CrossFit Strong  -- Athlete of The Month
  Strong Heart, Strong Mind, Strong Body
 
We chose Matt Hendricks for Athlete of the Month for January! We can not say enough good things about him and the positive impact he has on this box!
 
 Matt Hendricks -Q&A  
How long have you been CrossFit'n? — Since April 2012
What is your occupation? — Pharmaceutical sales rep (drug mule)
Where are you from? — Houston TX
How did you hear about CrossFit Strong? -- Jake Thompson told me CrossFit would be fun......
January Featured Athlete
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 Matt's Transformation  
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS? Mentally have learned how to get in that mental dead space and just go even when my body wants to quit. Physically I have never been in better shape in my life. Have gained strength and lost weight!!
What is your favorite move? — Overhead Squats
What is your least favorite move? — Box Jumps
What has been your favorite WOD so far? — Tough to pick a favorite. I tell Gale and the coaches almost everyday "how much fun that WOD was!" May need to have my head examined.
What has been your least favorite WOD ? — The one where I don't push myself hard enough.....or my very first WOD, Silent Misery. Just.....No....
 
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? — I'd like to improve Olympic lifting technique more, increase muscular/cardio endurance, gain more strength, get down butterfly pull ups, 5 consecutive muscle ups.
How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs? First and foremost, the community. You don't get this type of community/family closeness with other types of programming. After that, CrossFit is the prefect programming to train for life!!! You may need to save a loved one from a burning building...better train CrossFit. Zombie Apocalypse looming.....better train CrossFit. Going on an adventure type vacation...better train CrossFit so you can maximize the enjoyment. Going on a beach vacation....you better train CrossFit so you'll be thankful for some extra rest days!!! But seriously, whether you're a sport specific athlete or someone who is working out for the first time in their life, CrossFit is a great way to accomplish goals you set for yourself.
 
Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? — When I first heard of CrossFit several years ago I thought it was kinda nuts. Just a bunch of people running around and lifting weights are the same time. I had no idea what actually went into training CrossFit and the benefits it provides. Now that I'm a part of the community I don't ever see myself going back to a "regular" gym. I may add different sports throughout life for enjoyment and a challenge, but I always see myself being a CrossFit athlete first.
 
How can other people relate to your story? — I think that those out there who were active at one point in life and then for whatever reason got out of the routine of being active, we share a similar path. It had been long enough since I was really committed and motivated to fitness. That is when I found CrossFit and it has completely reenergized and re-motivated my commitment not only to fitness and a healthy lifestyle, but to pushing myself beyond what I think I am capable of.
 
What is something that others may not know about you? -- I'm a pretty open person so this is a hard one to come up with. But in case you didn't know, John 3:16. That and Pitch Perfect is a great movie.....no judging!!!
What is the dumbest thing you have heard at CFS? - When I was told "you can learn double unders in about a week or two"

What is the funniest thing you have seen done at CFS?
-- That's another one of the great things about CFS, there is constant laughter!! (But 2013 12 Days of CrossFit.....oh baby....just wait)

What is your most memorable moment here-- Going to the 2013 CrossFit Regional's in San Antonio and beginning some solid friendships while supporting our great competitors. And getting my first muscle up. Thought only 2 people were watching/coaching me, then once I get to the top of the rings the whole box erupts. Very cool feeling and support for first MU experience.