Mike Padula

Occupation: Student / Accountant

Class you attend? 6am, Open gym, 530pm, 630pm

How long have you been CrossFitting? 10 months

Hobbies outside of CF? I like to spend time with my family and close friends. I love golf, hunting & fishing.

Athletic background: 10 years of karate beginning at the age of 5, football since the fourth grade including one year of Division II @ Northwood as well as high school baseball, track & shot put.

Why did you start CrossFit? I’ve tried body building, power lifting and long distance running, but nothing gave me that ultimate pleasure I was searching for in fitness. I wanted to be constantly challenged and I have always loved lifting weights above all sports. Also, I knew that CrossFit would provide variation in work outs which would subdue the chances of me becoming hurt.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit is the sport that I have been searching for my whole life; however, not knowing it existed. CrossFit has allowed me to recover from my football injury by learning proper form and technique. CrossFit has become a drug to me, and I love every second of it. After losing the ability to compete in football, I am now able to continue to fulfill the competitive edge instilled in me. CrossFit has made me a healthier individual in all aspects of my life; I am more limber and cognizant of nourishing and recovering my body; I am in the best shape of my life hands down. I am now a better-rounded athlete.

Tell us something most people wouldn’t know about you? I am the definition of a ‘type a personality.’ Everything in my room, my office, my car has a “place,” with no exceptions. I am meticulous to detail and every single day has an unwritten (or written in some cases) to-do list and plan of events.

Any embarrassing guilty pleasures? Buying CrossFit clothing!

Work-outs & Lifts

Favorite WODs – I can’t choose one, I love variation!

Favorite lift – Snatch (205# – Recent PR!)

Least Favorite WODs – Anything with Strict HSPU

Least Favorite Lift – Overhead Squat

From the coaches:

Usually hanging around with the 6am crew, you can find Mike’s name written atop the whiteboard for the day and you can bet that it sets the tone for the rest of the classes. As one of the many competitive athletes at CFF8, Mike always provides a push to anyone working out in the same class with him. Whether it’s in the morning after only being up for an hour, or at the end of the day, Mike shows up with 100% effort and makes his time count. His recent PRs on both the snatch (two weeks in a row!) and clean & jerk attest to what hard work can do. While Mike’s gains in strength, skill and endurance are awesome and something to take pride in, I believe the best thing is that Mike has found something that’s allowed him to once again fulfill his competitive drive safely. Keep up the hard work, Mike and those PRs will continue to happen!