Meet HAWA's newest Health Coach- Matt Gloss

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HAWA wants to introduce you to our newest Health Coach Matt Gloss. Matt could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Matt and I have been in the fitness/ wellness industry for almost a decade now. After graduated from Judson University, I was unsure of my future career; eventually I decided to dive deeper into how the human body responds to exercise and complete my Masters in Exercise Physiology. Post school, my passion for helping people, working with a team, and fitness lead me to work in a medical weight loss clinic for the previous two years.

Being one that is always in need of a new challenge I decided to switch up my coaching/teaching role and dove into the world of obstacle course training as seen on NBC's American Ninja Warrior. While I thought I was in shape, I was extremely humbled to find out that my failing is the best way to teach yourself to accomplish a goal.

Coaching/teaching through obstacle training has quickly become a passion of mine. I enjoy the challenge and failure of trying to complete new obstacles and courses; but the real joy is when others complete a new obstacle for the first time. After I am done coaching aspiring ninjas and being one myself; I like to try and think I can still play soccer competitively, keep up with my daughter, our new dog, travel the world and still be in bed by 9:30 p.m.

1. Ninja Warrior training sounds like a great workout-would you recommend this style of training to others?

I would absolutely recommend obstacle training to others. While it might seem daunting at first, once you complete that first obstacle it will have you coming back for more. I’ve seen countless clients (moms, dads, bodybuilders, the everyday gym goers) say they can’t do any of it, only to find out with the correct coaching and practice they can accomplish almost any obstacle.

2. How does Ninja Warrior training continue to challenge you?

I continue to be challenged every day- as I can I walk into my gym there can be a new obstacle set up. People in the ninja community are always thinking of new ways to challenge their peers by creating new obstacles. New courses can be thought of on the fly, time challenges can be inserted and team challenges are all ways obstacle training can challenge you. Not only am I physically challenged each day but mentally as well because if you do not commit fully to a obstacle or course run then you are destined to fail.

3. What is your favorite obstacle/activity to do and why?

My favorite obstacle/ move would have to be a lache. That is where you are transitioning and throwing yourself from bar to bar. I love laches in that you almost feel that you are flying through the air and are almost weightless.

4. What are the 3 keys to success when starting a new health and fitness program/routine?

 1. Patience 

 2. Consistently 

 3. Don’t feel that you have to be perfect/ give yourself credit

Now a few fun questions-

5. How do you reward yourself?

I reward myself by researching new cuisines, restaurants, and planning a surprise night to take my fiance and daughter, out for what could be an unusual/ new experience with food.

6. What is your favorite motivational quote? Why?

“We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw

7. If you could only eat 2 foods for the rest of your life what would you pick?

If I had to choose two foods one would definitely be tacos. The other is a difficult decision but I do love eggs. And NOT just for breakfast.

8. What is your favorite sports team? Why?

My favorite team would have to be Arsenal FC out of England. Soccer is my favorite sport not only to play but watch as well. When I was younger all my friends were fans of another team called Manchester United and I did not want to follow the crowd and decided to follow another rival.

9. Are you a night owl or an early bird? Why?

In my younger years I used to be a night owl and stay up past midnight every night. For the past 3-4 years I have become an early bird. Getting up early allows me to prepare for the day without any distractions from social media and my family. I also tend to be much more productive and get a lot more done early in the morning.