Congratulations to Mel! This post is actually dedicated to Mel for being a member with us for FIVE + years. Now THAT is dedication. Those that know Mel know that she is unique, funny, and loves making us repeat ourselves. She also hates running. And we wouldn’t want her any other way!

She told me to make sure I found a nice picture so I obviously used this one of her looking super strong!

I caught up with Mel to ask her about her time here at CrossFit Woodford.

1) What do you love about Crossfit, and how does it help you in your day to day life? 

I started CrossFit because of knee injuries and the exercises we do have really helped to strengthen other core muscles to take the pressure off my knees. I used to dread going to the gym and would certainly never have gone near the weightlifting area with all the sweat and testosterone but having started Crossfit I really enjoy the barbells and strength exercises and although sometimes I still don’t always want to go, once I’ve been I feel much better about myself….and then I can go home and drink a bucket of wine


2) What’s your favourite workout?

Anything with running really 

… I love a handstand, push / strict press and a sit up, and I’ve obviously grown to love rowing, given I never run.


3) What 3 things would you say are CFW’s biggest plus points?

The sense of everyone in a class being ‘all in it together’, the coaching team who always push you to achieve the best you can but also know when to ease off and the fact that it’s not about image but about pushing yourself to finish a workout or lift heavier!

4) How has being a part of our community had a positive effect on you?

I am definitely much stronger physically than before which has really helped me on the squash court! It’s great to have a dedicated community of people to train with, week in week out.

5) What’s your favourite treat meal?

Does wine class as a meal??! If I had to choose a proper food it would be flourless chocolate cake from Gail’s bakery – God I am so middle class.


6) What would you say to anyone new trying out CFW for the first time?

Give it a go – I was nervous the first time I came, I was just recovering from a knee operation and had never touched a barbell in my life, let alone put weights on it.
But the coaches were really encouraging and so were the rest of the class and I quickly realised that nobody really cared what I was doing or were watching me so I just got stuck in and gave it a go.

Come with an open mind and everyone will support you!

Thanks Mel!