Our Members of the Month for August are Karlyn Lazazzero and Mike Forde!

Karlyn

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Southboro, MA, lived in Boston, Chinatown and the South End after college and moved to Needham about 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I’m still mourning the move to the suburbs…

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I work out in the morning! The very early morning… The 5:15am is my go-to class for the most part! I’m a teacher, so it’s an early work day for me and my husband works long hours, so I don’t have great child care options during other times. The consistent 5:15 class was perfect for my schedule.

My favorite part of Craic is that it’s about learning and growing in fitness in a well rounded way. I’m doing cardio and strength, but I’m also doing handstands, working on balance, breathing, flexibility, and truly having to think and learn while exercising… I feel like I’m improving my overall physical and mental health here at Craic. It was an approach to exercise that I hadn’t been in touch with after giving birth to my two little ones. Before Craic exercise was about losing baby weight and having a mental escape from work and family stress.

Over the past nine months at Craic it seems that everyone who walks into the building believes that they are a work in progress. People are humble, want to improve and genuinely want to learn something new. It’s exercise with intention. I like that about Craic. It’s not an absent minded “escape” like other types of exercise can be. Craic is about learning, being present, embracing new challenges, failing, succeeding, getting out of your comfort zone, and choosing the journey.  

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I have two kids…a 5 and 3 year old. I teach science k-5 locally, which is really fun. I love gardening, composting, good California wine, wiffle ball, and I am an amateur Cape Cod clam digger! 

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I was really proud when I jumped onto that darn box for the first time instead of stepping up, when I hit my toes to bar for the first time was great, flipping a tire was fun, and I’m proud of my progress towards chest to bar movements. 

*Some current training goals are…
Double unders without peeing my pants, Pull ups, Push ups!

*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.”
 “Get off your butt and try!”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
How do you get enough sleep?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
My advice would be to just show up. Moving is moving! And ask questions. Also, get a pair of shoes.

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*This month’s question is:  If you could be a member of any TV sitcom family/group, new or old, which would it be and why?
I’d be a part of Parks and Recreation hands down. Lesley Knope is my hero. 

*What do the coaches say about Karlyn?
Karlyn is never afraid to get after it and push herself. She’s been making consistent progress and conquering fears since she joined the gym. Karlyn’s confidence has shot through the roof in that time. We love her fancy shoes and her smile! Keep working hard, Karlyn!


Mike

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I actually grew up in Dedham and went to Riverdale with Lisa Borofsky. (We were in Wizard of Oz together. She was Dorothy and I was the Tin Man…I have pics.) My family moved to Mashpee on the Cape so I went to junior high and high school down there. After college in Boston, and stints in Boston, Somerville, San Diego and West Roxbury, Katie and I bought our first house in Dedham in 2008. A couple of months ago we found our forever house so we are Dedham 4Lifers now. 

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I started with the 6:30 @ the D. (Aka. Dirty 6:30, 6:32). Now I’m a pretty steady 6:15er. I don’t do it often, but I do love checking out the other classes. They all have their own unique and cool vibes. Which brings me to my favorite part…the community. Coaches and members are all on their own journey, but are genuinely interested in helping you on yours. It’s a very cool thing I feel so fortunate to be a part of. And, to have it based around fitness, something I am typically streaky with, helps keep me more invested and accountable. 

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life.

And, I’m in the process of starting my own company and igniting a movement. We are going to try to help the individual to illuminate the existing positivity in their own environment and by nurturing that positivity we’ll foster opportunities to improve outcomes via positive thinking. The movement is based on the butterfly effect principle which states “a very small change in the initial conditions can create significantly different outcome.” In our case, we ask for a very subtle mind shift to empower tremendous positive outcomes. Stay tuned. More to come! 

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
The fact that I can pretty much complete any workout on the rig with kipping pull ups is a big deal. I have to modify chest to bars to kipping pullups, and I might finish up with singles, but I can do it. My DUs are pretty consistent and my recent 6:32 Annie was pretty cool, too. But still the biggest gains I’ve made and appreciate classify under functional fitness. Grabbing a golf ball out of the hole easily, not getting winded on stairs, tossing kids in the pool…I take it for granted until I see a buddy of mine struggle with the same thing. 

*Some current training goals are…
MOBILITY! Somehow I feel like recently my shoulders have gotten even tighter. I have to make more time for it.  My goal is to be at 30% the mobility of Lacey so that will double where I am now. 

*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.”
It is better to be positive. 

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Coaches: Does it frustrate you when you see someone who has been a member for 3 years have a front rack that looks like his first day? Asking for a friend…

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
There isn’t one single person here judging you. People at this gym just want to encourage you to a point where you feel better, proud and accomplished. It’s really cool. So, don’t be afraid to scale. It’s still going to be hard AF. 

*This month’s question is:  If you could be a member of any TV sitcom family/group, new or old, which would it be and why? 
I’m kind of like Steven P. Keaton from Family Ties. Loves my kids more than I could ever image. I’m regularly bewildered by them…in a good way. And, I have a hot wife. 

*What do the coaches say about Mike?
Mike is a 6:30/6:32/6:15am veteran Craic member. And we love that he loves to sing Justin Bieber in his Jeep with the top down! 😉 Seriously though, Mike works HARD, and also knows when to adjust workouts to fit his needs–this is a very important skill! And have you seen this guy run?! He’s ridiculously fast! Keep working, Mike! And please let your friend know that a few minutes of front rack mobility work a few times a week goes a long way!! 😉