The next member of the Legends of CrossFit 1864 leaves us speechless. I mean, what can you say about Gareth Maddock, an individual who started off barely able to do three burpees without resting (be sure to ask him about the first time he did ring rows…), to the athlete we see now, who has developed such a strong mental grit and determination that we’re certain there’s no obstacle that can hold him back. And that’s just his athletic abilities! Our O.G. Best Banter Award winner, Gareth always brings his good spirit and wit to every class he attends (and a bit of political commentary, if prompted…). And by the way, if it weren’t for this Legend, we wouldn’t have such kickass leaderboards for our Throwdowns!
What do you do for a living?
I investigate large energy insurance claims for insurance companies all over the world. If a power plant, oil rig, or pipeline goes bang, there’s a good chance it will come across my desk.
How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?
I started CrossFit in May 2015. The best thing about it is, since my brother (Stu Maddock) joined, I get to watch him cry after every workout.
What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
When I went under 7 minutes in a 2,000m time trial on the rower. I just missed out a year or so ago, and was gutted. In the months afterwards, we did loads of work on rowing, but I somehow managed to avoid every re-test. I assumed I would be able to do it, but the longer I had to wait, the more I got into my own head about it. I practically cried when I finally did it.
What are your present training goals?
Get back to full fitness after a herniated disc
What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?
I’d say that (for those thinking about starting) don’t worry that it’ll be too “extreme” for you, even if you’re really out of shape. As long as you can get used to being humbled basically every day, you’ll improve so quickly.
What is your secret talent?
I am rather good a pub quizzes.
If you could do one job for the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why?
I’d love to try to write short, funny stories. They wouldn’t be any good, of course, but they wouldn’t need to be.
Finally, what is your favourite sports movie?
Senna - the documentary about Ayrton Senna. I’m not a big F1 fan, but the film is visually amazing, and perfectly captures the drama of his rivalry with Alain Prost, showing what a true competitor he was.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
5 Sets of:
3-4 Bench press
– Rest 60 seconds –
L-Sit hold, accumulate 45 seconds in as few sets as possible
– Rest 90 seconds –
3 rounds for time of:
30 Kettlebell swings (24/16 kg)
20 Ring dips