Athlete of the Week – Mike Hampson

We are excited to announce Mike H. as our Athlete of the Week! Mike is a regular at the 5:30 AM class and this fun group of early morning peeps is one reason he keeps coming back for more. Having been an athlete since age 4, Mike is no stranger to hard work and discipline and he applies it daily when he tackles each WOD. Mike made a decision when he committed to CrossFit to not let laziness run his life. He made up his mind to keep showing up and pushing himself and has never looked back. He is a big part of the morning crew and if you have ever been to this class you know exactly what I mean. They are a close knit bunch that keep each other accountable to be there and help motivate each other to work hard before their day officially begins. Mike’s hard work has been paying off! This month he hit 2 PRs! He added 40 lbs to his sumo deadlift for a 1×1 @ 265 lbs, and added 50 lbs to his power snatch for a 3 x 5 @ 125 lbs! Way to go Mike! We are happy you decided to join the SYCF family!


How would you explain your occupation to a 5 year old?

I help construction companies make friends with each other and make sure the new laws in Illinois are good for what they do.

How did you get started with CrossFit?

I saw Carl from across a crowded room…oh wait!  What I mean is, I drove past the gym to work and home for several years.  I looked it up and finally made it a point to stop and visit…I was hooked.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Approximately 4 years… not 100% sure.

What are your hobbies and interests outside CrossFit?

Just having fun, hanging with my wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren.

What is your fitness background?

I have played soccer from age 4 through college, and still playing today. Also played basketball, baseball and ran track all through high school.

Short-term training goal?

Complete a bar muscle up.

Long-term training goal?

To become better at each movement, better my time, weight or reps.

What is your favorite movement?

Anything that isn’t rowing over 250 meters.

What is your least favorite movement?


Proudest moment in CrossFit so far?

Continuing to make the 5:30 am class on a regular basis

What was your biggest obstacle to starting CrossFit and how did you overcome that?

Laziness…just made up my mind to do it.

What kept you coming back?

The good feeling I get from the work out and the people in the class.

Your advice for someone considering starting CrossFit?

If you want to feel better then give it a try, if you want to be part of a “fun family”, then give it a try.

How has Sycamore CrossFit changed your life?

It has changed my life by introducing me to new people and helping raise my confidence level.


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