Our Members of the Month for November are Lacey Mallett and Mark Connolly! 

Lacey

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Rochester NY, moved to Amherst, MA when I was 16 and then have been in the greater Boston area for maybe the last 10 years or so. I bought a house in Dedham about 4 years ago so that’s where I live now.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I used to be a regular at 6:15am (formerly 6:32) but now I’m all over the place. I’ll always consider myself a 6:15 girl, but I like that I get to pop into different classes. It’s cliche but, of course, all the other members are what make Craic so great! Also, I like working out, and that we throw parties 🙂

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
Hmmm… well, here’s a few random things cuz they’re fun. I won a legitimate drag race in a Honda CRV once, I was in a United Way commercial (a VERY long time ago), and in 10th grade a couple friends and I won first place in a lip sync contest. I can’t tell you anything else or I’ll have no secrets left, but all of these were really cool experiences.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Hitting a 100# snatch was very exciting to me. I love Olympic lifts and that felt like such a big number to throw over my head so it was really thrilling to do.

*Some current training goals are…
I am perpetually trying to squat clean my body weight… it’ll happen some day. I also have wanted to get a muscle up for a very long time, I got away from working on it, but am back on it again. You can catch me at the gym squatting or bugging people for partner assist pull-ups.

*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.”
Write detailed notes in Sugarwod…
Drink water, treat yo’self, take risks, be present.
I’ve never said these things as a combination, but it’s two parts stuff I do well, and two parts stuff I wanna do well so I just mashed them together

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Yes. Where do the answers to these previously asked questions go? I’ve always wondered about that.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Try. Don’t say no, just try it. I think this applies to both long time members and newb’s. If you’re new at the gym, just go, ignore literally every other thought you have and put your body inside the building and just be there– then keep doing that. If you’ve been here a while, and something comes up in the programming that’s scary or you don’t like, just try it. Maybe you ultimately decide it’s not for you, but at least you know for sure, and you might find out it’s not so hard or scary, OR you might even like it! At the very least you can be proud to say you put yourself outside your comfort zone, and I can say with certainty you would at least learn something that would make showing up on days when that “thing” is programed a lot less scary. I learned this with the bikes and now try to apply this train of thought to other areas of training, feel free to read my SugarWod notes for details and heartfelt stories– also post your stuff in SugarWod.

*This month’s question is: If you could time travel back into history or forward into the future, when would you go to and why??
I would go back and spend time with my grandparents, I know that sounds sappy, but they had such interesting lives that I have only learned little bits and pieces of from stories from my parents. I’d like to go back to hear a few of those stories from them.

.*What do the coaches say about Lacey?
Lacey joined the gym after she participated in a No Bread Challenge a few years ago!  When she joined, she appeared to be apprehensive about CrossFit, nutrition, and the gym, in general. Now she’s very much a part of the gym and we love it!  She has helped host events, gets people together in and out of the gym, and has gone all out as a member of team Iceland/Canada!  Lacey was a major part of creating a recycling program at Craic and is a part of the crew that helps keep the gym in working order.  Overall, Lacey is so sweet and quietly helps so much around the gym.  She’s friends with pretty much everyone and is such a positive presence.  We love having you around and know you’ll get that muscle up any day now!  Keep working and getting stronger, Lacey!


Mark

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Dorchester and have been living in West Roxbury for 27 years now.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I workout with a great group of people at 5:15AM (aka COD) during the week and the 6:30 hopper class on Saturdays. I also like to do the TuckFit class and occasionally other time slots to meet new members. My favorite part of being a member is the ever changing programing of the workouts and the support of all the coaches. The members are pretty awesome, too!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
As for my job, I’ve been in the mortgage industry for over 30 years. I live in West Roxbury with my wife Karen and 24 year old daughter, Taylor. We have three Bull Terriers of which 2 are grand champion show dogs who have many award winning offspring.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I would say my proudest training accomplishment would be my first CrossFit competition I attended in September. I came in 18th out of 21 masters….I wasn’t last!

*Some current training goals are…
I’m working on perfecting my butterfly C2B and bar/ring muscle-ups. I also need to get back to working on my hand stand walks. I’m getting back to it today by adding them to my daily “extra work” after each class.

*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.”
Eliminate what doesn’t help you evolve.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
The flying pull-up bar in the back is getting pretty dusty. When are we going to incorporate it in a WOD?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
The NBC is the deal of the century. Take advantage of the coaching and member support that it offers and you’ll have everything you need to make the decision to join.

*This month’s question is: If you could time travel back into history or forward into the future, when would you go to and why??
I’d travel back to the time of the American Revolution to observe the beginning of the USA.

*What do the coaches say about Mark?
Mark is one of the oldest old guys at the gym!  Mark is also one of the nicest guys at the gym!  He works really hard and puts in extra efforts all the time. Mark can constantly be found sticking around after class and working on his progressions. This dedication to extra work has translated to his handstand progressions, butterfly pullups, and added strength, overall.  He’s extremely coachable and supportive of all the members and coaches.  Mark is one of the best recipients of coaching there is, and his willingness to work on and get better at any movement pays dividends in his very evident progress.  We also appreciate that Mark is heavily involved in social gatherings, the Open, competitions, and any time there is an opportunity for us to share drinks (specifically, Lemoncello) and stories!  Thanks for being a wonderful part of our community, Mark!  Keep crushing it!