It’s parked on the corner of Boylston and Arlington streets, at the southwest border of Boston’s Public Gardens. Every Spring through every Fall, the Original Boston Frosty truck serves up ice cream, hot dogs and all sorts of other guilty pleasures to residents, college students and tourists.
We met him at the truck on one of those gorgeous Spring days in Boston. The kind of day that has you believe putting up with the snow, wind chills and the misery of winter, all seem worthwhile.
Matt Dexter was working the Original Boston Frosty. That’s where we found him.
Athletes are everywhere.
Matt grew up in Winchester, a suburb just north of the city. He comes from a family of athletes. Dad was a tennis pro, Mom a swimmer at St. John’s University. His two sisters played Division 1 soccer; K.C. at LSU, Ally at Boston University.
Growing up Matt played Little League, soccer and hockey. He went on to Belmont Hill of the Independent School League where he played soccer, hockey and golf and it’s where he discovered his love for fitness. Staying in shape, staying strong. Always. It was his future.
Matt continued his education at BU where he played club hockey and club golf but most importantly, it’s where he began training with Mike Boyle, the school’s strength coach and family friend. His future took root with Mike but like many of us his life took a detour after graduation. He played competitive golf for a time and worked in finance and accounting but none of it was enough. He needed to get to it, to the training and to the fitness. So Matt reconnected with Mike, entered the Internship Program at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning (MBSC) and began his path to becoming a strength coach. His future was now.
MBSC had become arguably the most prominent name in strength and conditioning and as one of their coaches Matt had the opportunity to work with athletes, young and old, individuals and groups. He learned when to push and when to back off. He became a Certified Functional Strength Coach and a Functional Movement Systems Specialist. He’s Kettlebell Certified and can teach the Ultimate Fitness Experience, HIIT Group Training. He was ready. It was time for his own thing.
In September of 2016, Matt and his partner, Danny Cooper launched their business, CodeX Strength, a fitness and performance facility on the South Shore of Massachusetts. They focus on building strength through functional movement, on training athletes of all fitness levels, on rehabbing injuries and on groups and individuals. They believe a client’s success is a partnership; one based on a custom program and a trusting client/coach relationship, one they call, training for life.
Matt once told us he believes there’s an athlete in everyone. Maybe they’re at your favorite café, sitting in the cubicle next to you or cutting your hair. Or maybe even in your favorite ice cream truck. They’re athletes. And they’re everywhere.
Check out Matt and Danny and the great work they’re doing at www.codexstrength.com