Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month: Patsy and Marcus

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You’ve seen them giving their all in the classes and cheering on their fellow athletes at Friday Night Lights, so it will come as no surprise that Patsy ‘The Lawyer that Lifts’ Heffernan and Marcus ‘Never Leaves Home Without a Jump Rope’ Leaver are our April Athletes of the Month!

Meet Patsy

Patsy

Tell us a bit about yourself…what do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
For work I am a lawyer. Outside of work I enjoy travelling and socialising with friends, which typically undoes all the good work during the week at CrossFit!

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
Having been doing the same classes at the gym for the past 6 or so years, and having plateaued about 5 and a half years ago, I had lost all motivation so was keen to try something new. A few friends had either done CrossFit back in NZ or were doing it over here, and anyone who has tried it is pretty much instantly hooked, so thought it was worth giving it a go.

When did you first join CFSL?
January 2014 (standard New Year’s resolution!)

What was your first WOD in the classes?
I can’t remember exactly what my first WOD was after the intro but I think it involved some kind of ground to overhead and burpees. I do remember that it was a partner WOD so I was very pleased to be able to take a breather in between rounds while Jo was working!

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
By the end of the first session with Rusty – I was completely wrecked but loved it! Having the 10 intro sessions is really good because it can be a bit intimidating using weights if you haven’t really done it before. It was nice to have those sessions and to have a buddy doing them with me too!

What are your short term and long term goals?
Short (and long) term goals = 1 pull up. I don’t have much upper body strength generally so need to improve that in the short and long term. I would love to be able to do some of the WODs Rx too.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Probably getting my law degree

What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Box jumps, rowing, thrusters (CFSL says: Really? Even after 14.5 you still like thrusters?! That’s commitment.), kettlebell swings

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Burpees, (attempted) pull ups, running, press-ups, pretty much all of the gymnastic movements as I can’t do any of them yet!

Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Definitely – the variety means you never get sick of it so are more likely to be motivated to attend than a regular gym. The advice I would give when starting out is not to be intimidated but also to know your limits – it is really tempting to increase the weights as you see people around you doing but it is important to know what you can achieve for the relevant reps in the WOD while maintaining form (CFSL says: EXCELLENT advice Patsy!). The coaches are always really good at helping when you need to scale as well.

Do you have a nickname?
Pepsi…apparently ‘Patsy’ in a kiwi accent sounds like Pepsi and it has really caught on….thanks Ren and Bri

Meet Marcus

Marcus

Tell us a bit about yourself…what do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
For work, I am the father of four amazing children, two sets of twins – George and Lily are 10, Florence and Tabitha are 3 – all with my college/university sweetheart, Anna. (CFSL says: Awwwwww! Now THAT is a full-time job!)

For fun, I publish and sell illustrated books around the world with businesses in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia/NZ and Brazil.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
Some colleagues told me about their CrossFit box in Massachusetts and it looked intriguing to a Type A personality, like me.

When did you first join CFSL?
November 2013.

What was your first WOD in the classes?
I believe it was Jackie but it could have been Maria, Philly, Rusty or Sonia (just kidding) (CFSL says: HA!).

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
When I started logging on to the CFSL website on Sunday evenings and seeing what the programming was for the forthcoming week.

What are your short term and long term goals?
Short-term: I want to be able to do all Level 1 Skills well by November 2014.

Long-term: 15.1

What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have published some great books, run 5 marathons, have 1 wife and 4 kids but when Sal taught me to skip/jump rope properly that became my greatest achievement. I take my rope with me now everywhere.

What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Back squat OR deadlift. It brings out my inner Russian weightlifter who was hidden until I discovered CrossFit.

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Anything vaguely gymnastic. I do not have an inner Russian gymnast.

Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I do recommend it to my friends BUT why would I want my family at the Box with me? It’s my refuge.

The advice is simple. To quote Winston Churchill as I do daily:

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

What is your favourite (or least favourite) song to WOD to?
I like it old school. You can’t beat The Eye of the Tiger! (CFSL says: Truer words have never been spoken)

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