Meet Mike “Moto” McInnis! He’s part of our Carlsbad family and has been Crossfitting for 11 years. Get to know Mike…

Name: Mike “Moto” McInnis

Age: 53 years old

Occupation: Self Employed Real Estate Investor

Favorite WOD: I love chippers because when you’re done with a movement you’re done!  Also, any WOD that has technical skills like Double Unders, Hand Stand Push-ups, pistols, butterfly pullups etc in it.  I’ve been doing this so long that I’ve picked up a good skillset. Really, though, to be totally honest, I can’t stand any of the WODs (well I still dread the pain (good pain) after all these years).  The trick for me is to not look the night before.  If I look then I won’t come in.  This has worked really well, and I have been able to WOD 5 to 6 days a week consistently for the past 11 years and be in the best shape of my life at 53.  

Favorite Lift: Snatch. It is really the most skilled movement we do in CrossFit and it has always been a challenge for me which is why I love the lift.  After 11 years, I still am challenged everyday I come in.  This is what keeps me coming back, the challenge and competition.  I could never forget the people.  I have made so many incredible friends with CrossFit.  Many of them have been through so much with me, and I feel part of a wonderful family.

How did you find CrossFit? My brother and one of my oldest friends were really into it.  I tried out a free class at mission bay and thought I was going to die.  It was that kind of feeling I use to have in Jr. High when they made us run the mile for time.  I really thought there is no way I am going to do this but I got a lot of pressure from my bro and buddy so I tried another free class.  Again, it just reaffirmed how I felt the first time.  Then Counter Culture opened 1 mile from my house, so I took it as a sign from you know who.  I spent 3 years there and then moved up to Carlsbad CrossFit, where I really fell in love with my sport.  The owners, coaches and members are amazing and my extended family. 

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? I was fortunate to get my daughter, Rachel, into the sport and she found a calling, kicking my ass and everyone else.  Through Rick’s coaching, and strong genetics (not mine), she got 5th place in the 2014 CrossFit open and made it to the 14-16 division at the CrossFit Games.  The turnout from the box to see her was amazing.  I will always be grateful to Rick for his patience and kindness toward my daughter when the stress of the Games got to her.  He stood right by her side, encouraging her and helping her every step of the way.

What is your athletic background:  My sport has always been surfing which I started at age 6. During my “dough boy” years of being a workaholic from 21 to 32 I really let myself go physically.  When I would go surfing, I would get winded quick and struggle catching waves.  I started going to a globo gym when I was 32 and noticed an improvement but not to where I wanted to be.  When I started CrossFit in 2009 my surfing performance skyrocketed.  My endurance and ability to catch waves was just like when I was 16.  I truly found the Fountain of Youth.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? In everything I do, I have upped my game.  I spontaneously started doing Spartan Races for instance.  I do no special training except for my daily noon class and I’ve finished strong at each one I’ve done.  Really, anything physical like playing football, hiking, surfing, swimming and mountain biking all feel like when I was a teen.  I am actually in better shape now then any point in my life.  I owe it all to Crossfit and my coaches at Carlsbad.

What is your Diet?  From 2009 to 2018, I’ve followed the Paleo Diet and have had tremendous success with it.  For the last 2 years, I’ve followed a vegan diet.  I believe this is the best fit for me, even though some might not agree.  I believe your diet should really be what makes you feel right.  Your body will tell you when you’re not eating what it needs.  

Any advise for new members?  Take the time to learn the skills.  This keeps CrossFit fresh and entertaining which can be a big motivator.  When a workout gets boring and routine, like Orange Theory, then you have no motivation to go.  There are endless new skills to learn in CrossFit, but the most important are double unders, hand-stand push-ups, pistols, ring muscle-ups, rope climb, oly lifting and butterfly pull-ups.  Being able to at least have these skills has made the WODs much more enjoyable.  It’s a trill to start Rx’ing every WOD and not have to scale.  Also, consistency is extremely important.  This is not a 1 time a week workout.  There are too many skills to learn and perfect.  Without the skills, you really are not getting the full benefit of CrossFit.  Also, of all the workouts I’ve ever done this is by far the hardest.  To really build up you endurance and strength you have to put the time in.   In conclusion, this is by far the best thing I have ever done in my life.  CrossFit has changed my world for the better in all aspects, mentally, physically and even spiritually.