Congratulations to this Month's Athlete's of the Month – Mimosa and Omar!

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Congratulations to this Month’s Athlete’s of the Month – Mimosa Pirro and Omar Bugaighis.

They were chosen by the coaches for their huge determination and recent progress.  

Meet Mimosa

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Heres a note from her coach Alexis on why she was chosen:

Having gone through a pretty serious shoulder injury earlier this year, Mimosa decided she wanted to pursue CrossFit working around her injury.  As a result she’s excelled and gone from strength to strength.  Mimosa never complains, just gets her head down and embraces anything that is thrown at her.  She is an absolute pleasure to coach.

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

I have 3 young children (6, 4 and 16 months) and since number 3 has arrived I have become a full time mother. I used to be a shipbroker and probably at some point when my youngest will be at school I may go back to work, but at this stage I am happy not to. In as much as life is probably far less glamorous than before, I really enjoy staying at home with them, plus I am so obsessed with their sports and activities. When I am not with them or obsessing about their sports I am doing sports myself!! Anything I come across I do, I am always up for anything. I love everything that gets my heart rate going, but my favourites are mountain hiking, skiing and as of next summer I will start competing in slalom in water skiing.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

My sister had been telling me she had come across a new sport that she found amazing. She started in October 2014 and right away told me to start as I would love it, considering our skiing background. I started looking for possible crossfit boxes around February this year.

3> When did you first join CFP?

I think I started my fundamentals in March, but then didn’t graduate until May. My shoulder dislocated just before graduation, then both myself and the coach whom I initially had were away….and then finally Alexis took me under her wing!! The rest is history!!

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

I cannot remember the exact WOD, but I do remember wall balls being involved……and I LOVE A WALL BALL!!

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

From the moment I stepped into CFP. I was hooked. After a 6 minute workout I was on my knees, I could barely walk up and down the stairs. That same evening I started watching CrossFit videos on you tube, trying to understand all the different movements that I hadn’t come across before, and just trying to understand what CrossFit was.

6> What are your short term goals?

Probably just improving my confidence and just learning how to approach a tricky WOD. I am so scared of failure I sometimes go for the easier option just because I am scared by the numbers. Ttb.

7> Long term goals?

A muscle up and a strict hand stand push up would be nice…..VERY NICE!!!!

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

Kipping pull ups probably

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

It has got to be pull ups/ctb for sure, but anything that involves running or box jumps or wall balls also are high on my list. I definitely prefer longer WODs where you need to pace yourself as I tend to find my own half way through onwards.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Short sprints kill me. Movements wise….I have to say snatches even though that’s probably only because I cannot do them. Burpees are awful. They never get better either.

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

DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!! I keep bugging everyone about CrossFit. My husband told me recently I should go and live in the gym!!! My advice would be not to be intimidated by the WODs, to take everything at your own pace and scale as and when needed, everyone will get better provided you are consistent and determined.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Favourite is anything I can sing to (maybe NOT Justin Bieber). Least favourite….sometimes it gets too techno or too heavy.

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

I think it’s got to be when Coach Mario asked us for our nicknames rather than our names. There were some very amusing ones…..enough said!

Meet Omar

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Heres a note from his coach Alexis on why he was chosen:

Omar went through what I think most CrossFitters go through in their journey.  They see an improvement and then things plateau.  But instead of being negative about this, he embraced a challenge and decided to tackle each small task one by one.  As a result he has excelled in certain areas and now takes real pride in his training.  I’m excited to see how far he can take this.

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

For work I’m usually a Project Manager in Banking/Insurance but I have been turning my hand to property development lately with mixed results, still trying to work out which direction to go in.

For fun I do anything that gets me out of the house, and involves catching up with friends, sports and/or a drink or 2!

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?

One of my mates is a very successful Masters CrossFitter so he kept telling me that I’d love it and if I didn’t get into it I was nuts, we’ve also got a similar sporting background so I knew if he loved it so would I. I like training anyway and I had dabbled a bit with it last year to be honest trying out the “300” Chipper workout but it probably took me a year to decide to make the permanent leap from a “Globo Gym” to Perpetua. And I ain’t going back!

3> When did you first join CFP?

Jan/Feb 2015

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?

God knows……I just hid at the back trying to remember what the coach just said – “I think he said kipping clean n jerk?” – if in doubt copy everyone else!

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

When I realised it could make me very functionally fit and iron out the various aches/pains/imbalances/weaknesses/immobility that I have picked up over the years. I have never been interested in pure endurance sports or aesthetic type training so this suited me down to the ground. My mission is to get back to playing basketball at a high level (or any bloody level) in the near future so I felt it would be the best type of training to help me with that goal. I also love team sports and competition, so the camaraderie I feel at Perpetua along with the constant race against the clock/yourself/your mates is really motivating.

6> What are your short term goals?

To get my Olympic lifting really crisp and to do a HSPU……and string together kipping pull-ups…..and….and….

7> Long term goals?

Enter a CF competition, any level

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?

In sports – earning a basketball scholarship to play for a college in NY

In life – renovating a complete dump of a property that had been uninhabitable for years.

In fancy dress – Ronald McDonald.

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I love a team or partner WOD as I find that really gets my adrenaline flowing as I want to do well for the guys/girls I’m working out with. Movement wise I like the snatch although I’m not very good at them.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

I am currently not on speaking terms with handstands…

And Assault bike sprints are horrendous!

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

Yes defo, it’s one of the best forms of training you can do.

I’d say not to advance the weight you’re lifting until you have nailed the technique on the previous weight, when I first started I made that mistake but now I take a view that if your technique isn’t right at any point then your progress will either plateau, or you’ll get injured, and nobody wants that.

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Least favourite is metal and favourite is dance or rap.

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

JZ pulling out 5 x 80kg snatches out of who knows where during the John Mehigan Cup when he thought doing just 1 would be a struggle.

Check out Omar working on his TTB in this video – the hard work is paying off!

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