Congratulations to this Month's Athletes of the Month – Lucy Paterson and Dan Brown

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Congratulations to this months athletes of the month – Lucy Paterson and Dan Brown!
The coaches have chosen them for the serious effort they put in and their improved strength.
Keep up the good work guys!

Meet Lucy

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

When I’m not at the box I’m a Project Coordinator for a little company called Pink Squid. We do creative employer branding comms and recruitment attraction campaigns – it’s crazy busy but I love it! And when I’m not at the box or at work, I’ll probably be escaping to the coast to get some fresh air and surf time in 🙂

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I interned in Utah and a friend of mine took me along to a student intro session at a box in Salt Lake City. Needless to say, we kept going back.

3> When did you first join CFP?

In December last year, but the first time I ever came to CFP was to compete against you as part of CF North London in the Box Battles. I saw the CFP facility and was like, ‘I should be training here’, so I switched North for South!

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I can’t remember the very first WOD but an early one that I definitely DO remember was the 12 Days of Christmas one. Absolutely brutal! 😀

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

After that first session in Salt Lake City. The ‘Skill’ piece was a rope climb. I saw it written on the whiteboard and thought, absolutely no way, I am the least gymnastic person ever, never getting up that rope. Nope. Not happening. But then the coach took us step-by-step through the technique and suddenly I was at the top of this rope and basically Tarzan. I think the idea that CrossFit could make me jungle proficient was definitely part of the hook in, but mostly the realisation that my body had the capacity to be capable of all these things I’d never tried before.

6> What are your short term goals?

Pull ups!!! 5 strict, in a row, off the bat, any day of the week. COME ON.

7> Long term goals?

Long-long term: To be able to Rx any WOD. Semi-long term: First attempt at a half marathon coming up in October so just being able to finish that would be quite nice.

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

In CrossFit, I think finally hitting body weight overhead in the Jerk. And my first ever strict pull up was a very happy day too.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

WODs with barbell complexes, and then box jumps and KB swings.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Anything with burpees and wall balls! Awful.

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

Definitely – trying to persuade my sister to give it a go at the moment. Advice-wise, concentrate on every box jump!

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Oooh um, I don’t really mind, as long as it’s heavy enough/has good lyrics to help the mental game.

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

All of the 2015 Open, so much fun!

Meet Dan

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

I work in the West End as a surveyor specialising in commercial property valuations. For fun I’ve a country background so currently enjoying the big city life and exploring what London has to offer. Anything to do with beer, food and sport sounds pretty good to me!

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I moved to London in December 2013 and was looking to join a gym or sports club. My flatmate at the time told me he had been to a taster session at the local Crossfit gym and 30 minutes after his session was at a bus stop spewing his guts out. For some reason this level of intense training really appealed to me so gave it a go and the rest is history.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I moved across to SW London in August 2014 and that’s when I joined CFP.

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I think it was partner workout which included 30-40 minutes of rowing, clusters and then double unders. Felt game changing at the time!

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

I’d always been very sport orientated and have tried most of things but never stuck at anything for any length of time so the fact I was still regularly attending class after three months feeling more motivated than ever illustrated that Crossfit worked for me. Around that time I also went to my GP for a health check up and the doctor was unable to take my pulse as it was below 50 hbpm which is the minimum recording they could take. I’d never felt fitter and that confirmed it to me.

6> What are your short term goals?

I am currently training and aiming to complete my first marathon this September over in Bordeaux called the Marathon de Medoc which involves a lot of fancy dress, cheese and wine – all whilst running!

Crossfit wise it’s pull ups and double unders.

7> Long term goals?

Compete and win the Crossfit Games…

Realistically I would like to ultimately build up to compete in an ironman event and within Crossfit to become proficient at all the movements, RX the workouts and become top of class (just once)!

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

I used to play a lot of tennis when I was younger and won a series of tournaments where the prize was to rally with Tim Henman at Wimbledon, which was pretty cool for a 10 year old.

Specifically within Crossfit my principal reasons for joining were weight loss and of course improve fitness. There will be more impressive results than mine but for me personally it was losing two stone and 4 inches off my waist in 12 months, unfortunately it does mean that the majority of my clothes are now on the large side.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I enjoy the cardio such as rowing, running, aerobikes etc. It’s not a strength but I really enjoy anything with a barbell (except thrusters!).

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

I tend to struggle with anything bodyweight related, particularly pull ups and push ups.

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

Yes definitely – I find it incredibly motivating and rewarding.

For advice I’m hardly an expert on the subject but for me it’s to get the scaling right and build the mechanics. Initially my competitive side would usually get the better of me and I always used to try and copy what weights everyone else was doing in the workout and eventually burn out before getting the coach’s tap on the shoulder to strip the weight or scale down. Also to focus on your own workout and not worry about how much more weight or how much quicker everyone else may be.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Favourite music is something fast and energetic, I’ve only heard Rusty’s old school dance music come out the once but was definitely a highlight. Nothing slow.

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