Member Monday: Josh Matson

14
Aug

Member Monday: Josh Matson

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This week we check in with one of our 5am members and "Superhero Sunday" coordinators, Josh Matson! — A little about yourself: 32 years old, Father, husband, Dog owner. I work in industrial manufacturing sales, so my job is basically like watching the show "How Stuff's Made" every day. I played sports in High School, but never was an elite athlete by any definition of the word. I more just liked the social aspects and to stay active. — How did you get into CrossFit? After college my "working out" was pretty much non-existent. I tried getting into running on a regular basis, but without weight training I ended up with knee pain. I had a friend, Mark Noller, who was all in on CrossFit and he kept telling me to try it. After months of "badgering" he finally convinced me to come try a team workout on a Saturday at his box. I hadn't ever been as sore as I was after that one hour workout, and I was pretty much hooked from there. Fast forward a few years and I got that friend to not only move to Wauwatosa and be my neighbor, but to join Badger. I'm still waiting on my referral fee! — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? I don't think I ever really thought of being healthy and strong as something I would be able to do. I had pretty much resigned myself to being unhealthy by age 26. By starting to do the workouts it continued to push me to be better outside the gym, in order to translate it into the gym. It's also taught me a level of perseverance that I didn't have before. To continue to grind to get things done. When you're rowing a 10k, and you're smoked at 4k, but you keep going and finish, there's something intangible that you learn. — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? It's the only CrossFit gym less than 5 minutes from my house. Also the members. There's never been an instance where I've wanted to get a workout in that I haven't shown up and either had a friend there, or made a new one. — Advice for people just getting started: Show up. Put your shoes and clothes out the night before, get up, get dressed, and go. Don't even think about it. By 6AM you could have already finished the toughest thing you're going to do all day.

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