Former Irish professional dancer Maeve Madden started the community, born during the covid-19 lockdown restrictions in 2020
Maeve Madden is the founder of the Queens Don’t Quit community. She is a former professional dancer, best-selling author and personal trainer. Maeve has also been educating women, helping them improve their health, body confidence and find new love for fitness for over a decade. She helps her clients become fitter, stronger, happier and more confident in their bodies, all from the confines of their own home.
Madden, who created Queens Don’t Quit at the start of the pandemic, explains the inspiration behind it. “Exercise has always been an integral part of my life and I wanted to be able to give something to anyone stuck at home to help people feel physically and mentally positive. I knew that with my professional dance training and my years of training experience, I could create a fun, positive workout to old 90s music that people would enjoy,” she says.
Unfortunately, she suffered an injury that ended her career as a professional dancer. “I was the victim of a career accident. It was a minor knee injury, but we had to go to New York a few days later to play and I had to rest for six weeks. I decided to enroll in university at that time,” she says.
Madden is impressed with the fitness culture in Dubai and praises the city in general. “Dubai is a vibrant and dynamic city with an incredible fitness culture. There are so many opportunities here to move your body; from hiking to water sports, outdoor walks, workouts and more, there really is something for everyone. In such a culturally diverse city, fitness is something we can all do together. »
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, is an inspiration to the people of the emirate, she adds. “His numerous fitness initiatives and his ambitious vision for the future are a great encouragement for everyone to move. Likewise, Expo 2020 Dubai presented several exciting opportunities. For example, the Ireland Pavilion at the Expo also recognizes these opportunities and this was reflected in various sporting events that took place on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, including the fitness class I hosted and the family activities of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) at the Festival Garden. It was an exciting experience,” she said.
The event was a great success and the participants belonged to dozens of nationalities. “Expo 2020 Dubai is the perfect place to achieve this goal, as 192 countries are represented, including a large community of fitness enthusiasts. I am delighted to represent Ireland at Expo and to be part of a inclusive fitness initiative that embodies the underlying message of the flagship event,” she said.
Queens Don’t Quit has been a hit since its UK debut two years ago. Although there are several success stories, she chooses to highlight a recent case study. “Brittany, our Queens Don’t Quit member, joined the mobile app and lost 20.4 kilograms with a new approach to fitness, health and wellness that emphasizes both on the physical and emotional aspect of exercise. Brittany embarked on a holistic fitness journey that included strength training, healthy eating and mental coaching. Her regimented lifestyle has helped her gain a newfound confidence that has yielded incredible results,” she says.
Anyone who wants to become a member of Queens Don’t Quit and train live with her can simply register at www.live.maevemadden.com. His workouts are open to everyone, whether you are a beginner or ready to take on a new challenge.