F4D Profile of the Week: CrossFitter Michael Tancini
Fix 4 The Day had to opportunity to sit down with CF Local Athlete Michael Tancini and learn more about him and his goals. He is an up and coming competitor in the Mid Atlantic region and someone you definitely want to watch at events. Our video features footage of F4D’s Cabarrus Raid from October 2012, where Michael teamed up with his girlfriend/training partner, Audrey Pointdexter, and competed against other Charlotte area pairs. On a side note, while he was home on a break from school and training at CF Vitality, Michael was always incredibly helpful in critiquing and offering this author some tips on improving her HSPUs and dreadful ring dips. Thanks, Michael!
F4D: How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Tancini: I started CF 2 years ago with CF UNC, which is more like a university club than an affiliate. Shortly after starting there, I found CF Local and have been training there. I did the classes for about a year and then began to turn my training towards competition.
F4D: How did you get started in CF?
Tancini: I heard about CF from many individuals and some of my friends asked me to go to CF UNC. I heard it was fun and a good workout, so I tried it and I was hooked.
F4D: Do you have any previous athletic experience?
Tancini: I played college baseball at UNC Pembroke and Catawba College during my first 2 years of school before deciding to walk away and focus on school.
F4D: You competed at the 2012 Mid Atlantic Regionals, how did you finish and were there any memorable moments?
Tancini: I finished 29th overall last year. The entire event was memorable. It was just a lot of fun to be out there competing.
F4D: What’s your current training schedule?
Tancini: I train 6 days a week, 2-3 times per day. I program my own strength cycles and my own skill work, but I follow The Outlaw Way conditioning program. However, I do program my own conditioning on days when there is not a conditioning programmed on Outlaw. I also program extra conditioning on top of Outlaw. I focus heavily on Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and eliminating my weaknesses.
F4D: How has your training changed from last year?
Tancini: Volume has increased and I have a better understanding of what my weaknesses are and how to program to eliminate them.
F4D: What are you goals for CrossFit?
Tancini: My goals evolve as time goes on. Currently, my main goal is to qualify for the CrossFit Games as an individual.
F4D: What about school and career goals?
Tancini: I am a student at UNC Chapel Hill and will be graduating in May. I am majoring in Exercise and Sport Science and am pursuing a career in Physical Therapy.
F4D: Relationship status?
Tancini: Audrey Poindexter is my girlfriend and we’ve been together since May 2012. She’s also my training partner.
F4D: Favorite CF Girl WOD? Favorite Hero WOD?
Tancini: My favorite girl workout is Fran, just something about the workout that I love. Always have. I don’t have a favorite hero workout. I honestly haven’t done many of them. I did do Murph on a beach trip one time, complete with mile runs in the sand and strict pullups on a low hanging branch.
F4D: Favorite and least favorite CF Movement?
Tancini: My favorite is the snatch and my least favorite is probably forward rolls. I actually had them in a competition one time and after 10 consecutive rolls, I was too dizzy to walk or stand straight.