Mike “Cheeto” “Cheatham:Was introduced to Crossfit in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. Cheeto wanted to share his new love and obsession with others and decided to partner with his brother John to open Maverick CrossFit in January of 2011. Mike enjoys seeing the program and the community change people’s lives in and out of the gym.
I CrossFit because:
It’s a challenge: I am constantly challenged to execute movements more efficiently, increase my speed during WODs, push my comfort levels during strength sessions, etc. I’ve yet to leave a workout and feel like I wasn’t challenged in some way, shape or form.
It’s Empowering: I love the feeling of completing things that I wasn’t sure I could. It’s not always about the weight on the bar – it can be the simplest of things that leaves me with the greatest sense of accomplishment.
It’s a Community: I’ve met so many AMAZING people through the Crossfit world. From Maverick to boxes in other states, I’ve built a network of awesome athletes and friends who I know would encourage me and help me to better version of myself as an athlete, an individual and a coach!
It’s Enlightening: I learn something new constantly! Seriously – it can be something simple like how to position my hands better in HSPU or the best mobility to do to assist in my split jerk, but we are continuously exposed to new information.
It’s Fun! It’s not a chore for me to go for a run, lift or WOD on a regular basis. It makes me feel better and I look forward to it. Don’t get me wrong – there are days that I lack energy and WODs that put me in my place, however I never dread working out. Crossfit has exposed me to a whole new variety of ways for me to get in my daily workout.
I coach because:
CrossFit has taught me more about myself in a short amount of time than I imagined possible, and allowed me to embrace so many elements of life that I want to share that with others. I’ve built solid friendships within the community and and take much pride in knowing that we have impacted the lives of others by sharing this knowledge and there really is no better feeling.
I am really good at:
I am not great at:
My favorite cheat meal is:
Certifications and Specialty Courses:
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach