Mike Caldwell, Fitness Instructor

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Mike Caldwell

College attended/Degree/Military Service and what you do now
I attended the School of Hard Knocks….lol. However, there is a lot of truth behind that. I attended several Community Colleges as working as a Chef. Received my Associates of Arts in Communications at Hillsborough Community College. 

Your athletic background (did you play competitive sports, college sports; your certifications – including what CrossFit certs you have
I’ve played sports since I was 3 years old. Soccer, baseball and football during my middle and high school days. Some basketball, golf, and volleyball. 

  • CrossFit L1 Trainer (CF-L1) (2008)
  • CrossFit L2 Trainer (CF-L2) (2013)
  • Kettlebell Certificate (2010)
  • Football Certificate (2010)
  • Gymnastics Certificate (2012)
  • Mobility Certificate (2012)
  • Powerlifting Certificate (2012) 
  • Endurance Trainer (2013)
  • Weightlifting Certificate (2013)
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (2014)
  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Judges Certificate (2013-2022)

How did you find CrossFit?

A friend at the time told me about it back in 2007. So, I did “FRAN” for my first WOD. It happened to be the Workout of the Day on CrossFit’s main page. It took me 14:27 to complete and it kicked my A$$. It humbled me back in 2008 years ago because I though I was in shape before doing it. Let’s just say that I had much to learn. And haven’t stopped learning ever since. Now, it’s well below 3 minutes. Which is why I love teaching and helping others move more efficiently and get results. 

And my current goal is to get my CF-L3 by 2024.

Favorite CrossFit move (could be Oly lift, other lift, cardio move, even burpees (if you really love them!))

WOW! Great question…. The primary movement that I love is the Front Squat, Handstand Walk, Thruster & I hate running and burpees. But they are a necessary in a healthy fitness program.

CrossFit athlete you would most like to WOD with (and for what reason)
Brooke Ence. I want to see if I can lift more than her. Which I’m sure she can. And I think she would be fun to do a WOD with. 

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