Athletes of the Month – August

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Congratulations to our August Athletes of the Month, John McCall and Avril Corrigan! Both have gained some amazing developments and progressions over the last few months and we are proud of their achievements so far. Read a bit more below about each of our members and what their achievements to date are and goals for the future!

John McCall

John McCall

John McCall

Thanks so much for selecting me as athlete of the month for August. I am chuffed to be honest and really appreciate all the attention and coaching support you guys give!

1. What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
For work, I run my own business, a construction firm operating in the Dublin area. I get most of my fun and enjoyment from exercise in different forms and, aside from CrossFit, I love open water swimming and am a Chairman of Wicklow Swimming Club. I also run and cycle a fair bit too. When I get some free time it’s likely you’ll find me in a quiet corner of some pub with a pint and the crossword!

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit?
The same way as many of us really – a friend suggested I look into it as she reckoned it would suit me. I was then given a rather generous gift of a voucher for my fundamentals and the rest, as they say, is history…

3. When did you first join CFD?
October 2012

4. What was your first WOD in the classes?
I don’t really remember my first class but my earliest CrossFit memory is of me trying not to vomit after a lung-burner of a Saturday morning team WOD. That, and my abysmal first attempt at Fran, stick in my mind from my first few months in CFD. I’m still impressed with myself that I didn’t turn and run away there and then.

5. When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
Pretty much straight away – as cliché as it sounds I loved the atmosphere and the community spirit. It instantly felt more akin to a sports club than a gym which was an unexpected surprise so I knew I would at least enjoy being there. After about a month, when I had a better grasp of the mechanics and the movements, I started to notice a real improvement in my strength and aerobic fitness so I knew I had discovered something I would stay with long-term. I’m nearly two years in CFD now and have never been fitter and it has also helped my swimming too – win, win!

6. What are your short term goals?
Spend a bit of time at establishing where my 1RMs for the various lifts are. A strict bar muscle-up is in me somewhere too…

7.  Long term goals?
Work on my strength and flexibility to be more solid in the Olympic movements and also improve my gymnastic ability.

8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
In sport, completing the Dublin Marathon was a major achievement and I still get tremendous satisfaction out of helping run one of the biggest and oldest swimming clubs in Ireland. Aside from that, buying and renovating our home is the best thing I’ve ever accomplished, albeit with some help from Diarmuid!

9. What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Favourite WOD: I have developed a worrying fondness for Fran of late and I love anything gymnastic.
Favourite Movement: Easy, taking my t-shirt off. I RX that baby every time.

10. What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Least Favourite WOD is also, oddly, Fran, for no other reason than the first few seconds of sheer terror that grip you as you stare at the bar before you start the 45 thrusters.
Least Favourite Movement: Wall balls – I’m not entirely sure they weren’t invented by a crack team of CrossFit haters who want to make sure we die of oxygen-deprived boredom whilst staring at a wall.

11. Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Without hesitation: My advice would be to make sure to go to a minimum of three or four classes per week for the first month to get a proper feel for the group dynamic as it is very different to the fundamentals course.

12. Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
Anything LOUD is great! There’s nothing worse than trying to work out in a quiet room. Conversely, a while back, a coach who shall remain nameless, started playing an old Sinead O’Connor dirge: Total buzz-kill J

13. Bonus question: Most memorable CFD moment?
My eureka moment when I got my first muscle-up and subsequently sprinting over to ring the bell – we don’t ring the bell enough anymore!!

Avril Corrigan

I would like to thank my coaches Lauren and Andy, they are both so kind, patient and thoughtful, they’re great!

Avril is part of our CrossFit Women’s Programme – here is a message from her coaches:

Avril truly deserves the athlete of the month nomination. She trains consistently, works hard and always has a smile on her face. She listens to her coaches and encourages others. Keep up the great work Avril! Coach Andy S

Avril Corrigan has been apart of the women’s morning class in CFD Blackrock for a few years now.  I have been coaching her for the last year and have seen a huge improvement in her in this time. From her flexibility to her posture and general movement. I think she deserves member of the month for her dedication to class and her attitude to changing her lifestyle.  Go Avril!!!! Coach Lauren

1.What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I’m a housewife at home and I enjoy horse racing and walking.

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit?
Mark Duggan first got me involved and my daughter Amy is a member too.

3.When did you first join CFD?
February 2013.

4. What was your first WOD in the classes?
I think it involved those dreaded squats and also some kettle bells!

5.When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
When my clothes started to fit better!! It really makes you feel much better!

6.What are your short term goals?
My short term goals are to keep going and keep staying healthy.

7. Long term goals?
Long term goals are again to keep going to class and continue to eat well and be healthy.

8.What is your greatest accomplishment?
I love trying to keep up with all the young Mums it is great when I can keep up with them all.

9. What is your favourite WOD / movement?
I like the classes that involve lots of different movements, I enjoy rowing, kettle bells and the ring rows.

10. What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
I hate the dreaded squats!!!

11. Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I would recommend it, my daughter is already a member, all I would advise is that it takes a lot of time and commitment

12. Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
I like all the music they play in the gym, I always laugh when Lauren puts on Olly Murs!!!

13. Bonus question: Most memorable CFD moment?
When the clock hits 10.30 at the end of class! Only joking!! I have enjoyed all my time at Crossfit!!

Keep up the good work guys!

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