Congrats to Matt Chrien (Stud on the Right) for earning the September Athlete of the Month!!!! He is a fixture at the 6am classes and we have enjoyed watching him progress over his time at CFNC! Matt embodies the essence of what CrossFit really is and it shows. Matt’s dedication and willingness to work on his weaknesses proves that life long fitness will be no problem for this guy!!!

What makes you, you?

I’m married to an amazing person (Colleen, a 6:30pm’er), and together we try to keep up with our 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 kids (not in that order). In January it will be 10 years in the Charleston area where I work as an IT Project Manger. I played a lot of sports growing up, and then in my late 20s and early 30s I wasn’t nearly as active. Overweight and lacking energy to keep up with my kids, my 40th birthday served as a wake up call for me to get back in shape. What followed was adventure races, a couple of Tough Mudders, stay at home programs like P90X, and a marathon, but I always felt like I needed something that would both challenge and keep me from getting bored. Lara and Jason Bruder recommended CFNC to us, and after the Introductory Classes we were hooked and signed up.

Describe your experience at CFNC.

Joining CFNC has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Like many others I didn’t know what to expect in my first class and thought I would be by myself working out, but that’s never been the case. You quickly realize what a great group of individuals there are at CFNC, with effort being prized over how much you can lift or how fast you can run. All of the coaches know their stuff, and provide encouragement while also taking the time to make sure you are performing the movements safely and efficiently. In my first year at CFNC I have lost over 20 pounds, taken over a minute of my mile time, am lifting much heavier weight, and have more mental focus and clarity that has carried over to improve my personal life and career. You just have to show up, do your best, and the results will be there.

What are your major life goals?

A career or job change that would provide greater flexibility so that I could spend more time with my family.

What has been your favorite CrossFit moment so far?

There are so many, but overall it has been the encouragement and support I’ve witnessed from my teammates at this year’s Festivus Games, the CFNC Team at Regionals, and DeWayne’s run at the Finals. I am so proud to be a part of such a special group of athletes.

What are your 3 major CrossFit goals?
1. Improve my shoulder mobility so that my range of motion is better than a G.I. Joe action figure (short term);
2. OHS my body weight (long term);
3. Consistently perform at Rx for all WODs (long term)

What has been your favorite CrossFit WOD and why?
There have been other workouts that were more fun, but the Open Workout 16.2 was my favorite because it marked a turning point in my level of commitment and effort at CrossFit, where I pushed myself past both mental and physical barriers and was able to see what I was capable of accomplishing when I really went for it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully having Colleen and I signing up for a 6th year at CFNC, and signing up 13-year-old Andy(!) as well.

Share a recipe for a favorite clean meal.

Butterflied Chicken with Roasted Vegetables:

1 whole chicken, patted dry;
3 tbsp. olive oil;
3 tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped;
2 onions, peeled and quartered;
4 carrots, peeled and sliced;
2 bell peppers, chopped;
2 lemons, halved;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Place the chicken, breast-side down, on a cutting board. Cut along both sides of the backbone from end to end with kitchen shears and remove the backbone. Flip the chicken breast-side up, and open it like a book. Press firmly on the breasts with your palm to flatten.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and 2 tbsp. of the rosemary.
Rub the chicken with 2/3 of the olive oil/rosemary mixture and season the chicken to taste with sea salt and ground pepper.
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place the chicken on the baking sheet and surround it with the vegetables and the lemons.
Pour the remaining olive oil/rosemary mixture over the vegetables and season to taste.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 165 F in the thickest part of the breast.
Remove chicken from oven, squeeze some lemon juice over it, and serve.

What is your favorite cheat meal?
The Memphis Burger at Sesame! Peanut Butter/Banana/Bacon on a burger. Pro tip: Use your fries to wipe up any gooey peanut butter that seeps out the side.

What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?
Reminding myself to enjoy the process, and not get too hung up on the difference between where I am and where I want to be.

What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?
A lifetime of physical fitness where I am continually improving and challenging myself at every workout, and the ability to help my youngest daughter move heavy boxes and luggage into her college dorm (she’s 21 months old right now).

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