Athlete of the MonthApril

Mike Latronica

Career: Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Years at CrossFit OTG: 3

Determined and always bringing the intensity!

Mike is an absolute staple of our PM lineup of classes. A punk rock and hockey loving athlete, Mike has been steadily improving his fitness and his movement every day since joining. No stranger to adversity, we look up to Mike for battling and pushing his limits every day. Coachable and hardworking. We know we will be seeing Mike for a long time and we know he will always be better tomorrow than yesterday.

Q: How does it feel to be the April OTG Member of the Month?
A: It feels great. I'm very appreciative of the recognition.
Q: How old are you?
A: 55
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I'm Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Hikma Pharmaceuticals, a mid-sized international pharmaceutical company.
Q: What was your athletic background before CrossFit?
A: I played ice hockey for most of my life and tried rugby for a few years until a torn ACL ended the fun.
Q: How has training this way changed your life?
A: I developed back and hip issues in my early 40s that eventually caused me to stop playing hockey and limit most of my physical activity. I finally decided that doing nothing was only going to make things worse so I started looking for a way to get active again. Over the past 3 years since joining OTG, I have regained a lot of the lost strength and mobility. I credit the training with allowing me to recover from hip replacement so quickly (started workouts again 6 weeks after surgery). I continue to see steady progress in my lower body mobility and strength. Even my running stride is beginning to come back.
Q: How long have you been CrossFitting?
A: 3 years
Q: What's your favorite cheat meal?
A: Hot dog with hot relish and mustard and fries at the Galloping Hill Inn (very North Jersey).
Q: What are your favorite movements/workouts?
A: I like the longer workouts with several different movements as well as the barbell strength sessions. Cali Bear has quickly become my favorite workout.
Q: If you could make up your own workout that fits your strengths, what would it be and what would you call it? (AMRAP? RDS for time? Movements?)
A: Too Much Joy (in honor of my favorite band who put out a new record for the first time in 25 years) - 21 box jumps, 21 ground to overhead, 9 cal bike, 15 ground to overhead, 15 box jumps, 15 cal bike, 9 box jumps, 9 ground to overhead, 21 cal bike
Q: What was one goal when you first started at OTG? Have you progressed toward that goal?
A: To be able to perform some of the more advanced gymnastic movements on the rig. Getting closer to toes to bar and chest to bar.
Q: What is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had in the gym so far?
A: Being able to do squats again.
Q: What is it that you like most about CrossFit OTG?
A: I wasn't interested in simply joining a traditional gym. I came across OTG, spoke to Nick and decided to give it a try. At the time I had no idea what crossfit was. When I hobbled in to the gym for my first class, everyone was welcoming and supportive and no one cared that I hadn't touched a barbell in years and had barely enough mobility to tie my shoes. The encouragement and support has been there ever since. As a recent transplant from North Jersey, it was great to find and become part of such a close-knit community.
Q: What are your top 2 most used Emojis?
A: Beer... and beer.
Q: What would you say to someone who is on the fence about trying OTG?
A: Don't be intimidated by the workouts. Everything can be adapted for you individually. Having great coaches to help you along and the support and encouragement of the other members makes you look forward to going to the gym every day.

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