Athletes of The Month – Lucy Fry & Martin Lynch

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Big congrats to Lucy and Martin on becoming CFSL’s Athlete of the Month. Read on to find out why and to hear about it in their own words.

Lucy because:
You push yourself all the time
You always have a smile on your face
You really want to achieve and work on your weaknesses
You are immersing yourself within the community
You shout about CFSL to everyone
You have come on as a Crossfitter and we can see you getting better & Stronger
and you are just a great member to us and the other members
Martin because:
You have made serious gains in your strength and especially mobility
You work on your weaknesses
You are always chatting to members and with a smile on your face
You welcome newbies and make them feel comfortable
You are working on your strength and trying to improve weaker areas in strength
and you are just a great member to us and the other members

Lucy Fry

how did you get involved in CF?

I was intrigued by how CF seems to get some people in the fitness industry really furious and anything that’s controversial interests me on a work level as a writer (because where there’s an argument, there’s a story) so…I first came to CFSL on the hunt for features and ended up writing a couple of articles about it. But it quickly got personal; I met some really interesting and driven people and felt like I’d found my tribe, not to mention found the most challenging and varied fitness system I’d ever come across.

 

first wod ever?

First ‘rabbit hole’ WOD (ie. where I went right down a dark physical and mental cavern)? First WOD where everything just fell apart? First WOD where I felt really good and like my training was paying off? They’re all so different. And unpredictable. Every WOD feels like the first one ever. But the first benchmark WODs I remember doing were FRAN and FIGHT GONE BAD.

 

when did you start coming to CFSL?

April, 2013. I had some big plans for myself! Since then, those plans have got smaller, but I’ve got stronger, fitter and happier.

 

when did you realise CF was right for you?

When Michael told me: “It’s black and white. It’s do or don’t do. You won’t have time to think. It’ll be the hardest part of your day. And then it’s done.” (Or something along those lines). I was drawn to that because, ever since I was very young, I’ve wanted a quieter, calmer mind and, after Crossfit, there’s a sense of peace.

But I also began to really feel at home at CFSL when I started making friends. Crossfit has taught me that I’m an extrovert who’s a real team player. I thought I was a loner who hated team sport!

 

what are your short term and long term goals?  

Short term: practice better movement and improve mobility, train smart and avoid injury. Long term: Keep learning about myself and training in general, get leaner, get fit and strong as f***! I also want to write more (articles, a book perhaps?) about Crossfit; its systems, its characters, its heart.

 

what is your biggest accomplishment?

Participating in the Throwdown I think… that was really challenging and I stress a lot about formal competition of any sort but really pushed myself hard that day.

 

what is your favorite wod/movements?

Kipping pull up (working on stringing them together…), double unders, box jumps. Longer, endurance based stuff.

 

least favourite?

I hate the way thrusters make me feel (completely shafted). I’m fairly new to Olympic lifts like clean, jerk, and snatch, and I’m utterly rubbish at the narrow grip press ups we do at CF, but I’m working on it

 

what do you do for a profession outside CF?

Journo & Personal Trainer.

 

Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?

Sure, anyone can do it – scaled – but that doesn’t mean Crossfit is for everyone. It’s very intense and quite extreme. But it has a lot to offer people who want to listen. To progress with CF, you need a few demons lurking, a love of competition or an athletic (or aesthetic) goal / reason to be there. But I’d advise achieving a base level of fitness first, and also proceeding with caution. Make sure you research your coaches and feel confident in them and ask lots of questions if you need to. I’m starting to understand that being a Crossfitter means taking a long and undulating journey (and you’ll screw up along the way). Most of all, if you have a feeling something is really too heavy, or hurting you, STOP. Even your coach can’t get inside your body; they can’t take all the responsibility. You have to look after yourself and back off when you need and… Watch. That. Ego.

 

Martin Lynch

how did you get involved in CF?

In an effort to keep my lovely Wife happy I was looking to replace my existing endurance training with something which saw similar results within a reduced training load requirement.

first wod ever?

Rabbit Hole WOD – took 7 minutes plus, half of which was spent doing 10 questionable pullups!

when did you start coming to CFSL?

April13

when did you realise CF was right for you?

When Pricey put a wooden stick over my head and asked me to do a squat and I looked like an 80 year old arthritic sufferer.  I am pretty competitive by nature but love the motivational aspects of a squad training environment. That coupled with the genuine eye opener of how a lack of mobility effects performance. Also coming previously from a professionally coached squad environment, I cannot express how important I find it to have a professionally ran programme where you have confidence in the coaching team and the programme that you are following. It removes all the concerns if the programme is correct for you and if you are following it correctly.

what are your short term and long term goals?

Short Term: Kipping Pullups

Long Term: MOBILITY, MOBILITY, MOBILITY, Stop squatting like a new born deer, MOBILITY, MOBILITY, MOBILITY,

what is your biggest accomplishment?

I’ll have to go with best beard in the box? Cant think of anything else. Palest Irish man?

what is your favorite wod/movements?

Anything WOD’s that is long and consisting of non-complicated movements.

least favourite?

Thrusters. Last time we did Jackie I think I did 45 cleans, 45 font squats and 45 strict presses.

what do you do for a profession outside CF?

Finance

Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?

Couldn’t recommend it anymore especially to those from endurance backgrounds with mobility “issues”.

Advise wise:

Try to come into Crossfit with some basic physical conditioning as you’ll enjoy it more.

Work the movements rather than the weight. Ignore the numbers they’ll go up on their own accord.

You can have bad days but at least you turned up.

Sleep, rest, nutrition, mobility are all as key to your athletic development as training itself. Treat them all equally.

Spent time working on your weakest areas.

Don’t carry metal skipping ropes as aircraft carry on. Apparently it looks like bomb wiring.

 

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