Kannan Iyer is our Mischief Athlete of the Month for November 2020. A couple months before Governor Pritzker issued his March Stay at Home Order, Kannan stepped into CrossFit Mischief for the first time. Interestingly, Kannan had already been participating in CrossFit for several years by the time he contacted Mischief owner/coach, Arianne Kinsella. In fact, Kannan’s first exposure to functional fitness was the result of a workplace health initiative out in Seattle, Washington. A Seattle CrossFit box began coordinating free classes at Kannan’s work, and along with several of his coworkers, Kannan opted to give CrossFit a try, in the hopes that doing so would help him maintain his current bodyweight, increase his general muscle mass, and enhance his overall stamina and endurance. Since Kannan began participating in CrossFit, he has developed a zeal for clean variants and rig work, especially pull-ups and chin-ups. With the progress Kannan has been making on his banded pullups lately, it will not be long until Kannan is regularly executing unassisted pullups in workouts. Kannan is less inclined towards movements like wall ball shots, but that does not stop him from performing high-quality reps whenever they are programmed.
CrossFit happens to be a natural extension of Kannan’s other passions and hobbies. Among his many extracurricular interests, Kannan enjoys traveling, running outdoors, hiking, and performing a range of adrenaline sports, such as navigating rapids, rock climbing, skydiving, and skiing. As an engineer at Google, Kannan puts in long hours on tasks that include Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. In light of these occupational commitments, living an active lifestyle is incredibly important to Kannan. He has even constructed a home gym in his basement, which must have seen some significant use this past year. Kannan: Congratulations on your fitness achievements thus far, and we look forward to being a part of your continued improvement!