"Matt Smith"

Hometown: Blythe Ca
Occupation: Sales Rep – Nabisco
When did you first start CrossFit?
Started essentials program in November 2014. After 8 weeks in essentials, did my first WOD in January 2015.
What is your favorite exercise?
Favorite?, none! I am starting to appreciate thrusters.
What is your least favorite exercise? Overhead lunges.
What is your sports / fitness background? Growing up I played baseball until I discovered skateboarding. Growing up in Blythe, summers were spent skiing and wake boarding and winters were spent riding motorcycles in the desert. Riding desert has been a big part of my life until last year when the I realized my mind and body were no longer on the same page. Wrecking really started to hurt and the bumps and bruises lasted a lot longer.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?
My little sister turned me on to Crossfit. She has been doing Crossfit for a while and has a level one certificate. I started hitting the gym in early 2014 and was over it. She talked me in to giving a few boxes a try. Glad I listened to her this one time.
Describe your first WOD. Were you scared? Excited? How did you feel after you were done?
I was intimidated and nervous. I didn’t have the comfort of the slower pace of essentials. It was game on. I got my ass handed to me, but walking out after that WOD I knew Crossfit is what I needed.
When did you know something had to change before you joined Desert CrossFit?
I was out of shape and wondering around a crowed gym got old quick. I needed guidance and Desert Crossfit was a perfect fit.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?
Something that surprised me is my lower back pain is pretty much gone. Learning to do movements correctly has made such a big difference to my back. Also, my cardio has improved.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join Desert CrossFit.
Confidence. Knowing I can push myself beyond mental barriers is bitchin!
Can you describe your most memorable Desert CrossFit experience for us?
The first time I made it up the rope and hit those bells is something I will never forget. Also the rope burn I received on the way down and the shower afterwards is something that will stick with me for a long time.
When have you used CrossFit outside the box? Picking something up, I hear Cheryl’s voice yelling at me “spread the floor, tall chest”.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Family. Spending time with my son. Taking the Jeep out to Truckhaven, or cruising the desert looking for old cabins and mind shafts.
What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next year?
Of course I want to get muscle ups, but I know that will be a long time before that happens. I really want to get double under down next.
What are some of your favorite cheat meals and why?
Carne Nachos, need I say more?
Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t be intimidated. Everyone is very supportive. Jump in, you won’t regret it.

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