Congratulations to this months Athlete's of the Month – Niall Morris and Laura Castillo!

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Congratulations to this months Athlete’s of the Month – Niall Morris and Laura Castillo!
Niall recently completed the London Marathon in a record time of 3 hours 36 mins and has been accepted to run in the Chicago marathon. Niall kept up CrossFit while training for the marathon. Laura is a brilliant athlete and a great part of the community here at Perpetua. She won ‘best supporter’ at the recent Perpetua Open as she turned up to support every night even though she wasn’t competing. She also got some incredible results in Kortney’s recent Eat Clean Challenge by getting 279 out of 300 points – an amazing score and also winning two of the weeks challenges.
Well done guys! Keep it up!

Meet Niall Morris

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

Ha, you mean before I started CrossFit??
I work for Thinkhouse, a Communications Agency as Client Services Director specialising in music so summer will be my busiest time working with brands such as our neighbours Three and Heineken on events like Electric Picnic and Longitude.

For fun, I like to split my time between a few pints with the lads and getting out with my dog Daisy B, with what’s left I’ll usually be found eating!

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I got engaged right at the end of 2014 and felt I needed to get my house in order a little bit. I smoked a lot, probably drank too many pints with the lads and was a bit worried about those photo’s being around forever. I was out with a friend who told me about this “new CrossFit thing” where you basically just turn up and you get a six-pack. Needless to say I got on the phone pretty quickly and 16 months later here we are…. no doubt that six-pack will arrive shortly.

3> When did you first join CFP?

March 2014, I’ve been running late for the 7.30 class ever since!

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I did Fight Gone bad on a Thursday and rocked up for my first class the next day not realising that it was The Open and 14.2 which was the workout that was repeated this year. A knock-out workout of overhead squats and chest to bar pull ups, would you call that fun?

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

The 3rd or 4th class in my fundamentals absolutely broke me. 75 wall balls down in Lime Street. I’m sure I cried, the ladies on either side of me were long gone and the next class were sitting looking at their watches. I swore that day I would get off the smokes (I did) and when I turned up two days later for the next class I realised CrossFit had managed to get under my skin pretty quickly.

6> What are your short term goals?

I’m signed up to do the Chicago Marathon in October so training for that will kick in soon. I’m hoping to do less running and concentrate my training on CrossFit by following more of the CrossFit Endurance plan. One single pull up by the end of the year would also be lovely.

7> Long term goals?

I read somewhere recently about a person who’s ambition was to move like they’re 20 when they hit 60, it’s stuck in my head ever since.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

London marathon this year was my first and it’s something that’s been on my to do list for way to long so I was very happy to get over the line.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I’m very fond of the rowers. I’m not sure I’m allowed say that but the longer the better on the WODs for me. You can’t beat a long Saturday morning partner work out.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

If my elbows are locked out above my head I’m usually dying a death in the WOD.

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

I’m constantly at this, aren’t we all? It’s only an hour and I really believe that everyone can find that in their schedule. You feel better, you’re energy levels are up and naturally you just start to eat a bit better and look after yourself a bit more, what’s not to like?

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Ah the moment to have a little dig at the coaches!! It’s too easy to slag off Eoghan’s tracks and Dave’s Kasabian on repeat but really to be fair to him Ryan has it going on with the tunes. I’ve noticed lately that Conor has copped onto this fact and digs into Ryan’s playlist but gets it wrong so you end up doing a WOD to some of Ryan’s more suspect guilty pleasures.

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

The Open this year was great fun and hats off to Dave and all the coaches for pulling that together. Getting to go for a few pints with the lads in the Bath afterwards meant CrossFit hadn’t completely changed my life altogether!!

Meet Laura Castillo

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

I have been working as a Transactional Specialist for Microsoft Arvato for the last three months. I really enjoy working in a team. I feel that this job gives me an opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial environment.

When I am not working I go running outside. I love watching the sunrise when I run in the morning, or feeling the light rain in my face. It’s amazing how free you can feel when you are away from everything…It’s just you and nature.

I also enjoy chilling out at home with my flatmate Emma, we are always messing around and joking which makes us laugh for hours.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I worked as a Trainer in Spain for more than 10 years. I taught a lot of different activities such as Spinning, Body Pump, Body Combat, TRX and Pilates. One day I realised that my body and mind needed new challenges. I read some articles about Crossfit and how people were attracted to this type of training so I decided to give it a go, to test out my limits and push them to new levels

3> When did you first join CFP?

It was in 29th of August. I will never forget that day. It was three days after I moved to Ireland, I struggled to find a job and finding a house to rent was tough, but when I heard about CFP, I knew this was my chance to start a whole new life. A chance to begin again. Thank you guys.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

Here in Dublin it was “Freaks on Friday”: Row, kettlebell swings and burpees. I was so filled with energy on that day. My partner was Conor Waters and he gave me great support.

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

The first time I stepped into the box at CrossFit Sevilla was the defining moment I realised Crossfit was for me. No machines, no mirrors, just iron, plates and chalk.

6> What are your short term goals?

To be able to do a WOD with my Elevation Training Mask.

7> Long term goals?

My biggest ones are gymnastics-related:

Being able to walk on my hands and muscle-ups (don’t care which comes first).

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

Last year I completed the Spartan Race in Barcelona. It was 20k with more than 35 obstacles to complete. When I began the process for the race (running, training, diet) a few months before the starting date, I started questioning myself as to whether I would be capable of achieving such a goal. Finally, I was surprised because I realised I was able to run more than the required distance to finish the race.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

My favourite WOD is “Linda” and if I had to choose some movements, I would say climbing rope and Split Jerk.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

My least favourite WOD would be “Jackie” even the name sends shivers down my spine. I would honestly say thrusters are my least favourite movement in WODs.

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

Only if they are ready to test their limits, if they really want to create the best version of themselves and experience a feeling that they have never felt before.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

I’m unable to exceed my expectations with disco music but with artists like Skrillex, The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum and the Chemical Brothers, I can push myself further.

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

Every Friday Night Lights. The sense of community at CFP was unique. This doesn’t happen in regular gyms. In my opinion, this factor is just as important as technique, coaching and programming.

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