December Athlete of the Month
I’m Matt Titman, 26 years old, born and raised in Bowie MD, and I’m currently a police officer for the City of Bowie Police Department.
I’ve been playing sports as long as I can remember. Growing up, my best friends were a family of 5 boys, so I was always playing football, soccer, baseball, basketball, etc. Eventually, I settled on soccer and played for my beloved Bishop McNamara High School and a travel team. I then attended the University of Maryland where I won multiple intramural soccer championships and even trained with the women’s varsity soccer team. During my senior year at UMD, I played on the rugby team, where we won the Atlantic Coast Rugby League and went to the Division 1 National Sweet 16. After college, I joined Rocky Gorge Rugby Football Club, which has won two national championships in the past four years.
I started Crossfit in February 2014 while looking to get back into rugby shape after my first shoulder surgery. I had driven past Crofton Crossfit for years wondering about it, and I finally decided to just walk in and see what was up. I loved every second I spent at the gym and made huge improvements in just 6 months. Unfortunately, in September 2014, I separated my shoulder again and needed another surgery. It was hard to lose all of my progress and I hated every second of my recovery, plus my rugby days were over.
As soon as my doctor gave the go-ahead in January 2015, I was back in the gym. One of my favorite moments of this year was competing in the Crossfit Open scaled division. I had only been training for about a month, but I worked really hard and ended up finishing 49th in the Mid Atlantic. Since then, I have done two more competitions, and I can’t wait for the next one. I look forward to my time at the gym and love hitting new PRs on benchmarks or lifts. My goals are simply to work hard and improve my skills.
Thanks to all the coaches and people who have helped motivate me along the way!