Athlete of the MonthMarch

Mark Wilkins

Our theme for this month is "Spirit of the Open" and we thought who better to highlight than our intramural team captains!

Tell us a little about yourself?

 I’m a Colorado native, growing up in Littleton, CO. I attended undergrad at Pepperdine University in California, and met my wife my senior year. We got married after graduation, and lived in California for a few more years enjoying the ocean and exploring Los Angeles. We moved back to Denver in 2009 when I started my wealth management practice with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). 10 years later I’m still happily working with clients at RBC. I’m also a proud father of my 3.5 yr old son Cruz – The Cruz Missile.

 How and when did you get started with CrossFit? 

After trying CrossFit a few times with the legend Joel Limpic 5 years ago, I was hooked. I’ve been a member at CrossFit Vantage for over 5 years, and enjoy it more than ever.

 What recreational activities/hobbies to you do/have?

Surf, ski, music, hiking, wrestling with my son, playing ninjas with my son, scuba diving with my wife, traveling, and trying new restaurants. I also am a huge fan of all of the Colorado sports teams and the Georgia Bulldogs.

 What is your favorite cheat meal?

The burger at The Populist in Rino. Not exactly a cheat meal, but it’s incredible.

 What is your favorite thing about the CrossFit OPEN?

I absolutely love The Open. It always pushes me to my limits, and helps me grow as an athlete and person. Over the years it’s also given me the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy the awesome community at Vantage. It’s also super fun to see THE PROCESS dominate. #trusttheprocess

What kind of positive affect has CrossFit had on you and your life?

CrossFit, specifically CrossFit at Vantage has expanded my community, helped my self confidence, and made me strong! I’m 35 years old and feel like I’m in the best shape of my life thanks to CrossFit and the amazing coaches at Vantage. Of equal importance to physical shape is the mental strength that comes with consistent CrossFit. Pushing yourself mentally day after day during a Wod translates to other areas of life. It helps with perseverance in marriage, parenthood, friendships and work.

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