Member Of The Month – Marin Stratu
Congratulations to Marin for being our May (we’re a bit behind 🤦♀️) member of the month.
Marin has only been with us for a relatively short time but in that short time he has made a massive impact. Marin, originally from Moldova, came to us with no experience of CrossFit and within a few sessions we knew he was going to be mega as not only does he move like a dream and is so coachable (even when there may be a bit of a language barrier) he fits right in and always gets involved with everything.
Always has a smile and is always willing to dance with me when a tune comes on 😉
Marin is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and only through coming to the gym have we had the pleasure of meeting him when we may never have got that chance. That’s what I love about coaching and CrossFit. You get to meet amazing people like Marin.
Right over to the main man himself for his CrossFit story so far….
M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?
MS– At the moment it’s been 9 months since I started CrossFit. To be honest, I did not know what CrossFit means, and one day I was bored and I searched for a gym on the internet and found M Squared. From the beginning I did not really understand what kind of gym is that. But after I said I had to go and see. When I first made the foundations, it seemed everything so strange and different from what I knew at that time about sports in general but I read that CrossFit is something very interesting and I said I had to go on because I knew I needed a change. I remember at my first WOD I thought I was dying but Sonjia told me that this is fondation and it’s the easiest WOD
M – What class time do you normally attend and why does that work for you?
MS -For the first few months I was only doing 6pm class, by the way those who do the 6:30 am class are real heroes for me After I changed my job and I now finish my work a little earlier I can make the 5pm class. The exception is Thursday when it’s bootcamp and I try to never miss it, because even though there is a lot of work, there is a lot of fun for me as well.
M – What is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day? Do you have goals you want to achieve?
MS – I do not think I have a well defined answer here. But I think what makes me keep going is what CrossFit does with people and how they change their lives, including myself. And here is not just the physical condition but also the atmosphere that surrounds you. I did not know that I would like to do CrossFit so much. This is mostly not my merit but the coaches who do a lot for me and the whole team. They enjoy our successes, maybe more than we do, and that makes me stay motivated and try to become better. For me personally, it is very pleasant when coaches or team support you until you finish what you do and I think this is one of the most important things, that makes me forget the fatigue and the word “I can’t.”
I think the goals I want to achieve are the things I can not do yet in CrossFit. There are still many but I know sooner or later I can do it all, at least I will work on it. I still have a goal to become better at technique and not to disappoint my coaches
M – What advice would you give people who are unsure whether to try M Squared or not?
MS – I think first of all I would advise to try, because CrossFit is not just for strong people, anyone can do that no matter how strong you are. It may seem like a new thing from the beginning that you have not seen in a normal gym, but my advice for these people is to continue and not to give up and be sure they will have all the support from the team and coaches when they will need it. And as someone previously said, CrossFit is not just a sport, but it’s way of living ,that changes not just your body, but your mind as well.
M -What is your biggest achievement so far in CrossFit and what are you most proud of?
MS – Knowing me, I’d say my biggest achievement is that I’m still going to make Crossfit And I’m still very motivated to do that every day. If I had a comparison between me now and how I was at the beginning I think that difference is that biggest achievement for me personally.
At the end I would like to say that the only thing I’m proud of is the whole M Squared team that is full of so many beautiful people that will help and support you whenever you need and I am very happy that I am also part of this family . I am proud of our best coaches who are doing so much for us and for me personally and I would like to say a big thank you for this.
M – Thanks so much for your blog Marin. We love having you at M Squared and you make us smile every single day.
Thanks for being amazing and keep doing you!