Running into Summer with Coach Matt Meyer from Mile High Run Club
Run, don’t walk into the final week of the challenge. This week we caught up with MHRC Coach, Matt Meyer. Find out how he stays motivated to be in his best shape.
What’s your biggest motivation to get into shape?
I remember waking up one morning after a long night of bartending, walking into the bathroom and looking into the mirror. It wasn’t that I didn’t like what I saw, it was that I didn’t like where my life was. I felt like there was no direction and I was powerless over where things were going. Fast forward two years and now fitness is at the core of my life. For me, knowing that I have that power over my life again is the biggest motivation. Now when I wake up, I have goals and a roadmap of how I’m going to achieve them. Fitness and health are more than just tasks to check off in your day, it a viewpoint and a lifestyle.
How do you create new routines so your clients are always trying something new?
Well, I’m always my own best guinea pig. Since I get bored with repetitive workouts, and I know clients do too, I’m always trying out new routines on the treadmill, or reformatting my own outdoor workouts for class. I would never ask a client to do something that I’m not willing to do myself.
What’s your favorite part about the warmer weather?
Beach runs! Since all of my sports are outdoor (running, cycling and swimming), summer is the perfect time to train and the beach is the place you can get all three! You can catch me at least once a week either running or riding down the Rockaways.
How did you figure out you wanted to become a trainer at Mile High Run Club?
I was stuck downtown one day, waiting for meet a friend for a movie and I had time to wait. Opened up my phone to see what was around me, saw this place called Mile High Run Club and figured I’d give it a try. One class and I was hooked. The mix of the hard training and amazing music was incredible. I remember getting out of class and immediately calling my girlfriend, “Honey, I found the perfect place. I’m going to work there someday.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?
RECOVERY! Since I’m always on that New York grind while I’m working I take my recovery days seriously. Nothing like a morning yoga class, compression boots and relaxing in the park with my dog!
If you had the choice, what would your go-to meal be?
Oh that’s a tough one. I’m a breakfast guy. Bacon, eggs, home fries, avocado, grapefruit, toast and coffee. I think I could eat that every day.
What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?
Knowing that you CAN do hard things! Its challenging while you’re in it, but once you’re done you can look back and see just how powerful you are. That feeling never gets old for me.