Athlete of the MonthJuly

Amy McLeish

Congratulations, Amy!

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started fundamentals in January 2018 and joined CrossFit classes in March 2018.

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?
I’d been training with a personal trainer since August 2017 and discovered that I really enjoy strength training (I used to be a cardio only girl) but I wasn’t really pushing myself hard enough when working out alone in the gym, so decided to try 7 Mile Strength & Fitness.

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?
I was nervous about being pushed outside of my comfort zone with new moves and worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up in classes, but I now know I didn’t need to worry about that at all – nobody expects you to be perfect and the coaches are always there to help you out when you’re struggling and encourage you to keep going when you feel like you have nothing left to give. The same goes for classmates – everyone encourages each other.

Most traditional gyms do not have their members set up with a “Coach-for-Life” – what would you say is the best thing about having a Coach-for-Life?
All of the coaches at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness are great, but it’s really good to have one person who knows your individual strengths, weakness and goals, and looks out for you. Brett (my Coach-for-Life) will always catch me for a couple of minutes after class to ask how it went, even if he wasn’t the coach for that particular class. You feel supported and encouraged all of the time, which is not something that I experienced in traditional gyms.

You are participating in our Gymnastics specialty program. Tell us a little bit about your experience in that program. Any fears conquered? ;)
I love handstand class with Julia! I took acrobatics classes for 10 years as a child so the gymnastics side of CrossFit is probably the one thing I didn’t fear when I started. That said, the only thing I could comfortably do when I started the Gymnastics program was hold a handstand against a wall – I had no idea how to hold a freestanding handstand or handstand walk. I still can’t do either of those things, but I’ve learnt a lot about how to progress my handstands so with practice, I will hopefully get there.

Describe our community at CrossFit 7 Mile in one word.

Did you play any sports growing up?
I danced for 10 years and took horse-riding lessons, but never played any team sports (I am useless at all ball sports).

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?
I would like to turn my love for planning holidays into a profitable business – if anyone would like to pay me to plan a holiday for them, let me know!

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)
I really want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is your favorite WOD and why?
Anything involving power cleans – I found them difficult to grasp in fundamentals but I now really enjoy them. I wouldn’t say I’m great at them, but they don’t fill me with fear anymore! Also anything involving handstands.

What is your least favorite WOD and why?
Anything involving rowing, followed closely by anything involving a bike.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?
It helps me destress and switch off from whatever else is going on in life in a way that no other form of exercise ever has – all I think about during class is how to get through the WOD and I leave the gym after every class with a sense of achievement, which is a great start to the working day. It’s also extremely addictive – I’m not a morning person and so I thought I would struggle to make it to classes at 6.30am three times a week, but I now look forward to my 6am starts (something I never thought I would say!)

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?
Absolutely. Joining 7 Mile Strength & Fitness is one of the best things I have done since moving to the Cayman Islands, my only regret is not doing it sooner. At 7 Mile Strength & Fitness, you’re more than just an anonymous gym-goer, you’re a member of a great community of people who will support you to achieve your goals. There is a great sense of comradery, which makes every class enjoyable.

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