Members of Month for October
City Centre – Garry McNulty
It has been great to watch Garry grow and flourish as an athlete! What is really remarkable is his dedication and work ethic he is one of the regulars at the 6.30am class. Community is one of the things that makes CrossFit so special and Garry is a testament to that, always eager to support and contribute to this great family we call CFD. Thanks Garry, keep it up! – Dave
First of all, I just wanted to say thanks to yourself and the coaches for awarding me this, It’s the first time I’ve ever been awarded anything for participating in any sort of sporting activity. Crossfit is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me, and a major part of that is down to the CFD coaching staff. Also a big shout out to the 6.30am town regulars who have also helped push me along the way.
I’ll try and answer the questions below honestly and tell my own personal story of how I ended up joining. It’s a bit of a long story but I’ll make it quick.
1.How were you introduced to Crossfit?
In May of last year, I woke up on a Monday morning with a sore leg. It wasn’t too bad but I remember I was limping all day but didn’t think to much of it, I actually thought I had just slept on it. The next morning I woke up at 4 am in absolute agony. My whole leg was killing me and I couldn’t put weight on it. Three hours later my house mate was driving me to the hospital where I would spend the next two weeks and two days. The leg wasn’t really the problem nor the fact that I was a few stone overweight, eating all sorts of crap and the only bit of exercise I did was lift the TV remote (but it didn’t help). I was diagnosed with a condition called Septic Arthritis whereby the fluid in my hip joint had become infected and had started eating away at the cartilage. I had to have surgery straight away that night to clean out the joint, and I spent the next two weeks in the hospital on IV antibiotics to make sure the infection had fully cleared up.
I had an MRI done and I was told that there was a small bit of permanent damage done to hip. I was advised to do everything I could to avoid a potential hip replacement in years to come. This meant getting more active and losing weight to keep the pressure off the hip. One of my mates recommend Mark Sisson’s book ‘The Primal Blueprint’ which I bought as soon as I got out of the hospital. The book introduced me to the concept of the paleo diet and also functional movement and exercise as opposed to running / jogging which I hated.
After the reading the book I started the diet and once I got the all clear from the doctors I did some research into gyms that promoted the paleo lifestyle and I found Crossfit Dublin.
I never had much interest in exercise or sport before despite been from a big sporting family, but Crossfit has definitely changed all that. After about a month of doing it I became a bit obsessed and I’ve been that way ever since.
I love doing any of the Olympic lifts and I’m working at improving my technique so I can lift heavier weights
WOD: Fran. I used to hate Fran but now I think it’s a really good benchmark for both strength and aerobic ability. My goal for now is to RX Fran. I’m currently working on both strict and kipping pull ups. I’m not a big fan of doing thrusters but if I keep working on them the strength part will come in time.
3.I have always wanted to…
Beat some of the morning lads (Bernie, Josh, Dave Burke, etc.) in a WOD and rub it in their faces…only messing lads!!
I got into hiking recently but I’d really like to try mountain climbing as I’ve read a few books about it. The only problem is that I am really bad with heights.
4. One word people use to describe me:
5.Outside of the gym I like to…
Go travelling, go out, have a few beers with the mates. Cinema, theatre. during the Summer you’ll find me in Croke Park cheering on Mayo in the gaa.
6.Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me:
I’ve done a bit of acting in the past on stage, just some amateur plays. I also did a year in the Gaiety school of acting. I loved doing it but I haven’t done much recently as it takes major commitment and I don’t have the time at the moment.
7.Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit:
As I said above, I’ve never been much of a sportsman. It’s not that I’m not interested, I just never found a sport that I was particularly good at.
Over the past year I got into hiking a bit and I hope to do more of it. I also enjoy swimming and I’d like to get into that a bit more too.
8.Favorite place to eat in Dublin:
My guilty pleasure is Zaytoons for their chicken shish kebabs. I also like any of the FXB steakhouses or Gourmet burger places.
9.Song that gets me pumped up for a workout:
What I’ve done – Linkin Park.
Losing around four stone, completing Hell and Back during the summer, getting my first strict pull up.
Outside of the gym it would be my education and career.
11. Main two things that have most improved since joing CFD?
My weight, a big part of that is down to taking part in the six week paleo challenge in the gym earlier this year. Also my general fitness and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and I hope to improve on them in time.
Here is to pictures of Garry, one from 3 years ago and the other of Garry taking part in Hell and back this year
Blackrock – Sarah Murray
1.How were you introduced to Crossfit?
I was introduced to Crossfit by an old Neighbour.