Congratulations to our December Athletes of the Month – Jasper and Chrissy

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Congratulations to December’s Athlete’s of the Month!

The coaches have noticed their progress, gains and determination here at Perpetua.  Well done guys!

Meet Chrissy Birtwistle

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
When I’m not in the box I am a Senior Account Manager for a B2B Marketing Agency, currently seconded to SABMiller. I love my job, but when I’m not working or in the box, I love food, so I’ll either be cooking or eating out with friends. Some say I’m a social butterfly.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I first started Crossfit June 2013 to complement my main sport Ultimate Frisbee. I was bored going to the gym on my own and desperately wanted to be part of a like minded community who understood the way I liked to train, lift and eat. And it’s safe to say I have never looked back.

3> When did you first join CFP?
I first joined Perpetua 2 months ago after meeting Rusty. I was looking for a new box and he got me down to try it out and told me about the programming. I had tested a couple of others, but I was really keen to step my training up a gear, and the professional nature of the box really appealed to me.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
It’s hard to remember exactly, but it was a team WOD that involved burpee box jumps, over head squats, and rowing. 5 rounds each for time I think, with each member of the team having to complete their movement before we could move on. I want to say, 300m row, 10 OHS @30kg and 15 BBJ.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
Almost straight away. I love the competitive element, getting to know new people, sharing my passion, comparing scores, sharing paleo recipes, laughing when I train, the constant variety, getting told what to do, knowing it’s going to always be tough and seeing my friends improve and achieve constantly. It’s my style of training, I constantly learn more about what I can do, and regularly surprise myself which keeps me motivated and reminds me why I train.

6> What are your short term goals?
Just to keep improving. To hit 100kg 1RM BS PB, currently at 90kg. To hit 70kg C&J 1RM PB, currently at 65kg. To get more aggressive with my kipping Pull Ups, with continuing to work on upper body strength for strict Pull ups and press ups, and to continue to work on TTB. For me I can usually RX the weight, but my gymnastics let me down. Generally I need to improve my speed and explosive power for the ultimate frisbee world beach championships in Dubai in March, hence the track sessions.

7> Long term goals?
I would like to compete at Crossfit even just in small comps, so I need to work on a few movements I don’t have yet including pistols, handstand push ups and the infamous muscle up. This is my long term goal.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
In general or Crossfit wise? Well crossfit wise it’s hard to say, but I was most happy when I first got DU’s, a HSPU and kipping pull ups, not to mention getting a 60kg Clean and Jerk for the first time. In life…well that’s a whole other story. Physically probably cycling from Edinburgh to London or climbing Kili.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Hmmm good question, I like WODs with DU, Deadlifts, power cleans and sit ups. Plus any partner or team wod. So much fun.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Burpees….hate them, and no desire to be good at them. Yuck!

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I would, I do, all the time. I say Everything above and more.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
I love Killing in the Name of by Rage Against the Machine, as much as I like current stuff. Uptown funk or Sail are two favourites at the mo. I hate anything monotonous…I need something with words and a beat.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
Hmmm this is the toughest yet…lots of memorable moments, but at CF Perpetua it was probably the most brutal partner WOD with Stef Mills, it had bar jumping burpees, front squats and STOH, max reps, 4 rounds of each for 3 minutes with 1 minute rest between rounds, divided how you like I think. We were both in pieces at the end and lying on the floor we looked at each other and I said, “After that, we are friends for life. We have been through too much not to be ;-)”

Meet Jasper Broberg

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I work for British American Tobacco as an Internal Audit manager and have done so for nearly 6 years. Its a controversial industry, but a great company to work for and it has given me a chance to see different places since the job has a lot of travel to it and I have previously been based in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. For fun I enjoy cooking, hanging out with my better half, watching some movies and I read a lot of books. I have reached the age where I can take up some cool hobbies and will likely be looking into taking up bingo this year.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I started Crossfit to quit smoking (might sound weird considering my workplace). I knew a lot of people crossfitting back home, so knew that this fitness regime would be a great platform for providing sufficient rewards in terms of progress.

3> When did you first join CFP?
I started Crossfit in August 2012 in Amsterdam and then joined Perpetua when I relocated to London in July 2013.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
I don’t recall, but the WOD I remember the best from my first weeks was a 800, 600, 400, 200 m run with 15 KB swings and 15 box jumps each round – that was the one that had me toss away my smokes for good (I ran 600m on the 400m round, because I wasn’t able to count any longer).

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
I knew Crossfit was the right thing for me during my first ramp up session, due to the level of instructions and the atmosphere in the box. Learning movements and lifts the right way was a big eye opener compared to the years moping around in globo gyms.

6> What are your short term goals?< br /> I have set some goals in terms of increases of weights on my lifts for 2015. Also I will have a solid locking down of muscle ups, pistols and Toe to Bar. I am one of the few that haven’t been very focused on getting MUs in, but will get around to that now. Also, I will be focusing on Crossfit as a sport this year, so will try to make it to the competitors group once the masters targets are set and have a few competitions in the calendar this 2015.

7> Long term goals?
I will continue to work on becoming better

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
I think the greatest accomplishment at least in 2014 was being part of the team for Strength in Depth. I came on to the team as a sub and had some concerns when my participation was actually required – my aim was just to be on the team photo. Considering the awesomeness of the other athletes on the team it was pretty intimidating and much out of my comfort zone, which made it so much more of an amazing experience once we got started on the first WODs and kept afloat. Was pretty shaky when having to go on the first leg on the farmer walk, constantly expecting all the other teams to blast past, but we ended up crushing everyone in our heat.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Close race between Deadlifts, Pull Ups, burpees and dumbbell snatches.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Running and Toes to Bar.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Absolutely, I think I do so quite often. I have gotten several friends and family members started, latest my 13 yo niece. For me crossfit can be a lot more than just getting in a better form by attending classes. I lived in Amsterdam for a year without knowing anyone there, but a few weeks after starting crossfit I had a big social network. When I was relocating to London, I went out to find the right box for me before I started to look for a flat. Think the most important thing is to do some research on the box and the philosophy behind things. Reading up on programming, blogs, social media and perhaps contacting a couple of members to ask questions on community etc.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
I don’t care too much for pop music during WODs, need something with a bit of aggression to it or some heavy bass (prefer hip hop or hard rock). Of course the sound of heavy barbells dropping is sweet music as well.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
There were a whole lot of moments during the recent Strength in Depth competition that I could consider most memorable. When Tyler no repped himself for false start (the judge didnt call it) and turned around in the final heat of the medball clean sprint while being in the lead was scary, but funny afterwards when we realised we won the event. 20 people trying to have dinner in a burger joint that would normally hold 5 people. Lynns fight to try hold the rower in place while Pricey was going all in on on some insane pulling in the end. Overall though the team spirit and bonding we had during that weekend was amazing.

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