CONGRATULATION’S TO PERPETUA’S ATHLETES OF THE MONTH – SOPHIE ROONEY & AUGGIE MAGLAYA!!

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Congratulations to this month’s Perpetua Athlete’s of the Month! Auggie and Sophie are both very dedicated member’s, they are always consistent with their training and have been making great progress recently!

Meet Auggie

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1> Where are you from?

So I was born in Saudi Arabia and stayed there till I was 5, moved to the Philippines and stayed there till I was 15, and now I’m 26 and I’ve been living here in Ireland the longest. I’m from Dublin!

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?

I work for a financial software company as a product support analyst (exciting stuff right?!). I love racket sports!

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?

I was walking home one evening and I was distracted and intrigued by this big-red-brick-building-with-an-orange-sign that says Crossfit Perpetua! I sent an enquiry the next day.

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

One year.

5>Why do you do Crossfit?

I’m never bored when I do crossfit as the workouts are ever-changing! Plus there’s always something you could work on to keep you busy and challenged. And of course, this goes without saying, I love the amazing Crossfit team spirit!

6> How often do you train?

Strength classes every Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Saturday. Crossfit classes every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and sometimes Saturday. So to answer the question, I train 6 days (good week), 3-4 days (normal week).

7> What are your fitness goals?
Build muscle, lose body fat.

8> What is your greatest achievement?

Completing my first Crossfit Open this year doing Scaled. I’ll definitely attempt Rx next year!

9> What or who motivates you?

Whenever I eat all the crappy food I crave, I keep telling myself, OK you’re training harder tomorrow! Also Roger Federer!

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?

Favourite: Muscle Ups (It looks so cool to show off so I’m working hard to get them!)

Least favourite: Assault Bikes (Yikes!)

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

Yes! Slow and steady wins the race, well except during competition days!

12> Favourite cheat meal?

One big bowl of pasta with a good sauce! And I won’t skip dessert.

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?

The Perpetua community and coaches (cliché I know, but it’s the truth!)

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?

I was already giving out my end-of-WOD high fives when coach Conor J. and a few confused members have told me that the WOD isn’t over yet! I laughed it off. (kept my cool and continued the WOD!)

Meet Sophie

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1> Where are you from?

I was born in London but grew up on the fine streets of Rathmines – neither of which explain the pseudo-American twang that I seem to

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?

I work at a branding agency called Neworld where I help brands figure out what they’re all about, what makes them unique. Outside of that it’s the typical Dublin girlo lifestyle – living far beyond my means, subsisting on overpriced cocktails/brunches and wearing activewear in inappropriate settings. And then much to the dismay of everyone I know, I’m also quite fond of talking about/taking pics of my cat.

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?

It might have been when I was working in Bunsen and Tom Gleeson would pop down at lunchtime. At the time I was eating my way through two cheeseburgers a day and it sounded like my idea of hell. Yet somehow two years later I found myself outside Perpetua with no idea what I was getting myself into. I’ve a stellar track record of trying out sports and quitting pretty much immediately after, so at the time I didn’t see Crossfit turning into a long term thing.

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

Two years this summer

5>Why do you do Crossfit?

By nature I am incredibly lazy so I love that everything is programmed and there’s no opportunity to opt out, it’ll always challenge you and push you outside your comfort zone. Seeing progress over time is motivating but for me it’s also so good mentally, it clears your mind completely. It’s a combination of so many different elements that actually makes it addictive – a word I never thought I’d use in reference to physical exertion!

6> How often do you train?

4/5x a week – generally in the morning before my brain starts trying to make excuses

7> What are your fitness goals?

Well ideally I’ll end up with JLo’s ass but en route there I’d love to get better at pretty much everything – gymnastics, barbell technique, doing heavier lifts. Double unders frustrate me hugely but a girl can always dream…

8> What is your greatest achievement?

Finally getting a strict pull up as it seemed so very far out of reach for so long

9> What or who motivates you?

Because so many movements are scaled there’s always room for improvement and it’s always a challenge. And then of course all those beautiful guys and gals that I am #blessed enough to share each bleak 6am start with – they’re there giving it 100% every day of the week.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?

Skierg or assault bike for calories are nightmarish. And the prospect of doing a 2k row puts the fear of god in me. Fave movement is always going to be lying on the floor gasping for air after a tough WOD

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

I definitely would, and do. Sadly I think I speak a little too fanatically so I’ve given them the impression I’ve joined a cult. My advice would be to forget what you think you know about Crossfit and just give it a go. Joining any kind of gym can be intimidating and to anyone unfamiliar, Crossfit conjures up a hyper masculine, super competitive image that may seem terrifying. So I’d try explain that there’s so much more to it than that – that it’s for anyone willing to give it a try, that I think they’d love it. And that’s about the point where they’ll tell me to shut up talking about my cult again.

12> Favourite cheat meal?

Copious amounts of chocolate, preferably served with an espresso martini

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?

The people and sense of community. There’s an appreciation that everyone’s on their own level and doing their best, whatever that may be. I’ve never experienced so much genuine encouragement from both the coaches and members – it’s amazing. And while you kind of want to fall into a pit and die when you’re the last one doing a WOD and everyone’s cheering you on, there’s something about it that’s quite nice too.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?

There have been a number of memorably nasty WODs where the pain is forever etched in my mind but the Open this year was fab.

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