“Have small goals and work on them one at a time. CrossFit can be hard, and the only way to improve is to reach outside your comfort zone. Don’t be scared to push yourself more than you think you should.”

Congratulations to Matt Ramsey, our June 2021 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with Matt to learn more about his CrossFit journey.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Matt Ramsey, and I grew up in Maryville. I am currently finishing my radiology residency at UT Medical Center. My wife and I are moving to North Carolina in June, where I will be completing my fellowship. After that, we will be moving back to Knoxville where we will be settling down for good. We have one dog named Rory and our first baby on the way.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CFFC?
I started at CrossFit First Creek in October of 2020.

WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
I actually dabbled in CrossFit for a few months in 2007. Since then, I’ve done a little bit of everything as far as fitness goes. I began to get bored with daily weight lifting/running routines, so I decided to pursue CrossFit again to help bring more variety as well as competition to my work-outs.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?
When you think you have nothing left in the tank, there is always something left.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
So many proud moments so far! It is hard for me to pick out just one, but getting my bar muscle ups and ring muscle ups are definitely at the top of the list.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?
I love any workout with running, burpees, or box jumps. I absolutely despise the assault bike.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?
I enjoy the community and the daily competition.

WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
I would say CrossFit has shown me that I can push myself further than I ever thought I could before.

WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
So many, and honestly, I’m still figuring it out. One day, I would absolutely love to be part of a team at the gym to make it to the CrossFit games. I still definitely have a long way to go, but I do think that could be attainable in the future.

WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
I love to grill on my Big Green Egg while spending time with my wife and pup!

WHAT IS ONE FUN THING ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET?
I was Brett Favre’s chauffeur from the airport when he was in Knoxville for the Tennessee vs. Southern Miss game a few years ago.

WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?
Have small goals and work on them one at a time. I would also say CrossFit is hard and the only way to improve is to reach outside your comfort zone, so don’t be scared to push yourself more than you think you should.

WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL? I eat a ton of carbs now. Depending on the time in season, I eat anywhere from 400-450 grams of carbs a day. It is essential to be appropriately fueled for these workouts, which is something that took me some time to figure out.

ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
The coaches and community at First Creek is second to none. Everyone is more than willing to help you out at any time, which makes First Creek a truly special place.