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Each week we will be documenting one of our CFD crossfit athletes by asking them some simple questions about there experience and the results they have had from joining us at CFD and the taking Crossfit into there lives.This week is the wonderful Dr Niamh Byrne who is  a level 1 and Kids Crossfit coach.Niamh will be heading the crossfit kids programe at CFD.Here is what Niamh had to say…..

Niamhs first crossfit session over a year ago.

1.How were you introduced to Crossfit?

I was getting ready to go out one night with my husband Ian, shortly after our son Benjamin was born. B was 4 months old, and I had put on a lot of weight during and just after my pregnancy. I was trying to find something to wear, and nothing but maternity clothes would fit me. I got so upset that Ian suggested that I contact his friend Michael Price (aka Pricey) who was starting a “new kind of gym” called CrossFit Dublin. I went along, and finally after trying lots of fad diets and “exercise” regimes, I knew I was on to something. I trusted Michael, and knew that he knew my abilities and limitations, but knew when to push me. I was hooked. And I talked so much about it at home that Ian joined shortly after me!

2.Favorite WOD/lift:

Cindy- love her!! / overhead squat

3.I have always wanted to…

win the lotto…?!

No seriously, I’d love to be able to say that I can do all of the benchmark “girls” and “heroes” WODs Rx (at recommended weights/ difficulty level)

4. One word people use to describe me:


5.Outside of the gym I like to…

spend time with my boys and family, hang out with my girls, deliver babies, practice bikram yoga, play piano, swim, dance, surf, eat and drink… and occasionally sleep!

6.Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me:
I was the first girl to enter and win the All-Ireland Young Stockmanship Competition in 1993. (Competition for young budding farmers/breeders to show they know everything about their animal, and to show they can tame and train a cow/ bull to walk in a ring for the final part of the competition. It involved dealing with some pretty large bulls [one that was one-and-a-half times my height for this particular competition] and competing against a lot of country lads who, by the way, did not appreciate being beaten by a “Jackeen”, let alone a girl).

Niamh last week with her baby boy Benjamin

7.Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit:

(Are you sure you should be asking such personal questions?!!) Any water activity.

8.Favorite place to eat in Dublin:

Ouzos in Blackrock or China Sichuan in Sandyford.

9.Song that gets me pumped up for a workout:

Eminem: Lose Yourself/ Jay-Z: 99 Problems

10.Proudest accomplishment:

  • Personal accomplishment: my gorgeous son, Benjamin.
  • Work accomplishments: graduating from UCD School of Medicine
  • Crossfit accomplishments, any PB (latest are OHS 37kg [started in Feb 2010 with PVC pipe], 5 consecutive kipping pull-ups [started in Feb 2010 pretending to do jumping pull-ups], winning our most recent paleo challenge, and more recently, obtaining my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certification and CrossFit Kids certification.

11. Main two things that have most improved since joing CFD?

Firstly, my overall health and fitness have improved: I lost 30kg (4 stone 10lbs) in my first nine months with CrossFit Dublin. This had a very positive knock-on effect on my self-confidence and gave me courage and willingness to take on challenges, and I had a new-found endurance both at CrossFit Dublin and outside the gym (particularly at work). The Paleo Challenges that were run at CFD helped me learn that healthy choices are easy to make if you see the positive effect that good food has on your wellbeing (I felt brilliant) and on your performace (My deadlift went up by 20kg in 30days!), and the detrimental effects that falling off the paleo wagon can have!

Secondly, my attitude and outlook on health and fitness have transformed: as a person and as a doctor. I started CrossFit with the intention of losing a few pounds, a few stone, actually, and I was whisked away from worrying about how I looked into a zone of comraderie and friendship where I now love CrossFit, I love it for the sport and the healthy life it prescribes. I love that you can see your own and your fellow Crossfitter buddies’ improvements, and that drives you on and keeps you coming back for more.

Workout of the day:

For time

Row 500m
15 Clean & Jerk @ 70/50kg
Run 400m
12 Clean & Jerk
Row 500m
9 Clean & Jerk
Run 400m

Beyond Paleo…
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