Congratulations to our March Athletes of the Month Bernie Broderick and Jenny Taylor!

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Big congrats to March’s Athletes of the Month – Bernie Broderick and Jenny Taylor!

Bernie was the winner of Perpetua’s 2015 men’s RX Open and Jenny was the female winner of our scaled Open comp.

Great achievements guys with some epic scores throughout the 5 weeks. Well done!

Meet Bernie

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I do a bit of cycling at the weekend where I tell anyone who’ll listen how good I am at CrossFit and how much fitter I am than them. Maybe I just tell it badly but they don’t seem to care – at all. Work is a cake factory so I spend all day trying to make people eat treats.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
My brother, David. Anyone who knows him, knows the focused athletic machine he is and I wanted to be more like him. I couldn’t match his 0 alcohol policy and his fruitarian diet but I do what I can to keep up.

3> When did you first join CFP?
Two and a half years ago, I remember cos it was my 22nd birthday.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
The first one I remember was 5 rounds of 400m run, 10 Deadlifts (100kg). I remember it because Albert asked if I could lift 100kg 50 times I said yes no problem, I wasn’t going to look like a loser in front of all these new people, I’m not sure what the definition of loser is, but I was halfway through round 2 when everyone else was finished. I learned my lesson though; now If I can’t lift the RX weight I make the bar look full with the light rubber weights and grunt a lot.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
When I did my first pull-up. I was a fat boy, it had been a long time.

6> What are your short term goals?
To improve technique on all the Olympic lifts. My natural talent & strength helped me beat everyone at the in-house open (including John McCall & Shane Connolly) but it might not be enough for when I get to America for the world games. I believe this Froning chap is pretty handy.

7> Long term goals?
I suppose after 15.4 I’d like to get handstands at some point, also I’d like Dave Burke & Josh Allen to come back to the gym so I could torment them daily,

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
I suppose it was when I rescued that family and their baby kittens from a burning inferno.
In the gym – Muscle ups.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
I love the freaky Friday ones, I suppose anything that’s endurance and strength based.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Pistols and Bulgarian squats. Any workout that’s all about speed, if it’s something like running burpees and doubles I’d struggle.

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

Yes, I would definitely recommend CrossFit. I love the variety of the workouts, the coaching and the sort of people you meet at the gym, I have made some great friends especially at our 6am slot. I like the fact that it caters for all shapes and sizes and everyone is respected and encouraged based on the effort they’re putting in not their ability. The advice I would give would be to work hard and concentrate on the strength part of the class don’t just focus on the WOD.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
Favourite music would be Michael Jackson, Rocky theme, Bee Gees least favourite is anything that Eoghan and all the cool people play in the morning.

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

There has been loads of brilliant days but one that sticks out is Brendan Dunleavy splitting his shorts end to end out in Blackrock doing a front squat, then insisting on finishing his reps before covering up, it was horrendous.

Meet Jenny Taylor

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

Like half of CFD, I work down the road at Google. For fun I tend to spend the weekends Golfing or Cycling. Snowboarding is a little tough to do here so I had to find some Ireland-friendly hobbies .

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

Well I walked past Eoghan McGregor flexing in the Google cafeteria one day and… jk :). I had friends in Vancouver doing CrossFit and it looked like fun, but I always had other things on the go. When I moved to Dublin, I was looking for something new and Michelle Massey was basically the biggest CrossFit cheerleader out there, so I gave it a shot. I’ve been pretty pumped on it ever since.

3> When did you first join CFP?

Last August.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I seem to remember an EMOM of burpees and thrusters

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

I’ve always really liked the idea of CrossFit, but it was during the fun comp last summer that I really caught the CrossFit bug. The team WODs, the buzz of the gym, and the added incentive to push yourself was awesome.

6> What are your short term goals?

I say kipping pull ups. I think Coach Eoghan says it should be fixing my clean.

7> Long term goals?

Being strong and skilled enough to attempt the RX version of the Open next year

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

CrossFit-wise, it would be doing so well at my first (scaled) Open. Outside of CrossFit, finishing the GranFondo Cycle from Vancouver to Whistler.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I currently like cleans and handstand pushups

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

After last week, thrusters (or as the Irish call them, “trusters”)

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

I think the key is to have fun with it and not trying to be an expert at everything. Pick 1-2 things to focus on each month and you’ll soon start to string things together.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Not a massive fan of hard rock. Love a good mix of Pop-y Indie tracks.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment

So far, last Friday f
or 15.5 has been my most memorable moment at CFP. It was great to be in the final heat with such a fun and inspiring group of girls, and even more fun having a few celebratory drinks with everyone afterwards (Thanks Dave!). I’m really looking forward to more events this summer.

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