When we think about total body transformation stories at ThirdSpace, Madilyn Rossi's story can't be ignored or forgotten. Since signing up almost a year ago, she's gone from no gym Madi to gym junky Madi, and her progress is inspiring! She's dropped weight, leaned up, and grew some major muscle. You gotta' check out her transformation pictures and if you're curious about how she did it, she spills the beans here on our ThirdSpace Blog!

Name: Madilyn Rossi

Nicknames: Madi, Holly

Age: 29

Hometown: Napa

Occupation: Account Executive at Coyote Creek Consulting


How long have you been at ThirdSpace and what brought you here?

I joined in August 2017, so almost a year. I live right across the street, and I was curious about this gym but was nervous because I knew it was a Crossfit gym. So I put it off and then one day I was walking my dog, walked past and decided to go inside and check it out. Danielle signed me up for the intro one week trial and I fell in love with the classes. Signed up for the full membership soon after.

What classes do you take? (TRX/CrossFit/3SX/Yoga/Weightlifting/Other)

I primarily take TRX Functional, TRX Yoga and 3SX, but I plan on starting CrossFit this summer.

What are some of the positive changes you’ve noticed about yourself since taking on ThirdSpace classes?

I actually like and crave working out now. To go from someone who has NEVER had a gym membership, to now taking 4-5 classes a week and also putting in work outside the gym, is a huge transformation for me. I have also noticed that my whole goal mindset has changed. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale to reach a "goal weight," I instead focus on workout goals, like being able to do a rope climb or getting a handstand. The weight loss is nice of course, but it has become more secondary. 

What are your fitness goals for summer?

I want to do more CrossFit classes and be able to do lifts like snatches, cleans and jerks. I would love to get a muscle up and also a handstand off the wall. 


Have you taken on any health/fitness/nutrition challenges recently?  

I participated in the No Sugar No Grain (NSNG) Challenge in January and have continued eating that way. I was doing it a little bit before January but not religiously. Once the challenge started at Thirdspace I was all in and took it more seriously. I do the Ketogenic diet combined with Intermittent Fasting, where I fast for 16-18 hours and eat in a 6-8 hour time window. At first, I thought I would not have enough energy to do the workouts, but after a few weeks my body adjusted and I found that I actually had more energy. 

Since October of 2017, I have lost 22 lbs and dropped 4 sizes. It feels great and now that I am leaner I am able to accomplish more fitness goals that I had. I plan on continuing to practice an NSNG lifestyle because it is now a habit and my body feels way better eating this way. 

Favorite workout?

Tire flips and jumping squats (I know I'm crazy)

Least favorite workout?:

Wall balls because I can't feel my face after, and burpees because they suck


Favorite post-workout meal?

I would say either a Quest Cookie (chocolate chip), protein shake or a P3 protein pack

Proudest ThirdSpace moment:

Either when I got my first rope climb or my first pull up. I had been struggling with both and made it my goal to get them. The rope climb was more technique with my footing, but I was so excited when I finally got it and made it all the way to the top!

For the pull-up, I was convinced that I would never be able to do it. I had bursitis in my shoulder from a car accident and pretty much just accepted that I wouldn't be able to do many shoulder exercises. But Coach Lance pushed me and built up my confidence and one day I was able to make it up all the way with my chin over the bar. It was an amazing accomplishment for me.


Strangest thing we would find in your gym bag:

Booty bands

What does ThirdSpace mean to you: 

ThirdSpace is my motivator, anti-depressant, and little fitness family. I have accomplished so much more than what I thought I was capable of before joining. Like a lot of girls you are always nervous about joining a CrossFit gym because you don't want to get "too bulky" and want to be toned but not big. And I will admit I was focused more on weight loss when I joined. But now my whole mindset has changed and I am stronger than I have ever been. I am setting goals that I wouldn't have even thought was a possibility, and I love my muscles!