I’m Michael Haugh, Owner and Trainer at Bootheel CrossFit. I moved to this area in 2007 after living in the Kennett, MO/Paragould, AR area for about 12 years.
I have been reasonably athletic throughout my life. I played basketball as a teenager, and tried to maintain my fitness into my adulthood by finding active hobbies such as mountain biking and lifting weights in the gym. But I really let myself go from 2008 to 2010 when I got promoted to management at a local retail store. I stopped exercising and my diet consisted mostly of sugary, greasy, and chemically processed fast food. I quickly became the standard American couch potato.
My wake-up call came in January of 2010 when I was diagnosed with cancer in the lymph nodes of my neck. After surgery and a brief period of radiation therapy, I cleaned up my diet and reclaimed responsibility for my health and fitness. I canceled my globo gym membership that I had been paying for (and never used) since 2008, and started doing “military style” workouts, cycling, P90X, and even tried out rugby at Southeast Missouri State University.
I had my own workout program that I would stick to, so I attracted a few friends and co-workers that I was able to help coach towards becoming stronger, fitter, and more capable individuals.
Then I met Charles Williams and Myka Dockins as they were opening Muddy Water CrossFit in Cape Girardeau. I came in to try my first workout, and I was hooked. Not only did I like the structure of the program, but also I really came to appreciate the Community that is built around it and the support and accountability that it provides. Although I was in the best shape of my life so far, CrossFit quickly showed me my imbalances and weaknesses, and just as quickly showed me how to fix them.
I have gained more strength and mobility than I have ever had, and I no longer experience any type of joint pain or overuse injuries that I had before, because CrossFit develops FUNCTIONAL fitness and strength. Not only that, but I have met some of my best friends through CrossFit. I’ve met like-minded individuals who take responsibility for their fitness and well-being, and it’s been a great influence in my life.
After earning my Level One Trainer Certification I revived my passion for helping others by working as a trainer at Muddy Water CrossFit. I’m excited about bringing CrossFit to the Sikeston community so that others can improve their own lives the way that it has improved mine.
P.S. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram if you like. My username is "TheMichaelHaugh" for all my social media accounts. I post goofy stuff every now and then:-D
207 North New Madrid Street
Sikeston, MO. 63801