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December Athlete of the Month – Melissa Cogzell

Here in the Athletic Zone we’re all on this journey ‘to be better’ as a team – What it means to you ‘to be better’ will be different to the next person; and their level of compliance and commitment ‘to be better’ will also be different to yours.

Where ever you are at, one thing is for sure it is not easy. Is it worth it? You know the answer to that, of course it is. This quest to be better, to constantly challenge yourself and each other, is what keeps you coming back day after day, week after week, month after month. This is the CrossFit community. An incredibly supportive, motivating and fun environment that helps people achieve a level of fitness and health that can’t be replicated.

Challenges, successes and triumphs shared with the entire support of the AZ group every step of the way, can simply not be underestimated!

Each month we recognise one of our athletes. This athlete may or may not know how much they are inspiring those around them with their achievements in and out of the Athletic Zone.


Congratulations to our Athletic Zone December Athlete of the Month – Mel Cogzell!


Mel is not only our December Athlete of the Month, but was also awarded our Female Bloody Legend Award for 2016.

I’m very happy and proud to call Mel a dear friend of my family. Mel has been training with me for 15 years, since my first tiny little studio when I was training Mel’s mum AKA Rocky, who might I say is one of the most amazing, happy and positive people I’ve ever met. It’s clear the ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree‘ and that is why Mel is a bloody Legend. Mel will have a crack at anything, with a smile on her face. EXCEPT if it includes running. She fully embraces our Yin and Yang philosophy, is always welcoming and encouraging to fellow athletes and is just an all-round extremely good person.

Congratulations Mel for being our 2016 Female Bloody Legend and our December Athlete of the month! I’m looking forward to seeing your WOD, I’m guessing there won’t be any running?


A few moments with Mel:

When did you start doing CrossFit?  The very first day that the Athletic Zone opened.

Most Loved WOD/Movement?  Definitely strength sessions – deadlift, benchpress, cleans and snatches.

Least Favourite WOD/Movement?   RUNNING!!!  Unless I’m being chased by a lion or a crazed psychopath then I see no need to run.  If I ever had to run for my life, I wouldn’t last very long.

Favourite Cheat Meal?  Probably a Grill’d burger with zucchini fries or maybe a Beccofino pizza.

Proudest Moment?  Definitely winning the 2016 Legend at the Christmas party this year.  For someone who has never won anything sports related it was a pretty good moment for me.   

And the time I did the Kangaroo Point / City run with Mark Vaiao wearing a weights vests.  That would be the most traumatic / satisfying thing I’ve ever done (and there wasn’t a lion or crazed psychopath in sight!!)

 What was your goal when joining the Athletic Zone?    I didn’t really know anything about Crossfit when I started but I’d been doing the Strong and Lean Program upstairs so thought I’d give it a go.

What is your 6month goal?   To get to 60kgs on my bench press.  I can’t seem to get past 57.5kgs.

 Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?    Most definitely.  I now look at inanimate objects and wonder if I can lift them!  I’ve also met some fantastic people who I now call my friends and this has brought much more than just fitness to my life.

 What is your number 1 tip for someone looking to get healthier?  As Darren said to me earlier this year when I was thinking of quitting Crossfit, “You just need to be consistent, Mel”, which I think is a really good tip for anyone.  Just get in there and keep trying, day in and day out because I’ve learnt that it’s not about being the fittest or the strongest or the most buff.  It’s about doing your best every day and that’s what it’s really about at the Athletic Zone.  Find something that you love doing and focus on being the best that YOU can be and your health will automatically improve (and I’m so happy I took Darren’s advice and didn’t quit!).

If you were to create a WOD and name it after yourself, it would be:

Mel’s Madness (might need refinement from an actual Coach!)

  • Buy in – a cheeky 500m on the rower
  • 5 rounds of 5 (60% of your 1RM – does that sound about right?)

    • Deadlift

    • Benchpress

  • Finish with a cheeky 20cals on the Airdyne

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