Our Members of the Month for January are Christina Corina and Hugh Galligan! 

Christina 

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
Dedham, born and raised and still here; I’m a total townie.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Most often you can find me at the 9:00am with the ladies (and Joe), but I do get to the 6:00pm on Wednesdays and some TuckFit classes as well.  I’ve read this response a bunch of times before so it says a lot about Craic since it keeps coming up, but definitely the people.  The people I work out with are so supportive both inside and outside of the gym, I love their vibe and I’ve made so many great friends, too.  The coaches are very patient and always willing to take the time to show you how to do something or how to improve upon it, which I need constantly.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
My daughter has been coming to Craic when she’s home from school and my son has done some of the Craic abilities classes, which were great so we are keeping it all in the family.  We adopted our first dog just over a year ago, JJ, who is a 7 year old pitbull and he is the best, I’m a little crazy about him!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Really anything I accomplish here I’m proud of, but so far some of my biggest accomplishments have been getting a pull-up, doing double-unders, and completing a workout RX.  Most recently though I’ve been really happy with my clean form, something has finally clicked and I’m feeling good about them (most of the time).

*Some current training goals are…
Basically everything!  The top ones are my rowing form for sure, stringing together toes to bar, and maybe someday actually doing chest to bars.  I’m always a work in progress so I’ll just keep chugging along.

*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.”
“Learn to rest, not to quit” and “Never let others define your self-worth” are two that I’ve really been trying to live by.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Do you offer any support groups for candy addicts?  I seem to have a real problem with this.  Also, Tuck – will spa/relaxation Thursday mornings be continuing?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
One of the biggest things I had to learn that really took a while is don’t compare yourself to others.  There are so many great people here at all different levels, just do what feels good to you.  Keep working hard and you will get to where you want to be and never be afraid to ask for help or advice, everyone is willing to share.  Walking through that door is not easy, but you won’t regret it.

*This month’s question is:  What movie do they really need to make a sequel to and why??
I am not a huge movie person, but I would say Goonies (which is a favorite). There should be something like a “where are they now” sequel to it.

*What do the coaches say about Christina?
Christina has come a long way since she started at Craic.  She’s shown up as a member who is committed to the process and because of this has shown consistent progress throughout her membership at the gym.  In her early days, Christina was timid with weight selections, but now she always wants to push herself harder in workouts and has a better idea of what that looks like on the barbell or in her progressions.  We love seeing that level of awareness!  We’re also proud of Christina for getting her kids involved in health and fitness along with her!  We want you to know that we see you leading this and showing other families that it’s possible to educate their loved ones on the importance of health and fitness.  Christina quietly works hard and we’ve seen her make a ton of progress, especially over the last year!   Thanks for being a part of Craic!


Hugh 

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Salem, MA but have lived in Dedham with my family for 11 years now and love it here. 

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I’m part of the 5:15 COD crew during the week, and head to mobility class on Sundays.  My favorite part about being a member at Craic has been how much I have learned about taking care of myself in addition to just the working out part.  Between the improvements I have made in terms of nutrition, mobility/flexibility, preparation and scheduling, I believe I am healthier overall.  It is also a community which I enjoy given my athletic background – teams, individuals, and coaches all working together towards a common goal.  And a third plus, the music!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I have a wonderful wife Meg, and two boys – Tommy (3) and Hugh (5) – that make every day awesome.  I am a high school principal, which is an amazingly fun and busy job.  I love being in and around education, and finished up my Doctorate in Educational Leadership last spring. I played rugby at various levels for a long time, and while I don’t play anymore, I continue to be involved in the rugby community.   

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Coming back from a pretty gross injury about 2 years ago and changing my fitness goals as a result.  When I started at Craic, I tried to lift everything as heavy and as fast as I could, all of the time, because that is what I knew.  It was dumb, and I’m too old for that.  When I could finally come back, I took on a very different approach.  Now, I make sure I exercise hard enough that it’s a great workout, but not so hard that I can’t be back the next day! For the most part, I operate in the 75-80% zone. It has allowed me to focus on form and mobility more than I ever did before.  I’ve also adopted a much more holistic approach to fitness that has improved other areas of my life as well.

*Some current training goals are…
Improve in areas in which I am still pretty inexperienced – double unders, T2B, muscle ups, to name a few.  I also really like rowing a lot more than I ever thought I would – I’d like to push that a bit and see if I can make some noise there.  

*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.”
“Better to ask forgiveness than permission”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
When are we going to incorporate the basketball hoop into a workout?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Figure out what you want from your gym, and what you want in your life (fitness and otherwise), and see if they can complement one another.  It is likely that Craic can help make that happen.  I considered joining for a while before I actually did.  I originally joined to get fast, scripted workouts back into my busy schedule since I couldn’t work out as much as I used to.  However, I realized that I had a lot of other goals that Craic could assist me in achieving.  

*This month’s question is:  What movie do they really need to make a sequel to and why??
Definitely What about Bob? I have often wondered how Dr. Leo Marvin is doing.

*What do the coaches say about Hugh?
Hugh is one of the strongest principal we know!  We are impressed with him and his commitment to raise the standard of public education and impact the future for kids in our communities!  We also appreciate him for making time for his fitness and his commitment to staying present while at home with his family!  When he’s at the gym, Hugh is a beast, but is so incredibly humble.  We love his ability to strict press anything that comes up in workouts 😉  Seriously though, he’s such a nice guy, always consistently shows up, and gets along with everyone.  He’s also worked a lot on his gymnastics movements lately, kipping drills, and HSPUs, which we see paying off!  Thanks for letting us be a piece of your self care!  Keep working, Hugh!