Before coming to MadLab, Nathalie Maurer was a Canadian national team rower. She made it all the way to the World Championships as a rower, and collected a couple of Pan American Games medals during her career, as well.
With a master’s degree to her name, when she retired from rowing she moved on to pursue a career in engineering. For the first time in a long time, she found herself losing fitness rapidly.
“I was feeling unfit and missed the team and competitive atmosphere in my day-to-day life,” Maurer said. “I had a feeling functional fitness would be a good thing for me, but what I didn’t antiquate is the MadLab community and all of the new friends I would make.”
She has been with us since 2011 and says she’s a different person now than she was back then. And somewhere along the way, she has managed to turn herself into one of the most bad-ass women in the facility.
“I love the variety of experiences I’ve had while at MadLab—from competing in my first MadLab competition to competing at Regionals—my competitive spirit has been easily fulfilled,” she said, adding that she loves being part of a team.
“Although we’re not always competing as a team in the strictest sense, there’s an extra push you get when there’s a person next to you working just as hard as you are,” she said.
But even more than fulfilling her needs as a competitor, Maurer has grown as a human being, and she credits this to the MadLab community, who accepts her unconditionally, including the coaches.
“The coaching I’ve gotten at Madlab has been some of the best I’ve ever received, and it’s not just coaching on lifting technique or pull-ups, it’s on lifestyle and health that’s been just as important,” she said. “I will keep walking through that door for years to come.”