Our Members of the Month for March are Cheryl Kerr and Jared Hawkins! 

Cheryl

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m a Jersey Girl – born and raised.  Moved out at 18 and 10 years ago found my way into Dedham.  I live just down the street from the D which keeps my commute time to the gym tight.

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I joined Craic at the start of No Bread 12 in Oct. 2016.  Laurie Keogh convinced me to try it out and I will never forget my second WOD ever – some insane wallballs-burpee combo that had a score of “did/didn’t die.”  I didn’t die that morning and so here I am.  I LOVE being a daily part of the COD crowd.  This is the strongest bunch of mostly middle aged folks I’ve ever been around.  I’m grateful every day for the support that flows through this class -despite that it really is literally the crack of dawn.

My favorite part of Craic is easily how so many different abilities and strength levels can work so supportively and seamlessly with one another.  One of my winning, rookie moments was ignorantly asking Jackie if she wanted to partner for a back squat day.  She was so kind as she humbly suggested she might go heavy and that maybe I wanted to find a different partner for the day.  Only later did I learn she was THAT JACKIE.  Her kindness exemplified what I’ve experienced at every WOD I’ve ever participated in – this mutual support and friendliness that has encouraged me to keep trying and not be afraid to fail.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I’m not sure how interesting this is, but since I’m the only clergy member of Craic I’ll name that – I’m a minister.  My church is right in Dedham and we focus on Jesus as a love that when empowered through, say, a whole bunch of grieving youth, can change the world.  I’m not the JUDGMENTAL or EXCLUSIVE kind of Christian so please feel comfortable cursing to your heart’s content.  It couldn’t be worse than what comes out of my mouth… during double unders… or beer pong.

Also, I have 3 gorgeous and a little crazy kids ages 11(Grace), 10, (Ethan), and 8 (Gabriel).  My husband, Itamar, is Brazilian, and continues to refuse to come to Bring-a-Friend Day at Craic despite that I ask again and again.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
By FAR when I got pull-ups. I worked so hard for months on different progressions and just couldn’t get the form right. It was so frustrating and at times I felt like I would never get them. Just after Christmas this past year I texted Jarrod my frustration. He encouraged me to keep trying, set a goal, and keep in touch on my progress. 2 weeks later I sent him a video of 5 kipping pullups strung together.

Also, my 2k row time is 7.57.  I’m pretty proud of that.


*Some current training goals are…
My problem is that I want to be good at everything. Tomorrow.  So one of my goals is to embrace the process.  However, I would love to have chest to bars sometime soon.  I’ve also been working on some of my fears around kicking up into a handstand.  And beating Carolyn Smith at everything.  Everyday.  #GOALZ

*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.”
Courage ≠ fearlessness.  Courage is being afraid and doing it anyway.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Yes.  What do I have to do to get Sara’s shoulders?  I will do it.

Also, am I the only one who leaves dubs days looking like I just walked out of Mr. Christian Grey’s “Red Room of Pain?”

Finally, after the new morning schedule goes into affect can we still have Anthony Playlist days at COD?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
It’s not what you think it is.  CrossFit is for every single body.  Plan to work really hard and then be really proud of your accomplishments.  You will never ever be alone in your efforts. You will have athletes who are 10x as strong as you cheering you on and encouraging your efforts.  The coaches are accessible and are invested in your success and experience.  You will leave feeling a little broken and nauseous and 2 hours later be wondering if you might be able to come back again later in the day.

*This month’s question is:  Before the age of the “participation trophy,” what event in your life would you want to go back, relive, and win?
Maybe this isn’t what this question is asking but I’ve never thought of myself as “athletic.” Growing up I played instruments, ran track, and performed in our school’s dramatic productions.  The thought of joining a team – any sport’s team – never crossed my mind.  My undergrad college had a great crew team, and, knowing what I do now about rowing and how much I enjoy it – and that I can actually do it well – I wish I had given Crew a shot.  If I could go back I would join the team and CRUSH IT!  And win all the awards and walk into the rest of my life claiming “athlete” as a personal descriptor.

*What do the coaches say about Cheryl?
Cheryl has struck a new fire in the morning crew.  After getting her first pull-up during No Bread, she’s since moved on to working on C2Bs and getting move involved with rowing.  These gains are HAPPENING!  Cheryl shows us exactly what can happen when you work on progressions and trust the process!  Cheryl seems to be involved with every aspect of Craic:  workouts and progressions, social events, and being a supporting member amongst her peers.  Keep it up, Cheryl!  You’ll have those shoulders you want in no time 😉

 


Jared

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Long Island.  I spent some time in the Hudson Valley (NY) and have been in Boston since 2005.  My wife and I bought a house in Westwood a few years ago, and now have two children (3yr boy and 1.5yr girl).

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I work out at Dedham at 730pm.  I tried out the 530am class for a while, but the 730pm is better for my schedule.  The community is definitely the best part of Craic – from the coaches to all of the members.  Everyone is so supportive and helpful!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
My life is pretty boring these days.  My time is split between work (I’m the CTO for a health tech company that I co-founded a few years ago) and family.  It’s taken some effort to make time for CrossFit, but it is absolutely worth it.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I’ve been a member since last August, and I think my proudest accomplishment was Rx’ing the 18.1 workout.  I hadn’t been able to hit a T2B before that workout, and I was able to finish with 33.  It was a great feeling!

*Some current training goals are…
I’m still learning a lot of the movements, but I’m feeling much more confident with my form.  Increasing strength (while keeping good form) is my biggest focus now.

*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.”
Work hard, and keep showing up!

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
See my advice above.  Focus on yourself, and don’t worry what others can do.  Just keep pushing yourself and coming to as many classes as you can.

*This month’s question is:  Before the age of the “participation trophy,” what event in your life would you want to go back, relive, and win?
This is a great, but tough question.  I don’t have a lot of regrets and can’t think of a specific event – but I can say that I wish I started CrossFit years earlier.  I love the increased confidence and overall mindset, and can see it paying off in other areas of my life.  Thanks Craic!!

*What do the coaches say about Jared?
Jared is very eager to learn and is willing to take on a challenge.  He’s come a long way since starting and is very receptive to coaching cues.  One of our favorite things about him is that he has no problem scaling workouts where necessary to perfect his technique.  It’s clear that he wants to learn how to do things correctly before he moves up in weights.  His engine and conditioning are also greatly improved since starting and he’s getting better and better at working through longer and more intense workouts!  Most recently, Jared really stepped up to the challenge of taking on 18.1 Rx.  He started the evening with 0 Toes to Bar, and worked with the coaches to learn something new on the spot.  Over all, he’s a great guy to be around and we’re happy he’s found a niche with the 7:30pm crew!