Mike Blumhagen– Family Man, Accounting Wizard, Haagen Dazs lover and MCF Founding Member.
What does your typical day look like?
One may think that I have a pretty wild and exciting life… however, that is really not the case as my day is usually fairly structured and routine. Being a father of 2 awesome twin girls, they keep me busy between school, their sporting events, and also with bringing them with me to MCF, which they have also grown to love and already know most of the movements/skills.
I am an accountant by trade, and currently work at the County in the Treasury department. It is a great place to work, and many of my co-workers are also members at MCF so it is always fun to talk about the workouts. I am a regular at the 6:30 evening class which I try to hit at least 4 times a week. I find that it’s a great way to end the night.
Favourite way to spend a Friday night?
I usually like to wind down the week, post-workout with a nice Ontario craft beer or two. For me, there is no better way to end the week, unless it’s with a Haagen Dazs.
When did you start working out & why?
I started working out at MCF when it first opened in May 2013, and happy to say that I am one of the original founding members of the gym. That being said, I really wasn’t all that keen on joining. My wife wanted someone to go with her to MCF that just opened up to try out this new thing called Crossfit. At the time, I was in my mid 30’s, a 7-year veteran couch potato and really thought the idea of Crossfit was kind of silly. Half way through the first workout as I was sucking wind, I realized this was for me and have loved it ever since.
Prior to that, I had worked out occasionally at a regular gym, lifting weights and running on a treadmill, but looking back at it now, I really was never in shape. Also, I could never stick with it and would quickly became bored. 4 years in now at MCF and I am still motivated and excited to go 4-5 times a week. Its always something different which keeps it fun.
MCF has become an important part of my life now as I spend 4-5 nights per week there. A number of things keep me coming back– the first being the coaches and members. It is a great atmosphere and everyone is supportive and encouraging. Also, I am in better shape and stronger now at 40 than I ever have been, and doing things that I thought would be impossible. 100 burpees for time (I mean fun) – who would have thought! The monthly challenges are fun, and I’m really enjoying the latest #notweak challenge. Lastly, this past weekend I had the great privilege of training at MCF with a former world champion and Olympic medalist weightlifter – Alex Varbanov.
What is your favourite thing about working out?
I would have to say that my favourite thing about working out at MCF is being able to leave all of my stress at the gym. After a day of work, quite often I can be a little stressed, and after pounding it out for an hour at the gym, I always seem to leave the gym happy and I am able to go home without taking my work home with me. I would say that this is one of the main reasons why I have stuck with this for so long, that and all of the amazing gains I have made over the past 4 years.
What’s your favourite type of workout?
I really like the grinders where you just chip away at each rep– the 20-30 minute workouts – such as Filthy 50 and “Barbara”. I just feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end of a long WOD.
Tell us one thing people don’t know about you.
I like to binge watch TV series – marathon weekend sessions for series such as Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, House of Cards etc. Also, did I say that I am addicted to Haagen Dazs – peanut butter and chocolate in particular.
Any good recommendations for books and movies?
It has been a long time since I have seen a really good movie or read a good book, but if I had to name a favourite it would be – Shawshank Redemption for a movie and Pillars of the Earth for a book. Also really enjoyed Game of Thrones.