IMG_2861What is your name?

Matthew Collier

Do you have a nickname?

In high school my nickname was Lumpy. During my sophomore year my soccer coach started calling me that because he said I reminded him of Lumpy from Leave It To Beaver. I didn’t see it, but it stuck.

Where were you born and raised?

I grew up in Penn Hills. I moved to the South Hills about 15 years ago.

What do you do for a living?

I am a police officer for a South Hills community


What is your Athletic background?

I played soccer my whole life. I still play from time to time. Although whenever I play now I pay the price for it. I can’t stop playing like I’m still 18 years old, and that doesn’t mesh well with a 39 year old body. Over the last 10 years I’ve been involved in mountain biking, globo gym, running, jiu jitsu, MMA, and Crossfit.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

One year.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I can’t say that I really have a favorite movement. Although, I really enjoy long, grinding WOD’s.

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?

To be honest, I think they all suck in their own special way.

What has surprised you the most about CrossFit?

It’s effectiveness. When I started Crossfit a year ago I was in pretty decent shape. Even Brad will agree with this. I came into Crossfit a couple months after my team finished first at the 2013 Mogidishu Mile (not bad for a group of old donut eating cops) and I was immediately humbled by Crossfit. Over the last year I have continued to get stronger, my cardio has gotten better, I have gotten leaner, and the only change was doing crossfit.

The other thing that surprised me the most is the people. I have been blown away by the ego free atmosphere. I love the fact that effort, and not performance, is celebrated. Having one of the elite athletes finish their WOD ahead of you and come over and root you on is awesome and completely unique to Crossfit. The people genuinely care about you and want you to get better.

What were your CrossFit goals for 2014?

Since I started Crossfit in 2014 I really didn’t have any specific goals. I guess my goal was just to see if Crossfit could take my fitness to the next level without drinking the “ Crossfit koolaid”.. Let’s be honest, before you start Crossfit the people who do Crossfit seem pretty weird.

Did you accomplish them?

Yes and no. My fitness has definitely been taken to a whole new level. But I definitely drank the” koolaid”. Heck, now I am drinking it through a beer bong!

What is on your CrossFit to do list for 2015?

Obviously I want to get better at the movements, the skill exercises, and oly lifts. Most importantly, I want to get better at scaling. I find it’s so easy for my ego to get me caught up in the desire to put that RX next to my WOD stats on the board. I want to focus on putting out max effort in rep count or time as opposed to max effort on weight used.

What are you most proud of?

My faith, my time in the Marine Corps, my marriage, and my son.

What is your favorite book?

The Bible.

What is your favorite quote?

“A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

Why do you CrossFit?

Because I have found that Crossfit challenges the body as well as the mind. I am a firm believer that a strong body and a strong mind is essential for my line of work. Obviously being fit helps with the physical aspects of my job but I believe that it goes far beyond that. When you present a physically fit appearance and the confidence from being physically fit I have found that you end up in less physical confrontations. Also, Crossfit provides an outlet for the stress induced by the things we deal with.

3 words friends would use to describe you.

Honest, loyal, and blunt.

Name 3 things on your bucket list:

I don’t really have a bucket list.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To be able to understand the mind of woman. Especially my wife.