Who is Mathew Perez?
I am a Christian, son and a brother. I go by Faith, Family, and Fitness. I'm 22 years old, born and raised proudly from the south side of San Antonio. I am currently a server at Big Lous Pizza while pursuing a career in sports medicine athletic training at The University of the Incarnate Word. I played football, baseball, track and basketball in high school. –Fear nothing but God himself.
When did you first try CF?
The first day I tried crossfit was at Command CrossFit opening day February 2013. The WOD was chipper style 50-40-30-20-10 with KB swings, pull ups, deadlifts, and other movements I can't remember. Marc gave the option to do two rounds if we felt we could handle it. Needless to say I probably should have done one round being that I never deadlifted or did KB swings in my life, but I decided to just pace out one more round. It was a great experience.
Do you have a favorite CF WOD or movement?
I don’t have favorites when it comes to a WOD. I try to take each WOD with the same mentality. Being said it is a lot easier for me to answer what my least favorite WOD is and that is anything that has to do with rowing, running or farmer carries. My favorite CF movements would have to be anything gymnastics–toes to bar, muscle ups, pull ups, HSPU, etc. I also enjoy the oly lifts. Who doesn’t like a good PR?
What keeps you coming back and/or favorite aspect of Command CF?
The community is probably the main aspect that keeps me coming back. Everyone is super friendly at Command CF. Marc and all the coaches have done a great job to give the box very humble identity and I feel that aspect has helped make the box grow. The fact that everyone gets excited for each other when a goal or PR is reached is also very contagious. I always do better when I see someone hit a PR before me.
How has CrossFit helped you in your own personal health and wellness?
CrossFit has helped in my own personal health and wellness because small amount of people know that I used to weigh 201 lbs. It has helped me keep structure in my everyday life, and has helped me continue in a healthy lifestyle-spiritually and physically.
Any advice for someone new to CF?
My best advice I could give to anyone new to CF is to not take yourself too seriously and to trust the process of the progress of a baby step. Enjoy yourself in each workout and have fun because once it becomes more than that set backs will arise.
If you designed a workout, what would it be?
If I designed a workout it would have to be something along the lines of this
5 ring muscle ups
10 STOH @155/105
15 Bar Facing Burpees
10 Hang Cleans 155/105
What kind of meals/foods do you enjoy? What is your favorite Paleo, or non-Paleo food?
I enjoy protein dense meals anything with a lot of meat. I don’t follow paleo and I eat mostly what I want. I drink lots of milk (4-5 gallons a week). I am a Progenex addict. My favorite food would have to be pizza, which is a pre-comp meal for me. I also enjoy eating a nice juicy hamburger.
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
To have Super Saiyan Goku powers because of the incredible enhanced speed and power that I could use for CrossFit (and have crazy cool hair).
Where do you see yourself in the next 12 months as it pertains to your CF training?
In the next twelve months I see myself continuing training to be the best CrossFit athlete I can be. With God's blessings, I hope to become a regional athlete within the next year.