In March 2011, Madeleine, a heavy set 150cm tall 31-year-old from Sydney strolled into CrossFit Revolution X looking to reverse the damage that a poor nutritional lifestyle, coupled with a near non-existent exercise routine had caused over the years. Having never heard of CrossFit before walking through the doors, Madeleine was to stumble across an addiction that transformed her life more than she could ever dream.
Just over 12 months later, Madeleine is not only nearly 15kg lighter, fitter, faster and stronger, but is also taking up opportunities to compete in a sport she now loves!
Throughout her teenage years Madeleine was active in sports having played soccer competitively for many years. After finishing High School however things took a turn for the worse falling into the same trap that many university students find themselves in: the sedentary lifestyle of partying, binge eating easily accessible junk food and drinking. “I stopped playing sports seriously and didn’t give much thought into what I was putting into my body. My health started spiralling downwards and I gained weight at a rapid pace”.
Moving into the workforce as a full-time shift working nurse didn’t help with her weight ballooning to over 80kg, pursuing many diet fads with little luck. “I tried Weight Watchers twice and other similar weight loss programs with frustratingly little results. Once I started CrossFit and learnt more about the Paleo way of life, I soon learnt why the fad weight loss programs had failed me”.
Why did CrossFit work? “It was very different. It’s exciting, challenging, competitive and fun. A world apart from the boring atmosphere I found in other gyms, completely different from anything I had tried before”. The rather phenomenal transformation has not only astonished family and friends but most importantly herself. “It’s still surreal” says Madeleine. “To know where I was a year ago to seeing what I have achieved is amazing”.
Madeleine also attributes her personal rejuvenation to the family culture that she has found at Revolution X and the wider CrossFit community. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the family spirit and bond that exists within our box – an atmosphere that truly motivates you to exceed your own expectations time and time again.”
And now the quiet achiever is still coming to terms with her rapid transformation that has propelled her to finishing 35th place in the Opens earlier this year and 20th place in the Australian Reebok Crossfit Regionals . “I’m not sure exactly where I’m heading but I do know that my goals are to continue to challenge myself and to get stronger both mentally and physically – it feels like my journey has only just begun”.
A scary thought seeing as she is already boasting a strong 150kg Deadlift, a 70kg Clean and Jerk, and incredibly achieved a round of PRs in the 2012 Open and Regionals including her first muscle up, 45kg snatch, chest to bar pull-up, 32kg one arm dumbbell snatch…