meet the legends

04 Feb 2019 - Meet the Legends: Mike Trudeau

The UK has been blessed with a number of exports from Canada… there’s the music (Nickelback, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen), there’s the food (maple syrup, poutine, peanut butter), and last, but certainly not least, there’s Mike Trudeau, who first graced our gym floor in July 2015.

One thing we know about Mike is that he is not loud. He’s the last one you’d expect to primal scream during a lift, to run around the box shouting in celebration after a PB workout, or to be in your face, yelling at you to go faster on the rower. On the flip side, you do know that he’ll be the first one to come up to you and congratulate you after a workout, or to ask you how your day was as you’re standing around waiting for class to start.

We have had such a blast getting to know Mike these past years, working with him and watching him go from strength to strength. And we also love knowing that, after the Thriller Throwdown, he is giving Coach David a run for his money in the “Who Wore the Black Tights Best” competition!

So now, it’s time to put your hat on backwards, pull up your stance socks and get ready to read more about the co-Captain of Team Canada, Mike Trudeau!


What do you do for a living? Portfolio Manager for an Investment Management company

How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it? Just over 3 years. My favourite thing about CrossFit is the variety of physical tests.

What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit? The change in my mindset about incorporating physical exercise into my daily routine and working out consistently.

What are your present training goals? To train 4 days/week

What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitter's, or those thinking about starting? Show up, train consistently, with intensity (but listen to your body) and the results will come

What's the stupidest thing you have done as a dare? Prank call the police!

If you could do one job the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why? Professional golfer, because I love playing and I would get to travel the world (win-win)

What is your favourite sports movie? Remember the Titans (obviously!)


WORKOUT OF THE DAY

A) Gymnastic Skill: Handstand push-ups & Handstand walking

B) Conditioning
”CrossFit Open 18.4”
For time (9 minute cap):
21 Deadlifts (102.5/ 70 kg)
21 Handstand Push-ups
15 Deadlifts
15 Handstand Push-ups
9 Deadlifts
9 Handstand Push-ups
21 Deadlifts (147.5/92.5 kg)
Handstand Walk, 50 ft
15 Deadlifts
Handstand Walk, 50 ft
9 Deadlifts
Handstand Walk, 50 ft

Scaled Division:
Weight 1 (60 / 42.5 kg)
Weight 2 (82.5 / 60 kg)
Handstand push-ups = Hand release push-ups
Handstand walk = Bear crawl

14 Jan 2019 - Meet the Legends: Sarah 'Cuz' Maddock

On a crisp Saturday morning in the spring of 2015, CrossFit 1864 experienced two momentous events that would have a significant affect on the future of the box… The first was Josh Lah’s infamous calf cramp (and Coach Maria’s resulting fireman carry…), and the second was when Sarah Maddock (then, Forshaw), completed her first workout. We will never forget our chat with Sarah after that session, because what she said was by far and away one of the best things we have heard any new member say, and something that a coach will always want to hear from their athletes:

“This is something I know I want to get better at.”

And that is exactly what she did. Our dear Cuz puts in the work every time she comes in to the box and we are particularly impressed by the dedication she shows to working on her weaknesses, a dedication that has resulted in completing “Isabel” Rx!

By the way, are you planning on doing a 2km row any time soon? Then make sure you have Cuz nearby! Her Power 10’s are the stuff of Legend and are guaranteed to bring you at least a 10 second PB!

Now grab yourself a nice cup of tea, turn up your favourite Drake playlist, and let’s find out more about our next Legend of CrossFit 1864, Sarah ‘Cuz’ Maddock…

What do you do for a living? Reinsurance - essentially insurance of insurance companies. I know, wild right? But I do have some lovely views as I’m based in the Walkie Talkie. 

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what’s your favourite thing about it? I’ve been CrossFitting since 2015 along with my now husband Gareth and, even more recently, my brother-in-law Stuart and his wife Lauren. You weren’t going crazy… there are four Maddocks at the gym! My favourite thing about CrossFit are the great pals I’ve made. 

What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit? My biggest CrossFit achievement is being able to do more workouts at RX. I’m still working on my “Ship” time, but “Ship” and I have history. 

What are your present training goals? Present training goals are to remain injury-free, keep developing those nasty, yet vital, gymnastics skills, one day conquer Ship and carry on having fun with lovely people. I’m super competitive and love having some bants pre/post WOD. 

What’s the greatest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting? Run your own race. Don’t get caught up on who’s doing what around you. It’s important to have bad workouts as well as the kick ass workouts. You can learn from your mistakes and set new goals for the next time you do it. 

What nickname did you have growing up, and why? My nickname growing up was Fo-Sho - my maiden name is Forshaw and well, it stuck even now I’m married!

Many people also refer to me as Cuz, but I’m NOT telling you why on here. You can ask Phil, Maria or Gareth at the next Box Social or in passing. Not my finest moment, put it that way. 

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? A stuffed ferret. We were staying in our friend’s cabin for skiing one year in Norway. We noticed the ferret and his mum said that she kept noticing meat she had been leaving out to defrost go missing. After weeks of not understanding the mystery, one day they found a trail of meat which led to the ferret, who is now a permanent member of the household :-)

What is your favourite sports movie? My favourite sports film of all time has to be Cool Runnings - especially the Junior mirror scene. I think we all have those moments, or is that just me! However, Rocky IV is a close second. You need to find your inner Rocky when you’re sat on the Dyne of death and doing it on repeat! 


WORKOUT OF THE DAY

A) Conditioning
"Adderall"
From 00:00 to 10:00:
1 mile Run
Max reps in time remaining, Clean & Jerk (60/40 kg)

- Rest 3 minutes -

From 13:00 to 20:00 :
800m Run
Max reps in time remaining, Power Snatch (50/35 kg)

- Rest 3 minutes -

From 23:00 to 27:00
400m Run
Max reps in time remaining, Thruster (42.5/30 kg)

18 Dec 2018 - Meet the Legends: Gareth Maddock

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

A) Strength
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 –

B) Conditioning
3 rounds for time of:
400m Run
30 Kettlebell swings (24/16 kg)
20 Ring dips

19 Nov 2018 – Meet the Legends: Matt Craig

Introducing our next Legend, Matt Craig! Matt joined us back in September 2015. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Matt brings his competitive drive to every class, pushing himself and his fellow athletes to move outside of their comfort zone. Since joining us three years ago, Matt has made epic strides not just in his training (his DT time has improved by over 10 minutes, and in this year’s Open, he hit a 5 minute PB on Diane!); he has also made huge strides in his mental game, which is just as important as any barbell lift or gymnastic PB!

Not to mention, he’s one of the best at naming teams for throwdowns!

Let’s learn more about Mr. Craig…


What do you do for a living?
I'm a Brexit business analyst (don't hate me) for an insurance company. And I also wake up early and trade forex and equities when European markets open, and sometimes Wall Street equities when US markets open, if no one is peeping over my shoulder in the office.

How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?
Since 2012, actually more like 2010 cos I used to follow CrossFit.com and try and do the workouts in a normal gym... then Central London and now 1864 for 3 legendary years.

What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
Before CrossFit, I was a group fitness instructor for 15yrs. At Central London, I was training with their comp class for a good year and improving a lot. My old group fitness buddies offered me an entry in The Spartan Mud Race. I went with no specific training, just CrossFit. They all took about two hours to finish, I finished in 1:05 and won the race!

What are your present training goals?
To turn 35 so I can start competing in masters events, haha! I do have specific goals for most lifts, movements, WODs, etc... but my main goal is to stay injury-free, keep training sustainable, and build volume over time.

What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?
Not to be put off by weights or movements or things you think you can't do... its all scalable, and over time you will develop all areas.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?

A stuffed giraffe in a mansion Alice in Wonderland party.

What nickname did you have growing up, and why?

I was a lifeguard at the local swimming pool, and all the little Maori kids used to call me Chicken Legs :-D

If you could do one job the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why?

The job I do now - trading. I can do it anywhere in the world with internet. I love the analysis, the grind, the emotional control required, the discipline, the competitiveness - it really is my dream job.

Finally, what is your favourite sports movie? I can tell you my LEAST favourite sports movie! Invictus. It's a beautiful story about how Nelson Mandela used the 1995 rugby world cup to unite the post-Apartheid nation of South Africa... except they left out one key fact of the story - the New Zealand team were poisoned before the final.

Controversial?…


WORKOUT OF THE DAY

A) Conditioning

"Schiltz"
4 rounds for time of:
400m Run
4 Muscle-ups
40 Double unders

* Time cap: 20 minutes

12 Nov 2018 – Meet the Legends: Andreea 'Dre' Caua

Andreea ‘Dre’ Caua and CrossFit 1864 go WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY way back… we’re talking December 2014! The OG-est of our OGs, Dre is one of the few people that require more coffee than Coach David to get started in the morning. But, once she has that coffee, she is one of the most enthusiastic and welcoming athletes we have ever had the privilege of working with. She has come a long way from being stuck at an 80 kg deadlift (she can now do 3 reps at 95 kg!) and you will never meet an individual more excited about Beyond the Whiteboard, more willing to help out our newer members, or more proud of her Golden Kettlebell Awards (she’s been our Best Pain Face award winner, every year!)

We are so lucky to have Dre as part of our community and we can’t think of a more deserving individual to be named one of our Legends!

Now, without further ado, let’s get to know Dre a little better!


What do you do for a living?

Business Manager at one of the big banks in Canary Wharf. We're jacks of all trades to some extent and are there to help drive our business forward. In practice we do a wide array of things such as product development, process improvement, expense management, marketing materials, etc..

How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?

5 years I think. It's been so long, I actually have to think about it. My favourite thing is probably the masochism of it all #lolz. Kidding aside, CrossFit has been the one thing I keep coming back to even though a lot of times during the WOD, it feels like I am being punished for past sins. It's a combination of learning what my body is capable of and building on that as well as having an hour per day surrounded by like-minded, supportive people while leaving any and all troubles at the door.

What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?

If I had to pick one, it's actually the impact it's had on my mental health more than any physical feat. For years after my parents passed away, I struggled with depression and the community I found here, the structure in training and the physical exertion all contributed significantly to me becoming more aware of what I was going through and extended an opportunity for change. Oh, and traps! Within a few short months of starting CrossFit, my traps blossomed like a pair of mushrooms and still spark thinly veiled envious comments from some non-CrossFitting friends.

What are your present training goals?

I am currently on a slow and frustrating path of recovery from plantar fasciitis, an injury I got from training for and running the London marathon back in April. So while I am eagerly waiting for the day when I can pick up a barbell again I am working on gymnastics, which I've always neglected and therefore never developed properly. I'm talking pull-ups, ring dips, my current white whale, getting into a handstand.

What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?

Keep track of your own progress and don't compare yourself to those around you. It sounds like a big cliché, but CrossFit is about you becoming a better version of yourself and not (just) beating those around you in a workout. So don't feel bad about doing ring rows while Coach David busts out the muscle ups next to you. Instead, think how now you can do 10 of them unbroken and when you first started 3 were a challenge. I know I'm the lunatic who gets really excited about Beyond the Whiteboard but it's an incredible tool in the long run that always helps me get perspective. Use it to keep track of all your scores and if you ever get frustrated at your apparent lack of progress compared to everyone else, just look back through your activity tracker. You'll be amazed how big a boost you get when you see how far you've come. Equally, on the flip side, give yourself a challenge from time to time - try one more rep than you did previously, a few more kilos than before, push yourself a bit out of your comfort zone. It won't feel easy, but you may surprise yourself and progress further.

What's the dumbest thing you have done as a dare?

That's any time tequila shots come out and I try to refuse them. It doesn't take much effort to peer pressure me and it's never a good idea!

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?

Taxidermied animals and quite a few of them. I'm talking birds, foxes, a badger, you name it.

What fictional character is amazing in their book / show / movie, but would be insufferable if you had to deal with them in mundane everyday situations?

Michael Scott in The Office. He was instrumental to some amazing TV and the show never recovered after he left, but if I had to work with/for him in real life one of us would end up with scratched out eyes.

What nickname did you have growing up, and why?

I was around 13-14 when my mother, who insisted I keep my hair short throughout my childhood, came up with the brilliant idea of dying my hair with a henna based dye. It turned out bright orange and to this day some of my oldest friends still call me "Carrot Top" at times.

If you could do one job for the rest of your life (and money was no issue), what would you do and why?

Private chef. I would need to be better trained in the culinary arts and up my plating game, but I always enjoy cooking for others more than I do cooking for me alone.

What is your favourite sports movie?

I always have trouble picking favourites so I'll leave you with a few: Remember the Titans, Space Jam, Invictus.


WORKOUT OF THE DAY

A) Strength
Sumo Deadlift: 4 x 2.2.1
* Rest 20 seconds between reps
* Rest 3 minutes between sets
* Add 0-5kg based on how previous weeks felt


B) 3 x 5-8 of weakness movement:
Rack pulls
Deficit deadlifts
Top of the deadlift hold x ME

C) Accessory
Complete 3-5 rounds, for quality, of:
20 Dumbbell death march
20 Wallking lunge
10-12 Barbell hip thrust

29 Oct 2018 – Meet the Legends: Dr. Liv

In August this year, we announced the Legends of CrossFit 1864, an elite group of athletes who have not only been training with us for over two years, but have also been dedicated members of our community, the heart and soul of our little box!

And now, it’s time for you all to get to know our Legends a little bit better, starting with Dr. Liv!

Olivia Hambly (who joined us as Olivia Simpson and who you might know better as Dr. Liv), started training with us in July 2015. She is a big fan of a long distance run and is always a laugh riot at the box Christmas parties ;) Her determination and drive to make herself better, no matter what obstacle is thrown in her path, is beyond admirable, and we particularly love the fact that she is always the first one to introduce herself to any new faces at the box!

Let’s find out a bit more about Dr. Liv…

What do you do for a living?

I'm a social researcher in the Civil Service.

How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?

I’ve been doing CrossFit for just over 3 years now. My favourite thing has been learning so much about the way my body can move. Managing any sort of ache or pain has become so much easier.

What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?

I started CrossFit for something new but also to improve my running. When I began my half marathon PB was around 2.20 and I set myself a goal of getting a sub 2 hour. Within a year I smashed that goal and I'm now at a PB of 1hr 52 mins!

What are you present training goals?

Work has been taking over my life recently so my goals have focused on making sure I get to the gym at least 4 times a week. I'm also really focused on fixing a chronic rib injury I've been suffering with.

What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?

Don't be scared of your potential. I understand (especially for a woman) how intimidating it can be to get into any sort of weight lifting but just give it a try! Don't listen to the people who question how muscular you might get or how strong you have to be to do this. CrossFit is for everyone, no matter your ability.

What part of a kid’s movie completely scarred you?

Not sure it's really a kids movie, but I watched it a lot when I was younger. The steamroller part at the end of “Who Framed Rodger Rabbit”. So creepy!

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

They all think I'm a spy so they'd probably assumed it would be something to do with my job. I also did my PhD in Burglary so they might assume I was testing out a profile haha!

If you could do one job the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why?

A florist. I love flowers :)

Finally, what is your favourite sports movie?

It's a toss up between Space Jam and Happy Gilmore :)!

Thanks Dr. Liv! Keep an eye on the blog over the coming weeks to find out more about all of our Legends!


WORKOUT OF THE DAY

A) Conditioning

4 minute: Row for distance

- 2 minute rest -

4 Minute AMRAP:

1, 2, 3....
Bar muscle-ups
5, 10, 15...
Wall balls (9/6 kg)

- 2 minute rest -

4 minute:
Row for distance

- 2 minute rest -

4 Minute AMRAP:
1, 2, 3....
Bar muscle-ups
5, 10, 15...
Wall balls (9/6 kg)