Name: Mitch Downey
Profession: Fork Lift Operator, 3M
Start Date: December 28, 2015
1. What is your “WHY” for starting CrossFit?
I come to the gym every day to try to make progress. Whether that means getting stronger by
pushing in lifts, increasing my work capacity by pushing harder in a workout, or improving a skill like double unders, pistols, or handstand pushups with an extra few minutes of work before or after class. Also, I like to see others doing the same thing 🙂 It’s fun to be around like-minded people!
2. If you could have dinner or drinks with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner/drinks with anyone, I think Jon Stewart would be high on the list. I like critical thinkers who also have a good sense of humor! Tom Hanks would also be high on the list, he just seems like such a nice guy!
3. What changes have you noticed in yourself since joining CrossFit West Ames?
Most of the changes I have noticed in myself since joining CFWA have not been physical; yes, I have lost weight – yes, I have gotten stronger – but the breakthroughs I see most often are pushing through pain or doing more than I thought I could. I truly believe those types of things are only accomplished by becoming more mentally tough. I often talk about trying to train my “mental toughness muscle” because in the end, that one has to be the strongest of all.
4. What sorts of things do you like to do outside of the gym?
I have enjoyed playing in a classic rock cover band the past four years, I love my dog Walter and cat Rudy, and I love to play card games or board games with my wife.
5. What are two performance goals you have for yourself now that you’ve been doing CrossFit for a while?
Two goals I have for myself are to improve my handstand pushups (being able to string some together) and I would also really like to either make my kipping pullups more efficient (string more together) or try to work toward butterfly pullups. I think all of thsoe will be a fulfilling challenge to meet.
6. Would you rather: only be able to whisper every time you speak, OR, only be able to shout every time you speak?
It would have to be whispering…for a couple reason. I’ve always been a believer in speaking softly and carrying a big stick 😉 I also agree that confidence is quiet and insecurity is loud.
Great words of wisdom, Mitch. 🙂