Featured Athlete: Matthew Neal
My name is Matthew Neal and I am 27 years old. I was born and raised outside of Detroit Michigan and moved to Lumberton Texas in December of 2014. I’m married to my beautiful wife Danielle and she is pregnant with our first child.
I have played just about every sport growing up, but my passions were lacrosse and hockey. I played both at a small division 3 school called Adrian College. I graduated in December of 2014 with a Criminal Justice degree. I attended the police academy that January and began my career with Hardin County in September of that year. I have since worked a year with Hardin County and two years with Lumberton Pd. In January I began a new opportunity with Beaumont Pd.
I began CrossFit in the middle of 2017 and would just go through the motions. I would only come two or three days a week and was not taking my health serious. I saw a picture of myself and realized how big I actually got. In December 2018 I weighed 238 lbs and now down to 198 lbs. I have to give a tremendous amount of credit to the coaches at CFL who’ve spent countless amount of time working with me to obtain new skills and pushing me every day. It’s truly a family environment with no judgements. To those on the bubble about CrossFit the only thing I can tell you is give it a true, honest chance you will not regret it!