Lockdown Member Of The Month – November 2020
Our November MOTM award goes to the very lovely Maddy Hunter. She is one of the nicest people, unassuming, works really hard and doesn’t realise just how good she is.
Maddy has been with us for just over 1 year and it has been ace to watch her progress with CrossFit. She has no ego whatsoever, is always coachable, has a lovely manner about her and is always polite and friendly to everyone. Maddy was strong when she first started with us, but she has progressed with all of her lifts and skills so much, it’s been great to see. Recently she has been smashing out some high numbers in her weightlifting, and her gymnastics is getting better by the day. What is so good about Maddy though is that she always turns up with a smile on her face, gets the job done, no issues, always works hard, is supportive and friendly towards everyone around her and is just quietly improving each day. She really deserves this award and here she is telling you about her CrossFit journey so far…
M – How long have you been doing CrossFit?
MH – I think I started August last year so a year and 4 months – it feels like it’s gone so quickly but at the same time I feel like I’ve known everyone for ever 😊
M – What class time do you usually attend and why does that work for you?
MH – I normally do either 12pm or 4.30, I like switching between and getting to see different people. I tried breakfast club once but I was falling asleep by lunchtime – fair play to you committed bunch!
M – What is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day? Do you have goals you want to achieve?
MH – There are so many ‘whys’ in a good way, it’s hard to pick one and also not write a novel on why CrossFit and M Squared is so great! I suppose the easiest one is that it just makes me feel really good, mentally and physically, and I love the feeling of pushing myself to do things I wouldn’t be doing outside the gym. It’s so refreshing to be in an environment where everyone is trying to improve and get stronger. Like a few people, I’ve suffered from anorexia and it makes me so happy to be in an environment where someone telling you that you look big and strong is a something to celebrate (I’m really happy to talk to anyone about this if they’re struggling, by the way 😊 ).
When I’m digging deep on a WOD or a particular lift I think my ‘why’ is trying to prove someone wrong or do someone proud…I’m stubborn like that!
I have so many goals I want to achieve and I think that’s one of my favourite things about CrossFit is that there are always so many things to work on and learn. I’ve learnt to be patient with the process as well as the importance of a coordinated outfit (this is work in progress…hoping Santa might help me out here!).
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?
MH – Don’t wait ‘until…’ anything, I had wanted to start CrossFit for a while but always found an excuse not to and thought I needed to be able to do certain things before I started. I found that actually the best way to learn and improve is to just get stuck in, I improved a lot quicker at M Squared than I did after years in a gym not really knowing what I was doing. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming, I think sometimes people who haven’t tried CrossFit think it’s going to be intimidating but it’s the complete opposite, I remember on my first session I sat down on the red sofa before the class and someone came and said hello and I was completely taken aback after a years of everyone just ignoring each other in the gym!
M – What is your biggest achievement so far in CrossFit and what are you most proud of?
MH – Every PB feels like an achievement but I think the ones where I had a big mental block are the ones I’m most proud of. That and competing in the M Squared Winter Comp in January with Rosh. It was both of our first comps and I was TERRIFIED! But we gave it our all and had a great time 😊
As a side note I just want to thank all the coaches for being so supportive and so great. I think I speak for a lot of members when I say that M Squared has filled a gap we didn’t know we were missing and it’s way more than a gym to a lot of people. Big love to the M Squared family and all the support we’ve given each other this year! x