Congratulations to the following individuals who made it to the gym 15+ times in October! Consistency is key for growth and your hard work shows.
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NOVEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
– Bryce & Angie Matakas –
Congratulations to our November BCCF Athletes of the Month! We are so proud to have our morning regulars, Angie and Bryce Matakas! Their consistency and great attitudes make them an excellent example of what we look for in our Athletes of the Month! Thanks for being such a great role model for us all! Check out their story below for a nomination well deserved!
Where did you grow up? Did you have any siblings, pets – what was your home life like? Were you involved in sports and/or other activities? Favorite memory growing up?
Angie: I grew up in a tiny town called Monmouth in Maine. I have two older brothers and we’re still close as adults. I played softball and soccer throughout high school and always loved being outside. In college I went the gym (very inconsistently) and had no idea what I was doing.
Bryce: I grew up in Houston Texas, with my parents and my sister. As a kid I was pretty involved in sports. I swam growing up all the way through high school, and ran track my senior year. In college I ran triathlons and would go to the gym in my off time.
How were you first introduced to CrossFit? How long have you been a BCCF member, what is your favorite workout/movement, etc. Do you have a favorite BCCF memory? How do you feel CrossFit has changed/influenced your life?
Angie: I was introduced to my first CrossFit gym when we were living in California. I was intimidated at first because working out never seemed that fun to me. It was nice to be able to show up, be told what to do, and suffer along with a group of nice people. CrossFit really changed my attitude towards working out and my consistency. My favorite BCCF memory was when the soft box was ordered and now I’m less likely to eat it/bust my shins when I’m doing box jumps.
Bryce: I was actually introduced to CrossFit during COVID in California. My gym on base had shut down, and the only place open where I could get a workout was the CrossFit gym Angie worked out at. I asked the owner if I could do my own workouts in the back corner, but eventually got curious enough to try participating in the classes. I’d say my favorite memory is getting my first muscle up. It was always something I thought only gymnasts or actual athletes could do. So, it was pretty awesome getting up there the first time.
What goals do you have within the next year – CrossFit and non-CrossFit?
Angie: Unassisted pull-up(s). Non-CrossFit: Get into wood burning.
Bryce: I’d like to compete at least once in a competition, they seem like a good time. Outside of CrossFit, I’d like to get more involved in fishing and hunting. It’s something I did as a kid, but haven’t done a whole lot of as an adult.
Tell us more about your life outside of the gym – favorite thing to do when you’re bored, favorite meal, music, job etc. Give us one really random fact that people may not know about you.
Angie: Being outside is my favorite – the less cell service the better! I bother our dog, Toby when I’m bored, I love classic rock, and eating chocolate is a true passion of mine. I’m a Social Worker – I work with adults and I’m doing homelessness/eviction prevention in my current job. Bryce: We both really enjoy hiking and camping. It’s nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air. If we aren’t outside, I’m usually watching football during the season.
Fact(s) about you both:
Angie: I try to do platelet donations once per month, but I’m squeamish about it.
Bryce: Growing up I used to play the Saxophone, and was in my high school marching band. I also taught myself how to play clarinet.