Congratulations to this months Athlete's of the Month Michael Whelan and Amy Carroll!

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Congratulations to this months Athlete’s of the Month Michael Whelan and Amy Carroll!

Michael was chosen by the coaches because he takes on their advice and puts a lot of work into his technique. There is great consistency in his training and it has been paying off. We all enjoyed watching him get his first muscle up during this years Open and continuing on to do 7!!

“Amy has made huge progress, losing 4.4% fat in the last 5 weeks without losing any muscle while working with our nutrition guru Kortney. She has hit many PBs including getting her first pull ups and handstand push ups.The hardest thing I find as Amy’s coach is getting her to rest. Amy is a bad ass!” Coach Ryan

Keep it up guys!

Meet Michael

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

I work in property development, house building mainly.
I play tennis and golf.. Season ticket in the RDS, Aviva and Croke Park.. Ski twice a year..

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I used to play a lot of Gaelic football, but a couple of years ago decided I had enough of getting up at 8am on a Sunday and travelling across the city to mark some kid half my age and try and keep up with him for an hour or so..it was just a game of chasing and bloody stressful but I loved the training side of football, the banter in the changing room, the craic after matches, and I wanted to find something similar to that and equally as challenging. I was a member of a gym but wasn’t getting anything out of that. I used to pass Crossfit Perpetua in the mornings, so I checked it out online, met Dave, he gave the Crossfit spiel, and I signed up without hesitation..

3> When did you first join CFP?

January 2013 – did my fundamentals with Andy who was brilliant

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I can’t remember specifically, I was traumatised after it anyway.. It was a Friday Freaks of some sort. It had toes to bar anyway because I remember asking Bob Flynn what ‘T2B’ was.. Laughed in terror when he explained it.. I also remember thinking I signed up for some elite athletes class by mistake as both Price’s we’re in it… I seriously questioned if it was for me at the time.. but I remember both Andy and Dave were brilliant to me during the class.. Nearly puked mind..

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

It took a while, I didn’t attend at all for the first couple of months because of work, travel and general fear… But then I started going a couple of times a week, and then 3, 4 and 5 times a week. I used to go in the evenings or lunchtimes but then started going to 6am’s so I got to know a lot of the members pretty quickly. When I found myself getting up at 5:20am each morning and looking forward to it I think it was safe to say I was hooked…

6> What are your short term goals?

Improved overhead mobility,
Butterfly pull ups,
Smile across at Bernie after finishing ahead of him in a 2km row.. might be more of a long term goal..

7> Long term goals?

Multiple HSPU’s, multiple Muscle Ups, generally better, stronger, faster

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

In terms of Crossfit getting through the first month or so, forcing myself to stick with it..

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I like cardio stuff the most, long endurance burns coupled with strength.. I like Murph, FGB, and strangely 15.5 despite it being the toughest WOD I remember doing to date..
12 WOD’s of Christmas last year was pretty miserable too but one I’d like to do again.. Maybe not along side John McCall next time..

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Heavy overhead stuff because of restricted mobility..
Wall balls don’t overly excite me…
Hollow Arches kill me..

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

Without doubt, but only if properly coached like in Perpetua.. So much more to Crossfit Perpetua than just a gym.. daunting at first of course but the benefits are huge.. stronger and fitter in both body and mind, great coaching, great friends, great social events, great sense of community..
Change Your Life Kinda Stuff!!
I think it’s a good idea to mix up the classes and times you attend, you get to know more members and be coached by all the coaches who all bring something different to it.. Listen to your coach and your body.. Don’t be a ‘Terry Too Much’ as Coach Ryan would say..

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

The music has got to be fast, with a strong beat
Martin Garrix – Animals
Kanye – Stronger
Eminem – Loose Yourself
Bakermat – One Day
Daft Punk, David Guetta, Calvin Harris
Tsunami..
Probably not heavy metal or rock

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

Memorable.. There’s been a few, finishing second in my first comp last year with Jenny Taylor and Diarmuid Healy was great..
Also during Friday Night Lights earlier this year, one of the WOD’s had ring muscle ups. I had no intention of even trying them as hadn’t got them but was told that even one MU would beat any scaled score so I decided to try.. I got 7.. solely because of the great support and encouragement I got from fellow members.. It was a real sense of achievement and made me realise the hidden benefit of all those MU transitions in warm ups..

Funniest moment.. Also been a few..A very drunk Josh falling through an opened doorway in Residence while doing a handstand push up into a champagne ice bucket has to be up there.. and then reliving it on the CCTV footage in the gym the following week thanks to Gerry Butler..
Seeing Paul Byrom’s face on the WhatsApp group the morning after a ‘Wolfpack’ night out which finished up in The George was both memorable and funny..

Meet Amy

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

I work in Sales at HubSpot, which is kind of the office equivalent of Perpetua. From the crazy competitive people right down to the orange and grey colour scheme. For fun I like to cook, eat out, anything food related really. I have also started a really exciting blog, so watch this space!

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

This is Alan Lynam’s fault. I had been following CrossFit for a while, but Alan started talking to us about it at work and got a bunch of us interested. Dave Price came into our office to talk to us about how it would change our lives, and the rest is history.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I joined CFP in Nov 2014 as one fourth of the ‘Crossfit Bitches’ (Clodagh, Caragh and Emma). We had an original starting member, Ciara, but sadly we lost her to other commitments. She never made it past the Fundamentals..

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4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I have no idea. They were all a confusing blur for about 3 months before I got the hang of it.

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

Once I got the hang of the post WOD high five I felt CrossFit was right for me. After my first class, Coach Ryan went to give me a high five and I shook his hand.

6> What are your short term goals?

My short term goals change from week to week. Every week/fortnight I give myself a new move I want to improve and scale up so there’s always a new challenge.

7> Long term goals?

My long term goal is to be able to enter a competition at RX level.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

In CrossFit my greatest accomplishment is surviving the John Mehigan Cup where I was on a team with Alan and Bob. Without their encouragement I don’t think I would have made it through all those WOD’s. The best part of the competition was getting through those 21, 15, 9 40kg power cleans, followed by burpees over bar. I had never lifted that weight before, but the guys told me I could- so I did!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

My favourite movement is probably cleans. And squats, always squats.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

My least favourite WOD would have all the things I can’t (yet) do, muscle ups, double unders as well as things I just don’t like doing, such as rowing. Short people are at a disadvantage with rowing, at least that’s my excuse.

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

I recommend CrossFit all the time, possibly too much. My advice would be that it isn’t for everyone, but you should at least try it out. I don’t have any real sporting background but since starting CrossFit I have done things I had never thought I would be capable of, pull-ups, hand stands, pistols. CrossFit is the best possible way to achieve an overall level of fitness and I think a big part of that is the variety of movement but also that we are encouraged to ‘train’, as opposed to just working out. It is also completely unlike any regular gym I’ve been to, I’ve never come across such a great sense of community as I have at CFP!

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

My favourite WOD music is anything House related that might be found on my Ibiza Holiday 2014 playlist. Conor’s disco tunes just don’t cut it for a WOD (sorry Conor).

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

Too many to mention but one of the most recent is a quote from Coach Ryan “as the saying goes guys, a strong ass equals a strong person“. Never a truer word spoken.

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