Congratulations to our February Members of the Month, Grace Curtis & Diarmuid O'Neill!

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Curious to find out more about these guys and how they got started with CrossFit? Read on CFDers… 

Meet Grace Curtis

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?

I took a sabbatical from law for a year (3 years ago!) to try & parent my kids hopefully without causing them too much long term emotional turmoil; I hang out with family/friends hopefully without causing them too much long term emotional turmoil either. I also enjoy Pilates @ Platinum Pilates in Stillorgan.

2>How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I’m Crossfiting for several years now having being first introduced by Stephen Weinmann (now Crossfit North Dublin) & John Belton (now No.17 Personal Training) . I then happily trained in Crossfit Ireland for about 2 years & joined Crossfit Dublin last September.

3> When did you first join CFD?

September 2013

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

Deadlifts/burpess so kind of a love/hate type WOD to start on.

5>When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

From the start, I loved the mix of the strength, gymnastic & conditioning elements of it.

6> What are your short term goals?

Just one teeny tiny strict pull up.

7> Long term goals?

HSPU & to get faster under the bar.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

RX ‘ing any WOD & obviously CFD Member of the Month!

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Love the olympic lifts.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Any involving box jumps & I have the scars to prove it.

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

Absolutely. Get started as soon as possible. There’s something in Crossfit for everyone to enjoy.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

If I hear AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck’ one more time….

13> Bonus question: Most memorable CFD moment?

Any time I hit a PB particularly after a long plateau without any apparent progress, and the support that gets you there (big wave to Criona!)

Meet Diarmuid O’Neill

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1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?

For work, I’m Head of Communications in O2. Located right next door to Crossfit. Handy. For fun, food and wine plays a major part. I’m single-handedly keeping the Dublin restaurant trade in business.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

John McCall and Mags Kennedy! I tried to ignore them as they talked incessantly about wods and throwdowns but eventually caved and signed up for fundamentals.

3> When did you first join CFD?

Last Summer. July

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

Not a clue. The first week was a bit of a haze.

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

Quickly enough to be honest. I initially thought working out 2 or 3 times a week would be more than respectable but found myself going pretty much every day. The other turning point for me was the In-house competitions. The first one I went to was last september. I didn’t even take part. I just watched. But the atmosphere was fantastic and it just made me want to be part of the next one.

6> What are your short term goals?

Pull ups. I’m getting better but I’ve a good bit to go still. I also need to get much better on technique for weightlifting.

7> Long term goals?

Just to keep up the frequency of working out. It’s easy to fall out of the habit and I’m keen to make sure that doesn’t happen.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

Doing the Dublin Marathon in 2012. The training in the run up to it was a killer but totally worth it. A fantastic feeling crossing the finish line.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Either Burpees or wall balls (am I the only one?)

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Any of the weight lifting moves from the ground. I’m better from the hang but I have a block about anything below the knee.

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

Absolutely. It’s been great for me since I joined. On the question of advice, I’d tell them to pace themselves. It’s important to know what you’re initially capable of and work your progress from that. It’s too easy in a wod to feel you need to RX everything when you’re neither ready for it or have the technique nailed.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Favourite: Pretty much anything that gets the adrenaline flowing. It’s great when a decent upbeat track like Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us comes on mid wod. Really helps push you through. Mind you, Kortney’s recent class to the greatest hits of madonna was great fun too!

Least favourite: eminem. Not a big fan.

13> Bonus question: Most memorable CFD moment?

I am probably the only person in Crossfit history to have pulled a muscle in their LEG while trying to do kipping pull ups. I think that says it all for how competent my initial kipping swings were!

Congrats guys, keep smashing it!

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