Mike Brown is using his CrossFit work ethic and business philosophy in a campaign to win a seat in the Iowa Statehouse. Hilary Achauer reports.
Mike Brown starts every weekday before the sun is up, heading over to CrossFit Des Moines to coach the 5:30 a.m. class. After teaching classes for a few hours, Brown throws on a sportcoat and a tie and spends the rest of the day shaking hands, meeting with advisors or—his least favorite task—fundraising.
Brown is running for state representative of Iowa, his first try at a political office. This former Air Force pararescue jumper owns and runs two CrossFit affiliates (CrossFit Des Moines and CrossFit Waukee), and he might seem like an unlikely politician. However, he says it’s exactly his experiences as a CrossFit athlete and an affiliate owner that inspired him to run for office.