Athlete's of the Month – Rob Kenny & Renata O Donnell

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Congrats to our Athlete’s of the Month – Rob ‘100%’ Kenny and Renata ‘RenRen’ O Donnell.

Have a read of the below to find out why and what they think about achieving the award.

Rob because:

You have lost 6kg and look awesome and healthier

You show up when you say you will, no matter what the WOD

You make others feel welcome

You have made serious movement gains

You are getting stronger

and just a general great member to us and other members

Ren because:

The energy you bring to the class

The social side of you in class

The willingness to take on advice and convert it into good movement

Making others feel welcome

Spreading the good word about CFSL

Moving a lot better & getting stronger since you started

Your constant screaming of others to push themselves, especially in rowing

and just a general great member to us and other members

 

Rob 100% (Rob Kenny)

How did you get involved in CF?

Philly had told me all about Crossfit for a few years now and I’d committed to giving it a go as soon as he got a box set up in central London location, plus I’d missed being involved in a team sport environment and wasn’t getting enough out of the gym sessions I was doing.  Allen Chilten was also a big advocate of the CF phenomenon and pushed me to give it a try! 

First wod ever?

Cindy!  Wow – did I find out how unfit I was pretty quickly!

 

When did you start coming to CFSL?

March / April 2013 – jump start program before being thrown in at the deep end

 

When did you realise CF was right for you?

Straight away!  Watching the WODs pre our jump start had me itching to get involved.  Also the weekly gains and camaraderie keep you coming back.

 

What are your short term and long term goals?

Where do I start – mobility, mobility, mobility (anything squat related).  Long term: continuing the upward trend of improvement in general fitness and strength.  Would love to nail those damn pull ups…

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Having not had any background or experience in lifting weights, seeing PB’s improve in any discipline is a great achievement!  Love the fact that I was struggling to hit 8/12” box jumps in a WOD only 3 months ago and yet now incorporate 28” jumps into WODs.  Proving Pricey wrong when he ridicules my goals as “no chance” at the start of class!!

 

What is your favorite wod/movements?

Anything with a mixture of cardio and strength that leave you collapsed on the floor struggling for breath and aching… BUT feeling great that you got through it.

 

Least favorite?

KB swings and don’t mention Burpees!!!!!!!!

 

What do you do for a profession outside CF?

Banking – sitting behind a desk all these years has had a serious adverse effect on my hip flexors and glutes!

 

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

Absolutely. 100%!  To be honest, most of them are sick of hearing me talk about it – the intensity, the competition, the camaraderie, the benefits of the paleo diet, the excellent coaching, and the brilliant programming.  Best is they are seeing the benefits in me through weight loss, energy gains and dedication to getting down to the box at least three times a week.  It’s painful, frustrating and sometimes I walk out thinking I’m never going back – but wake up the next morning immediately curious about the next wod and how I can improve on something.  Advice:  Give it a shot, once you do you will keep coming back for more!

 

RenRen (Renata O Donnell)

How did you get involved in CF?

Philly had been telling me about CrossFit for over a year, and when the box opened in Battersea, I couldn’t wait to get started. It is the perfect complement to the training I do for other sports – although, I am hooked on CF now, so it looks like the other sports are taking more of a back seat…

 

First wod ever?

The baseline test – made me face the harsh reality that I was not as fit as I thought I was

 

When did you start coming to CFSL?

March/April 2013 – early morning classes, best classes of the day!

 

When did you realise CF was right for you?

Pretty much as soon as I started – my strength, fitness and flexibility have improved significantly in the last few months

 

What are your short term and long term goals?

Short-term goals: improving my hip mobility so Philly stops screaming “DEPTH, REN – I NEED MORE DEPTH!!” every time I do a squat or anything related to it, and doing double-unders without looking like I have been in a streetfight afterwards

 

Long-term goals: nail the Olympic lifts and gymnastic movements, get generally stronger/faster/leaner

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Hitting a PB in the snatch at the throwdown – I had never done a snatch before joining CFSL, let alone one from the ground, so I was not confident in the movement and always held back in class. The team would not take no for an answer and encouraged me to get out there and go for it, the results left me surprised and very happy

 

What is your favorite wod/movements?

Anything with running or rowing in it, KB swings – love those bad boys

 

Least favorite?

Heavy thrusters – just nasty

 

What do you do for a profession outside CF?

Operations – the non-medical kind

 

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

Yes, without a shadow of a doubt. CF is for everyone due to its diversity and scalability and the fact that you can get a savage work-out in an hour makes it perfect for people who are time-poor. The main piece of advice I would give to them is to join a box with top-class coaching and programming, like we have at CFSL – this will make it so much easier to learn how to lift and move properly. They will see massive gains in fitness, strength, confidence and well-being in a short space of time

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