Athlete of the Quarter: Matt Martin
I'm currently a teacher, but starting in June I'm starting a new job as an Academic Advisor!
Probably the deadlift because it's one I'm always using. There's always something really heavy that has to be moved and it's great knowing the right way to lift so I don't' hurt myself. I've also been enjoying kettlebell swings the past few months because that's really a good all over movement!
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
My girlfriend Michelle and I started in February of 2018.
How did you find CrossFit?
It's actually kind of a funny story. Michelle and I were out to eat somewhere and a family sat down at a table near us. They were all ripped and I said jokingly "I bet they do CrossFit." Not long after that, we got on the subject of working out and I said to Michelle that CrossFit might be something to check out because I had known some people who raved about it and had great results. The very next day, I get a text saying "I found us a place called Third Coast CrossFit and we're going there on Thursday!"--if it wasn't for Michelle, I'd still be thinking about showing up to my first class!
What is your athletic background?
I played baseball and basketball when I was younger, and I used to be a member of 24 Hour Fitness for a long time, but I never really got the true benefit from it because I would always just do the same old thing (elliptical machines, the sauna and the swimming pool).
How has CrossFit changed your lifestyle and level of fitness?
It's been one of the best changes. I don't think of working out as a chore anymore (well, unless there's a lot of burpees programmed in the WOD). It's also fun getting to meet everyone at TCCF--I didn't get that at 24 Hour Fitness! Plus it helps that I sweat more in 10 minutes at CrossFit than I did in an hour at 24...
What is your proudest Fitness Achievement?
Probably being able to do a lot of the lifts I would always hear athletic people talk about--I always thought it was out of reach, but here I am! Also, I've never been one for running but we did our first 5K in December and we've tried to do one every month since! (I'll let you guess who convinced me to sign up for those!)
What are your fitness goals for 2019?
I want to keep getting better--increase endurance on cardio, and hopefully get better times on workouts I did several months ago! Eating better is also going to be a big one. That always seems the part I don't give enough time to, but it's the most important.
Also, double unders. I really want to get double unders!
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
I love music--I play drums and the piano and I've been setting up a little recording studio in a spare bedroom in our house so I can record things with friends or whatever ideas come to mind!
I love cooking, too. It sounds weird but some of my favorite books are cookbooks--I'll constantly mark a recipe I think looks good. Lately I've been looking for "healthier choices" for meals to cook at home. Stay tuned to see how it goes!
Anything outdoors, too--camping, hiking, and kayaking. We're always looking for good places to explore in our kayaks so if anyone has any suggestions, send them our way!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I love a good burger...one with crispy edges and melted cheese and smear of sauce on there. Nothing better. Well, Raising Cane's comes pretty darn close (I've been trying to crack the code to how they cook them at home. Almost there I think!)
If you could create a Workout of the Day, what would it be?
It would definitely have a row, kettlebell swings, and deadlifts! But please, no burpees....
Any advice for new members?
Have a partner to workout with--they'll keep you accountable, cheer you on, and help keep your head up if the WOD wasn't your best.
At first you're going to have slow times and lower weight--and that's okay. Use the names and times on the whiteboard to motivate you, but don't get obsessed with having the fastest time or heaviest weight. The only person you're competing with is yourself and even if you just beat your time by a couple seconds, it's still a victory!
And go to the classes--after a long day, nothing helps a long day more than finishing a WOD, lying on the floor in your own sweat wondering how you survived that!