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July

June Athlete of the Month:

Matt Malouf

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When did you start doing CrossFit?
November 2014

What is your favorite WOD?
I don’t have a particular favorite, but I love any partner WOD. I feel it really pushes you and shows the strong community atmosphere of CrossFit.

What is your least favorite WOD?
Definitely the recent “pregnant” WOD where you had the wallball tapped to your shirt. That’s not something I hope to never relieve. I have a newfound respect for pregnant women.

What is your favorite lift?
Back-squat 

What is your least favorite lift?
Overhead squat 

What is your favorite cheat meal?
Pizza, pizza and more pizza. Can you tell I like pizza?

Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)
I’m the youngest of 4 (2 brothers, 1 sister). I’m a mamas boy. I tend to be somewhat shy and reserved at first, but open up over time. My dad was an insurance salesman and anyone who meets my mom loves her almost instantly. With them being very outgoing, that may be what kept me more introverted through most of my life. I’m a big movie buff as well. I’m perfectly content in life, but I also love doing stuff. I tend to get bored easily. I enjoy making people laugh. I work at Lakeland Presbyterian Church doing maintenance work as well as cooking on Wednesday nights before the church service. 

What were you doing before CrossFit?
I was biking for a good while and loved it, but was looking for something more, something that would challenge me a bit more.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
Thoughts? I could hardly think. In all seriousness, it was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I knew it was for me. It was definitely something I knew I was going to stick with. All the things that kept me from being an avid gym goer before went away with CrossFit. It really is a positive and encouraging environment. 

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?
I had no specific goals other than to get toned and in better shape. 

Have you achieved any of these goals?
I feel I have. I feel stronger, feel I have greater endurance and just an overall healthier lifestyle. 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
It has boosted my confidence quite a bit. I’ve also made many great friends and the friendship often continues outside the gym. It also makes the days seem much longer as I eagerly await coming to class.

Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?
I’m still working on that part, but a lot of the things I once feared (kettle bells, for example) have gotten much easier for me over time. There are always things that I need to work on and improve, but that just comes with hard work and dedication. 

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?
Stick with it! Expect a lot of new terminology and soreness at first. There’s nothing to be afraid of, it will all get more familiar the more you do it. I’d say to not only stick with the 2 week on-ramp, but to give it a couple more weeks after that to decide if crossfit is for you or not. I had my mind made up that I was sticking with this for the long haul and it’s a decision I don’t regret. You have great trainers and a great support group pushing you through each WOD. It’s hard to get that anywhere else. Best of all: You WILL see results. Lastly, don’t bring your ego into the equation. As a trainer once said, crossfit has a way of putting you in your place. Just come in knowing that you will get better today.

Tell us something we might not know about you?
I know when to be funny and when to be serious, but I can find the humor in a lot of situations. I’m fairly good at doing impressions of people as well. It’s all in good fun, though. I also consider myself a hard worker and enjoy spending time with my older siblings and my nephews when they come to town.