Member Of The Month – Neil Shearer!


Congratulations to Neil for this much deserved nomination!


Neil is not only our amazing in house photographer but also an amazing member and friend. Always smiling and always changing his hair colour to match his barbell 😉

We have all known Neil for a long time and we have recently noticed a massive improvement in his athletic ability but also in himself. As you will get to read below, Neil is a massive inspiration and also an integral part of our community and squad!

Couldn’t ask for anyone better to always turn up 5 mins late to lunchtime class 😉

M –  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

N – I’ve been doing Crossift for 4 years, starting at Qdos. I came to Crossfit fresh from spending 10 years training Capoeira (look it up) so it was a huge change for me. I had some transferable skills, mainly flexibility anything involving being upside down!

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

N – I’m almost exclusively a lunchtime crew member, I work from home and i’m very lucky that it is approx 1 mile door to door! I can leave my desk at 11.50 and still (almost always) make it on time for the class! I trained once at a morning class… it wasn’t for me! We have such an awesome vibe during the midday classes and I wouldn’t change it for anything, it doesn’t matter how good or bad your day has been going, they will always make it better!

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

N – This is a question i’ve always struggled with in the past. I’ve seen so many motivating and inspiring stories coming from our other members, but my answer is far more mundane! I do it because I have to. Without the release I get from crossfit I would go probably lose my mind. During that one hour a day I can totally switch off from work and it just hits the reset button. I feel calmer and happier after it, at least I do when I’ve picked myself up off the floor…

I’ve got an addictive personality which means that for better or worse when I find something I love, I will throw myself into it completely. As (some of ) you know I gave up drinking about 18 months ago, that was also something I loved a little too much and it was having a terrible effect on my physical and mental health. Since then my goals have changed, I don’t plan too far ahead and just take each day as it comes. I’m never going to be the strongest or fastest but I am always striving to improve, and the support that every single member gives out, whether deliberate or not, is what keeps me going every time!

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?

N – Just come along and give it a try, the worst that can happen is nothing. You might just make some great friends and get fitter, you might find you have a real passion for it. But you’ll never know if you don’t try…

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

N – My biggest achievements came repeatedly during Hero month. Seeing Joycey, Claire and Alan pushing themselves so hard for their causes inspired me to push myself harder and dig deeper than I ever thought possible. I surprised myself by completing a lot of the workouts RX, which was a huge step up for me as I am usually firmly in the ‘B’ category when it comes to scaling the WODs!

I am most proud of the everyday little acheivements, increasing my PBs (slowly), doing an extra rep or two before dropping the bar in a workout, or pushing myself for that final sprint finish at the end of a grim workout! Its these things that always make me leave the gym with a smile on my face and a sense of achievement.

I am so happy to be a part of this gym and everyone who comes to visit is amazed by the atmosphere and community spirit. I am constantly in awe of the amazing work that Em and the team are doing. And there is nothing I would change! (except muscle ups… I’d like to be better at them…) 🙂