Congratulation's to our December Athlete's of the Month – Michelle Massey and Peter Crowley

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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 Michelle Massey

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I work for Google in Large Client Services and co-own a Women’s Health & Fitness Website Kettlebelle.ie with Jayne O’Toole (another CFP athlete). I basically have two jobs so Crossfit IS my fun and actually there’s few other places I would rather be when not working or with my family & friends.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I was never into fitness or exercise, I was a 20 a day smoker, I would be out every Fri and Sat partying and I was naturally skinny so I never even thought about getting fit – I ate whatever I wanted – which was usually coffee slices and sausage rolls. I started working in Google and the commute was over an hour and a half because of rush hour traffic, someone mentioned to me that there was a Crossfit up the road and I figured if I went to the 6:30 class every night I would miss the traffic – it was not a lifestyle decision just a ‘miss the traffic’ one. After my first fundamentals class I was hooked – I actually gave up the coffee slices that very day!

3> When did you first join CFP?
I completed my Fundamentals on the 21st December 2013 – it was a Saturday morning and I was dying from a Christmas Party hangover – top tip, never do FGB with a hangover….

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
I actually don’t remember my first WOD but I remember the feeling after it – I was completely exhausted but I had this overwhelming feeling of achievement and it was great to have everyone cheer me on as the last to finish – great community spirit from day one!

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
I’m not very good at committing to things, I have a really short attention span and I get bored easily. The most I have lasted with any new ‘hobby’ has been around 2 months – I realised that Crossfit was for me when I was still getting excited for class 4,5,6,10 months in. Its addictive – there’s always something new to learn, a goal to set, a technique to improve, a time to beat. CFP has a fantastic community, I’ve made real friends and I enjoy working out as part of a group, its perfect for me!

6> What are your short term goals?
Strict Pull Ups, Passing my ‘Crossfit Football’ Trainers course, Double Bodyweight Deadlift, Entering a Scaled Competition & Learning as much as possible from those around me

7> Long term goals?
Ultimately I want to be a Crossfit Coach. In terms of my own training goals I just want to keep pushing myself and see what I can actually achieve!

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
As cheesy as it sounds, this past year Crossfit has changed my life – I have learnt how to fuel my body with food (thanks Kortney) to test and challenge my body with each WOD – I remember putting an 8kg bar on my back for my first Back Squat and thinking I was gonna collapse – to have increased that to 55/60Kg is the best feeling. I have developed a passion for health & fitness to the point where I hope it to work in the industry one day. The best ‘on paper’ achievement I guess would be passing my Crossfit Level 1 Trainers Course one year to the day I completed my Fundamentals – awesome feeling!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Deadlifts, Cleans & Box Jumps – LOVE them!

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Running & Rowing, I literally have to drag myself to class when they are involved, I even hate rowing in the warm up!!

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I constantly recommend Crossfit to everybody – yes I’m one of ‘those people’ that doesn’t shut up about it! I think though for those close to me they have seen how much of a lifestyle change I’ve had and how much better I look and feel for it, that’s advertisement enough. To new people starting out I would say don’t EVER compare yourself to anyone in the room – you have to learn to leave your ego at the door and concentrate on your own goals. Its easy to see someone lifting 3 times what your doing and think your not doing great but that’s what Crossfit is all about – every level of athlete being able to work out as a group together, you don’t know how long that person your standing next to has been doing Crossfit and you don’t know their previous fitness background. Comparison is the thief of joy and if you can leave your ego at the door you will learn from those who are more experienced than you and celebrate their successes with them just as they will share yours with you.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
The music is sooooo important!! My favourite would be anything with a decent hip hop or dance beat – something to get the blood pumping! All time favourite WOD song is Sandstorm by Darude. Least favourite – I’m not a fan of Rock music and there was a particularly bad moment when Conor Hillick played a song from The Jungle Book….

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
So many memorable moments!! One particularly memorable one was a Saturday morning partner WOD with Kathleen McGoldrick Longernan (CFP athlete) where we had to complete an obscene amount of burpees, by the end the rest of the class where around us cheering us on and the only thing I could hear was Eoghan McGregor screaming ‘get up, get up, GET UP’ – we got up, we finished the burpees and we got a massive cheer from everyone else in the class – best community ever!

Meet Peter Crowley

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I run a private equity firm FL Partners (aka the Fat Lads), with fellow CFPer Neill Hughes, whose best known investment was sponsoring Rory McIlroy when he turned pro! Love live gigs and music festivals for the craic.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I had done a year of PT to rehab from serious couch potato state when Hughesie suggested as part of becoming slightly less Fat Lads we should give Crossfit a go.

3> When did you first join CFP?
Mid 2012

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
Can’t remember th
e WOD but remember being completely all over the shop – nearly knocked myself out with the bar.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
When Dave Price was barred from Keogh’s at 9pm after the first Christmas lunch! Seriously – pretty much from the start – it’s the first thing I’ve done since giving up rugby a number of light years ago that has the same combination of physical challenge mixed with a big dose of craic and camaraderie

6> What are your short term goals?
Kipping pullups or die by the end of this year

7> Long term goals?
To get to Rx some WODs before I’m too bloody old and more importantly keep my (older!) CFP brother Philip in his place behind me in WOD land!

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
I hope to God its ahead of me!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Love the Wods with a bit of everything – rowing/lifting/kettlebells/wall balls/run. Fave movement – power clean

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Any WOD where I’m dying and last and half the class are over pitying you/trying to get you across the line!

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Definitely and have done – nothing like it for a complete mindset change on fitness and health. I would advise them to take it at their own level, scale back big time and build up slowly, and above all don’t feel the need to take their shirts off when McCall does.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
Eminem fav – least fav – anything slow.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
The Ger Roe camel toe award at this year’s lunch – beyond hilarious!!

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