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Member of the Month 2/2 - February 2019: Mel Gilchrist


Close to the happiest and most friendly person you'll ever met - Mel can be found depending on her busy schedule any time from 6am to 4.30pm. A pull ups and running specialist, she's always a smiling face to anyone she comes in contact with. When, how and why did you get started with us? I started at Claremont Crossfit about 2 years ago when Cooee closed down. Myself, along with many others made the move. Poor Jase and Nas’s lives changed forever that day. The average age of the classes went up by at least 15 years and then the never ending chatting, mucking around and scaling questions in the 9.15 class….

What would be your dream workout? My dream workout would be anything that doesn’t include the hideous airbike and the world “calorie bike” Ideally though, running, pull-ups, sit-ups, pushups, burpees, whatever, just no bike.

What workout would you want to avoid? I’m not a massive fan of power snatches and then there’s the bike.

Favourite Crossfit Athlete? I’m not really up to date with Crossfit Athletes on the world scale. I’m pretty inspired by all the team at CFC that slog it out every day. If you’re a gun on the bike, I’m a massive fan!!

What's the best thing you own that cost under $100? I don’t directly own this but I paid for my 17 year old son Harry to go for his P’s the other day which thankfully he passed the test. Harry getting his drivers licence was the best $47.00 I’ve ever spent.

Biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made? When I was 16 I had a massive crush on Australian Cricketer Mark Waugh because of the stylish mullet he sported at the time. I convinced my boyfriend Adam to grow one too. He didn’t quite pull it off to the same effect. Embarrassing for Adam? Yes, but more embarrassing for me when years later Adam would become my husband and he and Mark would become teammates and my lust for his mullet was revealed at a dinner table in front of the entire Australian Cricket team.

Favourite quote? “Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching”

What's your fav 90s jam? Anything U2, my first band I ever saw live. “One” is a particular fav. Love “Give it up” for a good dance!!

Last thing you watched on TV? Annie my 14 year old daughter has me hooked on Riverdale. Every Thursday night we tune in on Netflix

Funniest thing that happened to you recently? Harry, having just got his licence was stationary in a carpark when Annie started screaming that he was rolling backwards. I started screaming too before Harry yelled at us both to stop screaming as it was the car and caravan next to us that was actually moving forward and we weren’t moving at all.

Most used emoji? ❤️

If you could have one other CrossFit Claremont members body part, what would it be? Kate’s flexible hips and hammies, she’s so bendy!!