Member Profile – Get to know Matthew Weckman

Member Profile – Get to know Matthew Weckman

Meet Matthew!  Matthew joined us In February as part of a large training camp and has been making steady and constant progress ever since!  Quiet in nature at the gym, Matthew comes in and puts the work and time in consistently and has been ringing up some significant PR’s as of late.  Its been a pleasure to Matthew join CFC and we look forward to more sweaty WODs and heavy barbells in our future!

1. What do you do for a living?
l’m a Mechanical Engineer at Aspin Kemp & Associates

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I was getting bored going to the gym on my own and doing my regular weight routine. I found it easy to lose motivation and take time off. 

I wanted to try something different that would push me outside my comfort zone so, I researched CrossFit and it looked like something that would help me build muscle and increase my cardiovascular endurance.The idea of coached classes and group workouts really appealed to me. playing football growing up, I knew the motivation that a team atmosphere could provide.I started February 1st 2016, completed the February fundamentals program and have been loving it ever since.

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?
I know the muscle strength will come, but my immediate goals are more around improving my endurance and overall fitness.

I want to be able to do all of the body weight exercises without struggle: Muscle Ups, Hand Stand Push Ups, and multiple Chest to Bars without stopping.

4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?
I find the biggest challenge at Crossfit is trying to push through my muscle exhaustion during the WODs. It’s a challenge to turn off that voice telling you to rest when your heart is beating out of your chest.

The most rewarding part, for me, is finishing the WOD’s everyday.

There are no shortcuts. Coming in after a long day at work and seeing a heavy weight lifting routine and a WOD on the whiteboard that looks ridiculous and  knowing that I’m not going home until it’s all done – that completion is extremely rewarding.

5. Any results you would care to share?
Last week I completed my 5RM dead-lift of 300#’s before that my 1RM dead-lift was 295#’s. This showed me clear improvement in my leg strength.

My 200# clean and Jerk felt pretty great too!

6. Favorite workout or movement?
Squats are something I struggled with before CrossFit. I really feel my leg muscles thanking me following a good squat day, and my wife seems to like the results they’re giving me as well 😉

7. Least favorite workout or movement?
Burpees! Nobody like burpees, but the reason I like CrossFit is because it forces me do my LEAST favorite movements  – it’s a love/hate relationship.
8.  Favorite music to crossfit to?
Up tempo Rap and Hip Hop has always fired me up, but I’m not picky.

9. Anything you would like to add?
I believe the biggest change for me going for a regular gym routine to Crossfit was the constant encouragement that you receive from both the coaches and the other members of the club.  It’s a great environment for success and I look forward to continuing on!

Cheryl Paynter - Author

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