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Our first athlete to kick off the 2024 season is a friendly guy. You can catch him in either the earliest class of the morning or the last class of the evening. He’s always trying to improve his technique and gives 110 percent every day. His shoes match every outfit he wears and he is definitely one of the most stylish athletes in the gym. Our athlete of the month for January is:

Mike Brake

  1. Where are you from originally? Athens, GA
  2. If not from Pittsburgh, what brought you to Pittsburgh? Moved for better job opportunity
  3. Where do you work? Howmet Aerospace
  4. What is your favorite hobby? Reading and listening to podcasts
  5. How did you discover CrossFit? I’d done private personal training sessions at a gym in Tennessee where I worked in the same space as the CrossFit athletes.
  6. When did you start CrossFit? January 2020
  7. Why did you start CrossFit? I’d wanted a fitness program that was both challenging and came with a supportive and fun community.
  8. What is your favorite thing to do in CrossFit? Climb the rope!
  9. What is your least favorite thing to do in CrossFit? Thrusters, hands down.
  10. What is the number 1 thing you want to get better at? Hand stand push ups
  11. What is your favorite part about coming to CrossFit at Industrial Athletics? The coaches here genuinely care and are dedicated to the members’ success, and do everything they can to make it the best hour of your day.
  12. What is your favorite CrossFit WOD? Helen