Athlete Profile

Athlete: Matthew Wiebke

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South Central
Big Easy CrossFit
CrossFit Big Easy
210 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k0:00
Clean & Jerk315 lb
Snatch245 lb
Deadlift540 lb
Back Squat425 lb
Max Pull-ups50


I'm a lifelong athlete who found CF in my mid 30s. I quickly encountered the challenge of balancing volume and intensity with the realities of being an older athlete. I suspected there might be an "efficient frontier" which optimizes intensity vs. volume for individual athletes, regardless of their goals or fitness level. I'm a bit of a math nerd so I thought I might be able to develop a data collection model and some analytics to quantify these things. The Gains Lab was born.


How I Eat

I eat whatever is convenient

I eat reasonably well, but I am not into measuring or weighing food. I avoid processed junk, but if you've got fresh baked cookies, please send them over.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I'm at Big Easy CF in New Orleans. We've got a welcoming and friendly community for athletes of all levels. I use The Gains Lab for data analysis and program structuring, and then my coach Zack DiBenedetto helps me make adjustments. Zack also helps spot movement flaws and generally smooths out the rough edges in my performance; he's the owner at Big Easy and coaches many of the classes, too.

My Athletic Background

I've played just about everything. Soccer, basketball, baseball, and lots of pickup football games were the primary activities of the first half of my life. I got pretty good at a few of these. :) Found CrossFit in 2010 and migrated to the competitive side quickly under the guidance of Nick Hawkes at CrossFit West Jax.

My Experience With CrossFit

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

I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course

I have attended one or more specialty courses

I train other people

I started at CF West Jax in 2010. Nick Hawkes introduced me and supported (or at least tolerated) my crazy ideas about competing. Later, Jeff Bryan took over CFWJ and put us in a bigger space and let me do my own thing off in the corner. I wouldn't be here without them. Eventually, I took the L1 and L2 courses, and opened my own successful affiliate for a while, which I later sold when life took me to New Orleans.

My Work/Rest Schedule

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

I typically rest fewer than 4 days per month

My training philosophy had always been: "Do the most reps in practice and you win in competition". Coaching from Zack and Analytics from the Gains Lab help me ensure that these efforts are producing the desired results.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years

I started in 2010. I started competing at the Regionals in 2012 with our team from CF West Jax.