We invite you to come participate in our Halloween WOD this Saturday at Crossfit on the Hill! We encourage you all to come fully dressed in your costumes and be prepared for a fun/challenging WOD we have planned!
No costume = 25 burpees (applies to coaches too!)
So tell a friend, family member, or the person standing next to you to come along. Stay tuned for the announcement of the workout later this week.
We look forward to seeing you all!
The King of the Hill for October is Michael Kokernack! Michael is an avid runner who is looking to strengthen and get results. You’ll find Michael working hard during the 11am class. He always rides his bike to and from the gym. Just recently he gave us a shout out on his Facebook page. We look forward to helping Michael improve his half marathon time.
What brought you to Boston?
Originally from Leicester (near Worcester) but lived in New York City, Atlanta, and Knoxville before moving back to Boston when I was 30 years old.
What drew you to CrossFit?
It is kind of a Men’s Fitness or Runner’s World story of later in life redemption. When I was 30 I started a company with $2,000 (from my studio apartment in Mission Hill) and eventually I grew it over 10 years to employ about 50 full time people (including consulting engineers) in the TV technology space. Right around the mortgage collapse in 2009/2010 I was over-leveraged in the business (probably from inexperience) and the company closed and I lost everything.
The only thing I had left at the time were all my bad habits I had collected while building my business. I used to have a candy drawer at work. Every day after work was a happy hour feast of food and drinks. Even though in the past I had run a few Boston Marathons, and had a trainer at Gold’s Gym, those days were distance memories. I had dark circles of worry under my eyes and I looked so old and tired.
Even though I have run hundreds of times over these past few years I still remember like it was yesterday the first day I decided to run again. I did not get very far, and running one mile even seemed daunting, but improving my physical state was something I was going to do. I had all the time in the world as I was unemployed.
When I discovered CrossFit a few years ago I found that it perfectly aligned with my new personal mission of self-improvement by how the classes are structured and goals are set.
Today, just a few short years from my business closing, I am at the beginning stage of some level of a reversal of fortune through my second company. Of equal importance is now I am managing my health. Looking back, I am grateful that I was forced to start over in my 40’s because it was a gift few people get in this life. CrossFit is turning into a very enjoyable part of this new lease on life.
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
The staff really cares, takes their work seriously, and are knowledgeable. I can remember my trainer years ago at Gold’s Gym we would just be chatting away waiting for the equipment. I am also very impressed with Javy Caraballo, and his family, who have taken on the financial responsibility of COTH to make sure we all have a place to train and improve our lives. So I will not only keep coming back, but I will continue to recommend COTH, and I will be accountable to follow through on these promises.
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
I don’t mind being the last to complete most WODs so I don’t look at that as a struggle. The tough part still (after three or four months) is focusing in to follow the instructions on form.
By far the biggest struggle has been to get back on a regular running schedule, after starting to run half-marathons last year (four), since I added CrossFit. At first it took a lot out of me so running was more like hobbling. But now I am trying to bring back running five days a week, in addition to CrossFit four or five days a week, and I think that combo will eventually get me to my fitness level and weight goals.
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
I joke around, but I am dead serious, that when I can do a pull up without a band that is when I know I am officially hardcore. So the WOD would probably be all about the pull up (with a time cap) and throw in an 800M, 400M, 200M, and maybe a Farmer’s Walk to finish it off.
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
Coconut – My last name is Kokernak. You can do the math on that one.
See you at the box,