Congratulations to this Month’s Athletes of the Month – Jenna and John!

 In Blog, London

Congratulations to Jenna Stewart and John Bonomo – two very committed and hard-working Perpetua members who have been consistent with their training and have both made some great progress! 

Meet Jenna

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1> Where are you from?
Born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, so I like to say I’m 95% Australian.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I work 3 jobs, “stupid I know!” One is Perpetua’s therapy clinic doing Sports Massage, second is working in a law firm doing admin/secretary work and third is working at Bests Bootcamp on Front of house. For fun… Perpetua is my fun, well some of it, when I’m not working or training I do the normal things like hang with friends, coffee dates and obviously food dates

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
I found CrossFit back in Australia when I lived in Melbourne my Globo gym was starting to launch it down in there basement area and that was were I got my first pull up. We moved back up north and continued up there for 9 months before I moved to London. I was hooked.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
I have been a member for 1 year at PPTA. I knew Mike before as he was coaching at my old box then he moved over here and I followed a couple months later. So glad I did, I love it here

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
I do CrossFit to build muscle and get strong. I love the gymnastics side of it, well everything really but that was the element that got me started. I remember seeing a girl at my old Globo gym in Melbourne doing strict toes to bar and pull ups and I was like I want to be able to do that.

6> How often do you train?
Train 6 days a week and sometimes do doubles. Open gym body building bro sessions. LOL

7>What are your fitness goals?
Get strong and gain muscle but with an engine for a long happy life.

8> What is your greatest achievement?
Greatest achievement would be gaining some amazing friends to do exercise with.

9> What or who motivates you?
Anyone that’s working hard and kicking ass motivates me but also just to better myself and to motivate others.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
Being a short person I obviously hate WBs, literally have to squat jump that sucker to get it to hit the target. Favourite movement would have to be burpees of any kind, well I wouldn’t say favourite but I do like them and box jumps. Could do that ALL DAY.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
Of course I would recommend it and advice wise would be that everything is scalable until you get the movement and cardio capacity.

12> Favourite cheat meal?
Probably ice cream although my office work has so many treat days I guess it would be cake, any type of cake. I stand by my reasoning that my quads like cake to make them big and strong.

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
Everything!!! The people, the coaches, the facility, the programming.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Memorable moments would always be a PB. The last two months I have been working hard, getting strong to finally get some numbers up. Funniest moment would be on the Crossfit Level one course on our lunch break, I’m not going to go into detail but G and I know what happened and it was embarrassing but hilarious so I’ll leave it there for everyone to ponder what it was.

Meet John

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1> Where are you from?
I was born in New York (the Bronx to be specific), but only lived there for a few minutes.  I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio – home of the Cleveland Indians.  Ask me about the Indians and I usually start to cry (“they were so close!!!”).

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
For fun, I spend time with my wife and 2 daughters, going out with friends and usually eating too much. Since I have been coming to CFP, I also enjoy trying to cook healthy meals (getting them to be healthy is easy, getting them to taste good is another challenge!).

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
I first heard of CrossFit ages ago from a friend in the US.  Years later when he came to visit London, he was still addicted and hell bent on finding a box where he could drop in.  It stuck in the back of my mind, and when I got tired of running, I thought maybe I would give CrossFit a try.  It was only when I was looking at moving near Battersea Park that I decided to peak my head into Perpetua.  There were all these scary and exceptionally fit looking people.  And seeing how I was the opposite of fit, I knew it was where I needed to be.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
Practically 2 years to the day!

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
Overall, I love it.  I love the challenge, and CrossFit’s ability to crush me in a span of 10min (if that).  I love learning new skills or improving the ones I have.  I love the progress that I’ve made and knowing that with continued hard work, there is so much more I can improve.

6> How often do you train?
I try to make it 5 to 6 days a week.

7>What are your fitness goals?
Short-term: be able to do double-unders, and a WOD with ring muscle-ups.  That and lose body fat. Long-term: take down Rich Froning (you didn’t ask if they were realistic).

8> What is your greatest achievement?
Being a dad.

9> What or who motivates you?
Getting on the scale in the morning before a 6am class and hearing it tell me….yep, you NEED to go!

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
Overall, bench day is definitely my favourite.  But in a WOD, tough to say – maybe a tie between rowing, wall balls and thrusters.  Least favourite: burpees.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
Absolutely!  As for advice, I can only quote some advice I’ve heard.  “CrossFit is not for everybody, but it’s for anybody” (I think Greg Glassman said that); and “workout today so you can workout tomorrow” (that’s an attempt to quote Coach Mario).  Lastly, “Practice does not make perfect.  Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.”  That’s from Coach Dunn (my 8th grade soccer/football coach – it stuck with me).

12> Favourite cheat meal?
Pizza, beer, and for dessert a cookie cake (like the ones they sell in Victoria Station – so bad for you, yet so so good).

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
The people of course!

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Most memorable: getting my first ring muscle-up! #nevermissasunday and funniest: doing the mannequin challenge.

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