Matthew Carmel

Matthew Carmel

Coach

Squat: 220
Deadlift: 315
Clean and Jerk: 160
Isabel: 2:57
Grace: 3:28
row 5k: 20:59

Qualifications

Wrestling coach for 10 years at the high school level
CPR certified
Vertises concussion trained
CF-L1 coming soon

About Matthew

I grew up in Manchester playing as many sports as I could when I was young. My father was a coach for many of my youth teams growing up. He volunteered his time to help many kids learn the benefits playing sports and exercise can have in your life. When I got older sports got harder to play because I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. the sports I loved were becoming harder to play. in high school I found a sport that was perfect for me in wrestling. I had a fantastic coach who taught me to take the good with the bad and always stay positive when things don’t go your way. These coaches when I was younger made me want to coach and teach others.

Turning Point

The turning point in my life occurred in September of 2017. I had become 60 pounds overweight and not feeling happy or healthy. I have always been the type of person who will keep putting things off and they never happen. I decided to be proactive and called my friend from high school D.J. Harris when he opened Tolland CrossFit with Trey Whitaker. He encouraged me to come in and try a class, I really enjoyed moving and working out again. I was hooked on CrossFit from the beginning not just with the fitness but the community in Tolland is very welcoming and supportive, it has changed my life for the better it can for you too.

Passion & Motivation

My passion for coaching is my love to see people succeed and over come obstacles they never thought they would overcome. I have always lived with the mindset if fall down seven times I have to get up eight times in order achieve my goals. Coaches are here to help you back up when you fall and help you understand you can’t learn if you don’t fail, it is resiliency that keeps us going when things get hard. There is no greater feeling in the world as a coach then watching someone reach their goal knowing you helped them to it

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