Athlete of the Month
Each month we will highlight the athlete(s) who embody the Spirit of CrossFit. Learn more about some of our athletes and then sign up to become an athlete with us!
:: OCTOBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH::
1:: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? The first time I started at CFM was back in 2012, at the old location on 45th and Belleview (OG status). I fell away from it then and most recently my wife and I have come back in February 2017! I first learned about CrossFit when I was trying to find something as challenging as the conditioning I did for wrestling in high school. CrossFit definitely takes the cake!
2:: What is your CrossFit theme song? Well, I have many. I love music and working out to music. My current favorite is “I’m a thug” by Trick Daddy. Rap just really gets me going for those PR’s!
3:: What are the rewards/benefits of CrossFit training for you? There are so many! I feel a lot more confident in many aspects of my life. It helps develop your mental toughness and physically getting in shape gives me more energy and I love life!
4:: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? This is a tough one! My favorite probably right now is the Snatch! What challenges me right now is running. I hate running but I am trying to force myself to do it more and I am getting better!
5:: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? Growing up my family wasn’t very physically active. My parents are both overweight and due to that they have experienced several weight related health issues. My wife is due with our first kid in November. I want to be able to play with him and do tons of activities that my parents simply couldn’t do. I hope to also improve my personal health so that I can avoid many of those same health problems!
6:: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Don’t judge me too hard but my wife and I love to watch “Project Runway” on Thursday evenings. I first watched it just because she would make me. Now I look forward to the drama every week and even comment on which designs are best. It’s also a lot of fun to spend time with my wife every week watching it. I’m still a big tough dude but it’s kind of an awesome show.
7:: What are you looking forward to achieving in the last quarter of 2017 and in 2018? I have never done a “dead hang pull-up”. I have never had a lot of upper body strength in proportion to my size. One of my biggest goals is to be able to do pull-ups in WODs and eventually do dead hang pull-ups. I’m hoping to get to do a pull-up with a band this year and then without one next year!
8:: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? You can do it! When I started both times I was out of shape. I couldn’t do a push-up, pull-up, and barely a couple air-squats. Everything can be scaled, everything! You will love it, the community will be encouraging and you will improve. It may look intimidating watching the CrossFit Games but there is a level everyone can enter at! Just try it, you will stumble away after your first workout wanting more!
9:: What is something others may not know about you? There are many things that others may not know about me, I have had a pretty interesting and crazy life! One thing that is a little known fact is that I attended two years of space camp at the Future Astronaut Training Program in Hutchinson, KS. I’m basically like Neil Armstrong. I’m not really super into space but hands down one of the coolest things I got to do as a kid!
10:: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? This is a really hard one because there have been so many awesome experiences. Probably one of the coolest was the first holiday WOD I did this year. It was 5th mountain and took me over 90 minutes to complete but I did it! I wanted to quit and at the end I was the last one still going and none of the other athletes had left but instead got down right next to me when I was doing my last 50 pushups and cheered me on! That sort of thing really helps you feel encouraged, there have been numerous instances like that and I thank the whole CFM community for cheering me on! You guys rock!
:: AUGUST ATHLETES OF THE MONTH ::
1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters? I started at CrossFit Matters in November 2013. A girl I knew asked if I would try elements with her. I had never heard of CrossFit before, so I thought I would give it a try. Best decision I made!
2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? I don't have one, but I like how each coach has a different playlist.
3 :: What are the rewards/benefits of CrossFit training for you? The benefits are endless. I continue to surprise myself with what I can achieve. My endurance and motivation has increased and I am overall a happier person.
4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? I love handstand push-ups and cleans. Anything overhead is a challenge, and of course thrusters will always be my nemesis.
5 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? It has made me strive to be better. I get so much motivation from watching the other athletes and what they have achieved. It is also a fun group of people to workout with and everyone is so supportive.
6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Salt and vinegar chips. I can't have just one!
7 :: What are you looking forward to achieving in 2016? Completing more workouts at RX. My other goal is figuring out butterfly pull-ups.
8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? Be open to challenging yourself. It isn't a competition with others, but a competition with yourself. It's fun to see the progress that you make and everyone is really supportive.
9 :: What is something others may not know about you? I love vinyl! I got a record player a while ago and am always shopping for new tunes.
10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? There are so many, but finally getting double- unders was a happy moment for me!
1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? I started at CrossFit Matters on July 16th, 2016. I know the exact day because it’s a day I’ll never forget. Here am I, brand new to CrossFit and I decided to attend the free workout class on that Saturday. I walk in to a very sweaty class that just got done and that’s where I meet Doug. This guy puts me through the ringer with a 21-15-9 WOD of wall balls, box jumps & burpees that damn near killed me, but that crazy workout got me hooked. I learned about CrossFit by coming across the documentary on Netflix “Fittest on Earth – The Story of the 2015 CrossFit Games”. Everyone was ripped and looked like they were having fun, so I wanted to be ripped and have fun too!
2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? Hmmmm…that’s a tough one because there are so many songs to choose from! The first one that came to mind was Snap! – I Got The Power. Don’t judge me.
3 :: What are the rewards/benefits of CrossFit training for you? There are a lot of rewards/benefits for doing CrossFit! For me, they are the obvious ones. CrossFit keeps me in shape and healthy. It strengthens my muscles and my mind. It’s teaching me discipline and that I’m capable of doing so much more. CrossFit has introduced me to a ton of new people, allowed to me to be part of a community, and above all…it makes me happy!
4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? My favorite movement/WOD right now has to be anything with dumbbells or body weight. Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, handstand push-ups, doubleunders, etc. I’m also loving squat cleans and the clean & jerk! My challenges…ugh…thrusters and snatches! Those have to be the most frustrating movements ever invented. However, I honestly can’t wait to make them my favorite movements!
5 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? CrossFit matters in my life because of the same reasons from above. It keeps me healthy, makes me stronger, allows me to better myself both physically and mentally, feeds my competitiveness, and again…it makes me happy!
6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? I have a lot, but I’ll give you a few! I enjoy really bad reality TV shows, I’m a huge fan of NASCAR, and I love to play video games.
7 :: What are you looking forward to achieving in 2017? I have a few goals written down that I want to accomplish this year. A lot of them are CrossFit related and are certain weight goals on Olympic lifts. I also really want to compete in a CrossFit competition and be competitive in it so I can put all of my hard work and training to use.
8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? The cool thing about CrossFit is that it no matter your size or shape, your age or athletic background, anybody can do it. And with awesome coaches and a community to support you, you can literally accomplish anything. Don’t feel like you have to be in amazing shape to join CrossFit, because that’s not the case! All it takes is one class and you’ll be hooked. So…I have three words…Just. Do. It.
9 :: What is something others may not know about you? A lot of people don’t know that I was born in Germany…in a German hospital on German soil and my birth certificate is in German. Crazy, right? Hate to break it to you, but I’ll never be President of the United States.
10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? I think any day that you can come in and really see improvement from the day before…that’s what’s memorable to me. Also, I’ll never forget that first workout with Doug. Never!!