Member(s) Of The Month!
As we have so many incredible members who deserve recognition we have decided to do a male and female member of the month each month going forward.
We are starting with this incredible husband and wife due, Chris and Rach!
Congratulations to the both of you. 🙂
It was an easy decision for the team to make. These guys are a massive part of M Squared and it just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Chris is literally everyones best mate and the nicest guy you will ever meet. He also just passed his CrossFit Level 1 with flying colours so hopefully in the future (work and family commitments permitting) we can get him interning with us.
Chris also did an amazing job organising the CrossFit Open teams where we all had a brilliant time and made what could be a stressful time for some so much more enjoyable.
Always up for a laugh and taking one for the team. Brightens our day every time he is around! I mean these picture say it all 😂 This was a fancy dress team comp. Chris was a swimmer and Rach a superhero.
Rach probably doesn’t know this as she is so humble and not as confident as she should be, but not only is she is my current “girl crush” with her cool style, look and outfits always perfectly coordinated BUT more importantly she is showing herself to be an amazing athlete and inspirational coach. 😍
Rach who is already a qualified crossFit level 1 coach, recently started coaching the Mum and Baby class and is doing an incredible job. Rach you are such an inspiration to these ladies as they look at you and want to be as athletic, positive and have your incredible body….I mean who doesn’t. 🤷🏻♀️
Not only are these two super lovey people, awesome athletes but they also juggle family and work life and get the balance just right. #RelationshipGoals
Read their stories below…..Oh they are massive CrossFit Wankers and love to talk CrossFit so its a long one , but a good one hahaha! 😉
M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?
C – I have been doing CrossFit for about 3 years and at M Squared for just over 6 months. Before CrossFit I trained in a strength and conditioning gym for about 3 years and had thought I was fit – turns out I was wrong. Before the S&C gym I trained in a globo gym for about a year and also thought then that I was fit (so, SO wrong).
R– 2 years… but before that I had a year of Chris banging on about CrossFit. I’ve been at M Squared just over 6 months.
M– I would say you are both more of a morning crew athlete and occasional lunchtime. Does that just work for your lifestyle or do you prefer to train first thing?
C– I think I probably train more lunchtimes than mornings because I work at home a lot and take a gym break as my (extended!) lunch hour. I usually stay with the kids and make breakfast in the mornings while Rach does the 6:30am class (and I go to the early class myself if Rach is on a rest day and I am busy later on).
Neither of us tend to train in the evenings (apart from one of us will go to weightlifting on a Wednesday) because we have dinner with the kids and then both end up putting them to bed…but also I like to get my RomWod on and stretch in the evenings rather than train anyway. Never really doing evening classes means there are some people I don’t get to train with much (and some people I still haven’t even met) but because of the weekend classes and the stuff M Squared does beyond just classes I still feel like we are one big really fit family.
R– Because we have kids we rarely get to train together. Morning and lunchtime work for us because as anyone with small children will know, the hours of 5-8pm are a challenging part of the day. When I first started training, the youngest was waking for a feed around 5am – he’d go back to sleep but I’d be wide awake, so it was easy to just go to the gym. Now I am accustomed to it and I am much more motivated to train in the morning, it sets me up for the day, and I like not knowing what the WOD will be. The other reason is the morning crew who are of course the most hardcore athletes in the gym! You get used to training with the same gang – and how better to bond with new people than in the freezing cold having just rolled out of bed 15 minutes before?!
M– On that note what is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day? Do you have goals you want to achieve?
C– My big goal is to get better at CrossFit and I have thought quite a lot this year about what that actually means. Looking back at my time at my old CrossFit gym I can recognise that I had an ego issue. I wanted to be ‘better’ than other people and lift heavy and RX everything and finish in the top 2 or 3 on the board every day. What that turned into was chasing heavy weights and fast times without taking the time to practice technique or really caring about form. E.g. I could do a bar muscle up – like, the ugliest BMU you’ve ever seen, but I could do it – so when BMUs came up I did them ugly. And surprise surprise, my BMUs stayed ugly.
My attitude has changed since I came to M Squared…not just because there are plenty of guys to kick my ass on the board everyday(!) but also because of the focus on good movement. There was one Thursday morning class I did with Em at some point over the winter when we were practicing BMUs in the skill and after seeing me horribly chicken wing a couple she suggested I use a band. I felt that pang of ego again and a little voice inside said I shouldn’t have to use a band because I could already do BMUs. Obviously, that little voice was an idiot and obviously Em was right and after like 20 minutes of work with a band my BMUs started to look better (though still far from perfect)! Most importantly I started to really care about how I performed a BMU, not just whether I could – and I wanted to get better. And I still want to get better. And now that means not ‘better’ than someone else, it means improving on where I am now.
R– I really believe in CrossFit. I want to live a long, happy and healthy life and I 100% feel that CrossFit will help me and my family achieve that. However I do find it very challenging – physically and mentally – and often during a workout I have that little voice in my head telling me to stop and never go back! But I always feel so good when I’m finished and I think the social and competitive nature of CrossFit is what keeps me coming back for more. It is a shared interest for me and Chris and we even went to Madison to watch The Games last year. Our daughter does CrossFit Kids and we have made loads of friends through our involvement in CrossFit.
I have lots of short term goals but since I have started coaching postnatal classes it has made me think more about longevity, and how I should train a bit smarter. I have issues with my core and pelvic floor, and also shin splints from running and plyo movements. For a long time I have ignored them and hoped they would just magically get better but I’m now trying to actually make changes and do some more focused rehab work.
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?
C– The sooner you start CrossFit the sooner you will realise how stupid you sounded that time you said you weren’t fit enough to start CrossFit. This is the most fun you can have doing exercise and you will get super fit. And yes it is hard, but it is supposed to be hard and ‘hard’ means something different for everyone. Maybe ‘hard’ is trying to squat an empty bar below parallel but that is totally cool and the guys and girls squatting crazy weight in the racks next to you will be as happy to see you hit a PB as they would be to hit a PB themselves. Also, those same guys and girls probably started off squatting an empty bar too and just look at them now! Most importantly, if you are going to start CrossFit, start it at M Squared, right? Join the family.
R– I started CrossFit when my son was 10 months old, having had 2 children in less than 2 years. I was tired and a bit broken. I didn’t have a background of fitness or being particularly good at anything sporty. And it was very nerve racking going into the Box the first few times. But every CrossFit Box I have ever been to has been super friendly and welcoming, and you soon come to realise that there is a really diverse range of abilities in each class. I love that everyone does the same workout, just scaling movements according to their capabilities. As I mentioned previously I struggle with running and jumping, so I scale (it’s no big deal) and I get as good a workout as those doing it “as prescribed” because I work to the best of my ability right now. And CrossFit is a great leveller – there may be something you’re good at, but there will also be something else you struggle with – and that’s true of everyone, even the top athletes in the world.
There are loads of Boxes around so I’d advise anyone new to CrossFit to try some out (most offer free taster sessions) and find one that suits them. What I love about M Squared aside from the friendliness is that Em and all the coaches care about every individual’s progress and goals, and we all share in each other’s achievements. The coaching is second to none and the Box is well equipped and stylish. What more could you want?
M– What is your biggest achievement so far in CrossFit and what are you most proud of?
C– On my ‘move better’ quest I took my L1 in March and I am proud to have done that. Spending those 2 days learning about how we move and how to make improvements has motivated me to focus on doing the small things well and start dedicating time to working on my weaknesses. Another highlight is when I got my first ring muscle up at our Friday Night Lights during the Open. That was such a cool experience with a great atmosphere in the gym and the whole team cheering me on. I feel very proud and grateful to be a member of our special little community. My next great achievement will be programming a MOTM WoD that crushes you guys!
R– My biggest CrossFit achievement is definitely becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and starting to coach the Mum & Baby class here at M Squared. I am really passionate about supporting pregnant and postnatal women to train in a way that keeps them safe and sets them up for lifelong fitness. Another massive achievement was coming 2nd in the first M Squared ‘FeMale’ scaled pairs competition in January, after only agreeing to do it 48 hours before. I think I surprised myself in how I was able to dig deep and push myself, and it has definitely made me work harder in the daily WODs now I know I have it in me. But mostly I’m just proud of my small achievements – things like learning to do a handstand or climb a rope. I’d never done anything like that in my life before and it’s those small things that have meant the most.
M – Thanks guys. Looking forward to doing your MOTM Wod’s.