Olympic Weightlifter/TNG Gym Owner/Coach
Passions: Olympic Style Weightlifting, Competing, Coaching
Philosophy: "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will."
Mike lives to lift and show the barbell who’s boss. “The feeling of putting weight over your head that you know could crush you is a crazy feeling” explains the driven competitor and coach. “I love that I can always get better.”
Mike overcame serious setbacks to qualify and compete in a national meet. He had 7 orthopedic surgeries from various sport injuries, but refused to quit when warned “you are going to be in a wheelchair when you are 30.”
Mike pours his passion into competing and helping athletes reach their goals at his Olympic-style weightlifting gym, Taken Not Given. The name reflects Mike’s motto: “Work hard for what you want. Things aren't handed to you. You have to earn them.” He won’t stop until he earns what he’s working for- a podium finish at a national meet and Hawaii State Records for the 69kg weight class that have been untouchable since 1998. The negative people who think it’s a long shot fuel his fire. Mike believes if your goals are not laughable then they are not set high enough. He has 3 things on his wish list: Snatch 123kg and Clean and jerk 146 in a meet and to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
3 QUESTIONS with MIKE:
What 3 words best describe you?
Driven, Fun, and heartfelt
Do you have a favorite song or ritual to get pumped up for competition?
I always have to wear the same singlet, socks, underwear, shirt, and headband for meets. Pre competition I ALWAYS have a GR3EN to rehydrate me from the weight cut then I'll have some sort of carbohydrate meal to get me through the meet.
What's your favorite thing to do on a rest day?
My favorite thing to do on rest days is go to the beach and get some salt water and sun in. I believe the ocean is one of the best recovery tools, and I just so happen to live on an island! Also I like to lay around and watch Netflix.
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