have been able to accomplish at the gym.
5. Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.
I had never lifted weights before in my life so everything I accomplish in weight lifting is a new movement and a new PR. I would like to be able to do a couple of things better: butterfly pull ups, double unders (more than 3 or 4 at a time), and muscle ups.
The goal I had going into the CrossFit Open this year was to do a couple workouts Rx and I have completed the first two Rx this year.
I would also like to complete all of the “girl” WODs.
6. Favorite CrossFit moment so far?
I really like move all of the movements but it I had to pick a couple favorite I would say cleans and wall balls.
7. What is your least favorite WOD to date?
This one is easy – Curtis P. because of the lunges I don’t like weighted lunges much.
8. What do you like most about Capital City CrossFit?
I love all of the coaches at the gym and how everybody helps everybody out. I love the way the workouts are set up. Working out in a group atmosphere is great motivation and you still feel like you are working out with a personal trainer. Everybody at the gym is great and it’s fun seeing the newbie’s and the veterans’ do things they never thought they could do.
9. Favorite movement?
Olympic weight lifting
10. Least favorite movement?