Matthew Barksdale

CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Rowing, CrossFit Gymnastic
Barbell Coach
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Born and raised in Livingston, Louisiana I am a 100% country kid that loves any sport that you will let me play. I loved riding horses and ATVs- I hated having to clean off the mud as a youngin’. I prefer open fields to city sky scrapers, but over time Dallas has become a very special place to me. I’ve been crossfitting since 2010.

When I was young my loving parents gave me the opportunity to try any sport that I was willing to give 100% to. I played baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis, golf, and even a little gymnastics when I was very young. I eventually gravitated towards basketball which introduced me to the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting facility for speed and conditioning.   At 14 years old I began Olympic lifting and still continue to this day. My love for weightlifting and donuts grows stronger each day.

What is your favorite movement/WOD?

Snatching by far! The balance of explosive power, strength, and coordination is a thing of beauty and can test any athlete’s level of fitness.

Amanda is by far my favorite workout. Squat snatches will push your ability to be explosive and in control and then Muscle Ups will reveal your gymnastic abilities.

What are some of your goals?

I would like to develop myself into a well-rounded coach that has the ability to take any individual and help them reach their fitness goals. Being able to take on any challenge presented to me has always been exciting! Nothing better than being able to help someone chase their dreams no matter what type of physical conditioning that dream requires.

How do you see crossfit being different than other fitness programs?

Simply put you get to go to a place where you work out every day with friends that want nothing more than to see you succeed. The community is everything and what keeps me coming back everyday.