Congratulations to this months Athletes of the Month Janki and Bashy

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Congratulations to this months Athletes of the Months – Janki Patel and Neil Bashford.

Here is a note from their coach Ozzie on why they were chosen this month:

Janki lacked confidence in herself at first admitting she was intimidated by the classes and movements but has stuck with it and made incredible progress. She’s a regular now coming 3+ times a week to lunches, 7.15s and sometimes 6.30s before her school run. As a coach I’m really proud of her as this is definitely not natural training style for her but her determination and focus is second to none. Truly impressive. Now she’s part of the family and gets better everyday.

Bashy came in to CrossFit recently. Already a decent athlete and well coordinated he took to the movements well but still showed a really detailed and contentious approach to getting his movement right. Since joining class he’s thrown himself into the community recently representing Perpetua in the box battles. He welcomes in new members, is always ready to extend his hand to new faces and gives nothing less than 100% in every session. A pleasure to coach and excited to see his progress.

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Meet Janki

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

I am a mother to two lovely children so most of the time is spent looking and organising everything for them and the rest of my time goes into making cakes as I have a small cake business. For fun I like to watch television and go out with friends and trying new cuisines and new restaurants and also love experimenting with new recipes (my poor husband has to eat it:))))

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

My friend Karishma who is also member of CPF had been trying to convince me to try CrossFit for a long time and finally I gave in. And am so glad I tried it because it is something I had never done before and now absolutely love it.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I first joined CFP October 2014, but started classes from March 2015.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I don’t remember it exactly but do remember there was a lot of running and squats and was totally exhausted at the end of the class.

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

The best thing about Crossf=Fit is that every exercise is very scalable and I started getting more comfortable with the moves and started enjoying what I was doing. That is when I realised it was right for me.

6> What are your short term goals?

To be able to do all my barbell moves properly and correctly and increase more weight on them.

7> Long term goals?

To be able to do the same moves as the whole class and not to scale it down as I do now and also want to try and do a handstand by next summer.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

As far as CFP is concerned doing 40kg on the deadlift.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Running and kettle bell swings.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Running with the medicine ball and rowing.

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

Absolutely. Everyone should give it a go at least once.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Anything fast, am always trying to finish the WOD so don’t even notice what is playing. But would love to try some Bollywood music once in the class:))))

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Meet Neil Bashford

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

At work I trade electricity, natural gas and carbon emissions. My wife tells me my job is as boring as sin, so I’ll leave it there. You could just say I keep the lights on at CFP. For fun I’ve always played sport, but in recent years that has taken a bit of a back burner to spending time with my kids. I’ve also been known to enjoy a good feed and a few beers…

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

A couple of guys from the office were doing their Fundamentals course with Ozzie and I thought it sounded pretty cool, so I got in touch. After the first meeting how could I resist!

3> When did you first join CFP?

First class was April 1st this year.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

Test day! 4 mins row for calories, 3 mins pullups, 2 mins back squat, 1 min STOH. Good day to start I guess….

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

Day 1. Tearing my ACL about 7 years ago ended my rugby career and since then I’ve had two knee reconstructions and lived abroad, so have drifted from sport to sport never really feeling the buzz. I was in a bit of a rut generally, and my training was aimless and sh*t. Enter CrossFit and BAM I’m a completely different person. Feels like I got my spark back, and I get antsy if I can’t train for a couple of days

6> What are your short term goals?

I’ve only been in class for a few months so it’s a pretty long list! You can probably summarize as get stronger and more efficient – top of the list currently are the gymnastics movements; free handstand, muscle ups and toes to bar

7> Long term goals?

Putting it in print makes this real, but here goes… I want to RX the open 2016. And not take twice as long as everyone else. Or injure myself.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

Sport wise this is going back a few years… but I played a bit of representative tennis and rugby as a youth. Recently I was pretty pleased with myself the first time I held a handstand! Having never even tried to get upside down before it really freaked me out for some reason and Ozzie had to coax me into it in fundamentals

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Probably back squat and any WOD that’s quite gassy, as I’m not such a stranger to squatting or being knackered

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Anything STOH – my shoulder mobility and strength is rubbish. Mostly wall balls though, they are the devil

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

Absolutely! I totally buy into the first rule of CrossFit in that you must talk about CrossFit all the time. In fact, it even made me lose a group of mates in a bar in Barcelona recently as I was trying to convince some random poor soul to do a handstand whilst they all departed for an underground nightclub with no phone signal… Regarding advice, I think the most important lesson I have learnt from the amazing coaches at CFP is to get the technique first before worrying about load – you cant hit many PRs if you’re on the treatment table

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

It has to be fast and have a big beat to drag me along. Love a bit of Chase and Status for example. Anything slow just zaps the mood

13> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest CFP moment?

Most memorable moment so far has to be the London Box Battles. As a novice I had no idea what to expect, but I love the atmosphere in class so thought how bad can it be? Well it was awesome. Great event, great group of people, great day.

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