AllSport CrossFit Success Story: Matt C.

AllSport CrossFit Success Story:  Matt C.

How long have you been CrossFitting? —Six months in a box.  A little bit longer on my own.

What is your occupation? —Texas Peace Officer

Where are you originally from? —Houston, Texas

Where did you hear about AllSport CrossFit? — Heard about it from Coach David.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of ASCF?— Absolutely!  The mental change is there.  My whole approach to life has changed.  I’m not seeing obstacles, but challenges.  I’m more confident in what I do in work and in my off time.  Physically, do you have to even ask?  I’ve dropped weight, gained muscle, got back into pant sizes I haven’t seen since my early college days.  It is great!

What was your starting weight at ASCF and how much do you weigh now? — I started at 285# and dropped down to 240#.  I haven’t stopped there.

What is your favorite movement? — It is a toss up between kettlebells and handstand push ups.  KBs are such a great all around workout.  I’m not good at HSPUs yet, but they are fun to work on.

What is your least favorite movement? —I think I speak for the entire class when I say burpees are the devil.  Double Unders are a close second for me.  Seriously, have you seen me try a double under?

What has been your favorite WOD so far? —I’m drawn to the Hero WODs even though they’ve bested me 2 to 1 (The Maltz Challenge is the only Hero WOD I’ve completed.  And that was before joining ASCF!).  Let’s not forget American Ninja!

What has been your least favorite WOD ? —Grace is a dirty rotten filthy b****!  Seriously!  You want me to clean and jerk that bar how many times?!  As fast as I can?!

What do you like best about AllSport CrossFit? — I come to the box for about an hour a day to get healthy, feel better, and get stronger.  I keep coming back because of the people there.  The coaches are fantastic.  I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable they are, and how dialed in they are to everyone’s skill level and goals.  The other members truly make this a community.  We laugh and joke.  We support and encourage.  Just by being with this group of people, we are better at what we do.

What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year?

-Dear Santa, please bring me a pony, plastic rocket and double unders.  Yes, double unders.  Is is too much to ask for a string of 10 or more unbroken DUs?
– Break 300# on my benchmark lifts.
– More muscle, less fat (you hear that beer gut?  time to go!!)

How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs?—  I’ve been to the globo-gyms.  I had a personal trainer for a month.  I’ve ridden thousands of miles on a bicycle.  I have a weight bench in my garage.  The closest I have been to this level of fitness is a boot camp program I tried before I went to the police academy.  I learned about the benefit of keeping fit and healthy living, but I plateaued quickly and didn’t see any further results.

Walk into any globo-gym in America and you will see the same people doing the same repetitive movements on the same machines in the same order.  That may work for some people.  Not for me.  I enjoy the variety that CrossFit puts out there.  Every part of CrossFit is scalable from the weights you use to the speed at which you perform.  No two WODs are the same.  I recently went on vacation to South Dakota.  I was nowhere near a gym.  I made up my workouts and did them in the hotel parking lot.  What other fitness program lets you do that?

Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? —  I’m gonna be 40 in a couple of years.  I feel like a young man in my 20′s when I workout.

How can other people relate to your story? —  I tell people that CrossFit is a key component to survival in my job.  Case in point:  I’m a Police Officer for a downtown college campus.  Two weeks ago, we got a call of two people fighting in a classroom across campus.  I was on foot patrol.  According to MapMyRun, I sprinted .25 miles to the scene.  I also climbed three flights of stairs, conducted a search for the suspect and directed support on the radio.  I beat two mobile units to the scene.  I did this wearing body armor, full uniform and a duty belt that adds an easy 20 pounds to my body weight.  I wasn’t even breathing hard when I started interviewing witnesses.

Without CrossFit, someone would have to call an ambulance for me.

What is something that others may not know about you?  I enjoy photography.  I’ve also been known to write poetry and short stories.