Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month: Michelle Doyle and Ollie Haines

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Congratulations to September’s Athletes of the month! We are proud of your achievements and progress here at CFP, keep up the good work guys!!

 

Meet Michelle Doyle

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I teach sex and relationship education to teenagers in high risk schools and detention units – I encourage safety first!

I like being in the water; showers, baths, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, swimming pools and the sea except rain unless its torrential. Travelling in general; Weekend trips home , chilled out beach holidays and backpacking/exploring somewhere new and far away. And baking, I can make a decent chocolate cake.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
Location ..(The Emerald Isle) ..During the big freeze in January some years ago I was feeling somewhat pudgy post Christmas, the gym I used to go to was at the top of a hill which I was afraid to drive to in the ice and snow.  I needed to get in some kind of workout and the ice was going nowhere so I dubiously tagged along with my Mum and sister to this new gym they had been to, some guy called Pricey who called workouts WODS – but it was a flat drive, no hills.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
Oh Jesus, I can’t actually remember, some combination of weights mixed with cardio and gymnastics I imagine .. lots of functional movements anyway.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
That cold snowy January eve – I liked Pricey’s unique attitude and I didn’t have to motivate myself around a gym anymore, all I had to do was turn up and do what I was told.

6> What are your short term goals?
To be able to do as many pull ups as my Mum – she has a fine pair of lats that woman.

7> Long term goals?
World Peace and a handstand push up.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
Having the balls to leave my career in PR crisis management at 30, go back to college to do teaching and moving to London to start again when most people I knew were settling down, going up the aisle, having babies and buying houses.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Grace with a barbell or workouts with intervals, work and rest times.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Running , I hate it …I feel queasy and emotional seeing anything with 800 m/ 600 m / 400 m runs or Murph.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Yes I would for sure, I’d say give it go , you will know soon enough if it’s for you or not.

If it is, you will find something new you didn’t know you are good at and equally you will face many things you are shit at or need to work on.

Don’t come in and get obsessed in the first flushes and think you are going to go to the Games because chances are you are not, it’s just a different and fun way to train that doesn’t get boring – longevity.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
I’m not a Disney girl. Anything by Faithless/ Eminem, Pricey’s ‘gangsta’ playlists I’m generally a fan of too.

Meet Ollie Haines

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
By day I work in the city in commodities. Outside of work it’s the usual, drinks with friends and keeping out of trouble.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I gave up rugby after a few injuries and I was looking for something a little bit more involved than simply going to the usual classes in a gym, a mate of mine suggested crossfit and here I am.

3> When did you first join CFP?
March of this year

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
It was a Saturday team WOD involving wall balls, push ups and pull ups. I’m not sure if it was because I was new and unfit or if it was because it was a particularly hard WOD but I remember laying on my back afterwards almost in tears.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
Lots of things started to click. I thought because I had always played sport and I could run a 5K in a semi respectable time I was relatively fit, how wrong I was. It was very humbling to be taught new movements that take time and skill to master and I quickly realised I had to start from scratch.

In my first few weeks one of the WODs was Fran, pull ups is my weakest area and on the last round I was really struggling with the final set. Before I knew it the class was shouting encouragement and cheering my name, it spurred me on and I wouldn’t have been able to complete the set otherwise, it’s exactly the sort of team spirit and comradery I miss from rugby.

6> What are your short term goals?
I’d like to work on my flexibility and mobility, it’s not something I enjoy doing and its going to take a bit of self discipline but its holding me back in some of the lifts. I’d also like to pay a bit more attention to my diet. Sadly things that I have to just crack on with myself.

7> Long term goals?
I’d love to nail muscle ups which would be a very long term goal (you should always have a dream). Sub 7 mins on the 2K row would be nice too.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
Ask me in November when my first child is born.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Any WOD that is a chipper, particularly ones where you don’t have to think about technique, everyone is in it together, everyone has to push themselves and everyone is going to swear. I like WODs that contain a row, it’s hard not to feel like a hero on the ergo.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Fran/Pull ups, anything really that involves upper body strength vs body weight, it’s something I really have to work on

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I have recommended it to several people, I hate the gym but I love crossfit which says something. Although part of me wants to keep it a secret, a place of sanctuary.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
I don’t have a least favourite, Let’s get physical by Olivia Newton John is up there as a favourite, I’ve been promised it’s going to get played but I’m still waiting.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
Being stupid enough to smash a McDonalds just before doing my Fight Gone Bad before getting into class, I’ve never told Rusty and it certainly wasn’t my proudest moment but it made for a memorable one.

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