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February 3, 2016

5 mins with… Matt Reardon

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How were you introduced to CrossFit?
By Tommy G, he introduced me to CrossFit when he was working with me, before he moved to Melbourne. I first thought CrossFit was way too hardcore for me when he described it to me, but went along to my first session and have loved it since.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Since the end of 2011 I think.

What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?

Getting out of the office, doing different movements every session and pushing myself mentally.

What’s your favourite Movement?

Back Squats & Cleans.

What’s your least favourite Movement?

Overhead Squats and Burpees – I hate them!

What’s the one movement you really want to master?

Muscle ups. I’d like to be a lot more efficient at them than what I am now.

What advice can you give someone who’s looking to start or has just started CrossFit?

Take the time to learn the correct techniques and just get in and have a crack.

Best CrossFit advice you’ve been given?

I cant think of one specific thing, but everything I have learned from the community, especially all of the coaches advice that I have received is the best you can get.

Describe any changes you’ve experienced since starting CrossFit?

Apart from moving to the new box… I’ve definitely gotten a lot stronger and fitter but mentally I know I can do things that I never thought I could do.

Hardest WOD you’ve ever done?

Murph. 4 January 2013. 12pm class. 40 degrees. Photo attached that I sent to Jouby after we had finished. It was horrible.
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Favourite memory at CF42s?

Getting my first muscle up with bandaids at the old box.

Tell us a little more about yourself outside of CrossFit?

Im 25 and work in financial services. I got married in February 2015 and my wife and I both love travelling. Our plan is to travel for at least 12 months, which could happen this year (fingers crossed). We love hanging out with our friends drinking & eating. I love to veg out on the couch play PlayStation – I’m a self-confessed gamer nerd.

Has CrossFit played a role in how you go about your daily life?

Yeah it has. I take a lot more care with what I eat now, although I’m certainly not strict on what I can & can’t eat. I’m also a lot more active now outside of the box, more so than I was when doing normal gym work.

What sticks out to you as the most enjoyable part of every class at CF42s?

Seeing everyone around me as knackered as I am after a WOD, knowing you have given it your all. Also the stuff that comes out of Drums mouth during a session is a crack up.

What’s your favourite activity outside of the box?

Travelling, beer – not enough of one & probably too much of the other…

What do you do for work?

I work for AMP managing a superannuation platform currently worth over $500 million. When I started in 2007 it was worth over $1 billion, a lot has changed since then.

Which CF42s athlete are you always chasing?

I can honestly say I don’t look at the times anymore. Ive had a fair bit of trouble with my back the last few years which has taken the competitive side out of it for me, so now I just come in and enjoy it.

WOD with shirt on or shirt off?

Depends how hot it is & how long the WOD goes for…

Who should we profile next?

Big Wave or Bandaids

What the stupidest/funniest/strangest thing you’ve ever been called by a trainer?

The latest, Admiral Reardog – a Drummond special.