Member of the Month – Matt!

Congratulations, Matt!

Once a month, our community votes to recognize a single member who embodies the spirit of Subversus Fitness. He/she is someone who has a good attitude, even on the toughest days, is always there to lend support to fellow athletes, and generally goes the extra mile to help build our community to become even more awesome. When it’s time to vote, we send a reminder email out to the entire crew, but if you ever see another member do something really cool for you or the gym in general, feel free to shoot us an email at or leave a note in the box to tell us what happened! Our Member of the Month is always awarded a FREE month of membership to Subversus.

What some of you had to say about Matt!

Congrats, Matt! I am so excited to see you win! In your own words you are trying to “stay under the radar” but as an OG member you were long overdue for this honor and I am so happy to have been able to be a part of your win! Matt is a quiet assassin and long standing 4:30 attendee. He shows up, works hard, and is always a cheerful and fun face in class. He is a phenom on the bike or rower and when he gets off minutes before me EVERY time, I am just amazed. In addition, his gymnastics skills are super impressive and I always enjoy taking Elevate with Matt! Thanks for always being a great friend around the gym. Cheers to you!

— Alexa

Well, things are certainly looking up for Matt. Of course they had nowhere to go but up after he was mistaken for my doppleganger, but this is a very deserved honor. I always love when one of the more quiet members of the gym get voted as MOTM because it shows that people notice actions at least as much as words, and Matt’s actions make him a great choice. I have two recurring thoughts in my mind when I think of Matt. The first is that when I show up before a 5:30 class, and check out the whiteboard of the classes before, Matt almost always has a great score/time for me to shoot for..and I almost without fail end up falling short (especially if it involves a rower…he’s a beast on the erg), but pushing myself to try to get his time always drives me harder. The second thought is that he frequently pushes himself to do an air bike finisher of his own design after class!!! What sort of maniac does an Air Bike finisher?!?!?! The newest MOTM that’s who! Congratulations Matt, and keep working hard cause I have a feeling 2020 might be a busy year for you.

— Kit Hoffman

Very happy to hear that Matt is MOTM! He tends to be one to avoid the spotlight, but he is consistently a hardworking, dedicated athlete… and yes another member of the epic 4:30 crew. I found myself wanting to shout him out on the *un*official subversus whiteboard page many times only to realize he does not have social media! He is a positive light and persistent in any workout that comes his way! I especially love doing ele>ate with him, where he puts me to shame stringing toe to bars together and doing handstand shoulder taps effortlessly! Now is your moment, Matt, so enjoy!

— Emma Greenstein

Congratulations Matt, I couldn’t have picked a better person to pass the MOTM baton on to!
You’re always such a great energy to have in class and your travel stories about identity-stealing soccer hooligans don’t hurt either! You have a great sense of humor and we’re lucky to have someone as supportive and thoughtful as you at the gym. You may not always be the center of attention, quietly working on your handstands in the corner, but you’re such a hard worker who really earned this spotlight and I hope you embrace it! Keep crushing your workouts and elevate skills…enjoy the win Matt, you deserve it!

— Sara W.

Congratulations from the Coaches!

What impresses me most about Matt is his quiet dedication. How he pushes himself and is always working on the small things. I also very much appreciate his stories about being mistaken for a soccer hooligan and nearly being banned from some countries in Europe as a result (ask him about it.).

— Wylie

Matt is a stone-cold competitor. His training is at a hundred percent every day. His mantra, take no prisoners. This man is a coaches dream. Asks questions and does work! I’m beyond excited that the community gave him this accolade. Congrats on the win.

— Tim

Congrats on a well deserved MOM! You’re everything a coach could ask for. You show up, do the work, and never complain. I applaud your consistency in your training and the positive attitude you bring to every class you’re in. You’ve been a staple in our gymnastics program and it’s been awesome seeing how much progress you’ve made. Congrats once more!!! Cheers to many more one minute HS holds in your future and robot music that Sam makes us listen to.

— Luis

Matt is a hard worker, a consistent member, and a receptive athlete – well deserved win!

— Voz

FINALLY! Matt has been a committed, friendly, wonderful, member for years, and continues to impress. He can be found doing extra work in ELEVATE and continuing to push himself and other in CrossFit. His sharp intellect comes along with a kindness and support for his community that others would do well do imitate— true MOTM material.

— Justin

And now, from our winner!

What’s your day job and profession?

I’m a professor at Penn, and during election season, I also work part-time as a Decision Desk Analyst for NBC News. I’m not on TV, I’m part of the behind-the-scenes team who work to call the elections.

What’s a skill or goal that you’re working on?

I don’t know that I have a current goal per se. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate more just being able to stay healthy and be able to do things, and that’s what keeps me going to the gym.

Are you a look at the workouts ahead of time kind of guy, or show up and be surprised guy?

I always look ahead of time! That said, I usually forget what the workout is by the time I show up at the gym.

Whats the best advice you’ve ever received that relates to your fitness journey here?

Treat it as a long-term journey. If you do it each day, it just becomes part of your life.

What song gets you hyped up when you feel like dying?

I know nothing about popular music of any type, so I have no idea. Seriously.

Thanks, Matt! Keep crushing it in workouts!

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