Congratulations to Perpetua’s Athlete of the Month’s – Marie-Klaire Farrugia and Sam Mousawi!

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Congratulations to Perpetua’s Athlete of the Month’s – Marie-Klaire Farrugia and Sam Mousawi!
They were chosen by the coaches for their sheer dedication and consistency and have both been making some serious progress recently.
Well done guys!

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Meet MK

1> Where are you from?
Malta

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I am a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital… In simple terms, I operate on premature and newborn babies and children born with abnormalities or who develop surgical problems. My specialist area is urology (urinary tract and genital anomalies), hence my unofficial title as the Chelsea Willy Fairy…. Not to be advertised outside the Box! Perpetua is my daily fun! I also travel as much as time permits… and enjoy organising big parties and festivals in aid of charity (One is coming up next week! Scroll to the end for details…)

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
I have always loved training and weight lifting but got bored of the standard repetitive classes in the gym and felt I was ready for the next step in my fitness… I read about CrossFit in fitness magazines and having done my research (I’m a scientist after all!) I decided Perpetua was the best!

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
6 months

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
I believe in the CrossFit ideology… I like the fact it is a combination of different disciplines and that each movement is done to a standard and in a defined progression. I enjoy understanding the physiology behind the more complex movements and watching the coaches and athletes perform them, which then helps me develop my own technique. I love how it attracts like-minded fun, fit, self-disciplined and driven athletes of all ages. I love the loud music! Oh and there’s more fit men in a CrossFit Box than in any other gym. Also helps the focus….

6> How often do you train?
Every day! Usually CrossFit but I also do yoga or run if I don’t get to a class.

7>What are your fitness goals?
To keep improving! I have so much more to learn… I only just got over my handstand phobia…

8> What is your greatest achievement?
I am amongst the first robotic paediatric surgeons in the U.K. and one of only 3 women. Robotic surgery is a specilaised form of key-hole surgery that enables our little patients to recover sooner and with less pain.

9> What or who motivates you?
People with positive energy and drive. I love to learn from successful people, be they surgeons or athletes. I truly believe one’s vibe attracts one’s tribe!

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
My favourites are the ones I can’t do (yet)… i.e. most gymnastics! I’m not a fan of running.

11>Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
100% yes! Not to book their first PT session straight after a competition team training… I almost ran away! But was retrieved by Mike who made me get on with it (Thanks Mike!).

12>Favourite cheat meal?
Not a meal as such but I love nice wine… so hard to give up!

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
The loud music!! (James gets my vote as best DJ)… and the bond and sense of community we have.

14>Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Where do I start! Maybe when I whacked myself in the forehead with a skipping rope handle and had to explain the grevious bodily harm for the rest of the week at work. Or when the Train Heroic app and I had a disagreement and I appeared at the top of the male leaderboard for Rx Kelly.

Anything else to add?
Hope to see you all at the Courtfield Gardens Summer Party June 10th! It’s a live music festival in the heart of South Kensington and all profits will go towards funding paediatric surgical and other equipment that is not funded by the NHS… thanks to the charity we are the first centre in the south of England to offer paediatric robotic surgery. Details on my Facebook page or www.chelchilcharity.org.uk.

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Meet Sam

1> Where are you from?
Originally from Iraq. Thats where I was born but I grew up in Bradford. Having said that, I’ve spent more years in London than Iraq and Bradford put together. So all over the place really.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I run a small rotisserie and deli called Park Road Kitchen on Battersea Park Road. I’m there all the time so don’t have time to do much else. It is good fun though so I get to mix my work and leisure.

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
Pricey used to come for lunch every day then the coaches started to come with him. They gave us the opportunity to cater for the CrossFit open in 2015. I saw it ALL happening then. None of the coaches actually asked me if I wanted to try it out or join Perpetua. They just planted the seed.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
6 months.

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
Ultimately because it makes me happy. I used to get pains in my knees, lower back, upper back…. It’s all gone now. I find running my own business very stressful and can’t get work off my mind apart from when I’m in the gym doing a workout. It might sound silly, but I find this very relaxing.

6> How often do you train?
4 times a week. I have just got a couple of great programs from my coach, James, so hopefully I can push up to 5 – 6 times a week with open gym.

7>What are your fitness goals?
Unfortunately years of not exercising and bad posture has left me with very weak rotator cuffs in my shoulders which causes problems with my overhead mobility. I’m working hard on strengthening them with physio and by sticking to a lot of the base workouts. Hopefully they will be up to strength soon so I can progress my snatches.

8> What is your greatest achievement?
Starting and building Park Road Kitchen is definitely my greatest achievement. It’s been very challenging and had its ups and downs but it is successful and we are now hoping to open another branch in the next couple of months.

9> What or who motivates you?
Working with other people motivates me. When I am in class I see it as a team. All the different people there with the same aim. Getting tips from the coach and other classmates gives me that extra little bit to get to hit my goals.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
I really don’t like running. I only ever want to run when if I have to get away from something. Cleans are my favourite. I love it when they come up in a WOD.

11>Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
I would and I have recommended CrossFit. At first I just encourage them to go and try it that’s all. I would advise them to take it slow and stick to the base programming to help build the foundation. Always listen to your coach. They know what they are talking about.

12>Favourite cheat meal?
BBQ ribs with mac n cheese. It’s the lunch special at PRK every Monday

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
My favourite thing about Perpetua is that it has given me the opportunity to combine working out with socialising. A lot of the members and coaches have become good friends and they have all helped me out one way or another.

14>Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
I don’t think I will ever forget Karen. It was the 12 WODs of xmas just after I had finished my fundamentals and I did 150 wall balls. It’s the worst I have ever felt after a workout.

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