Athlete Spotlight: Michael Jenkins


Name: Michael Jenkins
Age: 31
Occupation: Retired
Which class time do you usually attend? 9:30 am
Favorite WOD: 20 WB/10 Pull Ups
Favorite Lift: Power Cleans
Deadlift Max: 530 lbs
Back squat Max: 365 lbs
Favorite Food: Anything involving seafood
Favorite Movie: Hard to choose…Gladiator, Life, Caddyshack
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Dream Job: F1 Pro Driver
Dream Vacation Destination: Maldives

How long have you been CrossFitting?
“6 months.”

What keeps you coming back/motivated?
“The camaraderie with fellow CrossFitters as well as seeing improvement.”

How did you find CrossFit?
“A friend took me to CrossFit Pure and the warm up was 50 burpees. I thought I was going to die.”

What is your athletic background (If applicable)?
“9 Year NFL career.”

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
“I feel bigger and stronger than ever before.”

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? (muscle up, double unders, heavy deadlift, run a mile, etc.)
“Double Unders!”

Who or what motivates/inspires you?
“My wife, who also does CrossFit.”

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?
“Hitting a 305 lb front squat.”

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit?
“Consecutive Muscle Ups”

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
“Race car driving, golf, I LOVE bowling, as well as spending time with my wife and five kids.”

Any advice for new members?
“Don’t worry about what others are doing. Stay at your own pace and try to get better every day while having fun.”

Any additional thoughts?
“I’ve had a blast working out with new friends and seeing everyone get better. Within these first 6 months I don’t think I was this strong my entire NFL career. I really enjoy all of our coaches who always take the time to make sure we are using proper technique while pushing us at the same time.”

Coach Brandon’s Take:
“Michael obviously joined us with a pretty good athletic background. The thing that impressed me the most about him was the first few months he used little or no weight on the barbell movements, so he could focus on form. He didn’t care what other people thought about him or that others were lifting more than him. He wanted to work on his form. That patience has paid off in the last couple of months. Michael has quickly become one of our top male athletes by putting up big numbers in the strength department and also very good WOD times. The scary part is he’s still new to CrossFit. He has a lot more room to grow and I can’t wait to see how he continues to improve.”