Congratulations To This Month's Athlete's Of The Month – Jemma Mc Shane and Janis Lazdins

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Congratulations to this month’s Athlete’s of the Month – Jemma McShane and Janis Lazdins.
They have been nominated by the coaches for the amount of effort they put in and their recent gains!
Well done guys – keep up the good work!!

Meet Jemma


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

I am Head of Operations for a Hedge Fund which keeps me on my toes – it’s intense and crazy at times but I love it. For fun – I like being active and setting myself some kind of fitness challenge with friends. Other than that I enjoy trying new brunchlunch spots and making the most of all London has to offer. Plus COFFEE – I love coffee!

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I’ve always been pretty active and played team sports growing up but fell into the standard gym, spin, body pump routine after moving to London and found I wasn’t really pushing myself. After spending some time with a personal trainer to mix things up I found I really enjoyed the strength training aspect but missed the social and competitive element. Last summer I spent a month in a training camp in Thailand after a friend recommended the workouts. After trying circuits and CrossFit style classes (as well as some Muay Thai) I loved it and couldn’t wait to find somewhere to continue back in London.

3> When did you first join CFP?

After being crazily impatient during fundamentals I started classes in October.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I have no idea – I was too busy trying to remember my own name enough to say it at the start of class, shortly followed by frantically trying to pick up what was written on the board…. Turkish what now….?!

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

During fundamentals I couldn’t wait to learn more about the techniques and improve. I loved the importance of mobility and flexibility (which is not something I’d ever really looked at before) and quickly found areas I wanted to work on. It was after my first Saturday class that I knew I’d be hooked. The camaraderie of everyone at the box gave me a real push and knowing I was against the clock gave me something to work for. The WODs are all really varied and the competition days give me a chance to see how I am progressing. Being surrounded by people at the top of their game is also incredibly motivating.

6> What are your short term goals?

I would love to be able do more than one pull up! (which I only just conquered!). Double unders are also on the list… I’ve got single…single… double down but anything more usually ends with me wrapping myself up and covering myself in rope burns… so WATCH THIS SPACE! I’d also like to get more confident with trying some of the harder moves.

7> Long term goals?

Longer term goals for me are to get stronger and beat my PBs in the main movements as well as perfect my technique in some of the Olympic Lifting moves.

I also have my second triathlon coming up this year so I’m looking forward to feeling fitter and stronger than ever before.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

Work wise – being part of a start up, launching a Fund and helping to build a business.

CrossFit wise – It has to be that one pull up!! I shocked myself and it felt great.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I like the longer WODs where you have to pace yourself and I like the mental challenge. Finishing a tough barbell WOD also feels amazing.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

My least favourite WOD movement has to be WALL BALLS… I’m convinced they’re called WAR BALLS…

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

In terms of advice I would say get stuck in and remember that everyone – no matter how fit – had a first WOD!!
Also… ease into handstands.. at 6.30am its head rush central!

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Least favourite is anything slow with not much of a beat. My favourite has to be something with some base and attitude so I can smash out those last few push presses.

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

Some of my most memorable are seeing how everyone comes together and supports each other – In a city as big as London its great to see everyone working towards individual goals whilst looking out for the goals of others.

Meet Janis

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

Outside CrossFit I work for an asset management company with fixed income products. Very much of a desk job so CrossFit and Yoga is a good change at the end of the day. For fun, I’ve booked quite a few concerts this year and I’ve taken up tennis and ping pong. Outside of Perpetua, I try out a different CrossFit box in London every month through a charity organisation called WODProud, which coincidentally, is how I found my partner.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

CrossFit was on my radar for about a year before I finally made the decision and tried it out. Before CrossFit I was doing a lot of BODYPUMP classes and was getting bored with the routine, I was also going through some big changes in my personal life and wanted to switch it up a bit. So I joined Perpetua.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I joined Perpetua at the end of 2014.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

OHS…not my favourite exercise but I pushed through with light weights.

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

I kind of knew from the start that I would enjoy CrossFit. I already liked the group exercise idea and with CrossFit there is a good energy and varied programming.

6> What are your short term goals?

Work on gymnastics – a bit of handstand, some muscle ups…just the basics.

7> Long term goals?

Build strength and be able to do more RX workouts.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

I loved competing in last year’s Open and Box Battles with Ricky. It was great fun and the energy in the box is something special.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

At first I thought I’m liked burpees but they’ve dropped off my favourite list. So probably pull-ups and box jumps.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

I’m not a big fan of running or overhead squats. Any shoulder strength movement is a bit of a challenge for me. I really dislike the assault bike machines but I know they’re good for all of us so trying to keep at it. I even signed up for an assault bike class…needless to say I was out of breath after the first two rounds.

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

Of course I would and I try to. I’ve managed to get 1 friend on the CrossFit wagon. My advice is to take your time at the beginning to get up to speed with different exercise types but keep an eye not to plateau. I still have to remind myself to add that little bit more of weight or try that bar muscle up (which I did manage to do on my first try. Yay!).

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

My favourite – Ozzie’s Rihanna Bitch Better Have My Money. I guess I’m not a fan of hard rock stuff. I prefer more uplifting strong beat.

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

Funny and embarrassing for me…one of the first WODs with Rusty involved a lot of pull-ups. Probably one of the reverse ladder ones. I was doing really well and I like pull-ups but then I lost grip and fell on my ass mid swing. The fall was like a slow-mo picture. And then I got up and finished the WOD.

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