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Member Of The Month – Karl Szekely

 

Congratulations on being our male member of the month.

 

Karl is such an amazing guy and everyone at the gym loves him. We recently all surprised him at Nando’s for his birthday meal which I think he was pretty shocked at.

 

Karl is always smiling and so easy to talk to. He has improved so much it’s crazy. His technique and positions are great…..if only we could catch him actually in action when we film the wods 😉

Not only is Karl an amazing person on his own, but as a team he and his amazing girlfriend Kayleigh are absolute couple goals! The support they give each other is outstanding and it makes me so happy to see. This is one of my favourite pictures ever captured at M Squared!

Well enough from me, lets hear from the main man himself and his journey so far!

M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?

K – Just over a year now..took a while for Kayleigh to convince me to give it a whirl!

 

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

K – I’m part of the 5 o’clock crew during the week. It started out of convenience at first. I finish work at 4 then get on the motorway and try and get in before the class starts. I eventually made a load of friends there so there is no other class time I’d rather be in! That, and I have to make sure Rick Ellis isn’t sandbagging in my absence 😉 I also try and make the Saturday and Sunday class (real life permitting) because they tend to be a partner work out which I love.

 

M – What is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day? Do you have goals you want to achieve?
K –  So this will come as a shock to many, but I’m not a naturally gifted physical athlete haha (#teamdadbod).
I’ve always been a bit of a nerd and would spend all of my free time at a computer or out drinking. My diet of pizza, Doritos and Carling eventually started to take it’s toll on me mentally and physically. I started at a normal gym for a while as a way of regaining some confidence. It worked for a while but eventually I got bored when my progress started to stagnate. Around this time I met my absolute hero and now girlfriend Kayleigh. She told me she did this Crossfit stuff. At first I wasn’t convinced by it at all, but then we watched the fittest on earth on Netflix and she took me to watch the local Rainhill Trials comp and I was blown away by it all. So I started doing it and it didn’t take me long to get hooked. I guess my why changed over the years. When I started to work out I just wanted to look better and be doing something constructive. Now, with crossfit I’m always chasing something. There is always something I can be getting better at or something new to learn. It’s kind of ignited a competitive side of me I didn’t know i had..It’s not so much about competing against other people, but about competing against my self and proving that I can lift that clean or I can survive that endurance class..😆 I’ve set my sights on competing at RX as my next big goal. I have a fair bit to improve until then but I’m going to keep grinding until I’m there 💪
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?

K – Everything is scaleable. If someone like me can do it anyone can! The coaches are amazing. They won’t allow you to do anything until they’re confident you can do it right. No-one is ready when they start, Crossfit is so varied that everyone will discover they have strengths and weaknesses and the best way is to just get invovled and do it. 
M –  What is your biggest achievement so far in CrossFit and what are you most proud of?

K – I want to say it’s one of my lifting PB’s but in truth there are so many things I feel like I have achieved over the last 12 month’s. Surviving my first comp in Jan, doing my first wod’s RX, and starting to get my double unders when I couldn’t even link singles at the start!But honestly the thing I’m most proud of is my confidence which has rocketed since joining M Squared. I’m one of those people that gets inside their own head sometimes but it’s hard not to believe in yourself when everyone around you tells you that you got this. I’m so proud to be a part of this community and honestly that’s what this is all about!

M – Great answers and thank so much Karl. Keep doing what you do as we are all so proud of you! 🙂

Karl and his little family!