The Weekly Dose of Awesome

Matt B. is a strong and quiet, yet sassy fellow who shows up with a smile, a high-five (or fist bump) and a good attitude. He is always ready to put in some solid work and he's just a fun guy to have around. Coachable, sometimes goofy and always a good workout buddy to his fellow SWOD crew. I've been a fan of him for quite some time and wanted to give all of you the opportunity to get to know him a little better.

Name: Matt Barker 

Nickname / Alter Ego: I've never really had a nickname...I'll say the one you gave me, Nik - "Matty B."

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Occupation: Private Wealth Manager

When did you first start CrossFitting?: I like to say in 2014 at UB, because this was the first place I've gone to consistently (and I don't want people to think I've been CrossFitting for too long), but I was sporadic at Redwood City NorCal in 2013 then went to Lalanne for a hot minute before finding UB.

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: August of 2014

Favorite WOD: SWOD! Favorite lift is Bench Press

Least Favorite WOD: Snatches...Bulgarian Split Squats make me want to cry

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? A co-worker took me to NorCal as a guest for a workout 

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? It's helped put routine in my life and given physical goals to accomplish from time to time. Plus it's allowed me to find a sense of community outside my normal circle of friends and colleagues. 

Fave shower song: Oh man, it depends on the time of day! I'll sing along to the Calvin Harris Pandora Station in the mornings during the week