January Male Athlete Spotlight - Matt Frankel

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When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started? I started at 913 about three years ago. I was getting bored with the regular gym routine and had a buddy who talked about how much fun he was having at the new CrossFit by his place. I drove by 913 every morning on my way to Lifetime and kept wondering what all the hype was about. Once I saw a Groupon for a one-month membership to 913 I was all over it.What is your favorite/least favorite WOD? My favorite WOD is probably Grace or Randy and least favorite would be any WOD that you guys write-up that involves a mix of squatting and the assault bike. What is your favorite/least favorite movement?I love deadlifts and power cleans and the rare days we have bench press. I absolutely hate the assault bike and pretty much anything that requires good mobility/flexibility (i.e. gymnastics, squats, etc…)Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.) I grew up in the KC area and have been involved with sports my whole life. I played football, baseball, basketball and soccer growing up and was a punter/kicker in college for the Central Missouri Mules. I work as a tax manager for Deloitte Tax and have been there since college.I have been married to my beautiful wife Ashley for almost 5 years now and we will have been together 12 years in January. Typical love story here. We met in a business class in college, started dating, partied way too much, moved to KC together, got married and are both accountants now. Thanks to her, I pursued my master’s degree and also became a CPA. We have the sweetest one-year old daughter named Ellie and are expecting another little girl in May. We also have a female dog and a female cat, so come May I will be outnumbered 5-1, but wouldn’t want it any other way!In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling as much as possible, going to movies and sporting events.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?Prior to 913, I went to Lifetime Fitness about 5 days a week where I followed a pretty typical bro-type routine. I would hit bench and bi’s at least two to three times a week and would take it pretty easy on leg days. I also ran quite a bit and would train for 5k’s and half marathons every year.What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?I can’t remember the exact workout, but it was a Saturday partner WOD and I think it was something like a 30 min AMRAP of 100 burpee box jump overs, 100 KB swings and 100 pullups. I remember getting my A** kicked by everyone else in the gym and thinking “man I wish I was more like everyone else in this room.” The next day I could not move but was back in the gym Monday ready for more.What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?I was bored of doing the same old routine week after week and my main goal was to try and have fun again while working out. I have without a doubt achieved that goal and I look forward to coming to the gym every day. Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?Of course! Outside of the daily aches and pains I now experience, I generally just feel more physically fit and ready for anything. I have also met so many great people throughout my time here and that has to be the best part about being part of this community.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?My favorite memories have to be the comps I have competed in at 913. While I am still yet to make the podium, I love taking part in the events put on here. I have also hit two of the three weight goals I set for myself when I started, which was hitting a 500lb deadlift and a 300lb power clean.What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?Just keep coming and listen to the coaches. It takes time to pick up these movements and to see improvements, but if you stick with it you will enjoy your time here and want to keep coming back.Something you might not know about me is?I have somewhat of a big appetite, and have been talked into competing in many eating challenges. I have completed all of them except for the 8000 calorie triple bypass burger from the Heart Attack Grill in Vegas. The one I would take back is eating the Conquistador 5lb burrito in my building downtown. I have a poster on the wall in the restaurant and have to be reminded of that day by my coworkers on a daily basis.

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