Member Of The Month – Hannah Newbould!


Congratulations to this beaut! 🙂


Hannah has been with us a year now and the improvement in her CrossFit and confidence is amazing. Not only is she easy to coach (once she got over her fear of…..everything) but she is such a credit to M Squared. So many people think Hannah works here as she is so friendly and always talks to newbies and makes them feel welcome. Hannah tries really hard and it pays off. Recently she did a full month of Hero workouts to support her fella and the gym in raising money for charity. (Which she talks about below) Only a couple of people managed to do all the wods and Hannah made sure she did everyone. Made us super proud!

Read Hannah’s story below:

M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?

H – It’s actually my one year anniversary this month 🙂

M – What class time do you usually attend and why does that work for you?

H – I love doing the 7pm. When I first started and the gym had only just opened it was the quietest class so it helped me get used to doing crossfit. As people started to join, we quickly became a 7pm crew and I’ve just sort of stuck with it, and with them. They’re now some of my best mates and I love catching up with them every night and I love training with them. I really enjoy training at a weekend as well because you train in partners. For me, that’s my favourite type of workout and it’s a great way of meeting new people.

M – What is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day? Do you have goals you want to achieve?

H – When I first joined crossfit I’d literally tried every exercise on the planet but I could never get into doing weight training. Going into the weights bit of a gym used to be make me feel really intimidated and I used to think people were watching me, waiting to tell me I was doing it wrong to the point where I’d just walk out and be fuming with myself. A few of the guys at work did crossfit and suggested I give it a go. As soon as I did the foundations class at M Squared I knew I’d love it (Shout out to Si and Joycey for being so patient with me!). Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous as anything when I first walked into the gym but you soon realise everyone is there to help and be supportive. I guess I had no self-confidence and crossfit has really helped me with that.

M – What advice would you give anyone wanting to start CrossFit but is either unsure or nervous? We get people all the time saying they need to get fit first or they could never do what we do? Any advice for those people?

H – OMG, I can’t even tell you how nervous I was when I first walked into M Squared. It’s only the same as doing a class at the gym for the first time though. As soon as you’ve been and you’ve done it once, it’s fine. I think crossfit is so unfamiliar to a lot of people, even if you do loads of exercise there’s a lot of moves in there that push you out of your comfort zone (Rope climbs are still my fear as I hate heights!) but, at the same time, everyone is learning and all the moves are scaleable. The instructors are fab and will push you but at the same time they wouldn’t make you do anything you can’t do.

M –  What is your biggest achievement so far in Crossfit and what are you most proud of?

H – Well, May saw a few of the members raising money for charity by doing ‘Hero month’ which consisted of a hero workout every day. Hero WODs are named after fallen soldiers and they are far from easy. I wanted to support the guys as best as I could so I somehow encouraged myself to do them all. It was a hard month and by the end of it I felt like I’d been hit by a truck but it was totally worth it and I’d improved a fair amount in the process. It was amazing how the gym members came together and supported each other with it. OH! and when I got my first pull ups I could’ve cried. Major proud moment!


Thank so much Hannah and thanks for being amazing! ☺