Get to Know Mike & Lorrie

Hi!  And thanks for cruising by our little corner of the internet!  If you’re wondering who the heck we are, well, you’ve come to the right place! Check out this video to learn how and why we created 42/7, and keep reading to learn a little bit more about who we are.

Mike has always been an athlete; he played football and hockey growing up in Florida and played baseball in college at Cal State Long Beach.  Growing up, he was pretty overweight and was too embarrassed to take his shirt off in front of people.

15 years old, 5’7 and 220lbs.

When he got his first job at a grocery store he glued himself to the fitness magazines and secretly studied them.  He started doing sit-ups, push-ups, and squats in his bedroom with the door closed until he got in better shape. In 2008 he discovered CrossFit when he saw a guy at 24 Hour Fitness doing workouts he’d never seen someone do before.  He tried a few CrossFit workouts on his own and then registered for a CrossFit competition.  Thinking he was in pretty good shape, he assumed he’d do well… If there’s anything CrossFit does universally, it’s humble people and that’s what it did to Mike, but it’s also how it hooked him. He loved that it was competitive, but also that it was always challenging and always different.  A few years later he opened a CrossFit gym in Orange County with two friends, and it was right about this time that he met Lorrie through a mutual friend.

This is Owen

One Saturday morning in August, Owen, their mutual friend brought Lorrie down to Orange County to do a 4.5 mile beach run/workout with Mike’s gym and the rest is history.

Lorrie grew up thinking she’d become a lawyer because everyone told her she would be good at it. Ha!  She did transactional work and business law for the first part of her career, but found her calling as a litigator in 2013.  She loves being in court everyday and fighting the good fight.

When it came to sports though, she was never much of an athlete.  She was always active and involved in recreational activities like hiking and biking, but never weightlifting or high intensity training.  She tried CrossFit one day because an ex-boyfriend had told her she probably couldn’t do it and that she was too girly for it…. I guess he was wrong!

Lorrie’s 1st day of CrossFit. Deadlifting 45lbs like it was 245lbs.

She actually really loved it.  She had never touched a barbell before trying CrossFit, never done any of the movements like burpees and box jumps, and even fell flat on her face during her first week trying to run through tires, but she thought it was such a great challenge!  Strangers were super supportive as they cheered her on to finish workouts, and she found the community of people that were there so positive to be around. Never in a million years did she think she would own a CrossFit gym, but in 2015 they became the owners of CrossFit Dark Horse and have had an awesome experience changing people’s lives through fitness.

Now, with 42/7 they look forward to broadening their reach and helping people just like them who don’t have the time to make it to the gym.