Athlete of the Month: May 2018
Matt Meister: May 2018 Member of the Month
Caffeinated CrossFit, Smyrna, GA
Another fellow Tech Grad... who now works for GT! Matt met Way Joe at their previous workplace and at the time still lived in Buckhead. Way Joe roped him into doing a workout during lunch at the office one day and Matt got interested and asked to join Caffeinated. Way Joe knew Matt shared similar values when he asked "you know how many gyms you drive past on the way to Caffeinated from Conyers, and then home to Buckhead?" and Matt answered "Yeah well, I want to work out with friends". Since then, Matt's been a source of motivation for everyone at the gym with his insane progress as well as cheerfully encouraging everyone (and talking crap to Kelsey).
Some fun facts about Matt:
(Q) Occupation: (A) Research Engineer at Georgia Tech
(Q) What do you enjoy doing outside of CrossFit? (A) Walking our dog Mac with Amy, building robots and BBQ.
(Q) What are your future goals? (A) Competing in a few few more competitions, continuing to build strength and staying healthy.
(Q) Any advice for anyone just starting their CrossFit journey? (A) Heavier isn't always better! Start with a weight that is somewhat challenging but you still have control of the bar, especially when doing a technical lift. Developing good technique will pay off more in the long run than the extra plates you added to the bar.
(Q) Favorite Cheat Meal. (A) Chicken Parmesan
(Q) CrossFit Secret (A) Stretch before and after class.
(Q) On Rest Days: (A) Binge watching TV
(Q) What you can't live without: (A) Butterfingers
(Q) Who is your box buddy(ies)? (A) Way Joe, Patrick Brownfield and Luke Hagen
Coach Claire says, " Matt is great to have in class, whether I'm coaching or working out. I usually find him practicing his lifts and pushing himself to get better and stronger. He's a great example of hard work and having fun."
"Matt is a great member of our Caffeinated family! He is always ready to work hard and always up for the challenge of a difficult workout! We are still working on his love for deadlifts but these delicate processes take time!" Coach Mary adds.
Coach Tommy comments, "Great athlete. Moves well and forces competition. I enjoy working out with him."
Coach Mike chimes in, "Matt is super dedicated and brings energy to the gym. He is a hard worker and is always trying to improve."
"I love having Matt in the gym whether it be for class or having a beer with Way Joe. He brings great energy to everything he does and always has an encouraging bit of advice for anyone walking into the gym. Matt is a great athlete that always pushes himself!" exclaims Coach Jess.
1 DL (315/ 225)
14 Min AMRAP:
3 Ring Muscle Ups
10 Calories Assault Bike
3 Power Snatches (155/ 105)