WHISTLE USER SPOTLIGHT - Maddie Crichton
I recently matched and connected with Maddie Crichton on WHISTLE app and it has been one of most positive connections I have made thus far. After speaking with her and learning more about her I knew I wanted to feature her in this months (and first ever) user spotlight Q&A! Not only is she extremely passionate about fitness, but she is also genuine, kind and extremely supportive! When she found out I was the Founder of WHISTLE she immediately asked if there was anything she could volunteer for and wanted to help us out. I can't thank her enough as she was a key part in our first fitness pop up at Lululemon!
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Q&A - Maddie Crichton
What is your Go to workout?
My work outs usually consist of circuit training and interval training. I typically include free weights, medicine balls, bosu balls, battle ropes, sled pushes, TRX and kettle bells. I try to focus on quick reps and little rest. A typical workout lasts about 45 minutes in total. I am not a huge cardio person but I incorporate bike/ treadmill sprints into my fitness routines. I do enjoy running outside, as I tend to run a few 15k and Half Marathons a year and I am currently training for my first full Marathon!
How long have you been involved in the Toronto fitness scene?
I have always had a passion for sports and fitness but it wasn't until a few years ago that I realized I wanted to get more involved in fitness communities and even start my own bootcamps. I remember going to a series Nike held called #chooseyourwinter a few years ago and feeling so inspired by being with so many individuals who shared in the same excitement and passion that I did for health and fitness. From there, I made it a point to sign up for as many fitness events as I could, and continue to seek out new events today. There are so many great fitness opportunities for people to participate in and I think that the Whistle App allows people to experience these events together.
What is your favourite gym/studio?
I am a GoodLife member so I do most of my training there, however, I always get excited to try new places. Two recent spaces I enjoyed working out at were the Attic Lulu Lemon on Queen Street and Cali Love located on King Street. I love seeing how an empty room in such an unexpected space can be turned into a place where fitness communities are being made. Both The Attic and Cali Love are doing a great job at this.
You downloaded the whistle app, do you find the app useful?
When I came across the Whistle app, the first think I thought was, "Wow! Now why didn't I think of this idea!" I loved the concept of finding like minded individuals in my city that share the same passion for fitness as me. I think the app is a great tool on so many levels. It allows you to build friendships with people in your city based on common interests and it is great for people who need that partner to get them motivated for and through their work outs. My favourite part about the app is connecting with individuals who can add a different work out to my usual routines and challenge me with new exercises. I think being able to learn from others and switch up your regular routine is so important and building relationships is an added bonus!
Have you made any matches that have stood out?
I have matched with a few people that I had recognized from attending fitness events around the city that I had not necessarily had a chance to connect with during the actual events. It has been cool to see some familiar faces on the app and be able to reach out and schedule some work outs together!
You recently attended a whistle fitness class, what did you think?
I had such a great time at the Whistle App workout at the Attic Lulu Lemon with Dylan Thomas. The work out consisted of several different stations that incorporated different pieces of equipment that targeted several muscle groups, which made for a pretty intense full body work out! The atmosphere was electric and people were encouraging their friends and even strangers to keep going. I think that's one of my favourite parts about group workouts- everyone is in each other's corner, whether you know the person next to you or not. I also found that a lot of the exercises were ones you could replicate in your own gym or at home with just a few pieces of equipment, which allows people to take what they have learned and continue using them in their fitness journey.
Do you find a work out buddy helps to keep you accountable?
I absolutely think that having a buddy can help keep you accountable. Everyone has those days they just don't feel like getting to the gym or to their fitness class. I think that knowing someone else is expecting you to show up can be the push that we sometimes need to get ourselves out of the door. A partner can also encourage you and help you see the progress you are making on your journey that you may not be able to see yourself.