MarineWOD Head Coach
Head Coach - Mike Manning
As the head coach of MarineWOD, my goal as an athlete, a coach and a mentor is to inspire, encourage and help others reach their goals. While I have always been an athlete from a young age, between baseball, martial arts, and football, it wasn't until discovering wrestling that I found my niche. In wrestling I found a sport I loved and excelled in all through high school eventually becoming the captain of the team, I was hooked. As a light weight, my coach put a huge emphasis on strength training and gymnastics which in retrospect provided a solid foundation for my knowledge and application when transitioning to the training I do now. In fact, learning to control my weight and momentum during my years in wrestling has produced great benefits not only with gymnastic movements and Olympic lifts but all of the physical training I did in the Corps.
Joining the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school graduation improved my athletic skills as well as my conditioning, mental toughness, and endurance exponentially. While in Afghanistan, my first overseas deployment, I sustained a non-combat related injury that not only left me with residual damage, but offered unique challenges when performing my job. Through perseverance and the skills learned as an athlete in my youth as well as the training provided by the Marines, I was able to perform my tasks at a high level for two consecutive tours, both in Afghanistan and another to follow in the Philippines.
After fulfilling my commitment to the Marines, achieving the rank of Sergeant, it was time to let my body heal and recover. After returning to Texas, I knew that a normal job was not something I wanted. I found that training others, although different from training Marines, filled that void. Finding a way to combine both my passion for training and my time in uniform I began organizing MarineWOD.
"Remembering those we've lost, recognizing those we fight beside, and honoring those we fight for."
Through my passion for fitness, I founded the MarineWOD project in 2013. It is dedicated to the Corps and its veterans by "Remembering those we've lost, recognizing those we fight beside, and honoring those we fight for." Inspired by Sgt Ryan H. Lane, a Marine killed in action July 23, 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Sgt Lane and his service became the driving force behind the project. In 2014, I launched an Annual Memorial MarineWOD competition and fundraiser, dedicated to the memory of Sgt Lane. The MarineWOD project continues to grow and expand as it inspires others and offers everyone looking for a challenge a well rounded program that can be applied to any aspect of physical fitness including combat readiness.