Mike Senft was born and raised Ridgewood, NJ. During his high school years, Mike suffered a tragedy with the loss of his father. Through this tragedy, Mike built his character by overcoming adversity and became Captain of the football team. His senior year was All-state defensive tackle. Also played varsity basketball and track, as a shot putter and discuss thrower. Mike also excelled in academics. Mike graduated Princeton in 1980 with honors in Economics and lettered for the Varsity football team all 4 years and started as Offensive tackle his senior year. Mike then went on to continue his education at NYU where he received his MBA. Through Mike's time in grad school and, and while working, he competed in powerlifting. His maxes on the 3 main powerlifts were 630lb Squat, 350lb bench press and 600lb deadlift. Mike has worked out and been heavy into fitness since the age of 14. It shows as at the age of 57 He is 10% body fat and has finished 102nd in the world in his age bracket in 2015 for the CrossFit open, and 52nd in the world in 2014. MIke was an investment banker for 34 years as he ran the leverage finance globally for Merrill Lynch. Now he is CFO of a 4 billion dollar company. Mikes determination is incredible and has made numerous generous donations to the gym. The staff here at The CrossFit Squad thank Mike for his generosity and influence. Mike’s is a family man, father to Craig and Leah, and has lead a busy life full of responsibility, but always made time to prioritize fitness and health. Juno Senft, MIke's lovely wife was born in England. As a child she was an accomplished Equestrian rider. Juno Has practiced as a lawyer and counseled for many large corporations; Bank of America, Global compliance, JP Morgan to name a few. After a short retirement her incredible talents were sought after by AIG in New York, where she is in a senior position and commutes weekly. Juno has been lifting since 2005 and has been excelling at CrossFit since 2014. Juno has an incredible determination to succeed and has big accomplishments coming in the future.
Kris and Claire
All of us, being so inspired by Kris and Claire and their work effort and determination, decided to reach out to them to get their full story and to make them this months 'Member Spotlight'. Here's what they had to say..... My name is Kristofferson Ilog or Kris for short, I was born and raised in Philippines. At the age of 13, me, my older sister and my father left the Philippines to migrate in the US with my mother who was working as a nurse in New York City. After graduating high school in Albany NY, I decided to go to college, but that didn’t work out. So joined the US Air Force in 1998. I've spent 7 years in the Air Force and have been to a lot of places. I got out of the service and went back home to New Jersey where I worked as a contractor for Jets. When I got out from military and back to civilian life, that's where I got lazy and pretty much let go of any physical activities. Around this time, Claire and I were dating and later on got married. When NetJets had an opening for a full time Material Manager in West Palm Beach, I decided to take it. No more snow for us. Once we moved here in Florida, we thought it would be a great time to start back on doing some physical activities i.e. running, biking and paddle boarding. But we were not getting any results that we wanted. Then around December 2013 Claire saw an Ad on Facebook about the Crossfit Squad. Of course we looked on you tube what Crossfit is and got intimidated right away. One Sunday in January we decided to drop by, see what it is like and of course got scared immediately seeing people lifting heavy bars. But we were so determined to change our lifestyle, that we signed up for the on ramp class.At first we were just going once or twice a week, up until we signed up for the Paleo Challenge. That's when it really changed our perspective in what we eat and how we work out. We've been with the Squad for almost 2 years now and love every minute of it. Not only we really got into fitness but the best part is the community. We've met a whole lot of great people and became friends. I especially love the whole Olympic weight lifting part and even went in compete for the first time. Thrusters and burpees are not my favorite movement. We love the coaches at the Squad, they made sure that we are doing the movements correctly for us to be safe, pushes and motivates us to do better. My name is Claire Ilog. I came from the Philippines and migrated in the U.S. 2003 for work. I am a Medical Technologist by profession. I was always heavy as a child, and growing up, I was always struggling losing weight. Tried a lot of diets and nothing seem to last. I found Crossfit 2013 with my husband Kris and it totally changed our perspective in life. I would say it is not easy in the beginning! But you have to look on your priorities and think of your 'WHYS' in life. We have committed ourselves to changed our lifestyle and looked beyond our future. Health is indeed our wealth! We cannot really enjoy life if we are not healthy.Having work in Blood Bank and seeing open heart surgeries in the young 30's, I am 100% sure that I am doing the right thing for myself. Now, I feel more happier with my body and really getting stronger everyday. Thank you Crossfit Squad!!!
I am a Marketing Analyst for a communications company in Fort Lauderdale. I’m married, have 2 children, and enjoy traveling. I started Crossfit at the Squad in March of 2014 after receiving health screening results that said my blood pressure was too high, my cholesterol was extremely high and that I was at a high-risk for diabetes. I had friends that went to Crossfit and I saw how they were transforming their lifestyle and making progress with their physical goals. At first I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not this style of exercise would work for me. To be honest, from an outsider’s perspective, the movements seemed almost so simple that it wouldn’t benefit me at all. I didn’t see the complexity in jumping on a box, or performing a power clean…that was until I tried to do it. My first power clean 1 rep max was 135 pounds. Fast forward to today; I am still hooked on Crossfit. It’s not just the workouts; it’s the sense of community you get when you show up to The Squad. It’s the positive reinforcement that the members and the coaches give you. It’s the workout plan diversity combined with the competitive aspect that makes you want to hit that extra rep, weight, or time. It’s the after the WOD drop-to-the-floor, gasping-for-breath feeling, laughing while wincing because you can’t believe you did-what-you-just-did aspect of Crossfit that has allowed me to lose weight, get stronger and live a healthier lifestyle. I have managed in the last year and a half to lose over 40 pounds of fat, gain more than 20 pounds of muscle, lower my blood pressure, improve my performance, bring ALL of my personal health screening metrics into the GREEN and sleep better than I have ever slept before. My new 1 Rep Max Power clean is 260 by the way! (I love it!) I have more energy when I play with my kids, I can keep up with my wife during our weekend jogs now (she’s a runner and she’s really fast!), and when we vacation I get to enjoy more activities with my family. It’s all of those aspects that have kept me coming back to the Crossfit Squad for more and I don’t see an end in sight. Big Thanks to Derek Bishop and Mike P. for keeping each class fun and challenging, and also making every member feel like they are part of a family. Attached is a before and after picture. (Yes Mike P. and I often coordinate our outfits.) #SquadUP