The Weekly Dose of Awesome

Over the last year+, Matt has been showing up for class at UB. Sometimes, Matt hits the last class after a long work day, only to go back to work and meet a deadline. Other days, happy hour was perhaps a little too happy, but Matt shows up anyway. Matt always brings a willing attitude, best effort, sass, and humor to his classes. Never taking himself too seriously, and constantly striving to be better at everything, Matt is a joy to coach and a great guy to be around.

Matt and his CEO, Kyle, now have an entourage of colleagues who join them for fitness, and mobility gear is showing up in their office space. We look forward to watching your crew grow and continue to make gains. 

Full Name: Matt Castaldo

Nickname / Alter Ego: Staldo or "The Great Staldini"

Hometown:  Boston, MA

Occupation: Sales and Trading Associate

When did you first start CrossFitting? August 2016

Favorite Movements: Power cleans, bench press

Least favorite Movements: Turkish get ups, assault bike

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My CEO, Kyle, started encouraging me to come during the work day. I knew that I was hooked right away when I saw how practically it fit into my daily schedule

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I did expect to sleep better, have more focus and energy during the week, and see my diet improve and conform to my exercise.  I didn't expect how CrossFit spurs me to be far more active on weekends, and how much quicker my recovery is when I decide to go out for a few "adult beverages" on a Friday or Saturday. 

What is your next goal? In fitness? In Life? My next goal in CrossFit is definitely to improve my mobility (I know how much my tight hammies torture the coaches). In life, I'd like to get more efficient so I have more time aside to read and meditate.

What question do you wish you were asked more often and what is the answer? Are those calves real? No...all kidding aside, I'd like to be asked about my passions more so that I am always being pushed to think about my interests, goals, and aspirations. But yes, the chicken-leg calves are real.

What’s your secret talent? Starting to learn to DJ.

What is your favorite shower song? Any song by Kygo.

What is your biggest phobia? Zombies 

Pick a superpower? Brain power like Tony Stark. Become a Matt Stark. or an Iron Matt.

What is your favorite meal? Maine lobster, or anything seafood-related