Matt Smith has been named the athlete of the month for September.  Matt joined Wreck Room back in November 2014.  Matt is usually the guy hogging all of the 45# plates but is also the first one to introduce himself to any new person to make them feel welcome.  Very humble with all of his successes, Matt puts up record breaking numbers every time he grabs a barbell.

Just recently in September we saw quite a few PRs that go beyond weightlifting and into his gymnastics and skill work which include chest to bar pull-ups, a bar muscle-up and larger than ever sets of double unders.  All are great milestones and surely take the frustration out of some of those workouts.

1 rep front squat at 365lbs

1 rep squat clean at 335lbs

1 rep clean and jerk at 305lbs

5 rep strict press at 155lbs

5 rep hang power clean at 245lbs

There are plenty of other 1 rep weightlifting PRs that cannot be ignored.  Back squat at 500lbs, deadlift at 515lbs and strict shoulder press at 215lbs.

You never know when Matt will pop into a class with you.  You can find him at 6am, noon or 6pm on any given day so make sure to congratulate him when you see him.  Fun fact: you can also find him playing the drums in his church band!  A true pleasure to be around in and out of the gym be sure to get to know this guy any chance you get.  Keep reading to learn more about Matt.

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Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do with your days when you’re not WODding with us?

My name is Matt Smith.  When I’m not working out I am running a full time residential re-development company, Propertunity Homes, Inc (We flip houses) and I’m also a Realtor.  Real estate is a very rewarding yet challenging career that I love.  So if you need help buying or selling a home HIT ME UP! (Shameless plug)  I also play drums at Lighthouse Church in Glen Burnie, and coach youth football for the Pasadena Panthers.

You have quite a bit going on! We have all found Wreck Room in a different way. Where did your story start?

It all started when my wife, Courtney, and father-in-law, Bob, started going to some place they couldn’t stop talking about.  They loved the people, the workouts, and the challenge.  They talked about it so much it was kind of annoying (haha).  So I had to see what it was all about.

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What stood out most to you the first time walking into Wreck Room?

The environment was open and friendly.  Just about everyone was willing to help get me going.  Whether that be a full on demonstration of a movement or a little piece of advice, like, “push your head through” on a snatch or jerk.

Do you have a specific “why” for CrossFitting?

The reason I CrossFit lies in the functional aspect of the programming.  While many different forms of exercise are rigorous and challenging, they don’t translate to everyday life and everyday movements.   CrossFit does!

What is your favorite part of Wreck Room?

Without a doubt it is the people.  It is a great environment and unique culture that has been fostered at Wreck Room.  The gym is full of diversity.  Diversity in size, shape, strengths, and weaknesses.  Most of the people are competitive, but not overly so.  We keep things in perspective. At the end of the day it is just a workout, and not life or death.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would have to say it is probably the 500 lb back squat or maybe the bar muscle up.

If you could name a WOD after yourself, what would it look like?

Cleans, Cleans, and more cleans. HEAVY Cleans.

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It is obvious you love cleans.  What is one exercise you would be ecstatic to never do again?

Burpees and all variations thereof.  I.E. Burpee box jumps, burpee pullups, etc.  Then weighted step ups are next on the list.

Clearly you’ve been making progress inside the walls of the Wreck Room. What effects has it had outside the gym?

Increased energy and stress relief.  Not to mention, a new group of friends to hit the town with.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get started at Wreck Room?

Don’t wait until your “Ready” or “In shape” because you will never get there.  Take the risk and jump in, scale things back, if need be, but don’t wait. You won’t believe the difference you will see in yourself.  You will quickly go from struggling to finish a workout or learn a new movement to strategizing the best way to beat your buddy next to you.

Anything else you want to add?

Remember what it was like your first time coming to Wreck Room, and don’t be afraid to speak out and lend a helping hand.  That’s what created the gym we love and we never want to lose that!

PREVIOUS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH