Athlete Profile

Athlete: Emily Matthews

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123 lb


Filthy 50--
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m--
Run 5k--
Clean & Jerk--
Deadlift225 lb
Back Squat215 lb
Max Pull-ups--


I currently am a dance teacher at Cortez High School in Phoenix, AZ. I have been dancing for 18 years and have only done crossfit for one of those years. I am passionate about living a healthy and clean life and do my best to teach my students to do the same.


How I Eat

I eat strict Paleo

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I don't count calories...but I do count carb intake. For the most part I follow a pretty strict paleo diet...the only exception I will make is I eat oatmeal for breakfast a couple of days a week since I can't eat eggs. I have Celiac's Disease along with dairy, egg, and corn I pretty much have no choice but to eat paleo.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I record my workouts

Since I started teaching dance full time, my workout schedule has become more and more wonky each week, but I am hoping that through the opens, I will be able to participate more regularly.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

I played professional sports

FYI: I consider a lifetime of dancing a sport.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

Unlike many others, I actually joined CrossFit to gain weight...rather than to lose weight. One year ago (before I started training) I was barely 100 pounds, and still dropping weight. I first started losing weight when I was diagnosed with a nice assortment of food allergies, and then it just kept going. I tried so many different methods to gain the weight backl; eating more, dancing less, etc...but it wasn't until I walked into Urban Warfit CrossFit when my life began to turn around. As soon as I started weight training, the weight started to pack on right away. Within the first couple of weeks, I gained back 5 pounds worth of muscle! One year later I am proud to say that I am a healthy (and solid!) 123 pounds!

My Work/Rest Schedule

I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

6-12 months