Our Members of the Month for June are Raylene Roberts and Adam Manchester!

Raylene

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Pittsfield (and despite what Pat Lange says, we did not go to prom together) and now live in Hyde Park.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Mostly the 4:30 class, but when life and work get busy, I do show up at the 5:15 am.  My favorite part of being a member, besides seeing Giorgio working out in tights and no shirt, is witnessing members reach their goals and accomplishments. The excitement and energy that flows through the gym when this happens is just awesome. It’s just is a perfect example of how amazing the support at the gym is.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?

I’m a 5th grade teacher in Needham and an avid traveler. I’ve been to 6 of the 7 continents and have lived and worked abroad twice- Dublin, Ireland and Nottingham, England (the sheriff will never be the same).  In my “Glory Days”, I ran cross country and track, and in my senior year of high school, we won the MA State Cross Country Championship. I’m much slower these days and prefer to run the longer distances. I’ve done 7 marathons to date and think I may have a couple more in me. I continue to chase a Boston qualifier and have come close, but just can’t seem to get there.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
When I first started at Craic, I found myself on my ass a lot struggling to squat snatch 35 lbs. I still find myself on my ass, but it’s trying to conquer 85lbs.

*Some current training goals are…
Where do I begin… I tend to get overwhelmed at times with how much I have to work on. Sometimes I find it hard to focus on one thing and can jump around. After doing the back squat program, I really saw how committing to one thing really pays off. Next up, working on my pulling!

*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.”
“Fall seven times, get up eight”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Coaches- When did you realize or what made you realize you wanted to go from member to coach?

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

*This month’s question is:  What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done or that has happened to you (that’s appropriate to share)??
This one time at band camp…
I’ve bungee jumped and climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro. Oh, and I slept walk half naked in my dorm freshman year, but that’s a story for another time.

*What do the coaches say about Raylene?
Raylene is such a great person!  She’s always smiling, is super funny, and has a no-nonsense attitude that we appreciate.  She experienced QUITE the injury not too long ago, made her way back from that, and is now back to doing everything!  Like identifying and crushing her weaknesses!  Raylene fits in with any class and gets along with just about everyone.  In general, we love being around her and are always happy to have her at the gym!  And she looks great as a decal on Giorgio’s sneakers 😉


Adam

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*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Newton, work in Walpole, and live up in Westford, MA.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I would say I typically workout at the 6pm or the 4:30, but love making cameo appearances at the noon and 5:15 classes- whatever my schedules permits! My favorite part of being a member at Craic is probably that- whenever I go to class I am always happy to see the friendly faces and getting/giving cheers at each class. I love seeing all the different people and having all the options we have at the gym. I really love to bring, and be part of, such a fun and supportive environment.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I have a very cool and rewarding job where I get to run a Senior Living Community in Walpole. I have an 11 year old son Tristen- he’s my everything- he comes in with me on the weekends sometimes and I have gotten him to the point where he will do some mini workouts. I am a gamer- I play board games with friends, have a nerdy group of buds who play weekly video games as well. I like being a part of something that is a group and you can be competitive with. I like to keep things fun and light- I tease a lot. If I am making fun of you, it most likely means I love you as a friend and person.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Whoah! Tough one as I have some great one’s over the years. Right now my proudest is rehabbing my shoulder and humbling myself to work on weaknesses and form to build a stronger “base”. Literally my favorite day at the gym was one where I was doing perfect form Snatches at 95 and 115 pounds- I know this will lead to bigger and better things! I also am very proud that I don’t have to win at everything. I literally let Roger and Steve Riley beat me at almost all the workouts these days. They are lucky to have me in class.

*Some current training goals are…
I’ve been focused on some stuff with Giorgio (thanks, boo) to develop and strengthen my scapula, kipping, and core in order to get many of my CrossFit holes a little less wide. I had a shoulder injury that hampered my goals and my pride. I couldn’t do some of the things I loved at the gym. So I asked for help- I’ve gotten back to a point where I can do multiple pull ups and toes to bar without pain. Ultimately, I want it to lead to improvement in things I am not good at- like HSPU’s, C2B’s, ring dips, etc…. and super goal is to finally get a Ring Muscle Up! That, and some abs and a rock hard butt for my birthday.

*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.”
Workout hard and earn your donut.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
I want to set some goals for the reboot- but I find it’s easier and rewarding when I do them with a buddy and we hold each other accountable! I am willing to be someone’s buddy or be in a group of buddies! We can help and support each other!

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Honestly, get to the third day! The first day is like anything new (maybe even harder as an adult)- nerve wracking and uncertain. Then you meet some great coaches and new people so it feels less threatening. On the second day you get a sense of how this is, and different than any other workout you have done before- so hard, but rewarding at the same time. You look around, and hopefully you realize that day all of these fit and fun people started right where you are. On the third day, you will wake up, be more sore than you ever have been in your life… so if you come in for that day, I bet you will love all that Craic and our community has to offer you!

*This month’s question is: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done or that has happened to you (that’s appropriate to share)??
I think maybe doing a naked snow angel in college qualifies here.

*What do the coaches say about Adam?
We now consider Adam to be a veteran member of Craic, which seems crazy because we remember the day he started like it was yesterday.  No offense, but he got his butt kicked by his first workout, which involved running and burpees on a 90 degree day.  But he kept coming back every day!  He’s made HUGE progress with his shoulder lately, and his raw strength and athleticism over the years.  He gets along with everyone, always has a smile on, and is consistently helpful to other members at the gym!  We also heard he gives great hugs and plays a mean Manchcree (for you fellow video game nerds out there).  Thanks for being such a valuable member of our community, Adam!