Member Spotlight – Matt Coolidge!

Member Spotlight – Coolidge!
We’re so excited to have our longtime member Coolidge in The Member Spotlight! He has been such a big part of the community over the years. Coolidge is always there to lend a hand. He was a great help to us at The Southie Showdown as an all star judge and volunteer. Over the years he’s been there anytime we needed an extra hand around the box.

Coolidge has such a great presence in class, always pushing those around him in a fun way. He always works hard but also makes us laugh and keeps the mood light! We’ve been lucky to have him in the community for so long! You can check out his interview below. For being in the Member Spotlight Coolidge will recieve a FREE Half hour massage from our in-house therapist Natalie!


Name: My first name is Matt for those of you who didn’t know (probably most)

Profession: For many years I oversaw investment strategies backing certain retirement products for MetLife and then Brigthouse Financial. Now I’m looking for something else

When did you start at Crossfit Southie?
Monday Nov 5 2012, 6:00am. I think Retta was there, Stacey too. Maybe TinaMo?

What is your Favorite movement and WOD?
Long cardio or bodyweight workouts like Kelly. Kidding I usually realize I need a rest day if that comes up #knowyourbody. I actually like farmers carry, deadlift, rowing (under 500m/40 cals), Assault Bike (1 round, 25 cals or less), squat, squat clean. Fav WOD…Abbatte, Rankel, Helen, Grace, Isabel, and of course “1 strict pullup for time”

Which Class do you Frequent?
I definitely sprinkle but the old school 630a was a good class, new school 630a also a great group (Masters/Clydesdale division)

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Hmm. Nutrition challenge (2nd place NBD) taught me a lot about fueling your body enough and how much staying off the sauce can impact overall performance- sleep, recovery, nutrition, working out. Shame BL’s taste so good. I think birthday deadlift PR was exciting. Back in the day completing a random muscle up, and a respectable showing in a Southie Showdown.

Coolidge's Nutrition Challenge Results
Coolidge’s Previous Nutrition Challenge Results!

What is your Favorite Part of Crossfit?
Where do I start. Talking insane amounts of shit and backing it up once or twice a year when that wheelhouse workout or movement comes up. The 5 minutes before class where I’m seeing who is coming into class. Its like the first day of school every day. The different experiences and personalities you get with so many great people keeps things loose and fun despite it being a little competitive sometimes…depending on the workout. Retta’s weird questions/scenarios, Chuck’s much weirder questions, all the helpful little tidbits people have told me which I hope I pass on to others without totally butchering their form.

Coolidge & Colm

How did you get involved in CrossFit and what was your first WOD/experience?
2 of my good friends were members (Haney and Ursu) and had been working on me to join. An old friend was doing a charity fundraiser and there was a 1 month membership to CFS in the auction. I asked her how big of a donation would make sure I won. And that’s how it started. First WOD, I walked in Monday morning, we were power cleaning aka reverse curls, can’t remember the workout though.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Boston sports and baseball in general. In the late spring summer and fall I fish a lot- beaches in MA and RI and the Cape Cod Canal, in winter and early spring I ski a lot. NH, VT, Maine, and try and get out west a couple times a year- Utah, Colorado, Wyoming. Contemplating selling my jeep for a heliski trip in Alaska but Im not sure it would cover cab fare to the airport. And when Im not on the wagon Ill enjoy the occasional cold beverage.

What are your Fitness Goals?
I mean…to look better as the clothes come off? Kinda want to do King Kong. I want to get better about mobilizing after workouts and getting a little more flexible. Not like doing splits but I don’t want to look like a complete stiff most of the time. Also would like to be able to share a platform with Kaplan more often…its more efficient with cleanup. 300# clean. Keep increasing DL pr’s. Oh and to beat Tron in 100m row if he ever accepts my challenge again.

What’s a “Fun Fact” about you?
7th grade Mass state geography bee finalist. 4th grade Oak Ridge School spelling bee champ. Did 7th grade twice.

Run 1 Loop*
Then 2 Rounds
:30 on/:10 off
Med Ball Toe Taps
Med Ball Deadlifts
Med Ball Thruster Toss
Med Ball Burpee to Overhead

*Bike=1 Mile

40 Wall Balls 20|14
30 Deadlifts 225|155
20 Burpee Pull-ups
1 Mile Run
20 Burpee Pull-ups
30 Deadlifts 225|155
40 Wall Balls 20|14

Level 2- 185|125
Level 1- 135|95 30-20-10-800m-10-20-30