Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month: Jay-Z and Siv

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Congratulations to our March Athletes of the Month: Jason Zawadzki (also known as Jay-Z) and Siv Eide! Did you know that Jay-Z likes to WOD to Limp Bizkit? And that Siv works for the Norwegian Embassy? No? Then read on CFSLers!

Meet Siv

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Tell us a bit about yourself…what do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun? 

Is there a life outside Crossfit???  For my “so-called work”, I now serve my King and country at the Norwegian Embassy. When I’m not hard at work or down at the box, I’m out causing trouble. (CFSL says: Our Siv? Causing trouble?! No. Way.)

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

Since handball and skiing aren’t the easiest things to do in London, I started searching for a new way to stay fit and have fun and I found CrossFit! I still miss playing and competing but I enjoy learning new movements and doing things I never dreamed of doing earlier, like handstands… why would you want to be upside down??

When did you first join CFSL?

April 2013

What was your first WOD in the classes?

I don’t remember, but I do remember my friend Laura and I came down for a trial session in March 2013, and had both Philly and Michael screaming at us in a good cop/bad cop kind of way as we were rowing and doing thrusters.

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

I don’t know if I can say that it’s right for me since I’ve been injured most of my crossfit time, but I’ve loved it since day one!

What are your short term and long term goals?

My short term goals: get 100% injury-free and long term goal is to stay that way!

And another long term goal is to be able to do everything RX and then some! 🙂

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Not exactly a big accomplishment but failing to come up with anything better…

CrossFit-wise it must be the way I’m now ok with “losing”, not coming in first and then Cheering! I HATE LOSING! And for the first months (to be honest maybe even the first year…) I had big issues seeing other people running faster, lifting heavier, jumping higher and just being better than me. I know this is ridiculous, but having people who just finished the WOD standing in your face screaming and “encouraging” you to go faster and harder is extremely annoying for me! I’ve had times where I wanted to rip people’s face of and feed it to the dogs, and at those times I thank God that none of you understand Norwegian! It’s a work in progress, and maybe one day I’ll be the one screaming and encouraging you guys! Got to love the Crossfit community!?!

What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I love them all…

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

..and I hate them all, depending on the day and the mood that I’m in!

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

Yes, I would.

My advice would be to listen to your body and learn the difference between good pain and bad pain!!! Don’t push through bad pain. It will come back and bite you in the ass, speaking from experience!! Just got the results from my MRI and I’m out again! So f#¤%ing frustrating, right now I just feel like quitting the whole thing and taking up Zumba! (CFSL says: Watch your mouth Siv…. Zumba?! Never.)

“That moment when you think life is about to be good again, then something bad happens and you’re right back where you started..”  Unknown.

After a couple of days (the above was written on Saturday) I’m now ready for round 3 of physio and rehab!  Bring on the injections and the boring rehab exercises, I’ll be back stronger, faster, better and injury-free!!! Hopefully.. (CFSL says: Try definitely! And we’ll all be there to cheer you on, with our Norwegian/English dictionaries…. 🙂 )

Do you have a nickname?

The One and Only

(CFSL says: This is now stuck in my head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8f2mW1GFSI)

Meet Jay-Z

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Tell us a bit about yourself…what do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun? 

43 year old lad from Leeds. I started off as a Civil Engineer but have spent the last 15 years doing Business Transformations/Turnarounds etc.  For fun, I CrossFit, play the guitar and spend time with my two little girls.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

After quitting Thai Boxing in 2003 I went from 185lbs to 240lbs in 2012, 17st 2lbs! That was the first wake-up call, the second was when I was out on Clapham Common Bandstand with my then 2yr old little girl who’d only been walking for about 6mths. She asked me to chase her and I just didn’t have the energy – that was the kick in the nuts I needed to sort my shit out. It was March 2012, and I scoured the internet and found a PT called Jack Heneghan who did a 12 week PT challenge – it just so happened Jack was a CrossFit Coach and owner of IN2 CrossFit. I’d never heard of CrossFit before, never had a barbell in my hands before, but that was the basis for the whole 12 week challenge and how I got involved in CrossFit

When did you first join CFSL?

I moved from IN2 to CFSL in September 2013.  I had a lot going on in my personal life in 2013 and my training and performance was getting worse. I needed a new start and fresh approach to my programming.

What was your first WOD in the classes?

I can’t  remember my first ever WOD at IN2, probably too painful to remember. My first WOD at CFSL was on the (he consults his anally retentive training records) 17 September 2013 and it was Strength : 3 x OHS + Weighted Strict Pull-ups, I got to 67.5kg on the OHS and 3 pull-ups with a  14lb Med-ball.  The WOD was for time 7 rounds of 7 x OHS @ 50kg and 7 Burpees; I went Rx and finished in 7:47. (CFSL says: We’re impressed by your thorough training journal! Follow his example CFSLers!)

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

During the first week with Jack. As soon as he put a barbell in my hands and mixed it with box jumps, running, med balls, kettlebells etc, it felt like I was at home and to some degree it felt like being back in the playground at school – it was bloody hard, but so much fun and so much to learn (which is my other passion).  I had finally found something to replace the giant hole Thai Boxing had left.

What are your short term and long term goals?

Short term goals: By July 2013, I want to get my body fat levels and weight down. I was 230lbs in January – yes I got back there again – now 220lbs, by July I’d like to be somewhere between 190-195lbs. Maintain my current volume (I’m on a 6 day week with 2 double days at the moment), improve my tekkers, but most importantly be very consistent with my training and recovery.  Basically get my foundations back. Also sort out my bloody strict pull-up strength, currently at 4 and want to get it to 15 by July.

Medium term goal: beat the CFSL legends Rich and Luke in a WOD Rx, just once 🙂

Long term goals: I’m 45 next year and move into the 45-49 Masters Category.  I’d like to do really well (not sure what that looks like yet) in the 2016 Open in that category in Europe. I’d also like to get into the quarter or maybe even the semi-finals of the 45-49 Masters Category at Raising the Bar – the premier masters only competition in the UK. I have a huge gap to close to achieve these things, but over 2 years with consistent training/nutrition/recovery, excellent coaching and a box full of outstanding athletes to compete against and learn from, I reckon it’s doable. (CFSL says: We know it is, go smash it Jay-Z!)

What is your greatest accomplishment?

CrossFit-wise, it was 1 December 2012, I competed in a local team-based throwdown between IN2 and CF Bold: The Riot. It had 3 gruelling WODs spread over 6hrs. Due to work I hadn’t been able to complete the final qualifier WOD for the 2013 London Throwdown (LTD) in the week, and my performance in the previous qualifiers had put me in with a genuine chance of making the cut and getting to the finals at Brunel. It was 17:00 and I’d just finished the last WOD of The Riot and I had 1hr to complete and submit my scores for the final LTD qualifier.  I sat on the floor in the box drained, stiff and sweat drenched from the day and decided it would be daft to do the qualifier.  However, the “community” had other ideas and “encouraged” me to do the WOD. So with 40mins to go before the cut-off and in front of a small crowd I completed the final WOD of 75 Pull-ups, 75 Thrusters @ 35kg, 75 bar-jumping burpees!  I finished in 20:48, which was a decent time but not enough to get me into the top 30 and make the cut. I did finish 65th overall.  It proved to me that anything is genuinely possible and I can always do more, a lot more. Ironically, Siv was part of the small crowd cheering me on, she even took a video of it (CFSL says: We’d love to see that video Siv!).

What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Heavy Ground to Overheads.

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Bloody pull-ups at the moment. They will be my favourite movement in July!

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

Yes.  Go to a good box and try it out, avoid watching all the YouTube vids beforehand, they can be unnecessarily off putting and misleading to the uninitiated.

Favourite song to WOD to:

Depends on the WOD, but for those gruelling met-cons probably The Pretender by the Foo Fighters. If I’m heavy lifting, something like Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit.

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