For the past 2 years, my cousin Jenn has been begging me to try CrossFit, and I’ve always sternly said no, so when Sara mentioned having a Blog & Tweet NH event at her CrossFit box, I jumped at the idea. I figured trying CrossFit out with a group of girls who had never done it before was a great way to try it out. Mat, the owner and coach at CrossFit Ad Finem was on board.
Over the next month leading up to our event, I found myself tweeting with Sara and Mat about CrossFit. I instantly became more and more excited to try CrossFit, and as you all know, he got me into his box way before the event, and got me hooked.
Needless to say, I was extremely excited for our Blog & Tweet girls to come meet Mat and try CrossFit out. Side note: I posted this picture on Facebook, and all the ladies were loving him. I believe he was called Justin Timberlake, sexual, and Mr. Delicious. I am pretty positive that this picture was enough promotion for him, and our event wasn’t even necessary.
We had a smaller turnout than originally planned, which was definitely frustrating, but I think that worked out great, workout wise. Silver linings in everything.
Mat used to be the Head Trainer at Gold’s Gym. He loved sports and fitness, but got bored fast, as he felt he wasn’t able to do enough. Mat has been a certified coach for 2 years, but has been involved in CrossFit since 2008, when he started trying crazier workouts. He got that competitive urge back, and once he got his Level 1 Certification, he was hooked, and “drank all the kool-aid.” It was him against the clock, and it just clicked for him.
At Ad Finem, Mat firmly believes in a few things, 2 of which being the community and mobility. Mat starts every class 5 minutes late, as he loves everyone to chit chat before sweating their asses off. At Ad Finem, and every other box, it’s all about the community, and that’s what makes people stay. When I first started at CFAF, I immediately felt welcomed and comfortable from day 1. The people at Ad Finem are basically amazing, and that’s all you need to know.
We started off our workout with mobility, which is strongly emphasized by Mat, as he focuses on mobility exercises that correlate with what you will be doing in your WOD.
After that, Mat ran us through our WOD, and always takes the time to run us through each movement before we start.
Shawty got low & taught us the proper squat technique. Mat knows squat.
Then it was time to run through Wall Balls. Lesson learned: never do wall balls with a hat on. You can’t see it coming down.
And then it was on to the banded pull-ups because we all have shrimp muscles and can’t do a pull-up… yet.
And then our WOD began.
3 RFT (Rounds for Time)
400 M run
- 15 Wall Balls
- 10 Banded Pull-Ups
- 5 Burpees… my favorite part!
The workout was a freakin’ killer, and my legs were hating the running.
Emily and Kristen both said they loved the event and wish they had a box closer to them. CrossFit is truly the only way to get in the best shape of your life, and you have to do things you don’t love, to be better.
At CrossFit Ad Finem, every workout can be scaled based on any injuries, age, and physical strength. Mat has members ranging in age from 21 to 82. Pretty impressive & motivating!
Mat’s parting words were, “this is for everybody. All you need to know is CrossFit. Why? Just do it.”
If you’re living in the Manchester/Bedford area, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mat, Sara, or myself. Mat welcomes anyone to come watch a class and to try one out for free. You’ll never know if you’ll love CrossFit if you don’t try it! Oh! And his next beginners course “Elements,” starts up Monday, September 30th, so if you’re interested, do it!
Plus, Boone is the perfect mascot. 🙂
Thanks for an awesome event, Mat! 🙂