May 2018 Athletes of the Month

May 2018 Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to Patrick and Camilla for being selected by our coaches as the athletes of the month.  Your hard work does not go unnoticed.  Keep up the good work!

 

Q&A with Patrick Foyle

1> Where are you from?

I am from outside a town called Mountmellick in Co. Laois and have been living in Dublin for the last 20 years.  Ranelagh is now home.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?

I work as a lawyer for a telecommunications company.  I do a bit of running – probably not as much as I would like since I started Crossfit – and I like cooking, going to live music and travel. 

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?

I used to pass the front door of Crossfit every day on the way to work and would think, that all looks a bit mad and full-on, but then two work colleagues, Eoin and Mark, who are Perpetua members, recommended it to me and I have been hooked ever since.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?

I am just coming up to the end of my first year.

5> Why do you do CrossFit?

I’ve recently turned 48, so I’m getting on a bit.  Over the last few years, every sport I did, I was going backwards and I was definitely feeling like I was in decline, physically.  After a year of Crossfit, my fitness has really improved, so I feel I can still happily resist, for a little while longer, the prospect of going totally middle-aged and buying a set of golf clubs and a Pringle cardigan. 

6> How often do you train?

I try to get in 5 to 6 times every week.

7> What are your fitness goals?

To stay injury free, and to continue to make improvements in my fitness. 

8> What is your greatest achievement?

So far, fairly basic stuff, like completing 100 single-unders without strangling myself on the skipping rope and managing to launch myself in to the position to do a hand-stand push-up (even if the push-ups are still eluding me).

9> What or who motivates you?

The ethos of Crossfit is great. Everyone is equally encouraged and supported to achieve, and pushed to surpass, their fitness goals, regardless of how ambitious (or modest) these are. 

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?

I used to have a morbid fear of box-jumps (and I bear the scars on my shins from my early encounters) but actually really like these now.  If there is Crossfit in hell it will be an eternal AMRAP of Assault Bike and Turkish Get-ups.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?

I would definitely recommend Crossfit.  I would advise starting light on everything, listen to the coaches and ask questions, and also to stick to base WODs for 6 months to build up strength and minimise injury. 

12> Favourite cheat meal?

Pizza.

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?

The coaches are very fine people. They create a great welcoming, inclusive and positive environment.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?

Most memorable was this year’s Open.  It was great to take part and it was really good way for getting to meet people. 

 

Q&A with Camilla Christensen

 

1> Where are you from? 

I am from Odense in Denmark – the city of the first Vikings, H. C. Andersen, and funny (some would say cute)

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?

 I work as a Relationship Manager in Intercom, where I spend the day helping existing customers get value out of the product they have bought. When I’m not in work or in Perpetua, I like to spend my day cooking, reading, and planning new challenges to complete – and if the lovely Irish weather allows it, I looove a good hike

3> How did you find out about CrossFit? 

Back in Denmark, I lived above a CrossFit box. Every morning on my way to work, I stopped to look through the big windows, and I saw all these people throw heavy things around, looking really sharp and fit. Being slightly overweight with a fitness level at an all time low, I decided to walk in and give it a go myself.

It was a grey and cold January morning in 2015, and I still remember my first workout for time: 21-15-9 ring rows & burpees – oh boy, I was struggling! It was the toughest thing I’d done in a long time, but I felt a great sense of achievement after completing it. So I came back… and the rest is history!

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua? 

Since March 2016

5> Why do you do CrossFit?

I enjoy the variety in CrossFit and the fact that you need to master so many disciplines fairly well. I have a habit of getting bored after a while if I don’t see any development or results, and I guess that was why the regular commercial gym didn’t work for me.

With CrossFit, I can’t get bored because there is always something to work on and get better at – whether that is improving a physical movement, challenging your mindset to overcome hard strenuous workouts, or optimising your nutrition to get the most out of your training. CrossFit is much more than just doing a 60 minute class, it’s a lesson in personal development and self-improvement. And that’s why I love it so much.

6> How often do you train? 

I train 5-6 times a week

7>What are your fitness goals? 

Currently, I am working on getting leaner to improve the way I move and the pace I move in. I’d also love to get better at gymnastics, which requires a lot of skill focused work, so that’s also a goal at the moment.

8> What is your greatest achievement? 

I learned to handstand walk 10.5m in 30 days – as I am not naturally gifted with amazing gymnastic skills, I suffered through about a million nasty falls, but I eventually got there by practising 10-30 minutes every day.

9> What or who motivates you?

Having a goal is extremely important for my motivation. It keeps me focused, disciplined, and committed long term, and gives me something tangible to measure to keep track of my progress.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?

I reeeeeaaally dislike thrusters and wall balls – especially workouts with high volumes of both. I’m more a DU, box jump, DB snatch, and burpee kinda girl

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out? 

My advise to anyone new to CrossFit would be to take it slow, get familiar with the movements, and don’t get carried away loading the bar too quickly just because everyone else is doing it. You are your own benchmark, so don’t compare yourself to anyone else than yourself – that’s how you measure impact and results.

12> Favorite cheat meal? 

I’m currently on a diet plan, so I dream a lot about cheat meals these days. Right now, the biggest craving I have is a nice and fluffy warm toasted bun with butter.

13> Favorite thing about Perpetua?

The community in Perpetua is priceless and part of the reason I look forward to go every day – it’s my family away from home. Every member is – in their own way – contributing to creating the good vibes and a stellar atmosphere.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua? 

There are quite a few. I quite enjoy the gymnastic classes – mostly because Johnson gives conventional movements strange names, so that the coach teaching the class needs to YouTube the movement to find out what it is