Member Of The Month – Louise Goss
Congratulation lou on being our female member of the month.
Lou is just one of those people who you cant help but love. She is so friendly, glamourous (How you always look perfect after a WOD is beyond me) and always smiling. Always happy to chat and makes everyone feel welcome. Lou is hilarious and cracks us up on a daily basis. Im not even sure she nows how funny she is 😊
Lou has also put in the hard work and dedication and always wants to get better. Lou has had 1-1 sessions for technique and is always in practicing in her own time.
Lou’s progress already is brilliant and we cant wait to see what she is capable of in the coming months. 😊
Let’s hear her story and journey so far at M Squared.
M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?
L – I have been doing CrossFit for about 2 years now. I first started out at another smaller CrossFit gym that my husband introduced me to, and was there for almost a year. It was brutal but I loved it and felt part of something special. As I started getting into it, I went to my first competition at M Squared and I really loved the vibe at M Squared. I was used to a smaller gym with not a lot of room, but the space here was massive and people could throw their weights about and the whole place was just buzzing! The girls here were so hardcore and at another level and I just knew I just wanted to join up. Seeing a female gym owner bossing it and owing her own successful gym, it felt like girl power and I wanted in. It was very inspiring. I was sad to leave my other box, but it was such a good decision and I have progressed so much since joining. The facilities, classes and coaches are amazing and have such a wealth of knowledge. When your wanting to get fit, its important to look for coaches that actually look the part and know their stuff. The coaching team at M Squared are the best I have come across and between them, they have achieved amazing things in the fitness world.
M – What class time do you normally attend and why does that work for you?
L – Being a mum and working 37 hours a week, I am a bit all over the place and so I don’t really attend a specific class time. What I like about M Squared is that there are classes all throughout the day to suit anyone and so I just drop into one that suits me on the day. I normally come about 5 times a week, and I just slot in when I want to. The good thing about this is, is that I have met so many people and know near enough everyone now 😊 Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
M – What is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day? Do you have goals you want to achieve?
L – I have thought about this a lot recently, why I like CrossFit and why I keep doing these brutal workouts and I suppose the reason why is because I feel like I am finally doing something for myself. I was never a sporty person or good at anything. When my son was 6, I started going to the gym a bit and doing Insanity! I liked the fast pace and it made me feel good about myself. I was always a smoker and when I was pregnant, I gave up, but afterwards I started smoking again. It started out at weekends and when I was going out but then I was smoking all the time again! When I started CrossFit I knew there was no was no way I could get seriously fit and continue to smoke and so I finally stopped. It felt so amazing to feel so healthy and I was being a better role model for my son. When I moved across to M Squared I decided I wanted to run a Marathon, because during my time doing CrossFit I found out that I was quite good at running. I can honestly say that If I hadn’t had the fitness level from CrossFit I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I felt so motivated because of all my training at M Squared , I was in such a good state of mind. I knew I was going to succeed. During the training I ran my first half Marathon in 1 hour 53 mins and I was thrilled with my first Marathon time of 4 hours 10 mins. The feeling of being able to complete something as challenging as a Marathon has really spurred me on. I am not a very confident person and I have trouble believing in myself but I am working on it and with the help of CrossFit and all the coaches I am getting there! So I think my “why” is because it makes me feel good about myself, and I like this new healthy me. I’m 37 I am not getting any younger but I feel better now than I have ever felt and I am the fittest I have been in my life. I want to get even fitter and prove to myself I can do whatever I set my mind on. I have never been around so many positive people before and it is so refreshing. They make you believe you can do anything. I have never had a proper hobby before and now I feel I have found something of my own, and I think it is important to spend time on yourself, on something you enjoy doing.
I find all the cardio stuff a lot easier than the weights, I have a good squat, but I have a lot of weak areas such as overhead strength and I can’t do pull ups yet, but I will get there. My goals for this year are to get pullups, strict and kipping and to get 50kg overhead, and to be cleaning over 50kg comfortably and with good technique.
M – What advice would you give?
L – I cannot express how grateful I am for CrossFit, what it has given me and how it has made me feel. It’s more than just going to the gym. It’s a way of life, a community and friendship. This is a random group of people from all walks of life working out together and unless you try it, you will never know or understand how amazing it is. It’s life changing and you will never look back. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, what you look like, what you do, everyone is welcome and it is so inclusive. I think everyone should do CrossFit. Doing new things can be scary and believe me I am the biggest s**t bag ever, but don’t let feeling nervous or unfit stop you. If you can take the first step and just show up you won’t regret it.
M – What’s your biggest achievement in CrossFit so far?
L – It might not seem like a big deal to anyone else but finally cleaning 50kg was a massive achievement for me because I have struggled with cleans for a long time. I struggle keeping my arms straight and it’s a technically difficult movement for me. I feel like I am starting to get there with the technique now and with some more practice I will get more weight on that bar!
Also finally got double unders now, which took almost 2 years! I might not get pick things up the fastest, but I don’t quit 😊
I was chuffed with my 75kg Squat and feel like with consistent squatting I could easily achieve 80kg in the next few months.
M – Thanks Lou. You are doing amazing and going from strength to strength. Your attitude and positivity is what everyone should aspire too. 😊