Our Members of the Month for February are Christine Blair and Jarrod Davis! 

Christine

Christine Blair Picture

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
Dedham Townie!

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Mostly at 6:15 am, but I love joining the badass moms at 5:15am once a week. The best part of being a member at Craic is the community.  I love seeing people PR or get that first pull up. It’s always such a cool moment.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
Mom of three boys: Tommy is 4, Michael is 2, and Teddy the English Bulldog is 6. I met my super supportive husband at UConn and convinced him to move to Dedham. In my spare time I am working on my doctorate in education, doing Spartan races, and drinking craft beer.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Doing two competitions. Both were a lot of fun, and the level of support was amazing.

*Some current training goals are…
Nothing specifically movement related, but to continue walking out the Craic doors after a workout feeling proud of myself. This shit is hard, and life is busy. But every morning I make time for myself, I show up, and I feel like I already kicked ass that day before my kids are even awake.

*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.”
“You’re ok, you’re alive, you’re going to be fine.” These words usually run through my head at least once during a workout.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
How do you all have the neatest whiteboard handwriting? Is that an L1 certification requirement?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Just do it, show up, don’t be afraid. Walk through the doors.

*This month’s question is: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Buy a lifetime supply of yoga pants and sweatshirts.

*What do the coaches say about Christine?
Christine is such a bright light to everyone around her!  She’s so positive, and tries so hard in the gym.  She is incredibly coachable and always willing to learn. Love her butterfly pullup and DU progression work is outstanding.  Christine doesn’t give herself enough credit for how good she is and how much progress she’s made!  We don’t get shocked when she does something incredible because incredible is the norm for Christine. We can’t wait to see what crazy thing she makes look super easy next.  On top of being an amazing athlete, Christine is so welcoming to everyone and is so supportive of her fellow gym members.  We’ve loved seeing her find her own place at the gym.  We heard she has a brother who also goes to Craic??! 😉  Thanks for giving Craic a chance, Christine!  We’re so happy to have you here!


Jarrod  

jarrod

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I was born in Papillion, Nebraska and I’m currently living in Westwood.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Currently, I’m working out 2-4x week at the gym, I spend 4-6x week meditating or practicing some form of self-care that energizes me.

My favorite part of CRAIC is the fun approach to health and fitness. Working out has been made into a game.  Health has turned into slowing down and enjoying more of the simple things. We get to throw epic parties and events for so many people; I love being able to share this space!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I’m an owner of CRAIC; I called it. Working at Lululemon for 4 years transformed into a practical degree in goal setting and vision casting. I was team captain in every sport and team I played on except HS cheerleading (that was for the experience, it was selfish).  I’m a proud parent of two creative, intelligent, and athletic young men.  I’m 6’7″, now you know me.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
265# Snatch, 1:17.5 500m Row, Bulked from 215lbs to 245lbs in 16weeks and got abs.
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Really what I’m most proud of is recovering from a broken hip 2 years ago and going from not being able to sit or stand without pain to being able to work my way back to several CrossFit competitions.  Being involved in this community of supportive members/friends made it easy to stay in the loop and work at my own pace.

*Some current training goals are…
Throughout the years I’ve taken interest in learning the CrossFit movements, being competitive with CrossFit, branching out to specialize in Olympic weightlifting, completed several cycles of bodybuilding/weightlifting, spent several years with a focus on mobility and relearning basic movements.  Now, I’m really interest in being able to play within all of these realms with the intention on “Moving for longevity”.  I want fitness to be a part of my life forever and for me that means keeping my body working through a full range of motion, building power with my core, and making a game out of each class I participate in. Recently, my discovery of the hammer and mace swinging has me in “play-mode” and I’m loving 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.”
Show up with integrity.
Breath – Good – Action.
Rule number one is look good
Set a standard and hold it.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
I’ve been looking forward to this section for a long time!
-Coaches, in your own “specialty” what entry level movement should clients start over and master?
-Members, you all seem to have something figured out.  What practical knowledge can you share with me that will help overcome general life obstacles?  (How to sort my laundry? Download “xyz” App. Make sure you’re doing this with your taxes. etc.)

*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 as often as possible. Talk to members and coaches daily. Create a fantasy of your future self, write that down.
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For anyone looking to join I’ll quote a current member: “You, you need this.”-Steve Riley

*This month’s question is: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Step 10- Setup a secret party/vacation, kidnap friends/attendees and bring them to said party
Step 11- Invest in the people around me and setup a support system that fulfills my basic needs with the goal of guiding them to be the best in their unique genius.
Step 12- Build a university of high level educators and health professionals.  The mission is to build an individual’s dream-life and allow them to live that example while they are educated on how to create this for themselves in the “default” world.

*What do the coaches (who are not Jarrod) say about him?
Where should we even start with this one?  Jarrod is an athlete, a father, a motivator, and the leader of the gym, but he’s so much more than that.  There is something special about him.  Yes, he’s a mentor to all of us, but he also has this way about him that makes people want to be around him, and even more so now that he’s continuing to develop as a coach, leader, gym owner, and human.  This guy pretty much knows every single one of the member’s max lifts and best times and exactly what we can do at any given moment – that’s really cool when you think about it!  Jarrod is also a true testament to how you can be at the gym, and be an active member, even when you’re hurt.   Everyone may not know that he spent over a year injured, but still worked out how he could and coached all of us to reach our potential even when he couldn’t do all of the movements himself.  That was perseverance and humility that may have gone unnoticed.

Jarrod is a mentor and life coach, on top of being one of the best fitness coaches around.  And when he coaches you, we, as well as many of the members of the gym, have come to know that when you get a compliment from Jarrod, it’s a BIG deal; he doesn’t hand out empty praise.  To continue to better coach us, he’s constantly learning and progressing himself and everyone around him. He guides the people around him to progress themselves forward in order to succeed. He dedicates his time to meeting with fellow coaches, members at the gym, and other people in his life. This pursuit of success for others is selfless and is rarely seen nowadays. Sometimes he cares more about our wants and future than we do. He asks the questions that most people wouldn’t ask and constantly challenges us all in one way or another. Whether it’s in the gym or in life, he’s always looking for all of us to be as successful and happy as possible and he genuinely cares and wants to see each of us succeed.

As of late, Jarrod has been vibrating at a higher level, and he’s been vibing with each of us even more!  He has a vision for what he wants for the gym and what he wants for us. And it’s cool to have someone in your corner that believes in what we’re all up to and who is constantly thinking of ways to help everyone evolve, and most importantly make the gym, as a whole, evolve for the betterment of the members.  We can’t wait to see where we all can go together!  We love you, Jarrod!