Athlete of the Month

September athlete of the month: matt miles

Matt has been a consistent face in CrossFit classes over the past few months. Since starting with the AZ crew, Matt has been a very coachable athlete and has always been pushing himself to be better. His high work ethic has been paying off with noticeable improvements in both his fitness and skill development.

Good Job Matty.

Written by Coach Matt Thackray.

A few moments with Matt

When did you start doing CrossFit?

In approximately July last year after being dragged down by Steve. A few of the guys at AZ play for the same rugby team so after a few discussions, I thought I would give it a go.

Most loved WOD/Movement?


Least Favourite WOD/Movement?


Favourite cheat meal?

Curry of any kind.

Proudest Moment?

I think it was probably completing Murph (scaled) on Xmas eve last year. After 6 months or so, it was a real test to see how I had progressed and completing it within an hour was something I was really happy with. Not to mention, English folk don’t do well in the heat.

What is your 6-month goal?

I still have shoulder issues so working on my weaknesses is where I’ll spend a lot of my time over the short term. Losing some inches of the waist wouldn’t go amiss either.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

I think more than anything, just meeting a great bunch of people has really made me happier and healthier. Going to a class at 5 am is much easier knowing you can have a chinwag with a few mates at the same time. It’s the best way to start your day.

What is your number 1 tip for someone looking to get healthier?

Stick with it. It’s horrible and tough but just stick in there and the rewards will come.

If you were to create a WOD and name it after yourself, it would be?

“Pay the Pommie”

250 Cals Assault Bike For Time;
With EMO3M 2 x Thrusters (Increase reps by 2 every 3 minutes)
Start on Thrusters.
If you don’t hit all Thrusters in three minutes i.e. no time on the bike, workout ends and record calories