Congratulations to Mimi Mahon, our June 2019 Member of the Month! Mimi joined Commonwealth in March and immediately made a positive impact on our community. She engages with the community by being a supportive and encouraging athlete and by setting a good example of work ethic and consistency (and it's always great to have another strong woman at the gym!) She is sharing her enthusiasm about Commonwealth in the greater community and has already invited new members in. We are thrilled to have Mimi at Commonwealth, congratulations!
Do you have any nicknames?
My name, Mimi, is actually a nickname I was given by my triplet siblings when I was growing up because I always said “me me”. My given name is Meredith.
Where are you from?
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
What brought you to CWCF?
I recently moved to Medford and was referred to CrossFit Commonwealth by Matt Callahan who works with me at Tufts University.
What classes do you usually attend?
Wed/Fri Barbell Club + 6:30a CrossFit
What do you love about CWCF?
I like the laid back yet competitive atmosphere. It is clear everyone wants to work hard and get better, but there is also a very friendly, open and supportive vibe. I felt like part of the community from the minute I walked through the door.
What do you do outside of CrossFit?
I am a personal trainer at Healthworks in Cambridge and the assistant softball coach at Tufts University.
What is something about you we might not know?
I am a kidney donor. I donated one of my kidneys in January of 2017 to another person in order for my mom to receive a good match for her.
Who is your superhero?
What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Snatch. I love the Olympic lifts, particularly the snatch, because it requires both strength and proper technique. The combination of strength, skill and athleticism make this a movement that I enjoy working on for years and years.
What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?
I have been focused on weightlifting in barbell class on Wednesdays and Fridays. My short term goals are to be able to match my personal bests of a 175lb snatch and a 215lb clean and jerk. I also am participating in a 1RM deadlift competition in August and would like to deadlift 300lbs that day.
What motivates or inspires you?
I am motivated by the desire to always do and be better. Having set backs, whether it’s moving, have a major surgery, overcoming injuries, changing jobs etc. are all part of life but what keeps me coming back for more is the desire to continue to be and do more. I believe wholeheartedly in the idea of training and competing for life.
What is your best tip for new members? It is important to both be patient and consistent when it comes to CrossFit. Building muscle and improving on the high skill movements that CrossFit entails require both patience and consistent effort. Embrace every challenge thrown your way and allow yourself to celebrate the success and progress you have along your journey.