We are pleased to announce our December Member of the Month - Matt Fleming! Matt has been a part of CrossFit the Challenge for a couple of months now and has inspired us by his commitment to bettering himself both inside and outside of the gym. Matt has single-minded focus that has allowed him to see amazing gains in a very short period of time. Here is our conversation with Matt:
CFTC - How were you referred to CFTC and what motivated you to join?
Matt - I was looking around for a new gym because I was tired of doing my own programming. I knew that I was skipping things that I didn't think were "fun" like squats and cleans and I knew that I liked the CF model of workouts. I found CFTC on the internet and decided to pop in for a class. I had planned on doing this with a few other gyms but I knew immediately that I found the place I wanted to be part of.
CFTC - What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
Matt - The thing I'm most proud of is my squat. During my first month I would jokingly say I was paying the price for skipping leg day for the last decade and a half. It's still no where near where I want, but I'm closing in on the 200# mark which is saying a lot from where I started. Also, finally getting some consistency on bar muscle ups is way beyond what I thought I could do this soon.
CFTC - What do you spend the majority of your time doing outside of the gym?
Matt - Outside of the gym I'm a pretty normal, boring guy. I hang out with my two kids and I also have a puppy. I tend to nerd out on books and Netflix documentaries fairly regularly as well. Anytime the weather is nice you can find me catching some sun as well.
CFTC - Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill or has pushed you or challenged you during a WOD?
Matt - Oh wow, too many people to mention! Obviously the coaches help you push through the tough WODs but other than coaches, I look at the app before class to see what Seth did. Also in class, if I'm tired and want to quit and I look over and see Joel or Ethan plugging away still I know I better be. I think there's a mutual respect and competitiveness between a lot of people in the classes which is nice and makes it fun. We want everyone to do well but we still want to put up the best numbers.
CFTC - What movement are you most looking forward to improving?
Matt - Again, so many things! That's one of many aspects that's neat about CF - there's such a vast amount of movements so you're always working towards goals. Specifically, handstand walking, ring muscle ups, and putting more plates on the bar. Also, seeing my body continue to change.
Thanks for inspiring so many of us, Matt! We look forward to seeing you achieve and surpass your goals!
Posted on November 30, 2018
by Andreas Janzen