Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month – James Geraghty and Ruth Gallagher

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Congratulations to April’s Athletes of the Month – James Geraghty and Ruth Gallagher!

James and Ruth were chosen collectively by the coaches for their recent hard work and progress! James was the winner of this years scaled Open comp and Ruth achieved some of the best results in Coach Kortney’s recent Eat Clean Be Lean Challenge by staying involved and committed to the programme from start to finish!

Keep up the good work guys!

Meet James

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?

Monday to Friday my routine is waking up at 5.30am for 6am class & arriving home around 7pm from work. At the weekends I like to eat out and sample the ever expanding Dublin Restaurant scene.

If I get a chance I like to get out of Dublin for a day to the country and of course a sneaky night out on the town.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

My Housemate Coach Eoghan (who calls himself the champ) was hounding me to join for a long time. I admit I had no idea what CrossFit was and it seemed like a cult movement as an outsider. I was a member of the Maldron Hotel Gym on Cardiff lane doing the usual on the treadmill and cross trainer for 20 minutes thinking I was “Keeping Fit”.

I jumped on the weighing scales in there (about a year and a half ago) and was shocked at what I saw.

I then moved to Flyefit gym and started doing Xfit classes & Eoghan kicked off again convincing me that if I like Xfit to definitely join CFD.

So I did, the first few months were very tough, I had a lot of weight to lose and a lot of nights out on the beer had to go.

A huge regret was not joining Crossfit 3 years ago when I moved to Dublin.

3> When did you first join CFP?

Just over a year ago. I started my fundamentals during the middle of March and my first class was at the beginning of April.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I can’t actually remember my first WOD but I remember my first class was in Andy’s class. I literally had no idea what was going on.

I think Andy had to correct me a million times. I remember thinking after that class that CrossFit was not for me but I said I would give it a shot for a few months and then decide. Thankfully I didn’t bottle it and I stuck with it.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

Probably after the first month. I soon realized that everything was programmed and each workout was challenging.

6> What are your short term goals?

After the Open I realized what my strengths & weaknesses are. A good way to focus on weaknesses is to avail of the open gym option on a Sunday to practice (if you are not hungover!)

7> Long term goals?

I would love to be able to at least compete in the Perpetua Open next year at RX level. That would be a long shot but it would be great to think I could give it a go, even if I came last 🙂

Also Bernie Broderick hates me around him while he is doing a WOD, So anything to put him off his WOD would be a result 😉

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

In CrossFit I was delighted to have won the Scaled in-house competition for the open. I did not think that I would ave won it before it kicked off as there was so much talent in it. I think the WODS just suited me apart from WOD 2 (pull ups).

I had Shane Maguire chasing me for the whole tournament. He was banking on Max lifts or WODS that included heavy weight & I was not!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Anything Fast. Recently I have been working on being faster with heavier weight on the bar & developing an engine to last at a good speed for the entire WOD.

My favourite WOD would be ideally something that involves push press, runs, rowing, box jumps or wall balls. Anything that isn’t super technical like Muscle Ups.

I am also a huge fan of Freaks On Friday.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Probably Handstands because I am useless at them. It is actually funny for anyone watching me attempt one as I look like a fish caught on a fishing rod trying to kick against the wall.

Also I am no good at kipping pull ups & muscle ups so hopefully I can improve on these this year.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?

I recommend CrossFit to people every day of the week. Unfortunately they look at me the same way as I looked at Eoghan before I joined.

Finding Crossfit was one of the best things that has happened to me. The addiction, culture, community & most of all results.

People always complain to me that they want to be fitter or lose weight but they just cannot do it. These people are in the same boat I was previously in where they play 5 a side soccer on a Wednesday after work or they jump on a treadmill for 20 minutes twice a week.

I try to tell them if they join CrossFit & stick with it they will see huge results.

I think people find it hard to distinguish what is so different between CrossFit & other gyms like Flyefit.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

I have learnt to appreciate that everyone is different and we all have different music taste.

However, If you want to slow me down just stick on some Eminem or hard grungy music & I will soon lose interest 🙂

My Favourite Music is dance. Ryan always pulls out some cracking tunes & even dances to them during the WOD.

The 6am class can also be like a 90’s rave thanks to Jason Keely rocking out his 1980’s polo t-shirt.

If I had to pick one song I like to have on during a WOD it would be “In my mind- feat Georgi Kay (Axwell remix).

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?

Think there is a few memorable moments. Getting up most days at 5.30am during the winter was awful, especially when we had to run, but the atmosphere and banter in the class always made it worth getting up for.

I also really enjoyed travelling over to CFP’s sister box in London for the John Mehigan Throwdown last year. That was a great weekend & the event was superb.

I highly recommend everyone to take part in the upcoming throwdown on June 13th.

Meet Ruth

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?

I work in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and am also doing a PhD in Human Rights Law​. Then there’s raising three (thankfully wonderful) teenagers​ and looking after a neurotic dog.​ I love to bake (very much the non-paleo kind).​ ​W​hen I ​get out, ​it’s usually to coffee shops or the mountains​.​

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

My 50th birthday ​last year ​was a big motivator​! But I intend living ​until at least ​94, so I’m ​actually relatively young for a Crossfitter.​​
Between work and studies, I knew I needed something really focused to build muscle and keep flexibility.
​I wouldn’t consider myself traditionally ​sport​y​, but I’ve always been lucky to be active and involved in something: hill-walking, running, cycling, yoga​,​ various gyms and ​​adventure sports​​.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I did my fundamentals in July and joined fully in August 2014.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

​It was all a bit of a blur but ​I do remember ​that Andy was the coach and there were no other women. I was grateful that everyone made me feel welcome.​ ​

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

​Pretty early on ​I saw the value of the coaching, which is ​first class. But also being part of a community of hard-working, like-minded people which – let’s face it – is the best way to change anything.

6> What are your short term goals?

​More elegant burpees, maybe? I tend to murder them in a very ungraceful manner.

7> Long term goals?

To be able to do a full Rx session without having to scale anything.​​ Pull-ups, double-unders (more than one at a time, that is). The list is endless… my stubbornness is what keeps me coming back, as well as the results of course.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

​I’m always amazed to suddenly find that I can ​do ​something I used to ​really struggle with – like wall climbs or squats.
Mostly, my greatest accomplishment is s​ticking with it, in spite of everything.​

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

My favourite WOD is always ​the one that I get through better than some young fella half my age​.​
I ​maintain that I only compete against myself,​ but of course that is total rubbish.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

​O​verhead ​anything.​ ​

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?

​Absolutely – being able to get in and out of class in an hour is an incredibly efficient use of your time, when you don’t have much to spare.
I love the way that every class is different and I don’t have to think about what to do – someone else makes the decisions.

Being able to scale all the movements means it can work for anyone.
My advice would be: give all your attention to the effort you put in, not the weight ​you can or can’t lift.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

​​No-one apart from Dave Price ​should be allowed within ten feet of the music.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?

After my first few weeks, I noticed I was cycling home from class full of energy – that was a light bulb moment. 🙂

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