Congratulations to this Month's Athletes of The Month – James Simpson & Jasmine Rushton

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Congratulations to this month’s Perpetua Athlete’s of The Month – James Simpson and Jasmine Rushton!
The coaches chose them for the great progress they have been making and the effort they put in!
Well done guys! Keep it up!

Meet James

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1> Where are you from?
Born and brought up in Tunbridge Wells, but have been living in London ever since leaving university 30 years ago.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
On the work front, am Managing Director of the UK side of one of the great Champagne Houses. Am also heavily involved in wine trade eduction as Chairman of Trustees of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. In between heading to CrossFit, try and play Real Tennis once a week (and am lucky enough to play at Hampton Court) as well as fairly regular golf.

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
Had seen the Perpetua sign when heading through Battersea Park and over Chelsea Bridge, but had never been quite sure whether it was a gym or a trendy coffee shop. However, then heard great things about CrossFit from a friend over in Northern Ireland and decided, after getting rather bored of my previous gym, to investigate further.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
Am just coming up to a full year as a member.

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
Started with CrossFit to try and get fitter to play Tennis and Gym but, with time, seem to be doing it to get better at CrossFit. Do, also, enjoy decent food and decent wine (perhaps too much) and so CrossFit is a perfect antidote to this and life in the Wine Trade.

6> How often do you train?
Work permitting (and golf commitments permitting), try to get to CrossFit four times a week. And seem to be fixed to the 6.30 class during the week (where the quality of conversation before, during and after a source of constant amusement).

7> What are your fitness goals?
To be able to keep coming to CrossFit for as long as possible (as one of the more senior members). Having played some half decent rugby when I was younger (both at University and then at Rosslyn Park) – before my knees forced me to give up playing – it is great to find a new and challenging way of keeping fit.

8> What is your greatest achievement?
Notwithstanding passing the Master of Wine exam (despite its name, one of the more challenging professional qualification around), it may just be managing to cope with a year’s worth of early morning CrossFit. That and almost managing to do my first, unassisted, pull up a week or so ago!!

9> What or who motivates you?
The thought that, one day soon, I might just be able to do that first pull up. That and the team of trainers and the good natured encouragement of the rest of the class.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
Where to start with my least favourite; a close run thing between Turkish get ups and burpees. My favourite; still trying to find it, but the most satisfying thing is coming to the end of the class. It’s the feeling of having done CrossFit that appeals the most.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
Don’t worry about starting and don’t worry about doing stuff that you have never done before.

12> Favourite cheat meal?
Possibly good fish and chips (with the emphasis on the good; have been reviewing the contenders for some years), possibly the full tasting menu at the Ledbury or possibly a great dinner down in Burgundy after tasting 80 or so different wines out of barrel.

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
The fact that it is the absolute opposite of my working life and life in the wine trade. And, that I appear to have actually learned to do things that, a year ago, I would never have thought possible.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Stuart’s Christmas music medley with accompanying WOD high on the list, as is the key discussion, mid 6.30 class, as to possible breakfast options.

Meet Jaz

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1> Where are you from?
Born and raised (for a bit) in Hong Kong, then spent my teens in New Zealand… and the moment I was old enough to make decisions for myself, I planned my move to London which, while poorly timed due to the recession, was the best decision ever.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I work in travel PR managing PR strategies for amazing destinations all over the world. For fun, I love to travel and always use my entire leave allocation within the first six months of the year, then spend the next six months buying more days off our company just to keep on travelling. If I am stuck in London, my world revolves around food.

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
I cannot remember how I heard about CrossFit, but all the credit for convincing me to join has to go to Mike Lee, who was my coach at Fitness First. He spent months assuring me that not everyone at Perpetua is a superhuman athlete.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
I joined when Mike threatened not to be my coach anymore by quitting Fitness First…. November 2015.

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
I do it because I love it.

6> How often do you train?
I try to come to class 5 times a week which I couple with cycling everywhere and lunchtime runs when work just gets too much.

7> What are your fitness goals?
I would love to back squat 100kg and develop some sort of upper body strength.

8> What is your greatest achievement?
Just after I turned 30 in May, I managed to do my first ever pull up. It wasn’t pretty.

9> What or who motivates you?
I am motivated by a challenge. If something appeals to my competitive nature, I am there!

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
I love burpees (yes I did say burpees). I had so much fun when we did the death by burpees WOD a few months ago.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
Yes I would, and I do all the time. My advice is just to give it a go.

12> Favourite cheat meal?
Anything with potatoes… or avocado… or cheese….oooh what about tacos….. or pizza… followed by chocolate… and crème brûlée.

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
The fact that everyone talks to each other – it’s not something you get at a traditional gym.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
I loved competing in the Open. The community spirit was amazing.

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