Name: Maddy Curley
Occupation: Coach at Brick CrossFit, Actress, Writer, CrossFit L1 Instructor
Maddy Curley has some impressive CrossFit stats including a 5th place team finish at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, and finishing 11th in the world in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Open. In 2013 her team (Brick Nation) qualified for the Games for a second time, but was DQ'ed after failing to meet eligibility requirements. Brick Nation is back and stronger than ever for the 2014 season. The team finished 11th Worldwide and 2nd in their Region during the 2014 CrossFt Open. This impressive finish has earned the team a spot at Regionals and a chance to qualify for the 2014 CrossFit Games.
Getting stronger is definitely a priority for Maddy in the CrossFit world, but this is not the only world that she lives in, and making it to the Games is not her only goal. Maddy is also a working actress who wants to make feature films. She has been struggling to find her place in Hollywood because even though she is small compared to other CrossFit athletes, she “feels huge” compared to the actresses that she is competing with for parts. Bigger is better in CrossFit, but not in Hollywood.
Maddy's fit look became a point of contention with her (former) acting manager. He told her that her strong arms made her unmarketable in Hollywood and that she couldn't be strong and muscular if she wanted to be a successful actress.
"I decided to choose strength. In an industry where rejection is a daily part of life, for any actor or writer, CrossFit was the one thing I had that gave me a daily chance to succeed, to finish a WOD, to PR on a lift, to compete. I didn't want to take away the one thing that gave me confidence and happiness."
Maddy's decision to choose strength ended up costing her a manager, but it has not cost her a career in acting or kept her from pursuing a life that is fulfilling on all levels. To watch her compete and to hear her speak so passionately about the things she loves, you know this woman is not a quitter inside or outside the gym.
Maddy believes strongly in changing the perception of women through film. One way to get more strong female figures in mainstream media is through independent projects such as Chalk It Up. Not only does Maddy want to get more athletic women in front of the camera, she also wants portray them in a different light.
"Gymnastics has been a part of my life since age four. I'm a very girly girl at heart, but I've also been athletic my whole life. I can't remember a time when I didn't have calluses. I don't think athletic girls need to be pigeon holed as jocks or "tough girls". I think this film shows that you can have a balance between being in love and valuing a relationship with a man and also valuing your own goals and achievements as a strong woman."
Finding work as an actress while training at the elite CrossFit level has proven to be challenging. Maddy's dedication to both disciplines has been tested over and over again. Too big. Too small. Too fit. Not fit enough. Success here. Failure there. Maddy has learned to trust her own instincts, to choose strength, and is figuring out how to make that choice work for her on all fronts.
We are proud to call Maddy a Fashletics Ambassador because she embodies the true meaning of strength from the inside out. Through training, coaching, and acting she is helping to redefine what it means to be a strong, beautiful woman.