Our Members of the Month for August are Judy Gough and Kyle MacNaught! 

Judy

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
Dedham. I have a large family in and around Dedham, so it really is home for me.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I’m usually switching it up between 9, noon, or 4:30 and love me some open gym time. I used to go to the D at night, so it’s been really great to workout with new faces!
My favorite part of being a member at Craic is the community. There is support everywhere – in a sweaty high-five, someone yelling your name during a workout right when you need it most, a shoulder to cry on, or some light-hearted sh*t talking. The people are what keep me coming back.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I like to dance. I have a niece and nephew who I love love love. I can do a wall split.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Two recent ones that I will mention. First was PR’ing my Power Clean during one of the Open workouts this year. I didn’t sign up as I’ve been working around an injury, so I certainly didn’t expect anything magical to happen in the workouts. But it did, and paired with having a few of my close friends right there and the energy in the room, it was pretty f*ckin cool. My power cleans are something that I’ve been putting more time into, so was also great to see what I was becoming capable of.

Another recent accomplishment was PR’ing my Deadlift. My knee injury hasn’t been easy – physically or emotionally. So, while this is still one of the lifts I can do, it was tough to see my strength here weaken and have to start things over again, especially when I had already put in the work to get to where I was. So after a year and a half that felt like an eternity, it was relieving to get back up in weight, get a little bit of confidence back, and then one day PR out of the blue. I cried. But it was a happy cry!

*Some current training goals are…
What aren’t my goals?? To name a couple, I’m currently working on my power cleans and deadlifts, and getting more consistent with my C2Bs. I would also like to get a ring muscle up before the end of this year, so that’s something I need to work into my extras, too!

*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.”
Ok, so, I’m breaking the six-word rule, but these resonate with me.
“It’s just work.”
“It’s okay if it’s hard.”
“A bad day at the gym still makes you better than yesterday.”
“Slow progress is progress.”
“It’s Britney, bitch.”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Where do you go for the the best pizza? Asking for a friend…

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
From the outside, Craic or any Crossfit gym can appear intimidating – the workouts, the intensity, the equipment, the bodies. But everyone in that gym has started somewhere. Try something new and push yourself out of your comfort zone. You will soon see that you were capable of way more than you thought.

*This month’s question is:  If someone wrote a biography about you, what would it be called and why? What would chapter 1 be titled?
This is a tough one! Ummm… I’m not sure of the title, but Chapter 1 – “Born on a Saturday Night” – my mom says that this is how she knew I would be her “party girl”.

*What do the coaches say about Judy?
Judy is in this for the long haul. She has been making it work around life and career schedules, injuries, gym addresses, and Craic parties; she’s always looking to put in the extra work. Having Judy around brings everyone together and ready to move in class or on the dance floor.  We’ve really admired her commitment and her ability to find ways to work around her injury!  She’s made a ton of progress, especially in the last year, and it’s fun seeing her hard work pay off.  She’s always fun to have in class and she pushes other members to go all out especially in partner workouts or in group lifting.  Keep working on it, Judy!


Kyle

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
Florida (born in Port St. Lucie but lived in Melbourne most of my childhood) and moved to MA after college, live in Norwood now.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Usually 6 pm and Suck it Thursdays (5:30 Functional Fitness) except for Friday where I go to the 4:30s because we drink and talk ish after.  BTW, everyone is welcome to join, only way to hit a 520 deadlift is to come to the 4:30 Friday.  Ask Tuck, it’s true.
And my favorite part of being a member of CRAIC is cops don’t pull you over when you’re speeding as long as you have a CRAIC sticker on your car.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I beat Danny DeRoma in every Open workout in 2018.  I haven’t always had a beard.  My sunglasses are prescription so that’s why I wear them inside.  I meet my wife at Craic.  And speaking of which, as of April 28, I am officially Dr. MacNaught.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
My proudest accomplishment is that I’ve been coming to the gym for almost 5 years now.

*Some current training goals are…
Sabotage Steve Riley, joking kinda.  I’d love to get more consistent at my ring MUs, I know that it only takes 1 to beat Pat, but I’ve seen how good looking that crazy bird has gotten so I gotta be ready for the next Open.

*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.”
Everything’s a crutch.
Warmup’s seven bulletproof hips each side

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
When are we getting more chalk?  And to Bob, where ya at?

*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 just working out, don’t take it too serious, and remember to give me a fist bump on SugarWOD.

*This month’s question is:  If someone wrote a biography about you, what would it be called and why? What would chapter 1 be titled?
Title – He’s Funny Once You Get To Know Him: The Dr. MacNaught True Story, as told by him, Intro by Childish Gambino, Forward by Jimbo Fisher Willie Taggart, Read by Ryan Gosling, Art by Aubrey Plaza.

Chapter 1 – RIP Steve Irwin

Picked the title because it’s literally how my entire family/most of my friends explain me to new people.  Chapter 1 is just to remind stingrays that there’s still soldiers out there for Steve.

*What do the coaches say about Kyle?
Kyle might actually be the Craic Mascot in the flesh. As a coach Kyle keeps you on your toes and is always ready to talk about how he beat Giorgio to cleaning 300lbs.  You guys remember that time?  In all seriousness, Kyle brings a ton of energy to the gym, always has fun and always busts his ass in every workout.  And you know you’re gonna have some laughs when he shows up.  He can be a big goof, but he’s also a great team player and coach.  He’s so supportive to every member, whether in person or on SugarWOD, and since he tries hard without taking it too seriously; he really helps lighten the mood for those of us who might get in our heads sometimes 😉  There are a couple of members who you’d call a “member coach” and Kyle is one of them. He’s always helping out somebody new or finding new ways to motivate people.  We love you and your crazy antics, Kyle!