Our Members of the Month for September are Liana Soileau and Steve Riley! 

Liana

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in the New Orleans area and am living in Dedham now.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
You can catch me at the 6pm class, but occasionally I’ll make it to the 4:30pm class if I can escape from work. My favorite part of being a member of Craic is definitely the community. I walked into the D one afternoon not knowing a single soul. Six months later, I have met so many awesome people. It’s great to be surrounded by so many dedicated individuals. Shout out to the coaches!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I love to beach, surf, and scuba dive. Basically everything you can’t do in New England. Last winter was the first time I ever experienced snow. My name is pronounced Lee-anna like banana. Some people call me Lee, and I am cool with that too.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
PR’ing my deadlift, which actually happened by accident. Oops! That was a men’s bar. Also, finishing any rowing workout without throwing up.

*Some current training goals are…
I’m working on muscle ups, DUs, and everything in between.

*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.”
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
One day // day one. You decide.
Smile through the pain.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
What is the point of hook grip? It’s not happening.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
For people looking to join, just get out there and do it! The hardest part is taking the first step into the gym. Craic offers the most positive CrossFit environment. From beginners to serious athletes, you are free to move at your own pace. You won’t regret it. For new members, hang in there! Besides, what else are you going to do this winter?

*This month’s question is:  If you won the lottery and you could take 5 friends or family members on a trip, where would you go and why?
CUBA! I’ve been wanting to visit for as long as I can remember. My mom’s side of the family is from there, so I would want to see where they grew up. Eat tons of good food. Of course, I would check out the beaches and marine life, too.

*What do the coaches say about Liana?
Liana is so quiet and sweet, we never expected her to be such a beast and so strong!  But then you look over while you’re doing burpees and she’s just quietly and calmly crushing workouts!  She’s got a great attitude and always has a smile on her face.  It’s always great to have her in class and it’s been fun seeing her come more and more out of her shell! Liana works hard every day.  She takes coaching cues very well (except when we tell her to hook grip, which we’re still working on) and knows when to put her head down and do the work.  She ALWAYS has a smile on her face!  Keep crushing it, Lee-anna! 😉


Steve

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I am originally from Dedham and in 2012 I made the decision to buy a house there so I am what they call a “townie.”  I don’t drink at Tahiti though.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I typically workout at the 6 pm on MTWF and the 5:15 am on Thursday mornings and love me some hungover addict on Saturday mornings (I love the class, not the hangover). My favorite part about being a CRAIC member is Marc Tucker’s playlist. It’s everything I downloaded on Napster in 2001. But, seriously speaking, it’s probably all the incredible stuff we get to learn how to do. I can’t imagine another place where I could learn to walk on my hands and perform a snatch as well (6 months ago I didn’t even know what a snatch was). The entire coaching staff seems to have a way to break every single movement down so that each individual member can grasp it better. Also, in every workout, no matter how it’s going or how hard it is you can always hear at least a few people yelling someone’s name to keep going and keep working even though I’m sure their lungs are as burnt up as mine. It’s pretty dope.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
My birthday is Christmas Eve so I am basically one day short of being Jesus.  My sister beat me in tug-of-war until I was 10.  I have a lab/pitbull named Bentley who is my son (not biologically).  And, I love Tom Brady.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
My proudest accomplishment so far has been winning the Craic Olympics because we all know it was rigged against team Mexico to prevent Tuck from three-peating #wearethewall!! Just kidding, it’s probably winning “Nancy.”  It was my first whiteboard score and mostly I just really surprised myself. Beating Lange everyday can’t be overstated either.

*Some current training goals are…
Current training goals would definitely be Olympic lifting focused. My current 1RM snatch is roughly the weight of a graham cracker so I gotta work on that. Right along side that is mobility and just staying healthy so I can say down the road that I was able to do CrossFit for more than 6 months.

*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 can be hard, if you’re lucky it’s long. Don’t spend it anything but happy.”
Yea its more than 6 words, but it’s the smartest thing I’ve ever heard.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Can we eliminate the $100 dropped KB fine? It makes me start sweating before the WOD even starts.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
I am just going to reiterate something Giorgio said and that’s to be as coach-able as possible. They are there for a reason and are V good at their jobs. Having said that I probably haven’t listened to a single word Giorgio has said since then

*This month’s question is:  If you won the lottery and you could take 5 friends or family members on a trip, where would you go and why?
If I hit the lottery I am taking me and my old man to Atlanta next February for the Super Bowl to watch Tommy and the boys lock up number 6!!

*What do the coaches say about Steve?
Steve is a beast!  He has come really far in a short period of time.  He goes all out on every workout and always gives 100%.  Steve is somehow missing that thing in his head, that normal people have, that tells him to slow down.  This dude ran a 9-mile Spartan Race and casually won his age group, which is ultra competitive.  Even though Steve routinely tops the board scores on most workouts, he’s modest and still knows he has areas to improve on.  He’s extremely coachable and is always looking to learn and get better, specifically on things that require fine tuning and technique work.  His potential is scary!  It’s been fun watching him give Giorgio a run for his money on the speed workouts as well!  You all remember when he won Nancy?!  He’s so supportive of everyone, and no matter how much he’s dying after a tough workout, he’s always ready with a fistbump.  So glad to have you around, Steve!

*Do the coaches have any questions for Steve?
How much real estate do you own in Giorgio’s head?