Australia bound

Hi lovelies! Sorry for not being on here for the last week! It’s been a whirlwind getting ready to leave. Do you ever feel ready for a chapter to close? I’ve loved my time in Glasgow but I know need to do this.

So many tears have fallen and hugging goodbye doesn’t get easier but I know I’ll be back one day and for now I need to pursue my next dream.

Saying goodbye to Jamie hurt so much I can’t even think about it but I know we’ll make it through. We are always pushing each other to chase our dreams and I know when the time is right he’ll join me.

It’s almost time to board now but I just wanted to say hi and I’m alive. This is when the adventure begins. I’m so nervous and scared but I know it’ll be so much fun.

Speak to you Australia!

Maddie xxx

I’m moving

Off on a new adventure!

I was a puddle of tears after Stella surprise attacked me with this post!

Hi lovelies! I can’t believe I’m writing this. So…. Here it is. The reason why I’ve been a bit all over the place recently on here. Stella has already posted it on the Gym G5 Facebook page but you guys don’t know about it yet. I’m leaving Glasgow! After over 5.5 years in this wonderful city (far longer than I ever thought I would be here) it’s time for me to go on a new adventure. Where am I going you may ask! I’m fulfilling a dream of mine of going to Australia. More specifically Melbourne and I’m so excited. It’s a place we went to quite a lot when I was little and ever since we last left I’ve had a dream of going back.

You guys know I’ve been struggling to find a job I love here in Glasgow and after loads of thinking and discussing with friends and family it became clear to me that if not now, when? I need to go and find a deeper purpose for myself. As much as I love Glasgow and all the incredible people I’ve met, friends I’ve made, I feel like it’s time. Or is there ever a perfect time to leave? I don’t think there is. You need to just make the decision and make it the time to leave. Otherwise life just carries on. I know if I don’t go, I’ll always wonder what would have happened if I did. I feel quite rooted in this city by now, it feels like home. Probably more so than Stockholm and it’s always a tough feeling leaving all the things you love behind.

I’ve never felt so happy and sad at the same time. One minute I’m super excited and the next I’m crying like mad. It’s the feeling that something is coming to an end. A beautiful period of my life. One that has meant the world to me, it’s been life changing in so many ways. Led me down paths I never even thought existed or could dream of. It’s all coming to an end. It’s always sad when things come to an end but they have to for new adventures to begin and I know that I’ll always come back to Glasgow to visit. It’ll always have a big place in my heart.

I’ll go into more depth about leaving and packing and moving in other posts but I just wanted to share that it’s happening! Even typing it now I don’t really understand that I’m going. It’s going to be incredibly difficult to leave but I know that there is so much adventure on the horizon for me right now with this move.

Jamie is for now staying in Glasgow. He’s got so much going for him at the moment that it’s just not the right time for him. We’ve been together for so long now and we’re firm believers that we need to let each other grow and wouldn’t ever want to hold the other person back. It’ll be a huge change for us to not live together (for the first time in our relationship because we met in our student halls at uni) but we both have faith that it’ll be okay. It’ll be a massive change for the both of us but we’re ready for the challenge. I really think the world is so big these days that it’s almost a miracle that at our age there would be opportunities for the both of us in the same place at the same time always (if only there were). We’re still young (Jamie 24 and me 25, 26 later this year) and if we’re going to be together for the rest of our lives we need to let us do our own thing in the relationship. I would never want Jamie to look back on his life and feel like he missed out because of our relationship and I know he feels the same.

So yeah, Australia here I come! Madeleine is actually moving hehe. My flight is on the 7th of May and on the 5th of May Stella is arranging a huge leaving WOD in G5 for anyone who wants to come and sweat with me one last time (I burst into tears when I read the post when she surprised me with it today)! I’ll give you details closer to the time but just get in touch if you want to come. I think brunch afterwards is on too (of course!). I can’t think of a better send off.

With me going away, I’m going to Sweden tomorrow for ten days to see my friends and family before leaving. Of course I couldn’t move to the other side of the world without spending some time with them. So today I need to pack everything I want to keep into two suitcases to take back to Sweden. I’ve started but am getting worried I might be missing stuff. I need to go through the entire flat and see what I’m keeping and selling. I’ve become a big eBayer as well, selling off loads of clothes (I don’t feel like I have any left almost!!).

Busy busy day ahead! M xxx

Crossfit Level 1 Results

A very happy Maddie at this morning’s class

Hi lovelies! Happy Friday! I was on my phone browsing in bed this morning and opened my emails and there it was, an email saying that my Crossfit Level 1 results had arrived. I immediately got extremely nervous! The test felt alright but having heard a lot of people fail the first attempt I started getting more and more nervous to see how I had done. I knew I put in a lot of work but the test was quite tricky and under time pressure you just never know! You start second guessing yourself.

I first had to sign a license agreement in the first email and once that was done it said they would send the results to me in a separate email. My heart was beating fast at this point and I was sweating. It felt like forever until the next email popped up in my inbox (after a lot of refreshing!), it did eventually and I took a big breath and opened the email. I skim read it quickly until I could see the words PASSED, CONGRATULATIONS and how I’m allowed to refer to my new gained title as a trainer. I had passed. Me! I did it. I’m now a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. I can’t believe it.

Poor Jamie was sleeping and I just couldn’t not tell him. I wanted him to be the first to know so I woke him up and I think he had a mini heart attack thinking something was wrong because I never wake him up. I just couldn’t believe it when I said to him I had passed. Both of us were just laughing at how amazing it was. What a great way to start my Friday.

I was prepared for the results to arrive on Sunday or Monday but I’m not complaining that they arrived earlier! One less thing to be nervous about. Just Rainhill to go now.

It was interesting studying for this test and signing up for this course because everything felt natural. With the reading I really enjoyed learning more about everything. When I signed up I didn’t really have much fear that I’d fail. Not because I was feeling arrogant or overly confident about it but more because failure didn’t feel like an option. I wanted this and I wanted to prove to myself that I was ready and capable of doing it.

Usually I’d be struggling to get studying done at uni just because I didn’t really feel real passion for what I was studying. For the first time I was studying genuinely because I found it interesting and I wanted to learn more. I wanted to understand, not because I was scared of failing an exam or I wanted to pass it. Yes that was important too but I was driven by something else more than just gaining the qualification and it was so refreshing. I’d never really felt that before. I’m hoping this is a sign that I’m on the right track!

So what now? I’m officially a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer!! I’m so excited, I have no plan right now but we’ll see what’s to come. Now I just need to start getting some experience or something 😛

Thank you again to all the amazing people around me who have been so supportive along the way and believed in me that I could do it. It means the world to me.

Now time to celebrate! Jamie’s working tonight so Faye and maybe even Kate is coming over for a homemade Thai curry evening. I’m really looking forward to it. The sun is shining outside, we had a great workout this morning at G5. Today is a good day. I’m feeling so grateful.

M xxx


My Crossfit Level 1 Weekend

Nexus Stockholm in Alvik, where the course was taking place during the weekend
Waiting for the seminars to start

During our lunch hour both days the seminar staff would train. It was really inspiring to see them train.

Our workout on day 1 was tough!

I was sweaty after that!

Thank you guys for making this weekend so much fun! I learnt loads!

The awesome crew from the weekend

Hello guys! Wow the miracle of food and sleep has made me feel like a person again! I redid my workouts yesterday in class and I did a lot better. What a relief. I just didn’t want to leave those workouts feeling bad and associating it with a bad feeling so I’m happier now. It’s funny how you take sleep and food for granted when you’re at home with the same routine more or less everyday, you make sure you eat enough and sleep enough. When you’re busy and away it’s easy to forget these things and the routine falls a part. It’s even more important to be conscious of this and prepare for it. Next time I’ll do better! You always learn and grow.

I wanted to share a little bit about my Crossfit Level 1 weekend because I haven’t actually written that much about it! It’s two very full on days where you start 8.30am on the Saturday and finish around five. On the Saturday we even had a little social after we finished the course for the day, so I didn’t get home until just after 7pm. On the Sunday we started at 9am and finished around 5.30 or so. The seminars and workshops were back-to-back with an hour lunch break.

It was a great weekend but mentally exhausting getting a lot of information thrown at you and trying to remember it all. The same in the workshops when we went through movements. It was really fun taking part and a challenge at the same time trying remember all the great pointers they were giving us! You wanted to note down everything and even film it so you could remember (but memory just had to do, when you were standing in an overhead squat there wasn’t much space to write notes!). We did loads of adjustments and progressions. For instance I’ve now learnt the progressions for muscle ups. Now I only need to build up the strength to do one hehe. We only pretty much used wooden sticks as bars the entire weekend and who would’ve thought you’d get tired from just lifting a wooden stick? You do! And you get very warm. I learnt a lot about my own technique and small things I didn’t realise I was even doing and also how look for points to improve on others.

In preparation for the course they tell you to read through the Crossfit manual and familiarise yourself with it. I’m really glad I did a proper read of it and took notes because there’s only so much they can go through with you in the time that we had. I heard a couple of people say they never opened it before the course! It also helped with the information overload, you already had an understanding of what they were talking about so it wasn’t all brand new information, you got points you were unsure of clarified and a lot of information repeated to you. Instead it becomes sort of like a revision session, you’ve heard it before. i’d definitely recommend ready it all through thoroughly at least once before you go. It’ll help you loads!

As with everything new, I was a bit nervous showing up on my own not knowing anyone. There was quite a few people who clearly knew each other from before but there were also plenty of loners like me! I met some very lovely people and the seminar staff were amazing. The seminar staff were a mix of people from Spain, Sweden, Wales and Russia and made the learning so much fun. The guy from Wales, Davs, had even been to Glasgow loads to do the seminars so we had a lot to talk about which was fun!

Overall I enjoyed my time away. Obviously because of it being a Crossfit course, this was all about learning how to best teach Crossfit. It’s all to help people perform the best they can in this form of exercise. There’ll be a lot of stuff you take to heart and take away with you and other things you perhaps won’t. Even Nats, one of the coaches said so in the seminar when we were talking about nutrition, take the things that resonate with you and apply them.

The nutrition seminar was an interesting one because I eat mainly plant-based so what they said and suggested I couldn’t really relate to. It was still interesting to hear it and learn about it. Obviously when I coach in the future I’ll work with a mix of people with different dietary preferences and want to know all kinds of different approaches to nutrition. I think that’s always going to be the case when you do a course, you’ll agree and disagree on some points but that’s what makes each coach and their approach unique. Everyone has a different take.

Other than that we also did two small workouts during the weekend. They were quite tough but really fun! I did my first ever medicine ball cleans and boy, if anything they were a workout for the brain. I couldn’t get my head around the technique. It’s an odd movement if you hadn’t done it before. I was fine doing it during the run through of the movement but them piecing them together in a workout at a faster pace, let’s just say it got complicated!

Now looking back on my experience I’m really happy I went. I wish the course had been a bit longer because I feel like there’s still so much to be learnt! If I pass this text I am allowed to start teaching, they do recommend you starting with assisting and small groups and then build up your experience. It’s an exciting but scary thought! We’ll see how the test goes, I find out the results in a couple of days.

The test felt quite difficult so I’m not really sure how it went at all. Apparently quite a lot of people fail. It is multiple choice the exam and a lot of the answers seemed quite similar so I almost feel like you need a bit of luck as well. I think I had a slight advantage having lived in an English speaking country for so long because some of the questions had quite difficult language in them. It’s a shame because obviously the majority of the people on the course will be teaching in Swedish and perhaps they knew all the information but didn’t quite get the language.

We’ll see how it goes! The next question is, what now? Where do I go from here? I have no idea. Well I have some ideas. I need to figure out lots of things but I feel like this course was the start of something. It made me realise even more how much I love functional training and it’s something I really believe in. The community around Crossfit and all these smaller gyms it was makes it so special and why people get the results they want. These gyms make you want to go because you get a life around them, friends and people you love. I’ve met the most amazing people in they gym. That’s why I want to help others find this joy. I think this is the beginning of it! I’m so excited, we’ll see where it leads me next.

If you guys have any questions about the course please let me know, either send me an email at or just comment below. Always happy to help out if I can.