Once Timid, Now One Of The Strongest

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Maddy Kinnarney hasn’t always considered herself an athlete. When she first walked into Force her head was always down, and her conversation always short. What she lacked in confidence when she first started training about a year and a half ago she made up for in consistency.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Maddy could be found at the gym working just a little bit harder than the previous day. 

Coach Derek says, “I remember the first day she came in. She was very timid and self-conscious, we were doing a one-on-one warm-up, and I had her do a lunge. She fell down on the turf, and scraped her knee pretty bad, and looked a little defeated. I wasn’t really sure how the session was going to go.”

Since then, Maddy has never looked back.

“I knew that was the pivot point,” Derek said. “Because it was all uphill from there. She completed her workout anyway that very first day, and has not looked back since; and her confidence and skills increased each session thereafter.”

Not once did she let failure get in her way. She now walks into the gym with her head held high as she loads plates onto the bar, and moves more weight than she (or Derek) could have probably ever imagined.

“I used to be so scared of being noticed or talking too loud,” Maddy said. “I didn’t want people to look at me, but now I rarely ever feel like that anymore.”

Maddy tried out for her school lacrosse team last spring, and had a pretty successful season learning how to play, meeting new people, and even getting some varsity playing time.

“This was my first season playing, and I had a blast,” Maddy said. “I’m typically really shy, and it gave me an opportunity to interact with a lot of new people.”

Since that first day at Force falling during her warm-up, Maddy has progressed to 500 pound prowler pushes (which she says are her favorite), 150 pound squats, and over 200 pound deadlifts. Other Force clients have even spotted her at the local YMCA on her days away from Force putting extra time and effort into getting stronger using what she’s learned here.

“Force has helped me walk into any random gym, and have an idea of what to do and how to do it,” Maddy said. “Before, I wouldn’t have even known how to use the dumbbells or squat racks. Force has given me so much knowledge about fitness, how to use equipment properly, and the confidence to go anywhere and know what I’m doing.”

When Maddy isn’t at Force or at school (she’s a junior at Bloomington South High School) she likes to edit videos, bake, and practice her lacrosse moves. 

“I feel so much happier in all aspects of my life now,” Maddy said. “I like who I am, and what I’m doing. I have loads more confidence in myself, and I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”

Maddy says the one thing she hopes for her future in fitness is just to continue getting stronger.

“I’m sick, and tired of focusing on how I look,” Maddy said. “I want to focus on being strong, to me that’s what it’s all about.”

Her favorite movement at Force is pushing the prowler because of how strong it makes her feel, and she has even given some thought to trying out for her school basketball team because of her shift in confidence.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned from Force is that fitness is not linear,” Maddy said. “Sometimes you have to go down before you can go up, and that’s okay. You just have to know that you’ll get there eventually, you just have to keep trying!”

In Health,

Coach Tessa

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