How were you referred to MO2DT/what motivated you to join?
Matt: So, I’ve been doing Crossfit with MO2DT for about 4 years. I started off with Primal because I found a Groupon for a 90-day triaI. I got hooked and stayed with MO2DT.
What would you say has been your biggest/most memorable accomplishment..
Matt: It’s funny but I’d actually have to say getting comfortable doing double unders. I don’t know why, but they were so bad for me for so long. I really struggled with them. I got dedicated to working on them after/before WODs and attended a Double Under workshop that coach Bryan lead, and that helped. Getting my own rope also helped!
But yeah, double unders have bothered me, but movements like muscle ups and pull ups never have. I was also really excited when I hit my first 200# clean and jerk for the first time—I felt good about that.
What would you say is your biggest strength?
Matt: That’s tough because I don’t feel like I have a big “strength”-I would say running is my weakness! But handstand pushups and ring dips are two areas I would say I do well.
What do you do outside of Crossfit?
Matt: I work at Principal. I go to a ton of Iowa State football and basketball games. I follow Iowa State and try to make it to tournaments, like the Big 12 Tournament. I enjoy biking-obviously! In the winter-snowboarding. I spend summers at the lake. Oh, and I’m helping plan my wedding right now (even though my fiancé is doing the work on most of it). We are getting married June 30th. I also enjoy hanging out with my dog. She takes up a lot of our time.
Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill or pushing you during a workout?
Matt: Well, all the coaches are great. I do remember specifically how I got my first muscle-up. Coach Brett noticed I was struggling while I was working on them after class one day. He broke the movement down piece by piece in a way that I could better understand what to do. We went technique. After him taking the time to work with me one-on-one, I had it down within 20 minutes of him walking me through it. He had me do so many progressions and we also worked on timing. I will always remember that’s how I got my first muscle-up.