Congratulations to our members of the month – Christina Duffy and Lee Phillips

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Congratulations to our January Athletes of the Month! Christina Duffy and Lee Phillips. You guys have been selected by your coaches as this months athletes of the month for your noticeable progressions and efforts here at Perpetua! Keep up the good work guys!!

Meet Christina Duffy

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I am the British Library’s Imaging Scientist by day. I recover faded, erased, and redacted text or illuminations from collection items. I get to use a range of imaging techniques such as microscopy and multispectral imaging to help our manuscripts reveal their secrets! It basically involves sitting in a room of UV flashing lights with medieval parchment oohing and ahhing at what becomes visible. I’ve been able to work with some incredible collections including the Lindisfarne Gospels and Magna Carta. I even made an appearance on BBC breakfast in October for my work on the burnt Magna Carta. All very exciting!

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I first heard about it from my rowing coach at Imperial, Josh Butler. He had just taken a step back from rowing and was going to CFP. I remember we were on training camp in France and when not coaching Josh was outside having a great time bashing out some WOD with the barbells he had brought over with him. Having rowed for about six hours a day for over a week, and with my hands about to fall off, it seemed like I was in the wrong game! He said I would love it, and he was right.

3> When did you first join CFP?
I started coming down about mid October 2014 and did my first class in November 2014.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
Miraculously, my first class didn’t have a WOD. It was a long strength piece with Rusty aimed at recovery and good movement. I was told at the time this was very rare and we should take advantage of it. I haven’t seen a class like it again! I do remember one of my first WODs during fundamentals with Alex which was a 1000 m row followed by 50 thrusters. Our standard rowing tests are over 2000 m so I figured this would be a piece of cake. Turns out it was a disgusting lactic acid cake. I proceeded to completely smash 1000 m, oblivious to Alex telling me to pace myself. I remember crawling off the rower and doing the first thruster thinking, ‘WHAT HAVE I DONE?!’

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
I think I knew it would suit me even before I started. I’ve always enjoyed circuit style training and anything that makes me feel like I’ve been ran over with a truck gets the Duffster seal of approval. I do remember doing a handstand against the wall for the first time and thinking ‘GOOD GRIEF BATMAN, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!’, then falling down from laughing at myself. It was the lamest and most memorable personal reaction to progress!

6> What are your short term goals?
Hitting Mario in the face at Dodgeball.

7> Long term goals?
Consistently hitting Mario in the face at Dodgeball.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
Getting a pistol squat. I entertained myself on Christmas Day watching TV whilst sitting at the bottom position on alternate legs. And then like a true Christmas miracle, I stood up. I felt like Jesus walking on water. What a loser… but zero to hero!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Anything overhead is definitely up there. (I’m here all night).

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Anything for time that involves doing multiple wall climbs. If I delay at the top then I convince myself that both hands are currently engaged and not available for walking me down. So I just stay up there, paralysed in a vertical wall climb terror.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Sure! I would advise them to buy some band aids because they’re going to get ripped! Then I’d apologise and suggest they read up on property rights as the place is full of squatters. They would probably stop listening to me at that point.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
I’m a massive fan of anything with a good bass drop at max volume. The percussion pauses… the box goes silent except for the sound of puffing and panting… then BOOM. It drops. Guaranteed the next five reps will be nailed at some unsustainable pace. I always feel like letting go of a kettle bell swing at that point and hurling it into the wall with some kind of war cry. I haven’t tried that yet. Least favourite is anything slow and monotonous.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
I’ll never forget the box pushes in one of our Strength & Movement WODs. Head down, arms outstretched, and body parallel to the floor… with the box moving at an incredible speed of 1 cm every minute. It was emotional.

I will also always remember our Muay Thai lessons with five-time world champion and general superstar Alexis Rufus at Stars Gym. It was pointed out midway through the session that all of the belts hanging over the ring were won by Alexis. What an absolute hero. You wouldn’t find such calibre in many places. It’s really a privilege to train with all of the great CFP athletes!

Meet Lee Phillips

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I’m an officer in the London Fire Brigade based at Clapham fire station. I also volunteer for the RNLI as lifeboat crew based at Chiswick lifeboat station. Outside of work I obviously like to train, enjoy lots of good food, beers with mates and I love to travel, im off to France snowboarding this weekend with mates for my birthday.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I’ve trained a lot and was looking for a new challenge, I’ve always been a big fan of functional fitness and actually being fit! I was bored and not challenged by training in gyms where the main focus of individuals was aesthetics and the bullsh*t that goes along with that.

I also compete in firefighter fitness competitions and all the top guys from around the world use crossfit as a training platform and then add the specific skills required for the competitions. I thought if it works for these guys I’ve gotta give it a go. I’d never done crossfit before so I came down to CFP for a trial session with Ozzie and was hooked immediately.

3> When did you first join CFP?
1st November 2014

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
It was a EMOM of 3 power cleans @60kg and 5 burpees for 20 minutes.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
Straight away. It challenged me and put me outside my comfort zone which was what I was looking for.

6> What are your short term goals?
To string together a decent number of double unders and muscle ups and to put in a respectable performance in the open.

7> Long term goals?
To keep learning and improving, beating my times for the benchmarks, adding kg’s to my lifts, improving my mobility and ultimately to beat my 2015 position in the 2016 open!

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
In crossfit? – First strict muscle up!

In life? – Making it to 39!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Anything heavy!

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Burpees! they are like cryptonite and just seem to drain all my energy!

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Absolutely! I would tell them to get down to CFP, or if not to try and find a box on a par with great coaches, programming and facilities.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
Anything soft! I like the hard stuff whether that be rock, rap or house!

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
Most memorable moment would be taking part in the John Meegan Cup. I had not long joined so took part in the scaled competition. The atmosphere and camaraderie was amazing, it was a great day. I also met Wren for the first time, say no more!

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