Lockdown Member Of The Month – April 2020


Even though we’re in lockdown we figured we would still be able to issue a Member of the Month award to someone we feel is smashing it in lockdown. So our April Member of the Month award goes to the lovely Emma Hill! 


Em joined M Squared last year and she instantly became one of the family. She is such a kind, friendly, coachable and hard working lady and we loved her right away. Throughout lockdown she has been getting involved with zoom classes each day, as well as the social zooms including the quizzes and cooking classes. Not only that but she has also started coaching us in Pilates once a week and her classes are brilliant – she is a natural and focuses on movements we all need to work on that will help us with the rest of our training. She is managing to do all this while also smashing it being an amazing Mum to two little ones and she is also studying too. Oh and she moves like a dream. Absolute Super Woman!

Let’s learn a little bit more about her with a few questions…

M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?

EH – I started when my youngest was 12 weeks old, so a bit over 2 years ago. I started at a small gym and instantly fell in love with it – finally a sport where I could be proud of my thunder thighs! But I wanted better coaching and programming so moved to the wonderful M Squared in October last year, and it’s the best thing I did because I found the most supportive gym with the best coaching and the friendliest members. Right from my first drop in class I felt accepted and got given some great coaching points, and this gym has made me love it even more!

M – Have you managed to get on many zoom classes during lockdown / are you following any of the programmes we are sending out? If so how is it going?

EH – I try and plan my day around the 4.30 zoom classes because it gives me something to look forward to- which I need when looking after 2 small children all day! And I love the zoom weightlifting classes- just feels so good to have a barbell in my hands! And the coaching is obviously fantastic. I’ve been dipping in and out of the running, gymnastics and kit wods which are all great. I just wish I had more time in the day and no childcare responsibilities!

M – Tell us something positive you have learned, gained or achieved during your lockdown training so far?

EH – I’ve started teaching Pilates! I’m quite a shy person and have been nervous about starting to teach but M Squared has given me a brilliant supportive platform and all of my Pilates guinea pigs have been ace! I can’t thank you all enough for that. And I’ve managed to keep my kids and husband alive without losing the plot myself!

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

EH – It’s partly for me – I don’t have a lot of self confidence but CrossFit is slowly changing that and making me believe in myself. And it’s making me so much more body positive- everyone has their hang ups but because of what you can achieve in CrossFit it’s making me feel so proud of mine! I also need the endorphins because they help with my many moods so much!

And it’s also for my kids because I want to set them a good example. My parents were always active so it’s made me love being active and I hope to do the same for them. I’m also hyper aware having a daughter (and a son I guess) that body image is a big thing, and I want to show her that thick thighs and strong bodies are great!


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?

 EH – Just start. I was so nervous before my first class because I had no idea what I was doing, but once I got into it I loved it. The fact that it is totally scalable and there’s always something you can work on makes it so attractive. My first 6 months of classes were spent sweating, swearing and normally ignoring a crying baby and in hindsight I wasn’t ready to start lifting weights given I’d had a baby 12 weeks before, but the feeling it gave me during and after a class and how much it helped my mental health (and still does) made the longer postnatal recovery totally worth it! I felt nervous moving to M Squared because it comes across as such a great gym and there are so many amazing athletes, but just like the sport itself, it’s such an inclusive CrossFit gym and it feels like a family. So fake your confidence to get over your nerves initially and soon those nerves will disappear!

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

EH – Winning the scaled M Squared comp with the fantastic Sarah Ball! I used to be so competitive but my self doubt and lack of self confidence has slowly stamped that out of me, and competing at anything now makes me so nervous. But because it’s such a lovely and friendly comp, and I had an awesome partner (and judge- thanks Ruth McShane) I just had such a fun day and cried when we won!

M – What is the thing you are most looking forward to when the gym re-opens?

EH – Training with people! I miss the social interaction so much (especially in open gym) and it’s so much easier to sandbag workouts at home! Being in a class with other people makes me more accountable so I definitely work harder.

I can’t thank you enough for being the best coaches. And M Squared is the happiest gym. During lockdown you guys have all been fantastic, and while it’s crap that we’re not training in the gym I do feel that it has had its benefits socially and as cheesy as this sounds I think we’ll come out of this as a stronger community!

– Totally agree Em. It’s taught us all a lot and given us time to stop and think about things that mean a lot to us. Thank you for such a brilliant blog, and well done again, you should be so proud of yourself, thank you for being such an amazing, inspiring member and for all your support to M Squared. We really appreciate you!