Member of the Month – March

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Well done to our March 2014 members of the month, Niall and Paddy. Here’s a little more about their CrossFit journey so far at CFD. Well done guys!

Niall Larkin

Member of the Month

1. How were you introduced to Crossfit?

In early 2013, I was closing in on 17st and had decided that I needed to do something beyond the occasional game of 5-a-side with my friends to get in shape. I had walked by the city centre gym a few times and eventually decided to look it up online having no idea what Crossfit was anything more the name of the gym. I had literally never held a barbell before signing up and it took me a few weeks to get over my apprehension and actually commit to the fundamentals sessions last October.

2. Favorite WOD/lift:

Any of the overhead lifts

3. I have always wanted to…

do a road trip across the US

4. One word people use to describe me:


5. Outside of the gym I like to…

Hang out with friends, play poker and  I like going to matches/gigs

6. Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me:

I used to work in a job where I had to analyse game play looking for cheaters in online poker games.

7. Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit:

I’ve recently started cycling the 14km trip to work and I’ve been enjoying so far. Still haven’t done a Crossfit session and cycled to work on the same morning but it’s going to happen soon.

I also enjoy a good game of 5-a-sde with my friends especially when the games become way more competitive than a kick around should be.

8. Favorite place to eat in Dublin:

I like The Counter, their menu makes it really easy to stick to Paleo and it’s never too difficult to convince people to go to a burger place

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

Anything at all, as long as there’s something playing in the background I don’t mind, most of the time I wouldn’t have a clue what songs were playing during a WOD

10. Proudest accomplishment:

In Crossfit terms, I got four PRs in four days a few weeks ago which I was pretty happy about. It’s nice to see progression but it’s easy to be getting PRs when starting from such a low level. I’ll be proud when I’m RXing WODs regularly

Outside of Crossfit it has to be getting my masters in 2012. It was a really tough year, I was in college Monday to Friday and had to work night shifts from Thursday to Sunday. This meant I was often staying awake for 36+ hours and had to regularly get by on hour or two of sleep here and there. I don’t think anyone has fallen asleep on the Luas and missed their stop as much as I have! It all worked out in the end as I got asked to apply for job following a drunken conversation about the masters with my then future boss.

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

Having worked nights and evenings for over 3 years up to last July, including the year doing my masters, my sleeping pattern was a total mess. Even after moving to a job with regular hours I would still be awake half the night and be getting just 3 or 4 hours sleep a night. Ever since I started Crossfit I have been going to the earliest class each morning and it’s gotten me into a routine where I actually have to go bed at a reasonable time.

This has been huge for me, I’ve lost 22lbs since January, mainly with the paleo challenge. I still have a good distance to go but I had often talked about trying to get my diet in order and this is the first time I’ve actually followed through for longer than a week. It’s still far from perfect and there have been a couple a bad weeks but it’s changed my outlook for the better and even if I do have a bad week I know what I should be doing and that I can do it.

Paddy Patterson

member of the month

1> What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I run my own business a local neighbourhood store ‘londis foxrock avenue’. For fun I coach kids football & rugby, play golf in summer.

2> How did you get involved in CrossFit?
My friend Emma Sheehan told me about it, her brother is a friend of Michael’s.

3> When did you first join CFD?
3 years ago

4> What was your first WOD in the classes?
Can’t remember, it involved pull ups which i struggled with!

5> When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
Did an intro with Michael, new it was for me, came back later that day to start fundamentals.

6> What are your short term goals?
Muscle up

7> Long term goals?
Lead a healthy & happy life!

8> What is your greatest accomplishment?
Came 2nd in one of the ‘throw downs’ (level 1)

9> What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Anything with dead lifts, box jumps,pull ups or running.

10> What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Can’t say I love wall balls!

11> Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Yes i would, Its had a very positive effect on all aspects of my life, since i started my cholesterol level has droped  from 6.7 to 4.9, im fitter now at 43 than i was at 23!  My advice would be to listen to your coach, get the basic movements right, buy a foam roller and use it at home! My wife, Louise and 3 kids are also CrossFitters!!!

12> Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?
Don’t have a least favourite, louder the better, favourite would be ‘faithless’

13> Bonus question: Most memorable CFD moment?
When kipping pull ups clicked with me!

Well done guys, keep up the good work!



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