Our Members of the Month for May are Meg Harrington and Roger Moulton! 

Meg

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m from Hyde Park and currently live there still. I’m in the middle of ‘First Time Homebuyer” classes, so that might be changing soon!

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I work out at 4:30, but a few times a week I can be found in the back corner working on powerlifting and strength building. I also am usually at Addict or Tuckfit on Saturdays.

My favorite part of being a member of CRAIC is the atmosphere. I’ve never encountered a more positive, encouraging, motivating, and accepting group of individuals in my life!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I teach Substantially Separate Pre-K for Somerville Public Schools (thanks for all the bubble wrap). My students range from low-functioning Autism and non-verbal communication delays to Down Syndrome.  Let’s just say, if I wore a Fitbit, I’d definitely reach 10,000 steps a day! I adore them and they make my awful commute worth it.

I have a two-year-old rescue dog from Arkansas named Puppy Riley. We are completely obsessed with each other. Ask me about her birthday parties and when I baptized her… Oh, and if you have heard that rumor that she one time beat me in a 5k, it’s completely true.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I’m sure most of you know this or have read my notes in SugarWod about it, but I have had three shoulder surgeries. The last one was almost a year and a half ago. I’ve been working really hard on rehabbing  and strengthening it and being smarter in workouts. The fact that I’ve been able to do a few ring muscle ups after all these surgeries was huge deal for me.

I’m also really proud of myself for squatting 250 and deadlifting 310 back in February. Can’t wait to see those numbers go up.


*Some current training goals are…
I’m currently trying to gain strength as well as more confidence in workouts and movements.

I compete in RPS powerlifting meets and if I add 30lbs to my total amount of weight lifted, I’ll be a “professional powerlifter” in that federation so I’m working hard on earning that title!

*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.”
1. Basic Needs: Backbone, Wishbone, Funny Bone
2. To learn more, try tougher assignments.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
I have an awful sweet tooth! Any suggestions on how to get rid of it or make it simmer down?!

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
The hardest part is physically walking through the door. Ask Jarrod how long it took me to finally join Craic! It took him and other members over a year to convince me! I always regret not joining sooner.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always do the extra work!

*This month’s question is:  Identify your natural “superpower” and how it impacts people around you.
I think the easiness I have befriending people would be my natural superpower. I tend to make friends wherever I go. You know how you always have that one friend who always bumps into someone they know and has to stop and talk to them? Yeah, that’s me. I think having been a bartender for years and years has made me this way. I’m even on a first name basis with the local gas attendees (Shout out to Manny at BP Gas on Truman Highway if you’re reading this!)

*What do the coaches say about Meg?
Since we met Meg, we knew she needed to be a part of the gym.  Meg knew CrossFit before she started here, but adopted Craic as her home immediately and became one of our strongest members.  Meg has also brought more people to the gym than maybe anyone else.  She is so encouraging and knows just who to take under her wing.  It’s been awesome to see her take on powerlifting and grow as an athlete over the last year.   We love Meg for all of her amazing peppiness and all of the love she give us all!

 


Roger

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Wenham, MA a small town on the North Shore next to Beverly/Salem.  I currently live in Dedham and I’ve lived here for a little over two years now.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I workout at the 6:00pm class.  My favorite part of CRAIC is the chalk and also the community.  It’s nice being able to come in everyday and get a good workout in with great people and great coaches.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I was a gymnast for about 15 years.  I started when I was 7/8 and did it through college.  I competed high bar and vault at Springfield College.  Below is a high bar video I had on my computer.  The first clip is of one of my favorite skills called a Zou Li Min, but I never got it down well enough to compete it.  The second clip is a release move called a Gienger where I ended up hitting my chin on the bar and had to get a few stitches.

Also, I am going to São Paulo, Brazil for 3 weeks at the end of May to visit some friends.  I know there are a bunch of CrossFit gyms in Sao Paulo so hopefully I’ll be able to get a few workouts in.


*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I would say overall lower body strength.  I feel like my squat numbers have gone up a lot since joining Craic.  I recently did a 225 overhead squat during the St. Paddy’s Throwdown which I was really excited about.

*Some current training goals are…
Get a sub 7 minute 2k row and work on Oly lifts.

*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.”
The Russian police, stern but fair.
 
*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 say if you have any interest at all in joining, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot.  I’m really happy I did.

*This month’s question is:  Identify your natural “superpower” and how it impacts people around you.
I sort of cheated and used a what-is-your-hidden-super-power quiz I found online… it said: Super Speed!
You have super speed! You were always the fastest one on the track team and no one ever knew why, but you did! People always ask if they can get on your back so you can speed away and give them a ride (that would be fun). You are the one who runs to the store to pick up milk. You are the one who runs faster than a cheetah. Faster than a plane!”

*What do the coaches say about Roger?
Roger is a GREAT athlete… you may have seen him on the winning team of the St. Paddy’s Throwdown!  Roger may be the strong silent type, but he knows where his strengths and weaknesses are and knows what he needs to work on and how to improve.  He works his butt off, tackles any task that we throw at him, surprises us with his focus and effort during workouts, and always sticks around for extra work.  It’s been great to see him come out of his shell since he joined!  It’s awesome to see him get stronger and more technically sound in aspects of the sport that aren’t gymnastics 😉  We’re pumped that he put himself out there in the competition and are excited to see him continue to do great things!

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