Congratulations to Michael Womer for being CFR’s November Member of the Month! He is a loyal member of the Viking Barbell Club who loves to compete, tinker with tools, and can bake a mean pie! Come learn more about Mike! Congrats again!
1) What are your hobbies/interest/talents outside of CrossFit?
I’ve always been fascinated by various processes of manufacturing and toolmaking and since I’m a tactile learner, I’ve always gravitated towards skilled trades and precision craft. I’ve dabbled in carpentry, welding, engraving, armory, blacksmithing, leatherwork and masonry; and one of my favorite ways to unwind is to design, build, or repair something involved in whatever trade I’m practicing at the time.
2) Share with us one thing that most people do NOT know about you?
I’m pretty good at baking pies!
3) How long have you been with us at CFR?
4) Take us back to your first week here. How did you feel? Remember the workout?
I remember the first workout I did was Snatch from blocks, Snatch High Pull, and Overhead squats with Jason and Chris. I was told that I moved well for a self-taught lifter, I’m stronger than I think, and beards are mandatory. I remember feeling like I had found a place I wanted to lift and people I wanted to lift with.
5) What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFR?
Going 6 for 6 at the CT States Meet with a PR clean & jerk for my final lift at only my second meet was an indescribable experience. I already can’t wait to see what is possible at the end of the next training cycle.
6) Design your perfect workout?
Snatch – 70% x2, 75% x2, 80% x2, 85% x1, 90% x1, 93% x1, 95% x1
Clean and Jerk – 70% x1, 75% x1, 80% x1, 85% x1, 90% x1, 93% x1, 95% x1
Front Squat – 80%x3, 85%x3
Accessory – Weighted max effort planks, back extensions
7) What is your least favorite movement
Snatch or Clean from the Hang. Also, any lift involving more than three reps in a set, because it’s just cardio at that point.
8) Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Every day, better than yesterday
9) Have you experienced any changes in your lifestyle now that you have been a Weightlifting athlete?
Since joining the barbell club, I generally eat better, sleep more, and drink less because weightlifting while hungry, tired, or hungover just feels awful.
10) What advice do you have for anyone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?
You get out what you put in; weightlifting is extremely challenging but also extremely rewarding. The team is great and we’re always excited to have new people so if you really like the “Oly” lifts (or hate anything remotely close to cardio like me) I would highly recommend giving the weightlifting program a try.