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When asked what drew him to Gym Jones, Mike Thurk would plainly state, “The mind is primary”. Exploring the mountains of Alaska, guiding in the Alps, and becoming a part of the Gym Jones family solidified the former statement. Mike would explain that his steadfast loyalty, dedication, observance, and discipline are due to his native New England roots. Growing up in Boston as a competitive swimmer showed Mike the benefit of mental training, often winning by only a body length. His love to the alpine led him West to Colorado. The San Juan Mountains surrounding Telluride are where he discovered his true love for climbing and alpinism. As he pushed his own limits, injuries taught him that proper training was an imperative part of this pursuit. Mike began working as a trainer at a local gym, but realized he wanted more; more accountability, structure and discipline, which he found with Gym Jones. Today, Mike will still say the mind is primary, whether you want to be the big strong guy, the medium strong guy, or the small strong guy. Currently he lives in Boulder, where he continues to program and train outdoor athletes at the Alpine Training Center.
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