Maggie Rowland (aka Magatron)
Maggie has a smile and personality that light up the gym. She doesn’t know a stranger and has a way of making everyone feel welcome. Over the past 16 months since Maggie has joined Mudtown, we’ve witnessed her do some pretty amazing things (deadlifting 300 lbs like nobody’s business is one of them). Most recently she won our month long healthy eating challenge and is fast approaching 200 Classes Stronger (2 more classes to go!). To see her confidence grow along with her strength has truly been a joy to watch.
Member since: October 2015
What do you do for a living? I promote an IndyCar race.
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? A co-worker all but forced me to try it. I don’t remember what the first workout was, but I remember it being awful. I bet if I did the same workout today it would almost be easy, but I seriously considered dying to get out of it.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I try to get 3-4 workouts a week, mostly 6pm.
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Deadlift fo dayz. It’s the only thing I’m good at.
Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Anything that isn’t a deadlift. Jk. But I’m allergic to wall balls. And that stupid bike.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? The community that the coaches at CFM have built keeps me coming back every time. I feel so loved and supported at the gym. As far as the motivation, I have never felt better about myself than I do when I complete a workout. I love that everything is scalable. When someone learns that I do CrossFit and their response is “I could never do that.” I always tell them I can’t even do it. I take the workout and scale it into something that I can do. It’s not cheating, it’s not taking the easy way out, it’s kicking your own butt in a way that works for you.
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? Oh boy. There are so many. I’d say the 2016 CrossFit Open. I had never competed in the Open before and didn’t really understand how hard it would require me to push myself. Danny was judging/coaching me through a terrible workout that included lots of wall balls. I was crying and kept saying, “Danny I can’t breathe” while I’m working out. Clearly I’m able to breathe because 1. I can talk 2. I’m still working out. You probably had to be there, but he kept laughing and laughing because clearly I could do it. It was all mental.
Favorite thing about Birmingham? I love the people and the food.
What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? I am most proud of my family outside of the gym. I have the coolest family. They make me proud every day. You know when you meet someone and they’re just a good person. That’s my crew. Inside the gym I’m most proud of my strength. I’m not fast and I’m not flexible, but I can pick heavy things up and put them back down that’s for sure.
What is your favorite meal? I cannot answer this without incriminating myself, but I will say I went to Chipotle the other day during the healthy eating challenge and I was worried about getting something I would like that wasn’t covered in cheese and sour cream and the salad I got was better than my normal order. Seriously.
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? Who has time for a life outside of CrossFit? I have always loved music. I’m the band nerd of CFM.
What is one goal that you are currently working on? I will do a dang pull-up if it kills me.
Do you have a hidden talent? I think CrossFit is my hidden talent. I have never IN MY LIFE been athletic so when people who have known me for a long time find out I do CrossFit they kind look shocked and then giggle.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I once entered a beauty pageant to make my family laugh. I won. Miss Dogwood 2008 representtttttt.