Mike Howell

“I find the coaching to be inspirational and the method behind our movements and workouts to be a great chance to challenge myself.”

 

How long have you been a member at Community Fitness of Morgantown?

I joined in the spring of 2016…so a little over 4 years.

 

Why did you join?

There were a few things that kind of all came together at the same time.  One, I was frustrated with home workouts I was doing and I hadn’t really found a gym I liked since I moved to Morgantown.  Two, I was at the start of a divorce and was trying to find something that I could do “just for me”.  I had a good friend, Jim Matuga, who pointed me towards CFM and I decided to give it a try.  The rest is history.

 

What do you love most about Community Fitness of Morgantown? / What keeps you coming back each month?

My motivations and goals for my time at CFM have changed over the time I’ve been a member.  At one time, I was going 5-6 times a week and had aspirations of competing.  Now I get there when I can and it is more of a mental break from the rest of my life.  I find the coaching to be inspirational and the method behind our movements and workouts to be a great chance to challenge myself.

 

“CFM really has a way to make the workout work for you, your lifestyle, and your goals.”

 

What is your current occupation? And/or what are some hobbies, clubs, groups, or activities you participate in?   

In 2019 I started my own structural engineering firm; I’ve worked as a civil / structural engineer for my entire career. When I’m not running the business, I coach youth sports that my kids are involved in.  Currently I coach soccer, baseball, and basketball depending on the season.

 

Who inspires you?

My kids and the other kids I coach as well.  They are so strong and have such great personalities.  I love learning more about them daily.  Nothing in this life beats watching a kid succeed at something he didn’t think he could do or didn’t know how to do.

 

How has improved fitness impacted your life? 

The lessons I’ve learned at CFM have directly helped me to be a better coach for the teams I’m involved in.  I think when you’re around good coaching, and a student yourself of good coaches,  it just inspires you to be a better coach. I’ve integrated some of the calisthenics, mobility, and strength training aspects I’ve learned at CFM directly into the practices I’ve run with the teams.  But I’ve also learned so many lessons about motivating and inspiring my athletes because of what I’ve been privileged to be around at CFM.

 

What’s one thing – either fitness related or not – you learned in the last month?

I’m reading the autobiography of PT Barnum.  What an incredible business guy who really was “The Greatest Showman”.  But it’s been a fun read and a good dive into the life of a guy that really made a lot of success for himself out of little.  I think it is a good lesson that the only thing really holding any of us back is our own imagination.

 

What would you say to someone you love to encourage them to try out CFM? 

Whatever your reservations are, I’ve probably felt them.  Most of us probably have.  It can be scary and intimidating but walking through the door the first time is the hardest part.  After that you’re going to find out so many things about yourself that you’ll look back and wonder what were you really scared of.  CFM really has a way to make the workout work for you, your lifestyle, and your goals.  I’ve been able to work around significant past injuries and with modifications that bring the workout to my level but have always left me feeling challenged and inspired.