Congrats to Matt Yee, our very first Grand Prix winner! He defeated Shelley Russell in a TBF Kingpin tiebreaker on the last day of the competition. Also, shout outs to Dan Tierney and Liz Apicella for keeping it interesting. And if you haven't heard about the Grand Prix, check out this post here.
In addition to being a beast of the rower, he's got an arm you should fear if he's not on your dodgeball team. We spoke with Matt about the competition and Throwback in general and here's what he had to say...
- Profile Name: Matt Yee
- Height: 5'10
- Weight: 165
- Age: 27
- Hometown: Bellmore, NY
- University: NYU
- Favorite Exercise: You guys have sold me on rowing!
- Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Cup or TBF Dodge
- Favorite 80s or 90s Movie: Scarface
- Favorite Throwback Jam: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Jefferson Starship
Q: What inspired you to sign up for the Grand Prix?
A: I had been traveling for work for a few months and that really threw off my routine. Lots of eating and not a lot of working out, so I wanted to kick myself back into shape. The timing worked out perfectly with the Grand Prix.
Q: How often did you attend a Throwback class throughout the contest?
A: I think I went 19 out of the 21 days of the contest.
Q: What were the biggest changes you noticed to your fitness level (strength, endurance, performance, body, etc.) since attending class almost every day?
A: I am definitely looking more toned and my rowing pace has improved. I'm still not sure I'm fully recovered so I'll get back to you on the strength and performance part.
Q: Who was your primary competition?
Dan and Shelley of course! You can find both their names of the record board and sometimes more than once. That competitive push really makes you give everything you have so you get the most out of every class.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the Grand Prix and/or Throwback?
A: For the Grand Prix, this is going to sound pretty cheesy but I made some new friends so that's pretty cool. Throwback in general, what can I say, its the most fun and simultaneously intense 45 minute workout you can get.
Q: Any advice to people who sign up for the next Grand Prix?
A: Other than definitely avoiding Dan and Shelley? Take care of yourself during it. Eat/drink well and rest. It's a grind!
Q: Any workout ideas you'd like to see incorporated? (serious or humorous)
A: The Rockafeller Plank, while I absolutely dread it, is in my opinion one of the most creative things you guys have (and that's saying a lot). I'd love to see more musical cues baked in.