Our Ole Glory Athlete of the Month for January is none other than Mr. Miles Daigle. It’s been a long time coming, but we figured we would start off 2019 with a superstar! Miles’ CrossFit journey began years ago. He originally learned about Ole Glory when he noticed a billboard advertisement that used to be up in the Broussard area. He thought to himself “if I ever do CrossFit I would go to Ole Glory!” Around this time he was beginning to notice these nagging red indention lines from his belt digging into his stomach all day. He decided it was time to shed a few pounds and reached out to OG. “I would be lying if I said I could remember my first actual workout. That memory I think is suppressed deep down into the back of my brain.”
Throughout his years with us, Miles has surpassed many milestones which include lots of movements and weights he never imagined he could achieve. Some goals he has accomplished over the past few years include a 400 lb. back squat, 300 lb. clean and a 200 lb. snatch. Next on his list is a 215 lb. snatch and a 315 lb. clean. Guess you can say he loves the weights!
CrossFit has changed a lot of aspects besides his physical appearance. “Hard to believe, but at one time I didn’t have this hard athletic body.” Along with weight loss, it has also affected his everyday life by simply allowing him to feel better on a day to day basis. He states there is still plenty of work to do, but he has noticed major changes that have taken place since he joined.
Miles’ athletic background included baseball, basketball and football as a child. He played football for the Rebels at Teurlings High School for three years and states it was the best decision he has made in his life. “Those are some of the most cherished memories I have to this day.” After high school he started focusing on the gym lifts while in college so he could “look good at NiteTown and The Keg for the ladies. That’s what it was all about.”
Speaking of ladies, in Miles’ normal everyday life he is a 28 year old single bachelor! (He’s taking applications ladies). He’s been an employee at Frank’s International for over 10 years where he started the summer after high school. His hobbies include hanging out with friends, cheering for his favorite sports teams and napping.
When we asked Miles’ about some of this favorite movements he stated squat cleans or double unders would have to take the cake. “I don’t have a specific WOD in mind, but anything that incorporates movements that I enjoy or am good at and allows me to talk a little trash to my friends.” When it comes to least favorite workouts, Miles dislikes every Open WOD.
“My favorite thing about Ole Glory is the people. I know it sounds so generic to say, but the people make it worth going every day. In the last four years I have met some people who have become my best friends. We’ve become like brothers with tons of stories, which will be available one day in my tell all book. That’s hard for some people to say. I mean, one even lives with me now (Bryce, don’t forget that rent is due). The last two years by actual brother started, which most people know how close we are. This even makes it better being able to share this hobby. The owners are great, Beau and Nat have become family to me. I even have a key to their house! (Beau if you’re reading this, I’m just joking…). From best friends, to homies, to my dude! These people have impacted my life in such a positive way, that it makes suffering in the gym a little easier.”
If you’re interested in starting CrossFit, here are a few words of advice from our Athlete of the Month. “I was the biggest CrossFit hater years ago. Constantly making fun of the sport. But once I decided to start, I knew it was the thing for me. I would tell anyone thinking of starting to just give it a try. If you’re lucky like me, it will change your lifestyle, introduce you to amazing people, and humble you very quickly.”
If you haven’t noticed by now, Miles is our class clown. OG wouldn’t be the same without you cracking all of your jokes! Great job Miles and keep up the great work!
“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish, and feed yourself. He’s a grown man, and fishing is not that hard.” -Ron Swanson