Congratulations to our Athletes of the month – Rob Honeywood and Cat Roelli

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Congratulations to October’s Athletes of the month!

We are proud of your achievements and progress here at CFP, keep up the good work guys!!

Meet Rob Honeywood

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

My job involves being in an office of trendy media-types and running creative solutions and media partnership campaigns for big advertisers. Lots of channels and titles want us to spend with them, so I am lucky enough to enjoy a fair bit of hospitality. Outside of work, I am happiest clearing space on the Sky Plus watching trash TV. I’m also making my way through Camden Library’s full catalogue and have one of the most embarrassing Spotify accounts I’ve ever seen. And seeing friends.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I used to sit near Coach Ozzie when he worked in my office and we remained friends after he left, so I heard about CrossFit through him. The more he told me about it, the more I wanted to see if for myself.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I started my intro sessions at the start of February this year and was in class by mid-March.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

It was definitely some sort of clean, though I didn’t know which lift was which then. You had to do a certain number in ten minutes and I probably managed around three.

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

During the WOD in the first intro session – it’s only air squats and press ups but I was having the time of my life. There have been plenty of hurdles and weaknesses identified since then – it’s a very steep and humbling learning curve. I was your average gym bicep-curler before that; I never struggled to show up to train, but rarely managed to push myself as much as I have here. I was also tired of the same faces and lack of progress there, whereas the community here really embraces everyone.

6> What are your short term goals?

To see double-unders in a WOD and know that I can do the number stipulated unbroken/without smacking the rope into myself.

7> Long term goals?

I am working towards being able to do WODs RX. I tend to scale the weights for some Olympic lifts to below the girls’ weight at the moment – we definitely have some really strong girls. I also should work on doing more than five muscle-ups in a single day.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

CrossFit-wise, probably taking part in the in-house throwdown, as I was totally bricking it. Ended up really chuffed with my WOD time, but let’s not mention the lifts.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Anything to do with gymnastics.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Wall balls. I don’t mind the squatting but my throwing and catching are literally hit and miss.

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

I am constantly telling people to do it. My team at work have banned me from talking about CrossFit as I go on about it so much. The office has a lot of triathlon and marathon bores who I’d like to see trying out some toes to bar or cleans. My advice is that you need to accept that it’s partly about starting again with how your body moves, partly about realising the extent of what your body is actually capable of.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Not keen on the slow stadium rock that seems to appear occasionally, but anything with a high BPM and lyrically offensive content often makes a 500m row seem to fly by. We just need a way of getting speakers in the Majestic Wines car park so the 300m and 400m runs aren’t so quiet.

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

A tramp once slipped in and tried to make off with Pacey’s wallet, but obviously hadn’t anticipated being chased down by a bunch of CrossFitters.  Philly taking me aside and telling me he knew I wasn’t working as hard as I could – this really showed that the coaches are always watching.

Meet Cat Roelli

Cat and her crazy CrossFitting Unlce Chuck - the best WOD partner you could ask for!

Cat and her crazy CrossFitting Unlce Chuck – the best WOD partner you could ask for!

1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I work here in London in event planning, but am in my final year of hotel management studies in Switzerland. I love being by the ocean (London was not ideal for this), spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, reading, and cooking.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
When I moved here I was frantically looking for a gym near where I live, and wandered down the street into Perpetua mid-WOD. It was heavy thrusters, loud music, and it looked incredibly intimidating. I remember being absolutely terrified, and also thinking that I really wanted to be as strong as the girls lifting there. Thankfully Michael was there and showed me around. I started my coaching the next day.

3> When did you first join CFP?
I joined this June!

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
I wish I remembered… Pretty sure there were wall balls involved. I was probably too scared to ask what half the writing on the board meant anyway.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
When getting up at 6 am became easy because I couldn’t wait to go train.The best thing I realized though was how strong I actually was, something which I wouldn’t have necessarily seen if it weren’t for the coaches’ encouragement, and sneaky weight add-ons during WODs.

6> What are your short term goals?
To get an unassisted strict pull-up. Just one! Also to hit a double body-weight deadlift in the next few months.

7> Long term goals?
To continue CrossFitting for many years to come, to get my first muscle-up, and to do Fran without scaling.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
Doing the box battles for the first time! I was really happy with my results and it motivated me to push myself harder, to go heavier, and to just enjoy the sport. Going to the events is just as much about hanging out with your teammates as competing, which is awesome.

9> What is your favourite WOD/movement?
Squat cleans, box jumps and heavy deadlifts.

10> What
is your least favourite WOD/ movement?

Anything with more than a 200m run. Just… No.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I would, and I do. All the time. My coworkers know pretty much everything that goes on in Perpetua without having ever stepped foot inside. My family back in the USA are already into CrossFit, so we make up our own family WODs when we get together. It can get pretty intense and competitive!

The only advice I can give is that you can really start from anywhere and work your way up, so don’t be scared. Everybody starts somewhere, and CrossFit will support you no matter what level you begin at. Also that girls can, and should be lifting heavy!

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
EDM, ASAP Rocky, country, and “#Selfie” by The Chainsmokers (my first Fight Gone Bad soundtrack) will really get me going. Gemma DJing is pretty much a guaranteed awesome playlist.

Least favorite is anything in the Slipknot genre…it makes the WODs more painful than they already are.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
Oh my gosh where to start. Dropping wall balls on my head (and being seen doing it), squatting until walking becomes impossible, going to Sunday “Church” with Mario, dodgeball, accepting the fact that no matter how hard I try to avoid it my hair will always smell like the rubber floor mats after burpees, giving Gina big hugs whether or not she wants them, bruises everywhere, becoming really good at math from counting reps/rounds/intervals/seconds/calories, and so much more. The people I’ve met at Perpetua all have something in common other than CrossFit. It’s like a collective unspoken agreement to commit, work hard, have fun, and man up when things get tough. It’s an amazing community that I’m proud to be a part of!

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