Matt Dengler M.Ed, MS, RD, LDN is a former NCAA football player who has always strived to achieve optimal physical performance for athletes and himself. As a former teacher and coach for 8 years, he developed a passion for helping athletes perform at their highest levels through proper mechanics and nutrition necessities. Concurrently, he was introduced to CrossFit and was quickly addicted to the intensity and difficulties of the sport. In his pursuit of fueling his own performance, he ran into many different perspectives regarding athletic performance nutrition, but could never determine what was opinion-based and what was science-based. He knew he couldn’t be the only one in the CrossFit community who had questions regarding science-based performance nutrition. He decided to turn his curiosity into action.
He dedicated the next 8 years of his life to receiving a formal education in both physiology and nutrition. In his pursuits, he earned a Masters Degree in Sports Sciences from Wingate University, Wingate, NC (2011) and a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, (2016). He finally finished his schooling in 2017 after completion of his clinical rotations and Dietetic Internship through Winthrop University, qualifying him to become a Registered Dietitian.
Additionally, while teaching, coaching, and school at night, he found time to intern on two separate occasions with the Carolina Panthers Dietitian. He also provided nutritional services to the U.S. Olympic Swimmers at Queens University under the direction of the USOC Sports Dietitian. He acquired amazing experience working with elite athletes and learned the nutritional necessities it requires for them to perform at the highest levels.
Matt is actively working in the Charlotte, NC CrossFit/ fitness communities providing science-based nutrition information to help athletes fuel their performance and achieve their goals. He is currently working with multiple gyms in the area to not only provide accurate information but also allow athletes an opportunity to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of what is proven to work to achieve their goals.
Dengler, M. & Acquaviva, J. (2015). A comparison of game-day habits of female adolescent basketball players to non-athletes. The North Carolina Journal of the NCAAHPERD, 49, 61-73.