Athlete(s) of the month…..

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We would like to announce our athlete of the month , this months winner of the title is split between Leena and Ollie.To great sprits to have in the gym.Evolve Primal Paleo delivery meals have agreed to sponsor some free meals to the winners.

Leena because:
you look awesome at the moment
you show up when the running wods you hate are on
you always have a smile on your face
you always chat away to newbies, boy or girl
you really want to work on your weaknesses and are doing stuff about it
and just a general great member to us and other members

Ollie because:
you are positive energy personified
you make anyone feel welcome
you make the whole place laugh
you push yourself each session and want to really go for it each time
you get scared at certain workout but then jump into them – fearless
and just a general great member to us and other members

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Ollie Green

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I got involved in CF through Rusty when he was a trainer at Gym Box.
First WOD?
Rusty took me through Cindy. I used TRX handles and got 16 rounds. I couldn’t do 5 pull-ups in a row.
When did you start coming to CrossFit South London?
I joined South London CF 3 months ago.
When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
I realised CF was right for me as soon as I started doing bench marks at Gym Box. I was doing everything wrong but I couldn’t believe how uniquely challenging and humbling they were. Doing Fran and not being able to move afterwards is addictive. Joining South London CF has turned it into an obsession. I’m missing a day as I write this and I feel anxious and guilty – like I’m cheating on it.
What are your short term and long term goals of CrossFit?
Short term goals – back squat and running. Long term goals – I want to be the fittest I can be and do well in some competitions.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment would be my brain telling my body to “shut the fuck up and keep moving”. The body must be dominated.

What is your favorite WOD/Movement(s)?
My favourite CF movement would probably be Burpees or the Oly lifts. Burpess are honest you cant hide from them. Oly lifts are so mental – you get the feeling that they can never truly be mastered. Shit. I like them all. MORE MORE MORE.
Least Favorite?
My least favourite? The run after anything.
What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I’m an ad man.
Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?
Recommend CrossFit? I don’t stop talking about it.

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Leena Patel

How did you get involved in CF?
I saw it in a magazine and I thought it sounded cool. Then a new girl joined my team from Vancouver and she was a CrossFitter and was really positive about it. So once she had found a box in Canary Wharf she introduced me to it – the first thing I saw when I walked in were guys doing handstand push ups! I almost walked straight out J.

First wod ever?
Total baptism of fire, it was 7 mins of max rep burpees – I was pretty much broken, there may even have been a tear of two, and I only managed 40! Was super pleased to have gotten 78 when we did it the other week – that’s the power of CrossFit right thereJ.

When did you start coming to CFSL?
I joined CFSL in May, though I’ve been doing CrossFit at a box in Canary Wharf for over a year before that.

When did you realise CF was right for you?
I think it was when I realised that even though it was really difficult, I was excited about giving it a go and wanted to keep coming back and try new things and keep improving – it’s kind of addictive J. There’s lots of things I love about CrossFit, I think my top three would be:

1. The coaching is hands on and focused. As a result I learn something new at each session, be it better technique to help me to achieve a personal best, or something new about myself as overcome my fear of jumping onto boxes and hanging off ropes, or learning to stay tight as I do a handstand-hold against the wall so I don’t land in a heap (not a good look!).

2. Totally switching off when I do a CrossFit session, so that all I am focused on is doing my best in that session. This keeps me focussed on my goals and continually improving in a fun environment. The best thing is the sense of achievement you get once you’ve accomplished something that you’ve worked really hard at, plus having something cool to share with family and friends J.

3. The camaraderie of CrossFitters, who encourage, inspire and cheer each other on to achieve a lift or complete a WOD – even if you’ve only just met them. The fact that the last person to finish a workout receives the most encouragement is testament to the positive environment and strong community that exists and thrives in a CrossFit box.

I can honestly say I’m fitter now at 35 than I was at 25, and that’s pretty cool.

What are your short term and long term goals?
So many things to keep improving on…the list is endless, but in the short term I’m focusing on continuing to improve my lifting technique, getting double unders by skill, rather than chance, and making my push ups stronger. Longer term I would love to get pull ups, be better at gymnastics moves and handstand push ups would be so cool also!

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Can I have two pls…rope climbing as I could never do this as a child and I’m kind of afraid of heights, and box jumps as I used to be scared of jumping on boxes – Philly used to stack up weights for me to jump on J.

What is your favourite wod/movements?
Quite like Jack – push presses, kettle bell swings and box jumps.

Least favourite?
Wallballs and burpees – surely these two must be on most people’s least favourite list!

What do you do for a profession outside CF?
I’m a management consultant for a big professional services firm, though have recently taken on a new role leading a global partnership around social progress, which is much more interesting, worthwhile and I get some great travel to boot.

Finally, would you recommend CF to friends & family and what advice would you give them?
Absolutely! Though my friends and family do think I’m slightly crazy J. My advice would be: Give it a go and keep turning up – CrossFit will challenge you to be better, make you work harder than you thought possible, and at times really hurt. But the sense of achievement, and improvements you’ll see, will be worth it and you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner!

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