Thursday: Member Spotlight Time!

Thursday…member profile time! #Gottaloveit. Today’s profile is on Stephen Matthais. Stephen’s only been training with us for a few months now, but he’s been super dedicated and dialed in and experiencing the awesome High Voltage results that come with this approach. He’s hitting it so hard, his wife had to be a part of all the awesomeness as well. So read up, show him some love in comments, and let’s have another awesome Thursday. I mean, it is Benchmark Thursday…and our Summer ‘Grill & Chill’ series is going on tonight. What’s not to love about that?!?!

1. Describe your first work out for us….and WE WANT THE DEETS!

Well, my first workout was the CrossFit baseline test and it was horrible. I was out of breath for 15 minutes afterwards and couldn’t even process what Bolt was saying to me. Apparently I was coherent enough to sign up and I came back the next day for my first class. I don’t remember which Sectional WOD it was but it was one with like, 150 wall balls, 90 double-unders, and then 15 muscle ups I think. I remember asking Tyler what I could sub muscle ups for and he was like “uhhhh….let’s worry about that when you get there.” I didn’t get there. I don’t remember what the time cap was but I got through 141 wall balls and literally felt like I was going to die. I remember laying on the ground rolling around in pain and some dude I had never met before stood over me, said “yeah buddy” and took a picture of me…..it was Tim.

2. Before joining CrossFit High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?

On January 1, 2011 I was 250 lbs and getting married in 6 months. I decided then that I had to get myself in shape. Over the next 6 months I completely changed my lifestyle. I stopped eating Giamela’s meatball subs every day and joined a gym. I was doing a typical bodybuilding type workout session with elliptical machine “cardio” and all that. I was getting steady results and on the day of the wedding I was in the best shape I’d been in since college. When we got back from the honeymoon I went right back into the same type of exercise program. Over the next 8 months or so I continued with this workout but my progress screeched to a halt. I started to hate going to the gym. I was doing the same workouts week after week, I wasn’t getting stronger, and I wasn’t looking any better. I decided I had to mix it up. One of my old teammates was a CrossFit coach at a box in Northern California and he was always posting pictures of the workouts on Facebook. I googled the nearest CrossFit gym, made an appointment to do my 1-on-1 evaluation, and next day I was at High Voltage.

Stephen, pre-High Voltage

3. Can you describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience for us?

I’ve only been at CrossFit High Voltage for 4 months or so, but there have already been a ton of memorable moments. At first, I was going to say getting 405# on my deadlift. It was one of the first goals I set when I joined. I did it at open gym, and was expecting to just go through it on my own, but coach Murillo found out I was going for one of my goals and got super pumped and really helped me through it. Of course it felt great to accomplish a goal I had set for myself, but it was even better feeling that my roster coach was rooting for me, and helping me accomplish those goals. Thanks Josh! Double digit pull ups are next!

But, without a doubt, my most memorable moment to date has been splitting Memorial Day Murph with my wife Jennine. She had only been a member of CFHV for a week and she jumped right in and signed us up. I was so impressed that she was willing to dive right into this thing. The Coaching Staff did an awesome job creating an exciting atmosphere for Murph and we had so much fun. Can’t wait until next year to do it again!

Stephen, 3 months in, pulling his 405# deadlift!

4. Can you tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join CFHV?

Definitely the area of my life most impacted by joining CFHV has been my mindset towards fitness and exercise. Before CFHV I worked out strictly for cosmetic reasons. I wanted to look better at the beach. I didn’t care how strong I was, I didn’t care how well my body functioned, I didn’t even care if I was healthy or not. All I wanted was to look awesome.

Since joining CFHV I can honestly say that physical appearance is not a priority in my training. The primary reason I come to the box to train is to improve my physical abilities. I train to get stronger, faster, more efficient, and more skilled in all the different movements we perform. I find that I stay much more motivated and excited to work out when my focus is not on trying to reach some ideal body type, but instead on trying to maximize my abilities.

Even though physical appearance is not my main goal, it is a really nice benefit of training hard. Since joining CFHV I have reached the lowest bodyweight of my adult life, and an all-time high in strength.

5. Has there been a time that you have used CrossFit outside of the box?

I would say that I use CrossFit in the way I speak with and interact with people on a daily basis.  I find myself much more patient and understanding.  One of the great things about CFHV is that is is a community and people really do pull for each other and encourage each other to better themselves.  I find that mentality rubbing off on me in other areas of my life as well.  I really think that I have become a much more positive person over the last few months.

6. Who is your most idolized fellow Volt or Vixen?

Dan Crawley.  It’s awesome to have another tall CrossFitter to look up to (even though I am taller than him).  Any time I start to make excuses based on my height, I can look over and see Dan ripping off sets of 30 pull-ups and realize that my long arms are not a reason to suck at pull-ups.  He’s also a great coach and always has a ton of energy in his Tue/Thurs 6:30pm classes.

7. What is your favorite cheat meal?

Tacos and Coors Light. Easiest question by far.

Stephen getting after it at a Team High Voltage training session

8. How has getting in shape changed your professional life?

I sit at a desk all day and make phone calls, so it’s not like I need to be in any kind of shape to do my job.  The main way getting in shape has helped me at my job is simply by making me a happier person.  Doing CrossFit, eating a better diet,  and getting in the best shape of my life has made me a happier person and it shows when I am making sales calls.  My primary duty is to get potential home buyers into our office to take a meeting.  Would you rather come in and meet with someone who is up beat and excited or someone who sounds half asleep and like they could care less?

9. What is your one year CrossFit goal?

My wife Jennine and I both want to do full Murph on our own next year. I would love to have a muscle up in a year….or sooner.

Thursday’s Training

- Remember, 4:30pm is Firebreathers, and ITP level 4 training starts tonight at 6:30pm in the lot. #getit

Level 1 CrossFit

Level One/Two CrossFit

All Levels CrossFit

Skill: Double Unders/Jump Rope 

WOD: ‘Annie’

  •  50-40-30-20-10, reps for time of:
  • Double Unders (3-1 single unders)
  •  Sit Ups
Skill: Power Cleans

  • 4 sets of 5 reps
  • Review dip technique

WOD: “Elizabeth”

  • 21-15-9, reps for time of:
  • Power Cleans
  • Dips

 

All Levels: 2fer benchmark day!

A. “Elizabeth”

  • 21-15-9, reps for time of:
  • Power Cleans (135/95#)
  • Ring Dips (sub to static dips/ push ups)

B. “Annie” (12 min cap)

  • 50-40-30-20-10, reps for time of:
  • Double Unders & Sit Ups

-Scale down the reps in ‘Annie” as needed (start at 40, 30, etc)

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