Introducing our next Legend, Matt Craig! Matt joined us back in September 2015. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Matt brings his competitive drive to every class, pushing himself and his fellow athletes to move outside of their comfort zone. Since joining us three years ago, Matt has made epic strides not just in his training (his DT time has improved by over 10 minutes, and in this year’s Open, he hit a 5 minute PB on Diane!); he has also made huge strides in his mental game, which is just as important as any barbell lift or gymnastic PB!
Not to mention, he’s one of the best at naming teams for throwdowns!
Let’s learn more about Mr. Craig…
What do you do for a living?
I'm a Brexit business analyst (don't hate me) for an insurance company. And I also wake up early and trade forex and equities when European markets open, and sometimes Wall Street equities when US markets open, if no one is peeping over my shoulder in the office.
How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?
Since 2012, actually more like 2010 cos I used to follow CrossFit.com and try and do the workouts in a normal gym... then Central London and now 1864 for 3 legendary years.
What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
Before CrossFit, I was a group fitness instructor for 15yrs. At Central London, I was training with their comp class for a good year and improving a lot. My old group fitness buddies offered me an entry in The Spartan Mud Race. I went with no specific training, just CrossFit. They all took about two hours to finish, I finished in 1:05 and won the race!
What are your present training goals?
To turn 35 so I can start competing in masters events, haha! I do have specific goals for most lifts, movements, WODs, etc... but my main goal is to stay injury-free, keep training sustainable, and build volume over time.
What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?
Not to be put off by weights or movements or things you think you can't do... its all scalable, and over time you will develop all areas.
What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?
A stuffed giraffe in a mansion Alice in Wonderland party.
What nickname did you have growing up, and why?
I was a lifeguard at the local swimming pool, and all the little Maori kids used to call me Chicken Legs :-D
If you could do one job the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why?
The job I do now - trading. I can do it anywhere in the world with internet. I love the analysis, the grind, the emotional control required, the discipline, the competitiveness - it really is my dream job.
Finally, what is your favourite sports movie? I can tell you my LEAST favourite sports movie! Invictus. It's a beautiful story about how Nelson Mandela used the 1995 rugby world cup to unite the post-Apartheid nation of South Africa... except they left out one key fact of the story - the New Zealand team were poisoned before the final.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
4 rounds for time of:
40 Double unders
* Time cap: 20 minutes