Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month – Sara and Myles
Congratulations to this months Athletes of the Month Sara Al-Roshoud and Myles!
Sara and Myles were selected by the coaches for their hard work and great progress since they’ve been here.
Well done guys, keep it up!!
Meet Myles McKinnon
1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
My brother and I have our own surveying practice, where we specialise in retail property consultancy. We started about 2 years ago, after having enough of the corporate world. Needless to say, work takes up a fair bit of my time, but I always enjoy a few beers and nights out with mates, travelling and discovering good restaurants in London. At the moment, a lot of my free time is being spent organising a stag do and writing a best man’s speech, which I’m absolutely dreading.
2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
Bri passed my details on to Rusty, who called me and gave me the hard sell! Prior to Crossfit, I had spent the best part of 15 years rowing, and suffered a pretty nasty back injury, which put a stop to that, so I needed to find something else to focus on.
3> When did you first join CFP?
August last year.
4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
I remember it involved a lot of pull ups, thrusters and box jumps, and me finishing about 10 minutes after everyone else.
5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
I kept my standard gym membership going whilst doing the fundamentals course, and things just became a bit tedious – guys would take over the bench press for hours at a time, equipment would constantly be broken, and when you’re working out next to someone who’s reading a book whilst on an exercise bike, you know it’s time for a change!
6> What are your short term goals?
To sort out my sodding kipping pull ups
7> Long term goals?
To stay fit and healthy without damaging my body any further!
8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
Crossfit wise – not much really, but I was pretty chuffed when I managed to string together more than 10 double-unders. Outside of Crossfit, I guess it would be leaving a relatively stable job to set up my own company.
9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Anything which has a lot of aerobic stuff mixed in with weights. Weirdly, I also quite like wall balls.
10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
I could list a lot here, but I’m going with pull-ups.
11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Despite my best efforts, unfortunately I have become that person who bangs on about Crossfit to all his non Crossfit friends / family – so yes, I do recommend it!
I’m probably not the best person to start dishing out advice – but I would say it’s easy to get distracted by just how good a lot of people in class are, so just focus on what you’re doing and listen to the coaches, who really know their stuff.
12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
DVBBS – Tsunami, Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn – unfortunately neither of these get much air time anymore. I’m not a huge fan of working out to anything slow.
13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
Competing in some of the open events this year was really good fun, and I’ll be aiming to enter again next year (but with less scaling hopefully….) Any class with Ren is always entertaining, although most of her chat is probably too offensive to mention on here!
Meet Sara Al-Roshoud
What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I work in Human Resources at the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. As for fun I like to shop, watch tv shows and enjoy a cup of coffee at a cafe.
How did you get involved in CF?
I was having a cup of tea with my coworker in Kuwait and she told me crossfit would be perfect for me…all I needed was to make time and be committed. I first started crossfit in September 2014 in Kuwait and I had to stop in November of 2014 when I came to London.
When did you first join CFP?
It was at the end of February of 2015
First WOD ever?
I’m not sure…I think it might have involved squats cause the only thing I remember was my thighs aching.
When did you realise CF was right for you?
On the first day of class for three reasons. I first learned that in crossfit everything is scalable so I wasn’t afraid that it might be too advanced for me. The second thing I loved about crossfit is the friendly atmosphere and encouragement of the crossfit community. The third and most important thing is that I loved the way I felt after a workout…it was a sense of accomplishment.
What are your short term?
My short-term goal is to gradually scale up my workouts
What are you long term goals?
My long-term goal is to continue to attend crossfit wherever I may be in the world.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
In life, I don’t think I got to the point of having a big accomplishment, just normal ones. In crossfit it was coming in almost everyday even though my body aches from pervious day workout.
What is your favourite WOD / movement?
What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Running and burpees
Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
I always recommend crossfit whenever my friend and I discuss health. The advice that I always give them is “Join, you won’t regret it”
Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
My least favorite is Die Young by Ke$ha and my favorite is Berzerk by Eminem.
Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?
Everyday is a unique and memorable moment in CFP.