Who are Michael and Coral Newton?
Coral – Michael & I were high school sweethearts and have been married 24 years (how are we that old??). We have two Old English Sheepdogs who keep us entertained. I am the oldest of seven. Also, I am an accountant who enjoys volunteering and loves ice cream.
Michael – Michael is the oldest of two. He is in sales management in the medical field. Due to his job, we have relocated six times (in five different states) over the past 15 years. We plan to not relocate again.
How was your first day at CrossFit SPT?
Coral & Michael – We had recently moved here from Scottsdale, AZ and were looking for our CrossFit gym home. Shannon & Casie were great. We don’t recall the workout but we were still adjusting the humidity here and we almost sweat to death. The first few people we met were all very nice (shout out to Chris Rutledge, Lauren & Maria).
What is your favorite CrossFit movement and why?
Coral-Air squats for time. Haha. Seriously, back squats. This is one of the movements I was decent at from the beginning of starting CrossFit. I tend towards anything that uses my legs.
Michael– Rowing or power lifting movements. Buck furpees.
What keeps you pushing through a hard workout?
Coral-Knowing I won¹t die and that I will feel accomplished when it’s over.
Michael-Thinking about people giving their lives to give me the freedom to do this.
What is the best part of getting to work out with your significant other?
Coral-We suffer through the workouts together. It has been fun getting stronger and faster together. I like to cheer him on even though it drives him crazy.
Michael-Accountability and encouragement
What would you consider to be the biggest misconception of CrossFit?
Michael & Coral-You have to be in good shape to start and that CrossFit is a cult.