Member of the month

Member of the Month – March

Rachel Glendinning

Our Member of the Month award for March goes to Rach .

Let’s see what Rach has to say about her experience so far at the gym.


How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I think I started July 2019? Somewhere around there, but for the first few months or so, I very much just dabbled in it, there was no serious commitment from myself until January 2020 and now there’s no going back, I can’t keep myself away.

What class time do you normally attend and why does that work for you?

Usually 5:30pm – it’s straight after work, so it’s easy for me just to go to class after.

However, I did dip my toe in a few morning classes last December when I started working later, so the flexibility is great by having classes am & pm, it means I still get a good workout in no matter what time I’m working so no excuses.

What is your why? Why do you put yourself through it each day?

It makes me feel 10x better once I’ve finished class than I did when I walked through the door at the beginning of class. No matter how I was feeling, whether it be a good day or a bad day, I always know once I’ve come out of the gym after an hours workout with the nicest bunch of people, I’ll feel so much better.

I’m so determined to get better, fitter and stronger than I already have. I’m eager to see what I can do. I surprise myself every day, whether it being I lifted a little bit heavier than what I thought I was capable of, I finished a workout quicker than what I thought I would.

Do you have goals you want to achieve?

The list is never ending!

The best thing about CrossFit is the fact that once I’ve hit the goal, I can go on and make it harder. Squats for example, I hit my goal I wanted to hit for my 1 Rep Max, I wasn’t just going to stop there, I just set another goal a bit heavier.

My main goal this year is to get better at gymnastic movements. TTB and pull ups especially! I was just about getting there with pull ups before lockdown too, so I’m excited to see what I can achieve this year with fingers crossed, no more lockdowns🤞

What advice would you give anyone wanting to start District L but is either unsure or nervous?

Get yourself down to the gym and give it a go. District L isn’t just like any normal gym you go into. It has the best community and the loveliest people that make you feel so welcomed and support you throughout the workouts – it’ll be the best thing you do for sure.

We get people all the time saying they need to get fit first or they could never do what we do? Any advice for those people?

I was that exact person, I never thought I would be where I am now. Honestly, you don’t need to get fit first before joining District L, because District L makes you fitter. The coaches are second to none, they are there to help you and encourage you achieve what you want to because they genuinely want you to do well and it’s best feeling.

All movements can be scaled down to your ability and the coaches will go through these movements with you so nothings ever too much and you can still get a cracking workout in no matter the movements.

Get yourself down and give it a go, you won’t regret it!

What is your biggest achievement so far in CrossFit and what are you most proud of?

The biggest achievement so far is finding something I enjoy so much that I WANT to go 6 days a week and I look forward to going. Before District L, I was stuck in a place at other gyms where I had to force myself to go, I didn’t enjoy working out and it was more of a chore. But District L has given me such a lifestyle change, I enjoy working out, I enjoy pushing myself to see what I’m capable of and it’s a staple part of my routine.

I’ve achieved things I never thought I would have, I’ve lifted heavier than I could have ever imagined, I’ve got over the most random fears and it’s helped me shift 3 stone in weight which is to never be seen again.

I couldn’t be more thankful for the coaches, the community, the facility, District L as a whole for everything it’s allowed me to do. I’m excited to see what more I can do.