MEMBER OF THE MONTH: MATT JULIAN
Matt has been a longtime member at NewCov CrossFit. NewCov CrossFit Owner Emily Wagner stated “Matt goes out of his way to make every member feel welcome. He is a joy to have around the gym. Also has incredible barking skills :)”
Coach Megan McDonald added that Matt is “very strong, works hard and is dedicated to the weights. He is also a nice guy that includes and gets to know new people in class. He’s a veteran.”
1. What made you give CrossFit a try?
I had been in a post college, globo gym rut for some years. I’ve always loved lifting weights, but even then that had gotten to the point to where I was just dreading it. Trying to get after it at an Urban Active by yourself. For me, lifting was something you did with good friends. I had some work friends who at the time were members, who swore to me that I needed to get in at CrossFit Covington. I kind of brushed it off for a while, until I finally talked myself into stopping by into a Beginner class. And that was it from there. I wish I’d done it years earlier.
2. What did you think after your first WOD?
Either my first or second day, I can’t remember now, Dave Fairbanks turned on Bone Thugs for the workout and I had a feeling I was in the right place. I also remember telling Mark McCain on my last day of Beginner classes to watch me because I thought that I had butterfly pull-ups down. Which is hilarious to think about now. Like everyone, it took a minute to get movements down. But honestly I feel like the workouts get me a lot worse now than they did back then.
3. What has been your favorite CrossFit memory so far?
Man I’ve got a lot. When Steve Nelson was doing body building and he showed up for an open Friday night with a new bright orange spray tan weighing about 80 pounds under his normal body weight. And no one recognized him or knew who he was but he looked super weird. Love you, Steve. I’m still pretty proud of my best socks award that I won some years back at a member party. I know that caused some bad blood. Every spring Keeneland trip I’d have Adam Suhr tapped out pinned on the bus parking lot asphalt in usually under three minutes. I always enjoyed that. I have a ton of great memories from the gym.
4. What is your favorite movement?
Back squat, bench press. Pasquale still says he can out bench me which is HILARIOUS. But he is always somehow super busy whenever we schedule a bench day. Or he will say, “How about a six rep max instead?” And somehow he says he has the exact same max as me. I’ll use this as an opportunity to publicly call him out if anybody wants to help push him into this.
5. What is your least favorite movement?
Heavy thrusters coupled with anything else is always really a struggle.
6. Do you follow any specific diet?
I actually used to be really good with being up on that. Not so much anymore. But I’m still pretty good about it.
7. What has been the biggest improvement you’ve seen from your training?
I think mobility is certainly a big one. Not that I’m the most mobile person. But I can get into positions that I could never even think about getting into before crossfit. I have a few pictures of my first open where one workout had overhead squats. Its much different today.
8. What advice do you have for beginners?
Obviously, we all came to the gym to make our bodies better. And that will come with dedication and just showing up and putting effort in. But really more importantly, have fun. Smile and introduce yourself to people you don’t know. Go to the social events. This gym has always been full of really awesome people. Thats what will keep you there.
9. What are your goals for the future?
I guess now I’m sort of in a phase where I’m making sure my body stays functional and healthy. But I’ll probably never stop chasing lifting PR’s. Beating Christian Mains in a workout would be cool. Knowing him, now he’ll let me win so it won’t count.
10. Any shout outs…Go for it!!
I guess if I ever had the chance to get sappy with this, this is probably it. Like I said, I joined the gym when I was in a workout rut as well as a social rut. Joining this gym changed my life in a lot of big ways. Thinking back over the years of the amazing relationships I’ve been able to build because of that place is something I’ll always tremendously value. I’m not as involved socially as I once was and a lot of old friends aren’t even around anymore. With work or other reasons, people sometimes have to leave, and thats okay. I’d just like everyone to know I greatly appreciate their friendship and it means a lot to me!
Congrats Matt! We are glad to have you at NewCov CrossFit!