Our Members of the Month for December are Rob Potash and Katie Lynch! 

Rob

Photos from some of Rob’s many drop-ins around the world!

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in the Garden State, New Jersey…. on the west side where there were more cows than cars so hold the “what exit” question.  Post college I lived in Allston, Chestnut Hill, and then Dedham since 1990.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I’m a floater. If in town, work is done, wife is happy, and Craic is open I’ll find my way in.  This is a great place to train. I have dropped in on over 200+ boxes around the world and Craic ranks in the top 5 –Coaches, Members, and Space. It’s part of my Perfect Day.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
The NFL Combine has used my company’s knee testing equipment for their CYBEX Test every Feb for the last 20 years. Every player in the NFL has used our equipment and I get to watch and wonder…

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
My Handstand walk of 65 ft (enough to get on the white board) was cool… until I tumbled going out the back door and sprained my A/C Joint. Hero to zero in one step…

*Some current training goals are…
In February Dennis O’Rouke, Eric Klein, and I are going to St. Antons, Austria to ski so that is the goal – train for skiing, eat well, and be safe.

*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.”
Just do the little things right.
Fitness starts at the breakfast table.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Why do I have to leave to get a coffee?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Show up.  Technique over reps/speed.  It’s not a gym (or cult), it’s a fun, healthy lifestyle that provides the base needed to excel at all the physical activities you want pursue. But you must show up, you have to try, it’s not always comfortable, and you will be pleased with the result.

*This month’s question is:  If you could experience your PERFECT day, where would it take place and why??
Dorothy said it best, “there’s no place like home.”  I’m usually not home.

*What do the coaches say about Rob?
Rob is a lifetime member who is using Craic to make life long health and fitness gains in and outside the gym.  Rob is a world traveller and a true ambassador of our community.  Overcoming travel obstacles, like where to workout and what to eat, is a regular occurrence for him.  Inside the gym, Rob is a beast, but has always been very coachable and seeks out help when needed.  He also can plan out a workout better than most athletes!  He can map things out to the second!  Very impressive!  He’s had a few injuries over the years but he nets lets anything stop him from working hard to stay in the best shape of his life!  Keep reppin’ Craic all over the world!


Katie

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
Born in Medford, grew up in Belmont, but last month I moved and now am a South Shore resident, living on the Weymouth/Braintree line!

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I am apart of the original “no personality 6:30 wood” (Giorgio’s never going to live that down) and now go to the 6:00 PM! I feel like everyone says the same response here, but it’s definitely the community and coaches. Over my last (almost) three years at Craic, not only did I completely change my lifestyle, but met amazingly supportive people along the way. I never thought I’d enjoy going to the gym, and I’m not sure I’m fully there yet (it’s the workout part!), but you guys make it WAY easier.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I work at the marketing agency Cramer on the corner of University Ave in the Business Development department (shout out to Christiana Weller being the one who convinced me to try this in the first place, Andrea for being the inspiration that keeps me coming back). Other than work, Craic, and sleep, I LOVE to travel. In the last 14 months I’ve been to interesting places like Cuba and Iceland and have knocked off 18 new cities across the US.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Two of my proudest moments would include my deadlift PR which was twice my body weight and my first Craic Olympics which was simply just…. hard. However, the thing I’m most proud of and definitely worked the hardest to achieve was my first pull-up! It took months of extra work, but I finally wiggled myself up there. I can even string a few together now!

*Some current training goals are…
Everything? I’m constantly trying to improve my basic lifts and comfort-ability on the bar in order to improve across the board. My kipping definitely needs the most work to improve, but I’ve got a fantastic support group who is giving me more core work daily. We’ll get there!
And of course, 2019 is (finally) the year I do THE MURPH.*

*disclaimer: reserves the right to scale, cry, and throw up and still claim to have done it!

*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.”
“Remember who is on your team.” (Can you guess the coach who told me that?)

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
What do you do when you plateau at the gym, training wise or motivational wise?
And more importantly, did Tucker request to never coach the “no-personality” 6 o’clock wood ladies again, or is he just a lucky SOB?

*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 tell them two things:
1.)   Just do it! The excuse of ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘I can’t’ just doesn’t apply. When I started I couldn’t squat, couldn’t jump rope, and had never had a coach in my life (physical activity has never been my thing). It took me forever to realize, but if people like Dan DeRoma and Pat Lange are sweating and dying, of course you will be too. It’s supposed to be hard, all change is!

2.)   This one came like an epiphany after a morning workout with Jarrod. It’s also the answer to who gave me that six word advice! As I said earlier, I never played sports growing up and never having a coach, sometimes I really struggled with the critique in real time. Jarrod and I had an honest conversation about that and the advice he gave me really stuck. The coaches and you will always be on the same team with the same goal: a healthier, stronger you. If you ever find the coaches or advice intimidating and overwhelming, just remember that. It’s you and the coaches vs. the problem, not you vs. the coaches!

*This month’s question is: If you could experience your PERFECT day, where would it take place and why??
On a perfect day in a perfect world, I would be on the beach in Cape Cod all day. Surrounded by good friends and family, better food and drinks, and books to read and a football to throw around. Also, since this is the perfect day I wouldn’t be hungover halfway through and I would finally get that illusive “tan” Kyle is always talking about. #PaleAsHeck

*What do the coaches say about Katie?
Working with Katie was love at first sight!  Her honest realization that what she was doing at other gyms wasn’t working for her gave her the strength to reach out to us!  That was her first progression that we’ve been happy to watch!  Katie has made a ton of progress and it’s been really fun following her over the years.  She’s super energetic and always down to try new things!   Like THE MURPH!  We love that Katie set that goal a while ago and is sticking to it!  We can’t wait to watch you finish it, Katie!  Additionally, Katie is also energetic, enthusiastic, and brings a ton of personality to class.  Giorgio wants you to know that 😉  Keep it up, Katie!