April showers bring May flowers AND a new Athlete of the Month! Everyone meet Matthew Germscheid who might be winning the award for funniest AOTM interview along with being Mr. April. When he’s not in the gym, he’s making the best of what Michigan’s got to offer: biking, beaches, and brews!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m just a guy trying to make a good life for himself and his cat.  His name is Zucchini and he will bite you.

How long have you been with CrossFit Tides and what made you decide to start? 

I’ve been at Tides almost three and a half years.  I did it to get out of the house because otherwise I’d just play video games and drink beer.  I still do that but way less now.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD? 

My brain didn’t work so I didn’t have thoughts.  It is the same after workouts today.  Just heavy breathing and sweat angels on the floor.

What do you enjoy most about Tides or CrossFit in general?  

All I have to do is show up and someone else figures out how to beat me up.  

What have you learned since joining Tides?  

How to actually lift weights properly.  Also, wall balls and my hatred of wall balls. 

What is your proudest moment?  

It’ll be when I get a muscle up.  Someday….

How have you seen yourself change- mentally and physically since joining Tides? What impact has CFT had on you in and out of the gym?  

I feel better and stronger at 36 than I did at 26.  

When you’re not CrossFitting what is your favorite thing to do?

I like to procrastinate on my house work by doing anything other than housework.  I like riding my bike around town and to the beach. I also love to play guitar and pretend I don’t suck at guitar.

The one tip you’d give someone who is thinking about starting or just started?  

There’s no shame in doing less weight.  You’re going to want to be able to walk down stairs for the next three days.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Vegetarian Taco Bell is better than Taco Bell with meat.  I will die on this hill.

Quick Questions

Favorite Cheat Meal: 

A large pizza and about 14 beers

Favorite Musician/Band:

Don’t make me choose.  I’ll just say Wheeler Walker Jr. because he’s hilarious.

Favorite Sports Team:

FC Union Berlin.  I miss Berlin.  

Favorite TV Show/ Movie: 

Air Bud: Golden Receiver

Favorite Athlete: 

Buddy, the dog in Air Bud: Golden Receiver


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