Congratulation’s to Perpetua’s Athlete of the Month – Matias Rossi
Congratulations to Perpetua’s Athlete of the Month – Matias Rossi!
Matias was selected by all the coaches for the hours and dedication he puts in at the gym!
He rarely misses a day and is always putting in extra time after class.
Well deserved – keep it up Matias!
1> Where are you from?
I’m from Argentina. Before I moved here to Dublin in January 2015 I was living in Tandil, a relatively small city (110,000 people) in the Buenos Aires province, ~400km southwest from the capital. I lived there for almost 8 years to attend college. I was born in Buenos Aires though, and grew up in Mar del Plata, a larger city in the same area, on the Atlantic coast.
2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I’m a Software Engineer by trade, I work for Amazon here in Dublin, and my job was the reason why I winded up here. When I was offered the job here I didn’t know much about Ireland other than rugby, Guinness and Jameson’s, but that enough made it a good idea to at least try and see what the country was about 🙂
For fun I listen to music and books, sometimes watch a movie, and when I’m in the mood I practice a bit with my guitar (I’m terrible at it, but stubborn enough not to quit). Something I really enjoy here is to go out for long walks – I like the city’s parks and green areas and often find some place new to see.
3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
By accident. For my entire life I wanted to do something about my fitness (or lack thereof), the main goal being to control my weight. I had been overweight since I was a teenager, and over the early twenties I was steadily gaining weight. My last stab at that had been swimming three times a week during most of 2013, but didn’t make any real progress. By February 2014 I weighted 95 kg, could not run 100m without losing my breath and started to have multiple health issues, including knee pain when sitting in a car, skin rashes and heartburn.
A friend of mine, and coworker at that time, had been telling everybody for weeks that he was going to start CrossFit at the first box that had open in the city, at the time I was planning to get back on track with the swimming classes. One day I told him I was going to pick him up the next day in the morning and drive him to the box and take a CrossFit class with him so that he quit talking about it. Immediately after the short and painful, I signed up for the month, it just made me realize how badly out of shape I was. I regretted that decision the next day when I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs or laugh without being in pain, but it got better after a few weeks.
4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
It’s going to be two years in January. Joining the gym was literally on of the first things I did after landing here!
5> Why do you do CrossFit?
Because it challenges me every day, and that keeps me engaged and motivated. I had tried to commit to fitness plans or sports, but nothing before CrossFit made me want to attend to class every day. Shortly after starting back home, the morning workout became the highlight of my day, and started to feel I was part of a group, of that morning crew each one with his/her own goals, but in the same boat so to speak.
6> How often do you train?
Probably more than I should 🙂 At a minimum 5 days a week, but I’ve been regularly following the Strength & Movement program for over a year now, so that adds a few more sessions.
7>What are your fitness goals?
To win the CrossFit Games, isn’t that everybody’s goal? 😉
Well, if I fail at that, then to get better at it as a sport in a sustainable way. Get better at the movements by getting stronger and learning new skills.
8> What is your greatest achievement?
I’ve had a few during my fitness journey so far. One I always remember is when I got my first rope climb – that was something I had assumed was never going to happen in my life, that I just wasn’t built for that. When I found myself at the top of the rope in a workout, about 4 months after starting the feeling was incredible. I was in tears (of joy) during the 400m run that followed in that WOD.
In this past year I think my biggest achievement is having completed the Spartan Trifecta – the three distances of the Spartan Race. The Beast, in particular was a struggle, but the feeling of accomplishment was absolutely worth it.
9> What or who motivates you?
The road travelled so far. Every time I have a “bad” day or workout I reflect back on where I started and where I’m at now, and that brings me motivation to keep trying.
10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
Favourites: anything light or body weight, more on the endurance side. I like burpees and wallballs, and workouts like Helen or Jackie or even Murph.
I get frustrated with heavy barbell workouts, like Grace and Isabel because I can’t move the weights and have to scale them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them.
I absolutely HATE calories on the Assault Bike.
11>Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
I would and I always do. I’m the kind of person that brings a bad reputation to crossfitters for selling it to everyone. My advice is to at least give it a try, it may not be for everybody but anyone can do it and benefit from it, in my experience it works.
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13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
Community is an obvious one. Something else I’m a big fan of is the program structure and the dedication of the coaches to movement – it’s not just a random workout in a whiteboard and that is not a minor detail.
14>Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Friday Night Lights during the open are a highlight. Also had a big laugh this year on the Charity Comp for Jack & Jill when all of us were doing those “freestyle box jumps”, we all looked like a bunch of children in a playground.