Workout of the Day

Mike & Bryan, July 2013


The July Rogue’s of the Month are Mike & Bryan!

Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living.

My name is Mike Jennings. I grew up here in beautiful Southern Oregon. I am married to my amazing wife, Brandy, and I have four incredible kids. I am the vice president of manufacturing for a defense contractor in Grants Pass. I am a huge San Francisco 49er fan and I love the San Francisco Giants too. I went to Game 2 of the 2012 World Series, so I was able to scratch that off my bucket list.

How long have you been CrossFitting? How did you hear about RVCF?

Seven months, and have no plans of quitting. From my good friend, Melissa Candy.

What training did you do before CrossFit?

I worked out with my brother, Steve, for three years at Oz Fitness. He got me big and strong doing the regular weight workout routines. I met a lot of my personal goals working out there and got as strong as I have ever been, but doing CrossFit is a whole different animal. It’s one hour of controlled chaos with instant results. I am definitely hooked.

How has CrossFit impacted your life?

It’s made me see a different picture of the whole fitness community. There’s more than just being weight strong, there’s the endurance factor, and powering through when your body is screaming at you to stop. I have learned a lot about myself physically and mentally doing these crazy workouts, and I love it.

What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?

The MURPH on Memorial Day, 2013. The pain I felt after doing 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and running two miles, nothing can really explain it. You would just have to do it! Also watching my brother, B, pushing himself every day.

What’s your favorite WOD or exercise? 

Any WOD that has to do with Olympic lifts, and team WODs.

Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?

Check your ego at the door. Set short-term and long-term goals and be open-minded and coachable.

Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…

My name is Bryan Bernstein; I work for Southern Wine & Spirits in management for operations. I think the name gives away what we handle. My territory is Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties.

I am married to Tracy Bernstein and we have 2 girls together. We have been together for 18 years. We moved to the Valley in 2000.  My wife is a nurse at R.R.M.C (RVMC). Our Oldest daughter Devin, (16) is going into her senior year at Eagle Point High. Our youngest is Aynalysa. My mom also lives with us and helps our family out with watching our girls which also give our girls that valued time with their grandmother (I mean NANA). I was very active and training about 3.5 years ago when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and that changed my world. This was the best and worst thing to happen to myself and my family.  We did everything we had to do to beat it. I then got depressed and felt like doing nothing. Every time I’d go to the gym and MMA training, I found that I had no passion for it anymore so I stopped going.  I found myself going from 205lbs to 348lbs when I came to CrossFit.

How long have you been crossfitting?

6 months

How did you hear about RVCF ? 

Mike Jennings

What training did you do before crossfit ?

I hadn’t done any training for over 3 years. Before that I did bodybuilding training and MMA training

How has crossfit impacted your life? 

WOW! CrossFit has done so much in just these few months hard to know where to start.

1.  I’ve lost almost 50lbs. So that means my health is so much better.

2. I am more active with my family. We are doing so much more than just sitting around the     house watching TV. We hike, swim, yard work, starting to ride bikes, and we have Crossfitted together.
3. CrossFit has made me start watching my eating habits again.

4. CrossFit has gave me the passion to start working out again.

What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?

It is going to the first class. The reality checks that I got when I couldn’t do things that use to be so second nature to me in the past. I couldn’t jump rope at all. It took me a minute to do 10 total and the fact that I couldn’t finish an overly scaled down workout. I felt completely devastated.

What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?

I would have to say fight gone bad and partner workouts that push me that extra bit.

Do you have any advice for new crossfit members ? 

I would tell them to take their time. This to me means take you time to learn from our coaches and team mates. Also, take your time with your diet; it’s a life change not a diet.







  1. Dan

    Congrats to you both, and a big thanks for all the advise and support you guys have given me. You guys have inspired me not only to join, but any goal worth having is attainable through hard work. Rock on guys!!!!

  2. Michelle

    Congratulations! We are all proud of you! 🙂

  3. Pam

    You guys are inspirational, you have no idea!

  4. Holly

    Love you both!!! Great job! Love seeing you kick ass in the gym!!

  5. Tom

    Congrats to both of you two. Bryan, that was your fastest 40 of the two you had to do. 🙂

  6. jessi

    YAY!!! Contgrats!!!

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