James ‘Matt’ Doss

James ‘Matt’ Doss is our March spotlight of the month. Matt is a regular at the 4 pm class and has developed a strong relationship with his coaches and classmates. Matt is married with Laura for 27 years, with son Mike (24), daughter Maggie (21), Sarah (19) and Steve (16). Maggie and Steve sometimes accompany Matt to the evening classes when they are not involved with sports. Matt served 6 years in the US Army as a Military Police Officer and has been with the Springfield Police Department for almost 20. He is extremely blessed to be living the life he has and is very thankful for all the people he has met in his life. If you do not know Matt, it is because he is very quiet by nature, comes in 4 times a week and puts in the effort, works hard, high fives his classmates and heads home. We too are thankful to know you and have enjoyed the hard work you have put in Matt. Congratulations!

1. When did you start CrossFit?

I actually started in 2016. Work forced me to stop for a while but I resumed back in July 2018. I am very happy to be back. All the coaches and athletes are awesome and I look forward to it everyday.

2. What was your first WOD at Redbird or your favorite WOD?

I can’t remember but I'm sure I nearly puked.

3. What do you do for a living?

I am a Patrol Sergeant on midnights at the Springfield Police Department.

4. What are your favorite CrossFit movements and why?

I like barbell movements and longer workouts that are mentally challenging. I love endurance events even though I'm not built for them.

5. What is your biggest accomplishment at the gym since joining Redbird?

I'm starting to get the hang of toes to bars and my strength is coming back. I like just lifting days like we did last week with front squats. I look forward to completing Murph this Memorial Day, Hero WOD Manion and John Murphy's 50th birthday WOD this year (for those who do not know the WOD yet, just ask Murphy).

6. What’s something we don’t know about you?

I love sweets, whiskey and cigars. I'm a horrible speller and I watch a lot of cooking shows.

7. What superpower would you want to possess and why?

I think it would be pretty cool to be Dr. Strange from the Avengers and protect the universe.
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