CFLA Athlete Profile – Matt Cerussi

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10 RFT
10 Burpees
10 Pull ups
50 DU’s
200m run
*40 minute cutoff*


15 DB Thruster (55/40)
5 Shuttle Sprint
10 DB Thruster
7 Shuttle Sprint
5 DB Thruster
9 Shuttle Sprint

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Hometown: Tiburon, CA
Age: 27
Occupation: TV Ad Sales
When did you first start CrossFitting?: February 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: February 2012
Favorite WOD: Anything without OHS
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with OHS

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: The house I grew up in was a petri dish for competitive activity. I am one of four, each about one and half years apart. When we were younger we all played soccer, basketball, and baseball. I would also consider sibling wrestling a sport. However, the matches usually turned into an all-out brother melee.

In 4th grade my dad put a golf club in my hand and I fell in love with the game. I played for my high school team all four years and absolutely loved competing every day. I realized two things very quickly; 1. I hate losing more than I love winning 2. I am my own biggest critic.

College was filled with intramural sports and pick-up basketball games on a nightly basis. My freshman roommate was on the Lacrosse team so I would hit the weight room with them regularly. Looking back I sincerely do not miss push days or pull days. After college I stayed active whether it was running, biking, swimming, hiking, snowboarding, or in the gym.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Mr. Pete Mann is the sole reason I ever walked into a CrossFit gym 2 years ago. It was Bring-A-Friend Day at CFLA. The workout involved an AMRAP with rowing, thrusters, and pull ups. 12 seconds into the workout I had to lighten the load to 20# dumbbells after ambitiously picking up the RX weight (haha, who was I kidding?). I started out going to CFLA just 1x per week. It took me a while to get hooked. It was not love at first site. Besides, I was still playing in a rec basketball league and going to 24 Fitness to participate in the two things CFLA doesn’t offer…bicep curls and bench pressing.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I owe many of the changes in my health and fitness to the WLC. I just completed my third challenge and can say the knowledge and discipline to eat cleaner has transformed my health and fitness ability. For the longest time I was working out daily, eating a “balanced” meal, without experiencing progress. I was stagnant, the wheels were turning, but I wasn’t going anywhere.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Nothing is more rewarding than seeing your hard work pay off. In my first two years there have been months where I have put in minimal (next to zero) effort. Those results were frustrating and disappointing. There have also been months where I have put in a whole lot of effort. Experiencing those results really put the idea of hard work into perspective. This perspective may have always been there but seeing direct correlation has affected the other 23 hours of my day.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments:
To be completely honest I’m still on an amazing high from our Philanthropic Throwdown. Here are some of my favorites over the last 5 weeks.

1. The look on everyone’s face after 14.Kick ASS finished our team intro in week 1, especially Kenny’s (priceless).
2. Succeeding beyond my personal expectations for 14.1, and failing miserably in 14.2…big serving of humble pie right there.
3. Krasnow, barefoot and all, determined to get through 14.5.
4. RyRy going absolutely lady beast mode in 14.4.
5. Benet in 14.2, woah dude.
6. Watching Zac demolish 14.5 with CFLA doing what we do best.
7. Being able to witness first-hand the strength and commitment of our community.

I knew CFLA was a special place, but holy SH**! In just a quick 2 years I have witnessed some pretty amazing things from the Crush Cancer event, WLC kick offs and finishes, to the recent the Philanthropic Throwdown.

Any advice for people just getting started? Come to class with the intention of learning and improving something. Leave some gas in the tank to finish stronger than you started, its far more rewarding than the other way around, trust me.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Hobbies: I thoroughly enjoy grocery shopping, cooking, eating food I haven’t tried before, listening to music, snowboarding, finding a good book on tape, dancing as if I know what I’m doing. Interests: finding pants that fit correctly. Since we all squat you all know what I’m talking about. The waist band vs. the fitting around the thigh area could not be further off. Talents: If a WOD incorporated eating a large amount of food I would crush it.



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