Our Members of the Month for January are Corie R. and Jeff A.! 

Corie R.

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I am originally from Canton, relocated to NY for college, NH for grad school, moved to Boston for a year and now living in Dedham with my fiancé Mike.

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Depending on my work schedule I workout at the 9/4:30/6 at the D. My favorite part of Craic is no matter what class I take there is always a group of people welcoming me and making me feel comfortable! The coaches are knowledgable, encouraging, and patient (&fun!). The warmups and mobility prior to the workouts really set you up for success.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I currently work as a physician assistant in the Emergency Room working lots of different shifts. This keeps me on my toes, but also forced to attend different class times and often found yawning a lot. The flexibility and timing of the Craic classes is very helpful to stay consistent. My family is local, I have 4 nieces and nephews who I love to brag about. I am also getting married in April, so this year will be a very exciting one!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I recently squat cleaned 180 (then failed the jerk at the last moment after locking it out ) so this is both an accomplishment and a goal– I will lock it out and finish the lift! I also finally did Fran for the first time, and did not die. (I did stay on the floor for about 10 minutes afterwards unable to stand up…)

*Some current training goals are…
Butterfly pullups, improve technique on snatch and cleans, improve endurance, and stay consistent with attending classes!

*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.”
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” ( I know that’s 8 words) —
I was anxious to start at a new gym when moving to Dedham, Judy helped my feel comfortable and everyone has been so welcoming since! I think everyone can use this quote and apply it to all aspects of their life. Everything new is scary at first, until it no longer is new.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Does anyone actually enjoy burpees, or the Assault Bike?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
It may be intimidating at first to try something new, don’t let that hold you back from walking through those doors and getting a great workout and meeting even greater people!

*This month’s question is:  What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had in your life so far??
Graduating from PA school, passing the national boards and getting a job in the ER!

*What do the coaches say about Corie?
Corie came in and shook things up a bit!  In a great way!  She brings an athletic competitiveness to class without the ego.  It’s awesome to watch her pull others along in a challenging way, pushing them to go heavier or faster without having to say anything.  Since joining, Corie has done Fran and Mary Rx and has gotten board scores for both.  She’s very strong and her lifts are pretty solid!  She always gets after it in workouts and takes cues and direction well.  Corie has been a wonderful addition to the gym.  We’re so glad you went out of your comfort zone to join us, Corie! 


Jeff A.

 

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently live in Dedham.

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I’m usually at the 5:30am D class—shout out to the morning crew. The most enjoyable part about being a part CRAIC are the people and the coaches. I’ve met and developed great relationships with other members and coaches.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I was a competitive powerlifter “back in the day” competing in the Pacific Northwest. A runner at the gym where I trained wagered that I couldn’t finish a 5k. After many walk and throw up stops I finally finished the 5k. Somehow the “running bug” hit and I stopped lifting altogether, and continued on a running journey that morphed into running marathons, half marathons and 200 mile relay races. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to mix in some weights with running and decided to join CRAIC. Sufficed to say, the “CrossFit bug” hit and now I’ve limited my running to chasing my 6 year old son.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Getting my first Ring and Bar MU, participating in the CRAIC Olympics the last two summers.

*Some current training goals are…
String consecutive Double Unders, work on Oly lifts, keeping up with Johnny D and the other “old men” Saturday mornings…

*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.”
“Happiness is appreciating what you have….”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Will CrossFit make me taller?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Keep coming!

*This month’s question is:  What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had in your life so far??
Marrying my wife and our 6 year old son.

*What do the coaches say about Jeff?
Jeff always seems to have a smile on his face and is ready to learn, even at 5:30am!  He has a powerlifting background, which is awesome, but it’s also great that he doesn’t allow that to go to his head with weight selections.  He works on form and the technicalities of movement before progressing in weight… genius!  Jeff, we’re excited that you’ve taken a liking to CrossFit and working with weights.  We can’t wait to watch you continue to progress!