My name is Mike Santa, one of your trainers at CrossFit Bloomington. Sports and coaching have always been a passion of mine. Growing up, I always had a ball in my hands or at my feet. That translated into playing 3 sports in high school—football, basketball, and baseball. I came to Indiana University to be a basketball manager for the team, with the ultimate goal of becoming a basketball coach at the high school or college level. I was a four-year basketball manager, two-year Graduate Assistant, and even got to play in a few games for IU. Instead of going into the crazy basketball coaching industry, I was fortunate enough to find a great job with Indiana University Event Services, helping to plan and staff events. With my playing days behind me, I struggled to find activities to fuel my need for fitness and competition.
In 2015, I stumbled upon CrossFit Bloomington and instantly became hooked. The “sport of fitness” fueled my competitive spirit, not just with others, but internally as well. I constantly want to be better than I was yesterday—one more pound, one more rep, or one second faster. But even more so, the powerful sense of community and accountability kept me coming back for more. I became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and began coaching at CrossFit Bloomington in 2017. I truly believe that CrossFit can be for every person, no matter where you are on your fitness journey. Whether advanced or just starting out, we all have the ability to improve!