Member Spotlight: Mitch Lango

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Member Spotlight: Mitch Lango

Mitch is the strong, sassy type who works REALLY hard and loves a challenge. Both working out with and coaching him is an absolute treat. Get to know him a little bit better:

Q: Why did you start CrossFit? 

A: I actually first got introduced to CrossFit on a deployment in Afghanistan back in 2009.  We actually built a makeshift box at our out post and when we weren’t out on patrols we were hanging in our box and working out.  

Q: How does CrossFit help you in your job? 

A: If you didn’t know, I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S Army. Earlier in my career, CrossFit was a means for me to stay physically fit in order to do my job better.  As I got more senior in rank and further away from the tactical Army – Crossfit has become more therapeutic for me, a means to relieve stress, be competitive, and also maintain a high level of physical fitness.

Q: What have you learned about yourself since starting? 

A: That I need some type of motivation to push myself and that I have the ability to do more – whether it’s another rep, or add more weight, or work on movements I don’t like…. Crossfit Renew is that motivation for me – from the coaches, to the workouts and all the members.

Q: Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert and why?  

A: I am very much an introvert in the sense, but due to my job and life I am forced to be an extrovert.  It is just more draining for me to be an extrovert and I need that time alone in order to recharge.  I am not a big fan of making new friends, in the past when I joined a gym – I never became attached to the gym or it’s members.  I went to the gym to do what I had to do, workout and left.  Renew has kinda broken that habit for me and gotten me out of my shell.  

Q: Please share with us a favorite ridiculous story about one of your adorable children? 

A: I don’t think there is one story I can share, my kids are nuts!!  Haha, basically I have two boys (6 and 4 yrs old) who are the exact replicas of me as a child.  Which is scary!!  If you want to see the ridiculousness of the Lango boy’s and our family – highly recommend following my wife on Instagram – she documents our life and is quite entertaining. 

Mini Mitches wreaking havoc? It’s the content we need. We’re so happy to have you as part of our gym fam, Mitch. You’re a motivation to us all! 

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Mckenzie Souther

Mckenzie Souther

McKenzie is a North Carolina transplant (go Heels) who’s been coaching and attending Renew since 2016. Her favorite benchmark workout is Isabel, ‘cause quick power snatches are her jam. But as a former gymnast, she’ll also settle for any workout that requires her to be upside down. When she’s not coaching or working out, she just wants to be where her friends are -- preferably somewhere on the greenbelt with lots and lots of dogs!

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