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Meet Our Athletes

Name:  Shiva Kumar

(pronounced shiv-ah, like someone from Boston saying “shiver”)fullsizeoutput_1d36

Occupation: Software engineer  at SOM.

How you found SCF: Instagram posts.

Fav thing about CF: Great workout routines, Saturday’s team workout, New friends in the community and the coaches they are really cool😊.

Favorite WOD: Fight gone bad.

Least fav WOD: None😜.

Favorite Movement: Deadlift.

Least fav Movement: OHS.

12 month goal: To do all movements perfectly.

Who do I nominate: Shelly

Name:  Bekah Morrow

Occupation:  Eligibility Specialist at SOME904EB28-9BF0-4BC6-873B-BAD1D2C31946

How you found SCF: my now Fiancé introduced me to Spartan after moving home from TN.

Favorite thing about CF: 1) I get a full body workout in an hour 2) it pushes me beyond my limits – physically and mentally and 3) the community

Favorite WOD: chief

Least favorite WOD: 2 RFT 1 mile sled drag 1 mile burden run (doing it at 5:30am in the rain didn’t help)

Favorite Movement: anything with a barbell and barfees

Least favorite movement: gymnastics movements

12 mo goal: continue to improve on gymnastics and body weight movements

Have I done the open? Will I do it again? I have. I absolutely will!

Who do I nominate? Shiva

Name: Lainie Buckles

Occupation: Domestic Goddess, i.e. HousekeeperIMG_4210

How you found SCF: Alex Martinez

Favorite thing about CF: The amazing, crazy for fitness, athletes I’ve met!

Favorite WOD: Anything michael programs. He’s a genius. It’s been almost 3 years since I joined and he manages to keep challenging us while keeping workouts fresh.

Least favorite WOD: all of them 😉

Favorite movement: Clean and Jerk

Least favorite movement: Snatch

12 month goal: Flexibility!

Who you nominate: Bekah


Name: Jacqui Carroll

Hometown: Wixom, Michigan

Occupation: Art Teacher!IMG_8428

How I found out about Spartan: Google “Crossfit” search. I was new to East Lansing, wanting to find community, and I had heard that crossfit gyms were good for that.

Favorite thing about CF: That I can come in every day and improve. And I can also come in every day and complete suck at something. It’s a healthy cycle of building confidence and humbling oneself.

Favorite WOD: I think I really killed Murph this year after Bekah showed me the 3-6-9 pullup, pushup, and airsquat rotation. Body movements are usually in my wheelhouse.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with rowing. My short legs really put me at a disadvantage. Also, I feel like I’m going to throw up when I do them.

Favorite Movement: Maybe pullups? I’ve improved my form significantly, so they aren’t a limiting factor in a WOD anymore.

Least Favorite Movement: Snatch! Why can’t I get this stupid lift right?! Ah well, that’s the “humbling” part.

Goal for 2017: Finally be able to have Alex or Pat come over while I’m doing a snatch, nod their heads, and walk away.

Have I done the open? NO. Will I do it? Looks like I’m being peer-pressured this year!

I would like to nominate LAINIE!


Name : Erica Baca

Hometown:  Salt Lake City, UTIMG_8329

Occupation:  Lead, Software Developer at Jackson National

How you found CF:  I was spending time with by best friend Sheila in Salt Lake City. She had just started Crossfit and took me to her gym. I enjoyed it and looked for a box when I got home. I found Spartan and the rest is history.

Favorite thing about CF:  CrossFit keeps me in shape for so many other activities. For example, my running pace improved by 2 minutes per mile even though I don’t run regularly.

Favorite wod:  Surrender Dorthy. I also like the hero WODs Murph and Michael

Least favorite wod:  Anything with a painful amount of wall balls

Favorite movement:  Running, GHD Sit-ups, Barfees

Least favorite movement:  Rowing, wall balls,

Goal for 2017:  Double unders and lifting heavier

Have you done the open?   No, but I plan to do it this year!

Who would you like to nominate to answer these next?  Jacqui Carroll


Name: Melissa Martinez

Hometown: grew up in Rochester Hills, moved to East coast, now back in Mitten in Lansing

Occupation: Chefimage

I found crossfit through my old personal trainer. The gym we trained at opened a crossfit corner (it was literally a tiny corner), and she started incorporating CF into our work outs. I loved it and ended up joining the crossfit side. My favorite thing about crossfit is feeling my best inside and out; taking care of my body and mind. My favorite thing about Spartan CF is the friends we have made and the tribe we belong to.

Favorite WOD: linda and 9/11 tower climb

Least fave WOD: don’t really have one, but I don’t love running

Fave move: rowing and barfees. I know I’m weird

Least fave move: snatch, cant get under them

goal for 2017: dubs and get under the bar!!

Have I done the open? YES Will I do it again? YES

I nominate Erica Baca

Name: Scott Martinez

Hometown: Lansing MI IMG_8258

Occupation:  welder

How you found CF:  I found CrossFit through my wife. She wanted to join for a month or two and kept asking if I would join with her. I was hesitant because I was expecting something completely different. Expecting not to like the atmosphere, people, excuse, after excuse. However I ended up going and now two years later I can’t imagine even missing a week of it.  👍

Favorite thing about CF:  What I love about CrossFit is seeing where I can go. How far into a dark spot I can go and still come out alive and better than when I went in. Any bad day you have or problem seems like nothing when you have 100 thrusters staring you in the face. It is for sure the best therapy.

Favorite wod:  Definitely Cindy, murph, and Linda.  Man they are so fun

Least favorite wod:  Death by snatch or anything with tabata in it

Favorite movement:  Anything body weight it’s fun to fly around stuff

Least favorite movement:  Snatch and thrusters. Overhead game is weak

Goal for 2017:  GET STRONGER

Have you done the open? Will you do it again? Yes and yes

Who would you like to nominate to answer these next? I nominate Melissa Martinez


Name: Kara Sweet aka Bart

Hometown: East Lansing, MIScreen Shot 2017-10-11 at 6.52.11 PM

Occupation: Special Education Teacher

How I found CF: I honestly have no recollection of how I heard about Crossfit. I was living down in North Carolina and had no friends (I had just moved!) so I on a whim, I decided to look for a Crossfit gym to get in shape and find companionship (without having to buy a dog). I found a small gym, fell in love with the workouts and met some amazing people. When I moved home, I tried out another box before finding my home at Spartan Crossfit,and they’ve been stuck with me ever since.

Favorite things (I’m putting two because I can’t decide):

The people- I cannot even begin to describe how much they mean to me. My tribe.

The environment- On the worst day, that’s the place I want to be, because it calms me down. There’s nothing that Michael’s programming can’t fix.

Favorite WOD: Murph. Even though it was really hard- I felt so proud accomplishing it.

Least favorite WOD: 16.5 open workout. I’m shuttering just thinking about it.

Favorite movement: Currently snatch because I just hit a PR

Least favorite movement: Med ball squat cleans

Goal for 2017: To do double-unders consecutively without whipping myself in the leg, and get kipping pull-ups down.

Open? Will do it again? Yes, Yes.


Name: Laura Mark

Hometown: Grand Blanc, MScreen Shot 2017-10-11 at 6.52.32 PM

Occupation: Statistician

How you found CF: Completely on accident. In undergrad I decided to join a fitness class at our rec center. There was one that sounded pretty cool, so I picked that one. They called it U-Fit. It was taught by Crossfit instructors and it was all Crossfit workouts, but they couldn’t use the official name because it technically wasn’t a certified location. Four years later and I’m still loving it (although now at an actual box).

Favorite thing: The mental challenge. It’s definitely physically exhausting but my mind always wants to quit way before my body does. It’s the best feeling to push past it and ignore the pressing urge to hobble/crawl/roll into a corner and cry instead of finishing the WOD.

Favorite WOD: Fran. It’s awful but I have a sick love for it.

Least favorite WOD: Triple 3. Pure nightmare fuel.

Favorite movement: It’s a tossup between pull-ups and handstand pushups.

Least favorite movement: I used to think it was rowing but then Michael started programming more of the airdyne.

Goal for 2017: Every now and then I can do bar muscle-ups. I want to be able to do them consistently.

Open? I’ve done it twice and will do it again.