- USAW Level 1 Coach
I’m Mathew Laureano but I typically go by “Matty” because of reasons that I honestly can’t remember.
I’m originally from Puerto Rico and I’ve lived in Ames for about a decade now. I originally got in to Oly Lifting after an injury back when I used to do CrossFit and I just stuck with it ever since.
After 3-4 years of lifting with Ames Strength I had the chance to get my USAW level 1 certification and I went for it mostly because I wanted to learn more about weightlifting. “Accidentally” I started coaching people to help here and there and I got better at it and lifting at the same time. I guess, it’s been a way of me giving back to a sport that I’ve really enjoyed and participated in for the past 4-5 years. What I enjoy the most about it is the fact that there is always room for improvement, and me being and engineer, I always like to improve things.
Aside from lifting I’m typically in a lab trying to get through grad school because I’m a nerd at heart. If not that I’ll be doing judo, playing bass guitar, or the occasional Metcon when I’m dragged in to doing one because I don’t know how to CrossFit anymore.