Get To Know Mark Olsen

This man proves that age is only a number and the only limitations that exist are in your head!  Read on to be truly inspired by and get to know the super amazing Mark Olsen.

What do you do for a living?

I am an assistant golf professional for Oak Summit Golf Course and a bookkeeper for Summit Auto & Cycle.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?

Play golf.

What made you decide to try Progression?

I wanted to find a place to work out in the winter time.  I was intrigued by the cross-fitters I saw on t.v. during the games.  They offered a free class and I took advantage of it. 

How long have you been at CFP?

Approximately 13 months.

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression?

In high school, I participated in four sports a year: cross country, basketball, golf, and baseball. In the military, I played on the post softball and golf teams when I was stationed in Germany.  When I returned from the military I played junior college basketball, baseball, and golf. That was over 25 years ago. More recently, prior to Progression, I had run 6 half marathons.

What was your biggest fear when you started?

I thought everybody would be young and fit like you see on the cross-fit games.  I felt this wouldn’t be a place for an old, fat man.

Favorite cheat meal?

Pepperoni Pizza

What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

First, I would like a marathon time under 4 hours this year.  Second, I would like to get my golf handicap down to scratch or less.

What’s the hardest part of your fitness journey at the moment?


What’s the one thing your fellow CFPers would be surprised to learn about you?

I am a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach or member at CFP?

At my first body scan last year, Michael L. mentioned to me that a high visceral number puts you at a risk of diabetes.  This past year, I had two brothers that were diagnosed with diabetes.  Since last January, my visceral number went from 20 down to 13.  

How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since starting CrossFit?

I turn 50 in February.  Prior to joining Progression 13 months ago, I was really dreading my birthday.  As I told one of the coaches, “I want to be a participant in life, not a spectator.” With the help of my coaches and the WODs at CFP, I am excitingly looking forward to the next 50 years.

What has been your fondest memory during your time at CFP?

I like the wide range of athletes that are at CFP.  We have extremely fit and strong members that make me motivated to achieve that kind of fitness.  Then there are others who are not quite as fit that put great effort in their WODs every time.  These people are highly inspiring to me. 

Why do you think you’ve stuck with CFP?

The coaches and other members are an incredible support system. 

What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining CFP?

If you want to achieve your fitness goals in a fun environment with some incredible people, you have come to the right place.

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