The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
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Athlete Profile: Mike Kaseman - Northeast Regional
Rugby coach is leading his athletes by example
Mike Kaseman used CrossFit to change his life. Now he is coaching rugby and hopes to make the same positive change in the lives of his athletes.
Name: Mike Kaseman
Affiliate: Mike's Gym
Sectional: NY/NJ - 10th
Grace: 3:48 @135, 3:41@155
Fight Gone Bad: 410
Clean & Jerk: 255
Back Squat: 375
2K Row: 7:10
Dead Man's Row: 4:32
Favorite Movement: Clean, or burpee...tough call
Least Favorite Movement: Pull Up
What is your athletic background?
In high school I played football, basketball, baseball, and pole vaulted (horribly). I have always had a passion for weightlifting, but I pursued more sport oriented fitness versus a standard bodybuilding routine. I am an avid outdoorsman - hiking, biking, indoor rock climbing and I've done a couple triathlons, foot races, and bike races. After college I began coaching and playing rugby and have found that it is the sport that has totally fit my personality and skill set. I kind of liken Rugby to Crossfit. Rugby is grueling - sometimes you bleed, you lean on your teammates to help you fight for one more inch, sometimes it hurts more the next day, but you always come back for more.
What is your history with CrossFit?
About two years ago I was at my heaviest, 205, and a friend of my now fiance told me how great this "CrossFit thing" was. I blew it off like another fitness fad. Then I found the Main site one day. I saw running combined with lifting and I was hooked. I think the first workout was AMRAP in 20 minutes of: run 400meters, 50 air squats. A week after later I did Fran in about 12 minutes. I thought, "how in the world can anyone do this crap in less than 3 minutes." I continued to follow the Main site and in about three months I had lost 25 pounds dropped my Fran time under 4 minutes (thanks to kipping pull ups and better conditioning). I decided to transform my one car garage into a gym. I have built it up over the past two years. I attended a Level 1 cert last summer, and in the off season I train some of my rugby players and their mothers out of the garage. My players are my main motivation for competing. They know I am doing the "Crossfit Games." Some have done crossfit, some haven't, but they all ask me every practice what my WOD was. I always tell them. Sometimes they say things like, "That sounds tough Coach." My usual response is, "Yeah, but not as tough as our fitness today (with a smile)." I run fitness with my team, which is good for both the kids and I. I need my team to push me, and they always try to beat me. I do lose in a sprint from time to time, then hear about it for a week from the kids. I'm a firm believer in the CrossFit methodology, and I look forward to being able to help my players become the best athletes they can be with the use of CrossFit.