Michael found CrossFit in 2014. At the time he had recently completed a recovery program and was working as a staff member. He was blown away by how supportive and positive the CrossFit Community was. CrossFit HQ awarded him a scholarship to obtain his Level 1 certificate. He moved to Marin in 2016 where he began to intern at CrossFit Novato then owned by Andy and Karen Boone. He at one time trained with the intention of competing in the sport of CrossFit, but found he enjoyed managing the gym and coaching more. In 2020 Andy and Karen Boone sold the gym to Michael and his then fiancé, now wife Emily Atkinson who the met at CrossFit Novato. In 2021 they gave birth to their first child Liliana. This was Michael’s dream come true and he attributes it largely to CrossFit.