Athlete of the Month - Mark Carey


WOW!!! I am extremely honored to be selected as the athlete of the Month for December!

My CrossFit journey began with a visit to CrossFit TNT in January 2018. My only objective was to get to CrossFit classes as quickly as possible and get myself back in shape. I started with the Transformation Academy, followed by a few months of Swift classes, and then moved into CrossFit full time in May 2018.

I was not a model of health and was certainly not happy with myself. I always had an interest in weightlifting, fitness, and working out but it was always like 3 months on and then I would find excuses to miss a day or two and that eventually turned into 2-3 months off and then nothing, typical fitness story. In October 2017, I was overweight at about 261 pounds, with no energy, the beginnings of some major health issues, and my diet was garbage. One night that fall, I decided to go for a walk/run with my wife and when I realized that I could not run for more than about 20-30 seconds and literally felt like I was going to die, I knew at that moment it was time for some major changes in my life. When I got home later that night, I found a show on Netflix called “Functional Fitness” and then a CrossFit documentary “The Fittest on Earth”. I watched both episodes that night and my obsession with CrossFit and to improve my fitness was born.

Fast forward to November 2019, almost 44 years old, down about 50 pounds, and I am in the best shape and stronger than I have ever been in my life! I received an email from Oscar stating that I was selected as the “Athlete of the Month” for December, and literally about fell out of my chair. There are so many great athletes at TNT, some of which I work out with on a regular basis and some that I haven’t, but I thought that certainly there were much more deserving athletes for this great honor. I am truly humbled by this award and I will represent that title to the best of my ability. To my wife, Angie, all my TNT friends, and especially all the amazing coaches, I can’t thank you all enough for your support throughout my fitness journey. CrossFit TNT has become such a big part of my life and I can’t wait to see you all at the box for the next challenging WOD! I will finish with my favorite quote “Be willing to do today what others aren’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.” Sincere thanks again for selecting me as December’s Athlete of the Month!