Completed his first 100K run in June – Great job Matt!
1 – How long have you been with Crossfit Paradox?
I started Crossfit a little over a year ago (June 2013).
2 – How many times a week do you come in?
I currently have the 3-class-per-week package. On a good week, I get all three in, but as you guys know, that can drop down to 2… or even 1 when schedules get crazy (especially during Cross Country or Track season).
3 – How has Crossfit helped you with your training?
Crossfit has made me a much stronger overall athlete. I weigh nearly the same as I did two or three years ago when I was just running, but my overall body composition has changed and I’m a much stronger, more balanced athlete because of it. I also think using Crossfit as my primary method of training for ultras saved my legs from a lot of wear and tear. It allowed me to just focus on one good long run per week while keeping my overall fitness where it needed to be.
In addition to being physically fit to run ultras, Crossfit has helped me prepare mentally as well. Through the course of an ultramarathon, you encounter a number of mental peaks and valleys. Crossfit really helped prepare me to push through those low points in a race.
4 – Where are you from?
I grew up in Glen Ellyn, and, except for six years going to school in St. Louis, have been a Chicago suburbanite my whole life. My wife MC and I currently live in Lombard.
5 – Aside from Crossfit, what else do you like to do on your free time?
I try to stay active with occasional trail runs or bike rides. I also play guitar and really enjoy cooking. While MC and I try to eat paleo/clean as much as possible, we are also homebrewers and enjoy tipping back some awesome craft beers from time to time.
6 – What is your favorite movement/workout?
This is a dangerous question because whenever I think I like certain lifts or a WOD looks “easy,” it usually comes back to destroy me and then becomes one that I dread. That being said, I flipped tires for the first time recently, and that was really cool!
7 – What do you like most about Crossfit?
I love that every workout brings a new challenge. I look forward to WODs and lifts that have frustrated me in the past because it is incredibly satisfying when you have even the slightest breakthrough. I’m that way with thrusters right now. I hate them, but I force myself to go on days they are part of the WOD.
I also love the community that Paradox has. The trainers are awesome and aren’t afraid to correct your form mid-WOD, and everyone is always willing to cheer each other on to finish workouts (once they have recovered from the fetal position themselves).