December Athlete Spotlight: Matt Perilli


Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc). 

I was born and raised in Hamilton NJ. My wife (and fellow crossfitter), Toni, and I moved to Newtown about seven years ago. I have a two children, which you may have seen at the box either running around talking non-stop (Sloane) or eating piles of snacks from his stroller (Theo).

I graduated from Rutgers University where I studied criminal justice and went on to receive an MBA from Rider University after deciding to take make career in a different direction. I currently work in finance as a financial analyst but have been in a number different finance roles over the years.

Way way back.. In a galaxy far far away… when I had more free time, before children, work, and responsibilities, I used to enjoy playing golf; however, these days, I’m lucky if I make it out once a season. My game is so bad at this point that I’m really not too eager to get out there anyway. Instead, I take any opportunity I can to go fishing. I can’t say that I catch all that much but it’s a good way to clear your head and de-stress. Most of all, I enjoy spending time down the beach with my family. My mom has a home in LBI and we try to get down there as much as possible once the weather starts to warm up.


My favorite book or movie: 

I read boring finance stuff and stare at a computer screen all day. By the time I get home my brain is usually scrambled so it’s been a while since I read a good book. I recently purchased a book called The River based on a recommendation but it’s been sitting on my nightstand unopened. I’ll get around to it at some point.


My favorite movies:

To name a few are Jaws, 50% of the Rocky movies, and Idiocracy. I also just watched Rookie of the Year on Disney plus for the first time in like 20 years and it’s still hilarious.


My favorite local restaurant:

Hands down Toscano’s in Bordentown. Try the gnocchi osso buco and your life will be changed.


Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:

As if going to graduate school part time while working full time for three years wasn’t enough, I thought I would punish my family even more by enrolling in the CFA program. It’s basically a three part finance test that consumes all of your free time and puts stress on everyone in your life for a minimum of three years! Passing all three levels was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life but I’m glad it’s over. I could not have done it without all of the support of my family.

How I was introduced to CrossFit:

Toni introduced me to CrossFit over 5 years ago. She had been going for a little while and loved it. She had asked me to go a bunch of times but I was set in my routine and really didn’t care much of what she had to say about it. I finally went and have been hooked ever since.

My fitness routine before CrossFit: 

Monday legs / Tuesday chest and triceps / Wednesday back and biceps / Thursday shoulders / Friday through Sunday drink beers

My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout: 

It’s been a long time but if I had to guess I probably laid on the ground on my back with my arm propping my head up much like I still do today.

My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is: 

It’s hard to name one but I have been CrossFitting for over five years and still feel like I’m getting in better shape. I’m certainly not getting any younger but I’m still hitting PR’s, which is typically not how it works with most sports.

My favorite WOD is: 

Probably Annie. My double unders are pretty solid and I can move through the sit-ups quickly so it’s a decent workout for me.

My Favorite Lift is: 

Power clean

My next goal is:

Amanda Rx’d

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym? 

CrossFit transfers very well to a lot of other sports and activities. I recently took some boxing classes and although my boxing skills weren’t exactly top notch, I was able to get through the conditioning portions better than most people that have been doing it for years. I also play flag football on occasion and while others are gassed after a few minutes, I’m typically not even breaking a sweat. Most importantly I just feel healthier and have more energy.

What I love most about CrossFit Newtown: 

It has to be the members and the community. Over the years you get to meet a lot of great people and it gives you one more reason to get off the couch and go workout. Can’t forget about the coaches. Great job guys! Even though you like to break my chops about being late to class (when I’m not.. that’s Toni).

What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown: 

Don’t focus too much on what scores other people are getting and focus more on going in and getting an awesome workout. Every day you will be in a little bit better shape than you were the day before and you will definitely see improvements over time.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice: 

I try not to be too restrictive with my diet. If you are then you won’t be able to maintain it for the long run. I try to keep it simple… lean protein, carbohydrate (potato, rice, etc.), and veggie with every meal without adding cheese or sauces. I’ve fallen off the rails lately so take this with a grain of salt or half an ice-cream cake like me.


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