Member Of The Month

Member Of The Month is a prestigious designation awarded to someone who exemplifies what it means to be a DeNovo CrossFit athlete; someone in our community who lives by our Purpose and Values and honors the DeNovo Theory.

When choosing the Member Of The Month, we ask ourselves...

  • Who recognizes that changes in life happen when they choose to get uncomfortable?
  • Who supports us in fostering a caring environment and helps other athletes feel safe and welcome?
  • Who believes that every day is a new beginning in which they can work to be the best version of themselves possible?
  • Who believes in cultivating life-long relationships at DeNovo?
  • Who sets hesitations aside and works towards fulfilling their full potential and helping other athletes do the same?

Michael Zanotelli

How did you discover CrossFit?

My brother in law tried to get me into CrossFit and I had wanted to try it for a couple of years. I had some pre-existing injuries/pain and eventually decided that regardless of those setbacks, I was going to commit to giving it a try.  

It hurt in the beginning mentally, emotionally, and physically -- it was very humbling, but I fought through and was addicted immediately.  Like with most people, I was over the routine of going to the gym; I needed a change. 

What draws you to DeNovo CrossFit?

That’s easy: Jenny and Jorine. They changed my life. I owe them as coaches and as friends, and I will always be loyal to them. They have taught me so much over the years and I can’t thank them enough.  

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?

Without a doubt, my family.  I talk about my wife and kids all the time.  Leaving California and successfully getting our family to, and being able to raise them in Fort Collins, close to family, was a big accomplishment. 

What is your pet peeve?

Just one? Haha! I would say “know-it-alls.”  

What is your favorite joke?

My son and I were just talking about this last night! He was telling me that I don’t do any dad jokes. I need to work on that...Ok, here’s one:

Knock knock. Who’s there? Interrupting cow. Interrupting co---MOO! 

If we are sitting here one year from now, what would we be celebrating?

It will be my wife and my 12 year anniversary, and my son turns 10 next year which is a big deal! It will also be 3 years doing CrossFit!  

What do you enjoy doing for fun and professionally?

For fun these days, either coaching baseball or watching my kids play sports.  I also like to golf, and am looking forward to that in the spring.  Being with the entire family and going to the cabin, and my wife and I like to travel. 

I work for a manufacturer and we manufacture firelife safety products.  I’ve been there for 19 years and I do a lot of education and training for our company.  I teach contractors and facility managers how to install our products in businesses. 

What/Who inspires you?

My dad, without question.  He was my best man in my wedding.  He came from Italy, unable to speak English, and built a great family.

Watching him take care of my Mom the last year and a half was inspiring; he’s a true man and a true gentleman to me -- to everybody.  I always tell him I just want to be half the man that he is.  

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

It always varies, but probably rowing. I would never go so far to say I’m good at it, but when I see it programmed, I look forward to it. I can always keep moving on the rower; I’m anxious to see it in the open. 

What are you currently reading?

It’s called “I Love Capitalism!” It’s about a guy who started Home Depot.  A friend of mine gave it to me, and it’s very good so far.  I’m an Italian from the East Coast and so is the main “character,” if you will, so there’s a connection there.  

What advice do you have for someone who is nervous about joining DeNovo?

Don’t be nervous at all.  Everyone across the board at our gym is more than welcoming, accommodating, and helpful.  Our members are friendly to anyone who comes through the door.  

My wife always says to me, “what do you do..?, you really just sit there afterward and talk?” The community is so great.  All members and coaches are first class people across the board.