March Athlete of the Month: Matt Miller
Front Squat-265 (from 225)
Overhead Squat-255 (3rd month in a row with a PR)
Power Clean-235 (from 225)
Rack Jerk-265 (from 235)
Deadlift-405 (from 365)
“Karen”-7:37 (during Open WOD 12.4)
BW-185 (from 195)
Strung together multiple muscle ups for the first time during Open WOD 12.4
Cut WAY back on gummy bear consumption
Looking at Matt’s numbers, one can’t help but wonder how he’s achieved so much recently. In a word, it’s called “CrossFit.” Matt works out religiously with the 6 AM class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. He logs a fourth workout each week on Saturdays at 7:00. Although he didn’t quite qualify for regionals this year, Matt was there on the first Saturday morning after the Opens to continue training right alongside the team. He’s also made plenty of sacrifices on Friday evenings to make sure he’s ready to perform early the next morning. You can bet he’ll be more than ready when the 2013 season rolls around. In addition to crushing pretty much every metric that Matt has recorded recently, he has also been working hard to improve some of the technique-oriented and mobility-related challenges that are the most difficult obstacles for him to overcome. As so many of us do, Matt has constantly struggled to achieve a proper rack position to support the bar for front squats, cleans, and thrusters. Instead of ignoring his weaknesses or relying on his strength to carry technique, Matt always asks what he can be doing to improve mechanics and efficiency in his movement. Outside the gym he’s dedicated himself to making nutrition a priority. Being a welder and project manager, Matt even built a pull-up structure in his back yard!
Matt is undoubtedly among the most driven and motivated individuals at the gym, and it’s clear that his extra efforts have served him well in his own performance. Along with being a talented athlete, Matt does whatever it takes to develop his gifts. At the same time, he’s one of the most positive and care-free individuals I’ve ever worked out with. He keeps everything in perspective, has a ton of fun in his training, and always relies on a positive mental attitude to keep him moving forward in every situation. Next time you see him, ask him if he has any extra gummy bears in his pocket!