Athletes of the Month – David Walters & Shirley Darlington

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Congrats to David Walters and Shirley Darlington on becoming the first members for 2014 nominated for Athletes of the Month.

David

how did you get involved in CF?
My brother, Michael, told me about it when it first started up, but I’ve never really had the opportunity to actually do anything about it. After 13 years of regular gym and cardio stuff, I was bored and I wanted to do more and work harder, with likeminded people, in an encouraging environment.

first wod ever?
Fight Gone Bad. Very keen to try this again and see how I’ve improved since I first stared back in September.

when did you start coming to CFSL?
September 2013.

when did you realise CF was right for you?
Not as soon as I would have liked. I’d done an intro session elsewhere and it sucked; the coach was not someone I could imagine working with or helping me to grow. It wasn’t until a few years later, working with Michael Price’s brother whilst he visited CFSL, that my interest was really sparked. I wanted to see what I could do with CrossFit, who I could do it with, and what it would do to me. What really makes me show up every day though is getting to be coached by Rusty. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in Jan of this year, and that makes training, and competing extra hard. Most of my journey thus far has been under Rusty’s supervision and has been as successful as it has been because of the trust built between the two of us. Having someone that coaches really well but also appreciates the challenges I face in addition to the workout makes a massive difference. I don’t think CrossFit is for me. I think CrossFit with everyone at CrossFit South London is for me, and there’s a big difference.

what are your short term and long term goals?
My short term goals are:
· Take my snatch from 55kg to 80kg.

· Take my clean from 85kg to 100kg.

· Take my back squat from 105.5kg to 140kg.

· Take my strict press from 75kg to 90kg (current bodyweight is 74kg)

· To place in the top three at every London League throw down.

· Doubleunders.

My long term goals:

· To place well in the Battle of London RX next year (I placed 45th in the scaled version, out of about 520)

· To compete in the Battle of London.

· To compete in the Masters CrossFit games (9 years to go!)

what is your biggest accomplishment?
I was really happy that we came 3rd in the first London League throw down. Sonia and Niall were, and are, awesome, and a WOD isn’t the same without them; I hope to team up with them both again for future competitions. 3rd was great, but even better because I’d only been doing CrossFit for 2 months. I don’t think of Diabetes as a disadvantage, but I can’t forget that it does sometimes hold me back or wipe me out entirely; I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my loving girlfriend, Laura, and brother Michael, who encourage me to push through in their own special ways.

what is your favorite wod/movements?
Favourite movements are burpees, muscle ups, push ups, strict press, and thrusters.

least favourite?
Double unders. I suck at them. I also can’t stand Bulgarian split squats.

what do you do for a profession outside CF?
Business and Technology Analyst for an investment firm.

Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?
Yes. I signed my girlfriend up as soon as I could. I also plan on getting my youngest brother signed up as soon as he gets to London, but he doesn’t know it yet. As for advice; just don’t stop, everything else will sort itself out.

Shirley

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN CF?
I did a Parkour session with the awesome Lucy Fry for a column in her blog – we followed each other on Twitter – she posted about CFSL – I checked out their website – sent Michael an email for the following day’s intro, and never looked back!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST WOD?
The baseline, then Jackie with strict pull ups.. during my intro! Thanks for that Philly! 😉

WHEN DID YOU START COMING TO CFSL?
The end of June 2013.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE CF WAS RIGHT FOR YOU?
A week or two in I was hooked and thinking about the things I would have to change in order to make space for it in my life. But more than anything – it was Crossfit South London that was right for me! Awwww 😉 haha

WHAT ARE YOUR SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM GOALS?
Right now I’m mainly working on my handstands. I’m also working on improving my jerk and snatch – serious lack of commitment going on, ha! Long term, to get stronger, faster and more efficient, to train mindfully, and to remember that I’m training for life, not for one hardcore year.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Not eating a whole jar of nut butter in one sitting. 😛

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WOD/MOVEMENTS?
That’s super hard.. my favourites are probably the olympic lifts, pull ups, muscle ups, handstands and box jumps. I don’t have a particularly favourite WOD yet. 😉

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE WOD/MOVEMENTS?
Funnily enough I don’t really like box jumps in a WOD. Double unders and running (on concrete) inflame my knee at the mo too – so I can’t really train them much and as a result I suck at them! As soon as the inflammation isn’t an issue, they’ll definitely be a priority! Haha! Rowing and I don’t get on very well either.. we’re working things out slowly though. 🙂

WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION OUTSIDE OF CF?
I’m a Parkour coach.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND CF TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
Most definitely! Crossfit has a lot to offer! I’d advise them to make sure the place they choose has good coaches and programming too (like ouuuur box!). I’m not really fond of the whole ‘go hard or go home’ mentality every time you train, if you haven’t established quality of movement first, that kinda shiz can get you injured.

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