Member Spotlight

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

January 2016

Matt Shipstead and Christian McCarthy

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Matt Shipstead

Tell us about you and your family.

I grew up in southern California and have lived all over since including Colorado, Germany and all over the east coast. I was a competitive swimmer through college specializing in distance freestyle. Being an athlete growing up both set me up for a continuing interest in fitness but also made me want to find a way to stay fit that was different from all the years I spent looking at that black line on the bottom of the pool.

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?

I started Crossfiting pretty seriously in 2010. I was actually in Afghanistan and some of the guys I was working with had certifications and were running a daily (nightly) workout. I quickly found that Crossfit offered an effective and challenging routine. In that environment I especially appreciated how much work could be accomplished in an hour. I was hooked pretty quickly and continued when I got home. I’ve been with it ever since.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I don’t know if I have a favorite movement. I tend to be best at bodyweight movements… pull-ups, wallballs, box jumps, running, rowing, etc. I have a love/hate with wods like Kelly and Jackie that I’m good at but where I can also really push myself. On the flip side, with my background as an endurance athlete and sort of lanky build, the olympic lifts have been a weak spot for me. I’m not were I should be but I still enjoy working on them and making slow progress.

What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?

I would say that getting a strict muscle up is what I would currently consider my biggest accomplishment. It was something that seemed so daunting and impossible when I started Crossfit, but after six months of work it came together. If I wasn’t hooked already, I definitely was after that.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 611?

I think there’s sort of three broad areas by which to judge Crossfit boxes: coaches/programming, athletes, and facility. Crossfit 611 excels in all three. The box itself is great with plenty of space and equipment. The coaches are knowledgeable and attentive. But most of all, on any day at 611, you can find athletes of all abilities working out together, supporting each other, and all pushing themselves to their respective limits. It’s a great environment that inspires and encourages me to work hard every day.

Christian McCarthy

Tell us about you and your family.

Hi! My name is Christian and I just turned 31! I’m married to my wonderful husband, ┬áBrendan and we have 3 great kids! Danny (10), Gianni (7), and Emery (she will be 2 in Jan).

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?

I’ve been doing CF for about 1 1/2 years! I started in GA because I wanted to feel a part of something and make new friends.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I love the clean and jerk! I think I like it because it just flows together.

What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?

I’ve always wanted to DL over 200 and my PR is 210 and I can do a Bar Muscle Up.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 611?

I love being apart of CrossFit611 because I have made my great friends here. We push each other to work harder and plus we talk about everything in class (9:30?).