Our Members of the Month for April are Mariah Emering and Steve Slocum!

Mariah

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

I was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey. I also lived in Jersey City, NJ for some time which is right across the river from downtown NYC. Travel Tip:  If you are traveling to NYC any time soon, consider staying in Jersey City, its a 10 minute train ride into downtown, the restaurants are awesome, and they have some great bars/breweries (and its a super dog friendly place). I am currently living in Dedham!

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?

I workout at the 6:00pm. I come straight from work and truly believe that the people at the 6:00 are the greatest humans ever. I am constantly laughing during class and it is such a great stress reliever after a long day. They are also super supportive! My favorite part of being a member of CRAIC is the dedication that all of the coaches and members have and the kindness everyone shows towards each other. I’ve been a part of a few gyms and I truly believe that the community that has been created allows everyone to feel comfortable and supported. I also love the variety of classes that are offered and that the coaches get to share their interests with the members.  You can see the passion that everyone has.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I work in the social work department of Dana-Farber with some pretty awesome people. My job is stressful, but I really enjoy getting to help people every day. I love cooking, spending time with my family, doing anything active, and going to sleep before 9:00pm.  I recently started learning/attempting to bake bread so if anyone is interested in trying some please let me know! Also, I reallllly love dogs!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I hurt my knee back in February and have been slowly getting back into the swing of things. I cried a lot an cursed out some EMT’S, not my proudest moment, but the members of CRAIC who were there were rock stars! I have had both knee and back injuries in the past and I had either stopped working out all together or rushed back into everything and caused more damage. With this injury I took my time, didn’t push myself and slowly got back into a normal routine. Fitness is a very big mental game for me and I do not do well when I am told to take it easy so this was a really big step and something I am very proud of. I’m also really proud of hitting a 165 clean and jerk, and a 170 power clean. This has been a year of mental and physical growth 🙂

Mariah’s first pullup!

*Some current training goals are…
Get back into running shape! It’s almost summer!

*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.”

“We are human before we are anything else.” – This my favorite quote; I think as humans we are expected to work full time jobs, do all the extra activities, be perfect at everything, etc. Be kind to yourself and remember that we are not meant to be perfect, we make mistakes, and that’s ok.

“No is a complete sentence”- I have to remind myself of this when I am feeling overwhelmed with everything I need to do during the week. Saying no to things is OK!!

“One rest day won’t derail your progress.”- Listen to your body and take rest!

“TREAT YO SELF!”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being kind, supportive, and just really great people!

Also how do I get my arms to look as good as Steph’s?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?

Ask for help. If you want to learn a new skill or the best way to scale a movement, ask for help! We’re all here to help and support one another. Take advantage of others’ knowledge and ask questions.

Also finding a buddy to hold you “accountable” has always worked with keeping me on track and coming to the gym on a regular basis.

*This month’s question is: If you could re-name yourself, what would your name be and why?  If you wouldn’t adjust your name, why not?

I actually really like my name. At work a lot of patients have a hard time pronouncing my name so I get called Maria, Maya, Myra, and every other “M” name you could think of. I also get a lot of Mariah Carey jokes and use her as a reference when telling people how to spell my name. I asked my mom what she would have named me if she had to choose another name, she said Stella (STELLLAAAAA).

*What do the coaches say about Mariah?
We all love having Mariah in class!  And the 6 pm girl gang that she’s helped form is incredible! Mariah is so nice and encouraging to have around. She works really hard and is super strong (she doesn’t even know how strong she is yet!).  As far as coaching her goes, Mariah takes instruction extremely well and is always great at applying cues. She’s also been busting her butt at flow classes lately! We especially appreciate her attitude after hurting her knee a couple of months ago. She was upset about the injury, but quickly expressed her excitement to work on her upper body progressions while her knee healed up. That’s the attitiude! Mariah gets stuff done with a smile on her face! We are so happy to have Mariah as a member of Craic!


Steve

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Amherst, NH, went to college out in Indiana, and moved to Newton, MA in 1996 and have been there ever since.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I’ve been going to my beloved noon class for about 4.5 years now.  I also enjoy the 10:00 Tuckfit class on Saturdays when I can, because it gives me a chance to see people I don’t normally see.  My favorite part of Craic is that it’s so much fun to work out and hang out with the other members and coaches.  But most members would say that (because it’s true).  My SECOND favorite part about being a Craic member is that the workouts are varied and fun, and I don’t have to think of them!  Over the years I had tried globo-gyms many times, and the result was always the same.  I would get bored from doing the same things pretty quickly, and my workouts would get shorter and shorter, and eventually I would quit.  With Craic, we have an outstanding training staff, as well as cool people to work out with, and that is a great combination.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
My wife and I have three boys, 2 in college and 1 in 5th grade.  So we are an odd combination of empty-nesters and parents of a younger child.  I work right across the parking lot from Craic, which is awesome.  I was a runner for 20 years before walking in the Craic doors for the first time, and still enjoy running (but not on a treadmill).

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
My first ring muscle up will always have a warm place in my heart.  It was not pretty, but I had been working towards it for a long time, and I was on cloud 9 for about a week after getting it.  More recently, I squat cleaned 225 and that was fun.  My wife had stopped by the gym that afternoon and I could hear her yelling at me to stand it up, and I was glad she could be there to share that moment.

*Some current training goals are…
I’m currently rehabbing a knee injury, so that has most of my focus right now.  The culmination of that rehab will hopefully be my return to the Spartan Beast Killington 2020 race.  Being from NH I love hiking in the mountains and climbing things, so for me that race is good for the soul.  I’m also doing a lot of upper body strength work right now, because I love gymnastic movements, and want to be able to get right back into them once my knee is right.

*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 show up. Trust the programming.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
If coaches or members have any good injury redemption stories that might help inspire me to get all the way back, I’d like to hear them!

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?

Walking through the door for the first time is the hardest part.  Once you do that, you’re on your way!  And we were all there once.Even if you think you’re already in pretty good shape, take a “before” picture of yourself in the early days.  You don’t need to show it to anyone else, but you will want to check it out once a few months go by! Don’t worry about what other members are doing at the gym.  Do what is right for you.  And if you aren’t sure what that is, a coach would be happy to talk about it with you.

*This month’s question is:  If you could re-name yourself, what would your name be and why? If you wouldn’t adjust your name, why not?

Good question. I wouldn’t adjust my name, because at the time I was named, my parents thought it would be the right name for me. If for no other reason than that, I would keep it.

*What do the coaches say about Steve?
Steve is one of the kindest humans around! He is so nice and every time we see him he appears to be in a good mood and has a smile on his face.  Steve is an incredibly hard worker, puts his head down, and always gets after it in workouts. He is a staple of the noon class and has brought friends, family, and coworkers to try CrossFit classes as well as ukulele classes! He is currently making his injury work for him and will be better in the long run because of it! Keep up the rehab and the hard work, Steve! You’re amazing!