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June Athlete of the Month: Matt Townsend

When did you start with Cumming Strength and Fitness? 

Started in November of 2014

Favorite Workout?  

Helen – 400m Run, 21 KB swings, 12 Pull up’s.  I like to run.

Least Favorite Workout?  

EMOM’s – Doesn’t seem to matter the movements, they always  wreck me.

Favorite Movement? 

Thrusters!  Not because I’m good at them or really even like them, just want to believe it’s a movement that makes me better.

Least Favorite Movement? 

Assault Bike – I’m always humbled after riding that thing!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have two amazing girls (Aubrie,10 and Ryle,8) – being a dad is my favorite thing to do. I work retail and lead a group of TJ Maxx and Home Goods stores in Atlanta. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my girls, traveling, scuba diving or finding some sort of race to run.

What were you doing before you joined CS&F?  

I spent most of my time running to get in shape. When I completed my first crossfit workout I was hooked and humbled! I haven’t looked back since!

What was the first CD you bought?  

Not sure of the CD, but to completely age myself I had New Edition’s – Candy Girl on tape. I still jam out to that from time to time…don’t judge!

Favorite Cheat meal? 

Not a meal, but Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Once I start…there is no stopping me!

What were your goals when joining CS&F and have you achieved them? 

To get stronger, hang with good people and continue on my fitness journey to be a healthy example for my two girls.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  

I trained for and completed my first Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run) with Brent Johnston as my coach and following a crossfit endurance training program that Brent help put together for me. Never would I ever have been able to do such a thing without CS&F, Brent and such a supportive community and family.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?   

3 things…

  1. Trust your coaches and enjoy the community –  they are some of the best people you will ever meet!
  2. Show up to class – it never gets easier, but you do get better!
  3. Be smart with the weights you choose in the beginning.  Don’t let pride or ego push you to do more than you are ready for.  When in doubt see bullet point 1.

Something you might not know about me is?   

I dealt with a lot of health complications when I was younger. I struggled with asthma and even a heart condition that I had corrected through surgery in High School. I wasn’t very active growing up and even pulled out of sports and most physical activities because of them. Today, I’m healthier than ever and my mom is still amazed that her “Mattyboy” is an Ironman!  : )

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