Congratulations to this Month’s Athletes of the Month – Tristan and Diana!

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Congratulations to this Month’s Athletes of the Month – Tristan Smith and Diana Andrade!
They have been chosen by the coaches for the effort they put in as well as all of their recent gains!
Keep it up guys!

Meet Tristan

tristan

1> Where are you from?
Originally from Hertfordshire, spent some time living in Devon and now I live in Clapham.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I work as a Junior Investment manager for a boutique investment company. Outside of the box I watch plenty of sport – I follow my childhood team Saracens and try to make it to as many games as I can. I love falling asleep to Formula One, eating copious amounts of good food, cycling around the London parks. Oh, and the odd Beer…

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
By chance really…I was forced to hang my rugby boots up through consistently smashing bones. I took up marathon running, did Berlin last year & consequently vowed to never do another…I think there’s only so many laps of Battersea Park I could possibly do. It was on one of my stupidly long training runs when I noticed the red & black Perpetua signs and decided to check it out after completing my marathon. A few YouTube videos later (mostly Froning related…guilty!), one quick phone call with Pricey & an initial meeting with Mario…I was sold.

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
I guess officially since January this year. 10 months.

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
For me it’s the positive mindset that it gives me. If I can manage a class in the morning then that day I am so much more productive at work. I love the variety of the programming and that I never have to come up with my own (I’m terribly uncreative so thank you to all the smart cookies responsible for that). Before CrossFit I’ve never been a motivated gym go-er…I walked into a friends gym on a guest pass the other week and got completely lost and quite confused by it. I love the Perpetua community…the coaches & the members that come back every day to train because like me they also have the CrossFit bug. The buzz, the heart, the competition, the team spirit….everything, It’s awesome.

6> How often do you train?
I don’t think I caught the bug until March/April time…turning a casual 2-3 times a week into a strict 5/6 times a week (work permitting). I’ve sometimes shocked myself being in there on Thursday/Friday nights and even 8am on Saturday’s. It’s completely addictive.

7>What are your fitness goals?
Short term – Ring muscle ups by Christmas. Long term, I think just to live an active, healthy lifestyle…enjoy every step and be the best I can be in my work & play.

8> What is your greatest achievement?
There is so much more to be achieved but I was pretty chuffed when I cracked Kipping Chest to Bar pull ups.

9> What or who motivates you?
I’m a sucker for some motivational YouTube binging (anything Froning/Games related). I would say that, and watching the Comp team train…maybe one day i’ll get there.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
Running has always been my strength so I like it when the workouts include a run. I also like most body weight stuff, pull-ups/press ups etc..

The Assault Bike is the only thing that has caused me to be sick (twice) so I’ll have to say that is my least favourite machine. I used to think the AB was evil and shouldn’t be allowed on the programming…but we get on a bit better now.

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
Of course. It’s definitely a lifestyle change…but it’s a good change. My family are mostly in Devon but i’m sure if they had easy access to a good box then they would. My friends are slowly coming round to thinking how good it is and how much better the results are than just hanging on a few machines in any other gym. You may see a couple of them sign up soon…

My advice would be to just keep turning up. Some of the movements may take a while to crack (and I still have plenty more) but you’ll certainly surprise yourself how quickly you will pick things up…especially at this box.

12> Favourite cheat meal?
No question about it. Large Dominos Half ’n’ Half Texas BBQ & Hawaiian (with BBQ base). PS. If you didn’t know they now do a Garlic & Herb ‘Big Dip’ (100g!!)…ahhh, I could bath in that stuff.

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
It has to be the camaraderie of all the members and the Perpetua staff. That, and the competition – I’m pretty competitive by nature so it’s nice to be able to get a score on the board and have some light hearted banter about it afterwards. Oh, and the fact that the programming is as varied as some of Gilesy’s hairstyles.

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Memorable – Triple 3 a few months back. I was one of the the last to leave the box before the 3 mile-run and ended up finishing second behind Paul – he smashed it but I gave him a good run for his money.
Funniest – When Dhruve forgot his shorts and worked out in his bright red Lycras.

Meet Diana

diana

1> Where are you from?
I was born in Brazil and moved to Spain when I was 12. I’ve lived in London now for 9 years and I miss both places but when I visit (often) I also feel a bit like a foreigner.

2> When you’re not at Perpetua what do you do for work and for fun?
I work at a company called Earthport which processes payments for banks and other institutions. My role is “pre-sales” which basically means I ensure we only sell stuff we can actually deliver. Outside work I volunteer with St. John’s Ambulance and go to swing dancing classes as often as I can. I love cooking and eating too so when at home you’ll usually find me in the kitchen.

3> How did you find out about CrossFit?
My boyfriend lived in Dublin for a few years and joined Perpetua there. He was instantly addicted and couldn’t stop talking about it (sounds familiar?)

4> How long have you been a member at Perpetua?
6 months – it’s gone so quickly!

5> Why do you do CrossFit?
It’s just so much fun! I end up in class completely knackered and within 10 mins I’m already checking Train Heroic for what’s on tomorrow… There’s plenty of variety so apart from not being boring, it’s much more balanced than other sports. Plus, everyone that’s been doing it for a while has an amazing body!

6> How often do you train?
I do CrossFit 3-4 days/week and yoga or pilates once/week.

7>What are your fitness goals?
I’m keen on achieving a pull up. I’ve wanted to do it for years and now finally I’m making good progress. In general I just aim to keep on making consistent improvement.

8> What is your greatest achievement?
My first pistol squat! One day I dropped by Perpetua to watch the London vs Dublin competition. One of the WODs had pistol squats and I remember thinking “that looks easy, I’m pretty good at squats” so when I got home I attempted one and fell backwards instantly. I signed up to CrossFit the next day.

9> What or who motivates you?
The sense of achievement after each class is extraordinary. Being surrounded by lots of fit people doing stuff I’d have never imagined possible is the best encouragement. I’m still at a stage where I’m hitting PBs pretty much every week and I’m learning I’m capable of so much more than I thought I was.

10> What is your favourite and least favourite WOD or movement?
I am enjoying gymnastics and oly lifting as they are both new areas for me. I’m not a big cardio fan, AB and burpees are the worst!

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them starting out?
Definitely! My main advice is to choose your box carefully, they are not all the same (see #13 below) and don’t be bullied into attempting more that you are ready for. At the same time, don’t underestimate your abilities. I thought I couldn’t do CrossFit for years because all that lifting and jumping was not compatible with my lower back injury… Guess, what? I haven’t had any issues at all.

12> Favourite cheat meal?
I love Asian food in general, a dim sum feast would be top of the list. And popcorn.. a huge bucket of salted popcorn… yum!

13> Favourite thing about Perpetua?
The programming at Perpetua is outstanding. First of all, the mandatory 1-1 induction gives you the basic knowledge about the sport, technique and also (so important) about yourself. This empowers you to make the choices on which option to select each day, how to scale and get the best workout every time. All with the great support network of the other members, coaches in each class and your own personal coach. We’re really spoiled here 😉

14> Bonus question: Most memorable or funniest moment at Perpetua?
Participating at the London Box battles for the first time last week. I can’t believe I almost missed out on it, can’t wait to participate on the next event.

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