Member Of The Month – January 2020


Our January Member of the Month award goes to Will Tobin – our first 2020 MOTM. I think everyone will agree that there is not a bad word you could say about Will and I don’t think anyone could disagree about him winning this award.

Will (one part of “The Hockey Boys”) is one of the loveliest, kindest, most genuine, politest guys you could meet, he says thank you at the end of every class, listens when you correct and advise him during training, supports others both in training and at competitions, and not only that but he is such a grafter and works so hard to improve all the time. He is a pleasure to coach and he always listens and works on his weaknesses. And we are watching him progressively gain more confidence in his own ability also. He is also a mega Hockey Player having played internationally, and also Winning the National Cup last year with his team, and he fits his CrossFit training in with his Hockey Training which both go hand in hand.

Lets learn a little bit more about him with a few questions…

M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?      

WT – My first class was in September 2018, so I’ve been doing CrossFit (practically non-stop) for roughly 16 months now. In reflection I can’t believe I’ve been doing it this long, but you know how the saying goes… ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’.

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

WT – I’ve notoriously been a member of the 7 o’clock crew as this just ties in best with my working hours. I’ve flirted with the occasional 6:30am and open gym ahead of work in the past, but I quickly realised getting up that early to get out of breath wasn’t for me. I’m also a regular weightlifter on Wednesday’s and an avid Boot Camper and Team Trainer on Thursday’s. I love these sessions as they provide a slightly different stimulus as well as giving me the chance to catch up and workout with friends I otherwise miss seeing during the start of the week.

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

WT – For me, my why for starting CrossFit couldn’t be any further away from why I keep coming back. I was a little lost in life and was struggling with low self esteem derived from an eating problem that had regrettably controlled my life for the past 3 years. I needed something that I could focus on and something I could look forward to. I needed that one hour a day where I could numb my mind, get lost in the class and the have chance to be whoever I wanted to be.

Fast forward 16 months and my why is no longer trying to escape the real world. My why and the ongoing goal for me has become the pursuit of better; to become stronger mentally, to be more adaptable physically and to become an improved and joyous individual to be around. Athletically, I’ve always been extremely competitive and ultimately it’s the progressive nature of CrossFit that has me hooked. I’m proud of how I’ve developed over time, but I’m never truly satisfied.

On the odd occasion I’m lacking in motivation my why shifts to the people that surround me – the M Squared family and the amazing people I’m lucky enough to call some of my best friends. A smile, a hug, or even a kick up the backside is only a turn of the head and one person away.

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?

WT – Believe it or not, this was exactly me 16 months ago. The concept of throwing myself into a entirely unfamiliar environment in front of lots of new people frightened me to death and generic persuasion, never got me any closer to walking through the door. What did though, was a friend.

So perhaps my slightly unconventional advise to people would be – find someone to start the journey with. This could be a sibling, a friend, a work colleague, a next door neighbour, literally anyone. The scariest moment is always just before you start, after that things just get easier, so find someone that gives you the confidence and the courage to walk through the door and to do your first class with and the rest will be history.

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

 WT – Undoubtedly my biggest achievement in CrossFit so far is standing on the podium at the most recent FeMale Same Sex Pairs competition with my partner Ash. But it’s thinking about the challenges we faced that day to get there and not the actual placing which fills me with a sense of pride.

Failure in CrossFit is inevitable. It happens to us all, almost on a daily basis. But failing in front of a large crowd and the fear of not being good enough, is something I’ve always struggled with and this nightmare came to life in the final of that competition. Facing this fear head on, with a tenacious attitude and my heart on my sleeve on that day is something I will always be immensely proud of.

M – Thanks for such an inspiring blog Will and so proud to see how CrossFit has changed how you feel about yourself and hopefully you are starting to see just how amazing you are both as a person and an athlete. Keep being you! P.S  Anyone who was there that day during that final would agree that you did not fail in the slightest… and you ARE good enough! Remember that.