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March Athlete of the Month: 

Mike Zito


When did you start doing crossfit?

I started CrossFIt in Feb 2014

What is my favorite WOD?

  I’m not sure that I have a favorite but would have to say that the greatest sense of accomplishment was after doing the Murph. I had been doing CF for 3 months and when I pulled up the  WOD the night before Memorial Day I asked Chris and Hunter if it was a mis print. My goal was to do 1/2 of it but completed the WOD. It took me most of the morning    but I finished it. 

What is your least favorite WOD?

FRAN is my least favorite so far. I was introduced to her on my first day and we never did hit it off!

What is your favorite lift?


What is your least favorite lift?


What is your favorite cheat meal?

  I really like a pizza!

Tell us a little about yourself.

   I am from Jackson originally and went to MRA where I played football, basketball, track and golf. I graduated from Mississippi State in business administration. I didn’t know what i wanted to do so started out in the PGM (professional golf management program) wanting to be a golf pro. That sounded good at the time! I am the dad of boy and girl 12 year old   twins, Trey and Sydney. My career is in the FInancial Services industry where I am the president of Trustmark Financial Services. I started in the business at age 23 at Dean Witter then moved to Merrill Lynch shortly thereafter. I moved to New Orleans as a sales manager for  Morgan Stanley then moved back home to manage the  Jackson Morgan Stanley office. I moved to Trustmark a few years later in my current roll.  I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, hunting, sports, traveling etc…

What were you doing before Crossfit?

I was working out at the gym with weights and had recently started biking. The gym had really become old to me so had more or less dropped that 6 months before joining Coyote.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

My first WOD was Fran and as you can see above, we didn’t get along. Hunter cut me off way before I finished, or on second thought almost before it started. I was wondering what I had gotten myself into! I told myself regardless of how bad it was, I was hanging for 6 weeks and then deciding if it was for me or not. I was embarrassed how bad out of shape that I was. I had no idea. I really needed the stress relief at the time and it was awesome for that. 

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

My goal was to get back in shape and focus on me rather than the stress of every day life. It became more of a competition with myself and how to get better physically and mentally. Crossfit helps accomplish both.

Have you achieved any of these goals?

I am still not where I want to be because I have always been competitive but feel more comfortable with most WODS and continue to try to get better. A couple of goals were to do unbroken pull-ups and a muscle up and I have accomplished both.

Has Crossfit affected your life outside of the gym?

CF has affected my life outside of the gym. I feel more confident in myself and a sense of accomplishment outside of the business world. There is a great community at Coyote which makes it something to look forward to every day!

Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?

I remember the first day when I was gasping for air and Hunter cutting me off saying your good! HA  I remember Chris telling me a few weeks ago I was too hard on myself  and that I was doing good. I needed a little boost and I think he knew it. 

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

For people just starting CrosFit, I would say don’t worry about times and what others are doing but focus on competing against yourself and how to improve every day. Focus on proper form and technique more than weight and time. Try to set a 6 week goal of “survival”. I used to say my goal was to just stay in the game. You will see significant results after a few months and that will keep you motivated to keep going. I would also say get a good friend or two to sign up with you and make it a habit of going at the same time every day. It helps keep you motivated. 

Tell us something we might not know about you?

My life is about my faith, family, friends and career. I guess I am kind of a what you see is what you get type of person. I am very honest, straight forward,  competitive, and try to set as  good of an example for my kids as I can.   I have coached people in the business world to keep things as simple as possible and I try to follow that advice as well.