Ole Glory’s Athlete of the Month for September 2019 is none other than Mr. Michael Siharath. Some of you may know him as White Mike, others may know him as Asian Mike. It doesn’t really matter how you refer to him, either way he’s the same Mike that we’ve all come to know and love!!
Mike’s CrossFit journey first began in the summer of 2015. His girlfriend wanted some company and asked him to join at Ole Glory CrossFit with her. One step through our doors and he’s never looked back. Even though his girlfriend is no longer a member at our gym, Mike has stayed as loyal as they come. He remembers “Fight Gone Bad” being his first real CrossFit workout and he can only describe it in one word, “horrible”.
Since starting at Ole Glory, Mike has noticed a significant increase in his endurance, and even states that he can still “ball against the young bucks”. They have a way of keeping him on his toes and making him come back for more. Since squatting is one of Mike’s strong suits, he can usually give them a run for their money. Those strong legs must be contributed to playing soccer in his younger years during high school.
If you’re familiar with Asian Mike’s cultural background, you’ll know how they take pride in cooking delicious Laotian dishes. Part of his strong commitment to our gym is to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also so he can indulge in all of his favorite home cooked meals without feeling quite as guilty. Although, sometimes it does catch up to him and he’s forced to get back on track with his nutrition goals. But honestly, who doesn’t love a good egg roll from time to time?
In Mike’s normal non-CrossFit life he is 35 years old. He enjoys drinking and watching Saints football when he’s not working. During Laos New Year Mike enjoys having OG members over to show them a good time; so if you’ve never experienced Laos New Year, make sure you add it to your bucket list.
Mike is a hardworking athlete who always shows up with a big smile on his face, ready to workout and ready to make others laugh in the afternoons. As stated earlier, Mike loves any type of squats, so it should come as no surprise that Hero WOD “Murph” is his favorite. However, anything with HSPU or muscle ups is still on his list to conquer.
When we asked Mike what he enjoyed most about Ole Glory, he stated “the people”. We can guarantee “the people” of OG like Asian Mike equally as much!
If anyone is interested in giving CrossFit a try, this is what Mike had to say, “Good form takes time, don’t give up just because you can’t perform a movement. It doesn’t mean you’re weak.”
Mike’s favorite quote is “Money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a boat and a truck to pull it.” Congrats again Mike! Keep up all of your hard work!