Beyond the Athlete: Mike Condon

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Back by popular demand (I hope) is the “Beyond the Athlete” series.  I have been intending to do this for some time now and finally got around to sending out the interview.  If you find this interesting, good.  That’s the point.  I hope it is a fun way for us to all get to know each other a little more than just our Fran time.

First up is Mike Condon.  Mike and his wife Lyndsey have made incredible progress at 717.  Every time I see Mike at the box he has a smile on his face.  I just learned through my CrossFit 717 news source, Facebook, that Mike and Lyndsey are moving to Baltimore very soon so this post is somewhat bittersweet.  But I know Mike will still keep up with all of us here in Central PA and I am sure he will visit as we are not too far away.  Without further ado, let’s learn about Mike!


1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota.  It’s a suburb of Minneapolis and is currently -12 degrees with a high of -2 today.  Needless to say, I don’t miss MN winters 🙂

2. What is your athletic background?

I grew up playing baseball like my dad, but then picked up basketball and football because all of my friends played it.  I quickly gave up on basketball once my friends hit their growth spurts and became 6’8” monsters that blocked everything I threw at the hoop.  I tried hockey when I was younger (like a good lil Minnesotan) but it was too cold, seriously.  In retrospect, I should have ran track and played soccer and baseball.

3. How did you get started with CrossFit?

To be honest, I had never heard of CrossFit until my wife, Lyndsey, told me about it.  It was one of the few things I didn’t Google before attempting, so I was in for a shock when we showed up at the old box.  I was hooked after our first introductory class.  I also couldn’t breathe for 2 hours afterward.

4. How long have you been at CrossFit 717?

The addiction started in June 2012, but our time at CrossFit 717 will be coming to an end in early January as we relocate to Baltimore, MD.  We’re going to miss everyone so much!!  Come visit us!

5. What are your favorite exercises/WODs?

I love squats in any form and won’t turn down a heavy clean.  I preferred endurance WODs when I first started (and still enjoy them!) but now want to throw heavy weights around.  For benchmark WODs, I’ll take Helen, Nancy, and Cindy anytime.  SEALFIT WODs add an even tougher element to the workout and are fun once in a while.

6. What exercises/WODs do you hate?

Thrusters.  I don’t use the word ‘hate’ often, but I HATE thrusters.  As such, Fran can go straight to hell.  I have a running list of the hardest WODs I’ve done which include Zeus, Holleyman, and Fight Gone Bad always makes the list.


7. What are you goals with regards to CrossFit?

Stay healthy, get stronger, and have fun.  Specifically though, I’m hoping to hit a 315 lbs. backsquat soon, learn butterfly pull-ups, do 10 unbroken muscle-ups, and increase my weights for deadlift and strict press.  I’m usually fine seeing small amounts of progress, but those are some of my personal milestones I’d like to hit.  It’s amazing to see my goals now as compared to when I first started…it’s been a fun journey.

8. In your perfect world, what would you be doing in 10 years?

In a perfect world, I’d be surfing daily and then proceed to sitting on a beach with an ice cold Pliny the Elder (beer geek) in my hand.  In the distance, I see Lyndsey overhead squatting a surfboard or something.  After the beach, I’d go for a dip in my vault of gold like Scrooge McDuck.

9. Where did you go to high school/college?

I went to Osseo Senior High School and, coincidentally, Lyndsey went to our rival high school that was just miles away.  It was always fun dating the enemy 🙂

10. If you could eat dinner with 3 people past or present, who would you choose and why? Furthermore, what would you order for dinner? 

This was one of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to answer!  My first and fairly obvious choice is Steve Jobs.  After that I’d probably invite the great Sean Connery, and the late Chris Farley.  I’d probably order steak and lobster with a nice IPA.

11. Who is your celebrity crush?

Sofia Vergara and Jason Kofmehl.

12. What is your favorite movie?

Dumb and Dumber.  I’ve seen that movie at least a hundred times and I laugh hysterically every time. 

13. What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?

My favorite thing about CrossFit 717 is the community, which obviously includes the coaches, fellow crossfitters, and their families.  It’s amazing to me how simply working out can bring complete strangers together.  I especially love the work we do around the community raising money for charities or other special causes.  I’ve dropped into a number of boxes who don’t have the same commitment or enthusiasm as 717 and it makes me happy to know I spent my first years at a great place.

14. If you could have any car, what would you choose?

Hmmm that’s a tough call between a Corvette and an El Camino…I’d have to go with an old school Corvette Stingray though.

15. Tell us something interesting about yourself that we would be surprised to know.

I know all of the words to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by heart.


16. What kind of shampoo do you use?

Literally whatever Lyndsey buys.  Right now I think it’s something in an orange bottle.

17.  Have you ever been out of the country? If so, where and what was your favorite place?

I go on an annual fishing trip to Canada with my dad and the guys in Lyndsey’s family in the middle of nowhere.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  No cell phones, no computers, no CrossFit, no stress.  I also went to Acapulco, Mexico with my crazy-ass relatives when I was younger.

18. What were your best and worst subjects in school?

My best subjects in school were math, science, and social studies (history).  My worst subject was English because I never liked reading.

19. What would you say is your worst personality trait?

Complacency.  I’m a quiet guy and often let things happen without speaking up.  I’m not sure where I heard/read this but I like it:  “Don’t mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness.”

20. When/if you go out, where is your favorite place to go?

It may surprise people, but I’m not a big fan of clubby-type places and will always prefer a cool, quiet bar with a good craft beer list.

21. You are banished to a deserted island for a month and can only bring one person (fictional or real) and one album with you.  Who do you bring and what album do you choose (keep in mind I said album, not song)?

What’s an album?  Just kidding!  AC/DC Back in Black and I’d bring Captain Jack Sparrow because he’d bring rum and might be able to get us off the island early.


22. What do you feel is the most important invention in your lifetime?

The computer.  I’m baffled at how someone actually got one of these things to work and I wouldn’t have a job without them.

23. What are your favorite sports teams (you can list all teams for all sports you are a fan of)?

All Minnesota sports teams including the Wild, Twins, and Vikings although they’ve all been making it kind of hard to be a MN sports fan lately.

24. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the box?

When I have time, I like to play video games, watch sports, and learn about new beers with friends.  Learn about beer?  Yep, I like to taste the different hop profiles in order to better understand them and eventually start brewing my own beer.  I also have a poorly managed blog at

Thanks for participating Mike!  We wish you all the success in the world with your new ventures in Baltimore.  Please don’t be a stranger and stop back to see us soon.

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