April Members of the Month!

Our Members of the Month for April are Nicole Costello, Chris Cunningham, AND Whitney Cunningham!

***We couldn’t choose just two this month, so decided to go with all three of these wonderful members as MOMs!***

Nicole

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I lived in Canton, MA before moving to Dedham my freshman year in high school and I’ve lived here since.

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I usually workout with the 9:00am crew in Dedham. Occasionally, I’ll go to the 12 in Norwood. My favorite part about being a member at CRAIC is the motivation I get from other members, coaches, and just the environment itself. I love that CrossFit is a sport and not just an awesome workout.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
Interesting about me? I’ve worked as a hairstylist for almost 10 years. Which I find ironic that I’m in the beauty industry because I’m not much of a girly girl. I love the creativity in my job and that my day is never the same. My pride and joy is my family.   I have an 8 year old daughter, whose gymnastics skills makes me somewhat jealous, and a 4 year old son, who is a mad man. Other then CrossFit, I enjoy boxing. I also enjoy cooking. I’ve been called a food snob once or twice. I’m constantly trying to educate  myself on what different kinds of food can do for the mind and body.  I’ve found Paleoto be my favorite way to eat.  Although, I’m interested to learn more about macros.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
My proudest accomplishment so far is completing my first Open. My first thought when I heard about the Open was NO WAY. That’s only for some incredibly strong athletes. That was actually my thought the whole time until the CrossFit website went down which extended the deadline an extra day. All I could think was, “What if I can’t do what they want me to do or the weight prescribed?” Anyway I ended up signing up. I definitely surprised myself with what I was capable of doing and at the same time it gave me the chance to set some goals. I truly appreciate the coaches strongly encouraging me to sign up. I would tell anyone with any hesitation about the Open to just do it. It’s for you, not anyone else, and to just think of it as your everyday workout (just with someone timing, watching, and making sure you do every rep, hahaha).

*Some current training goals are…
My current goal is to perfect my form and consistency on the bar. Kipping pullups, chest to bars, toes to bar, etc. Anything that has to do with the bar. I would also love to get more then one strict pull-up.

*What’s the best advice you have in six words (or less)?  You may submit multiple answers.
For example, “You can always take another step.”  Or, “Bring your weather to the picnic.”
Or, “Remember, french fries are gluten free.”
Your mind quits before your body.
Results happen over time not overnight.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?

I feel like any question I’ve ever had I’ve asked. But, if I had to ask something at this moment, I guess I would ask to be more educated on Macros and how all that works.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
I would tell them they are going to love it. It never gets boring. The atmosphere and people are great. The hardest thing is walking in the door the first time. I’m not going to lie it can be a little intimidating walking into a small area with a group of people who know each other pretty well, but you become part of the crew in no time. There is a wide variety of people with all different abilities and a wide range of ages.  (While writing this I feel like I should mention Susan, who I got the pleasure of meeting and watching workout a few times. She’s inspiring. I can only hope I’m able to accomplish what she can do at her age. Truly amazing.)  It’s for everyone. They welcome you with open arms and with some great advice. I’ve learned some much from so many different people.

*This month’s question is: What’s your favorite item of clothing (meaning or function)?
Ummmmmmm…….I’ve never really thought about this. I don’t really have a specific item. As long as it’s comfortable and I can move in it, I’m good.

*What do the coaches say about Nicole?
Nicole was convinced at the last minute to sign up for the Open.  Once she was in, she committed 100%.  She’s got a crazy schedule but always made sure that she got the workouts done!  She even managed to get her first Bar Muscle Up in her practice!  Nicole used the Open as her “getting out of her comfort zone” show!  And now, we can’t wait to watch Nicole continue to push herself and develop as an athlete!  Keep up the good work, Nicole!


Chris

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I originally grew up on the South Shore in Rockland.  I live in Boston now, within jogging (soft “j”) distance to the D.

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I typically hit the 9am at the D with my wife, Whitney, or one of the afternoon classes with  my brother, Jimmy.  It’s a family affair.  It’s a bit sporadic, but lets you get to know people from the AM and PM crews.  One of the best things about belonging to CRAIC is the schedule.  For one, it is pretty nice that after class at the D most people stick around and do the extra work or get into one of the coach’s latest summer ab programs.  Secondly, the availability between both locations makes it great for hitting a class or just getting a quick workout in on your own.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
My first CrossFit workout was in 2006 at Stonehill College.  An army buddy introduced me to it.  From then up until 2010, when I joined a CrossFit gym, I did CrossFit on and off by myself… no coaching and no gym.   It’s much better with a community at your back.  Since then, I took Kelly Starrett’s mobility seminar and the CrossFit Level I.   I can’t remember how many Opens I have been in (maybe 6?).  I remember when it was called Sectionals. I went to the Games twice (as a spectator, obviously!).  I have loved CrossFit and I have hated it (we are currently great friends).

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are… are getting 15 more HSPU in 17.4 than 16.4.  I hate and suck at HSPUs.

*Some current training goals are… working on my engine and body weight exercises.  Both are weaknesses for me and I also have a physical fitness test for the army this month!  Long term training goals are maintaining a level of consistency in my training post the Nugget’s birth in May.  Feel free to offer unsolicited advice on the long term goal.


*What’s the best advice you have in six words?  You may submit multiple answers.
For example, “You can always take another step.”  Or, “Bring your weather to the picnic.”  Or, “Remember, french fries are gluten free.”

-Find a pace and crush it.
-Work hard, be competitive, have fun.
-Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
-You can always do one more.

 *Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?

If you asked me this the other day, I would have said what does COD and CAD mean on the board, but I found out.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
CrossFit is a great way to break away from your normal molds.  It is a unique and different experience for everyone based on their ability levels and previous training, but whatever you are experiencing now, there is someone out there who also has, to some degree, or there is a coach to walk you through it.  It is a great way to increase your level of fitness across all domains.  (Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy)  There’s also an educational experience that helps you properly recover.  Pushing yourself during that hour class is great, but don’t neglect the recovery process.  Eating, rolling out, stretching, sleeping, water intake.  It is equally important to the gains process!

*This month’s question is:  What’s your favorite item of clothing (meaning or function)?
Lululemon’s No Boxer Boxer (The Long One).  If you aren’t wearing these, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.

*What do the coaches say about Chris?
Fact:  Chris had the best mustache.  He’s also a beast and is always adding weight to the bar, and adding extra work to his workouts to accomplish bigger goals.  Chris crushes rowing and olympic lifts!  We’ve also seen him giving tips and advice to other members, which they’ve found incredibly helpful.  Chris is an all-around good guy who knows how to push himself.  We wish him, and Whitney, all the best with their growing family!


Whitney

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Western Mass and am the second Craic member representing Pittsfield…big shout out to Pat for being the first. I moved to this side of the state when I attended Bridgewater State in 2004 and currently reside in West Roxbury. After moving several times over the past ten years, it’s safe to say that Chris and I have found a more permanent residence… in other words, get used to us, we’ll be long-term Craic members  🙂

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
You can typically find me at the D for the 9am during the week, TuckFit on Saturday mornings and some random weeknights at a 7:30 class. After being a member of multiple CrossFit gyms over the years, I really appreciate a tight knit community and Craic certainly delivers in this department. From the start, everyone was very welcoming and supportive, which is the essence of CrossFit. The coaches are nothing short of amazing and truly care about their athletes.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
About three years ago, I opened my own business as a mental health counselor working with kids and families in Norwood. I’m very fortunate to say that since that time, I have been able use this as my full-time job and business is going very well! Does that sound like an advertisement? Ummm, I swear it’s not…unless you want to pass the info along…Another interesting (and I’m sure surprising) piece of info is that Chris and I will soon be a family of 3 and we couldn’t be happier. Craic will be adding another (small, yet, hopefully, strong) member!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
When thinking about the past 6 or so years that I’ve been a CrossFit member, there are many accomplishments (and challenges for that matter) that come to mind. More recently, however, I can say that maintaining many lifts and skills throughout my pregnancy has certainly been an accomplishment. Also, anytime I can beat my husband in a workout feels pretty awesome.

*Some current training goals are…
Right now, one of my training goals is to continue to work out until the day I give birth and after that the real challenge begins of trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy state (lifts and skills wise).  I haven’t done a muscle up in about 7 months, so the quicker I can get back to that, the better!

*What’s the best advice you have in six words?  You may submit multiple answers.
For example, “You can always take another step.”  Or, “Bring your weather to the picnic.”  Or, “Remember, french fries are gluten free.”

 “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Work on your goals in small steps and you will achieve them!
“Don’t be ashamed to post your scores!” (Yeah, yeah I know, that’s 7 words) Be proud of making it to the gym and doing your best. There is always someone who will benefit from seeing your score on the board, whether it’s for motivation or competition. Do it…every workout!


*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Everyone is a beginner in the beginning, don’t let something new scare you! The benefits of CrossFit by far outweigh the risk of getting started. You’ll never regret giving it a try.

*This month’s question is:  What’s your favorite item of clothing (meaning or function)?
This probably sounds ridiculous, but any item of clothing that isn’t maternity is my favorite! The day when I don’t have to wear pants that go up over the bump will be a very happy day.

*What do the coaches say about Whitney?
Did you guys see this girl absolutely CRUSHING the Open workouts (and class every day, for that matter) while pregnant?!?  Whitney is an inspiration to all of us.  She’s showing us all what we’re capable of, because she still tries to beat Chris every day, even with her 7-month belly 😉  Seriously though, Whitney is one of the nicest people at the gym.  She’s always smiling and her upbeat energy is infectious in every class she attends!  We know you’ll be an awesome mom, and will be back in the gym crushing it again in no time!

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