Our Members of the Month for September are Abby Carnevale and John Ayoub!

Abby

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Beverly, Massachusetts, just over an hour north of Boston, and I currently live in Dedham. I have been living in this area for about 7 years now. I graduated from Curry College in Milton a few years a ago with a degree in communication and decided to stay out here to pursue a career in fitness and fashion.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
It would be easier to ask when don’t I work out! Being the Assistant General Manager and trainer at another gym, I am constantly moving, but I always make time to get my workout in at Craic. You can find me pretty much at any class, whether it’s the early 5:15am class, in the evening, or any class in between. 
One of my favorite things about being a member at CRAIC is definitely the community of people that comes with it. Each day I look forward to seeing what the WOD is and seeing all the members/coaches. I am inspired daily by the other members and what they are capable of. It pushes me. Beer pong and the other festivities are fun too!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
Besides my career in fitness, I am also a fashion model. My goal is to simply change these high expectations women have set for themselves in a physical and mental way. 
Believe it or not, I am a very shy person, extremely competitive, but very shy until I warm up to you, which could take a few months, hahaha. So don’t think I’m snobby, I’m just quiet. I most always smile, I can’t help it, it’s what I do. 
A fun fact about me is that I love cowboy boots. I have a “few” pairs, which I wear when I’m not working out. Oh and I love food and beer!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
My proudest accomplishments at CRAIC so far is going there by myself, not knowing anyone, and pushing myself in each and every workout. That’s a big deal for me. 

*Some current training goals are…
Right now I am working on my butterflies. Getting on the rings would be cool too! Walking on my hands would pretty awesome as well! I want to be able to do it all, but I understand it isn’t easy and I have to work for it. 

*What’s the best advice you have in six words?  You may submit multiple answers.  
“Fake it till you make it”

*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 is to give it a try. It looks intimidating and it sounds intimidating, but everyone there is willing to help you push you towards your goals. I remember my first day I walked into CRAIC. It was pretty funny because every coach was there so I was able to meet everyone. Marc gave me a little tour and had me do a few quick things. Giorgio was walking on his hands and Adrienne was benching. I came back that same week for my first class and I’m so happy I made that decision to. I have definitely done a lot of “firsts” since joining CRAIC, and I can confidently say that I continue to learn something new each day I’m there. 

*This month’s question is:  What’s your biggest pet peeve and why??
One of my biggest pet peeves is people being glued to their phones in a social setting. Put your phone down and live in the current moment. 

*What do the coaches say about Abby?
Abby! Quiet, fierce, and full of love. She smiles more than just about anyone at the gym (even during 1RM Bench Press attempts). Abby is super enthusiastic in classes and always goes all out! She takes cues really well, always seems to be in a great mood and is so much fun to coach. We love watching her make progress and the fact that she celebrates her small wins and progressions is so exciting! She has been a silent rockstar from day one. She pushes her limits, listens to her body, and is open to sharing her heart with the world. We love having her influence at Craic!

*Do you have any tips for anyone who is wanting to start a social media account?
Yes I do, I wouldn’t get too carried away with Facebook, Twitter, BBM and all the others, I would focus on one and be good at that. I chose to use Instagram as I could show off my progress with my loyal followers. You’re probably asking, how did you get so many followers in such a short space of time? Well, there are many sites which offer free followers for Instagram, so I took advantage of that and then things fell into place.


John

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Dedham, but I’ve been in Norwood for about 10 years.

When do you workout?
6:15 AM — it kick starts my day and offers more flexibility after work.

What’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
The Culture
It’s clearly based on a foundation of support and camaraderie. As a result I think we’re all extended a little extra push and drive during the workouts which isn’t always easy to find when you’re alone.

The Coaches
Each coach has their own unique flavor. I find myself equally excited for class regardless of the name on the schedule. 

Personalization
You don’t need to be a slave to the prescribed workout, each coach is more than happy to have a conversation and help you scale accordingly.

Free Humble Pie
There’s plenty to go around in the form of some grueling work outs. 

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I’m an art director at an agency right around the corner, and it was actually a co-worker that introduced me to the gym in the first place. When I’m not getting my ass kicked at class I’m always looking for a new adventure or creative outlet to explore. Otherwise, I’m a sucker for a great movie or binge worthy series. Give me your recommendations!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Completing movements pain free. Five years ago I herniated a disc in my neck, and long after it healed I was hesitant to do much more than anything beyond running and lifting light weights. After some discussions with the coaches, and simply being mindful of my neck, I realized I can do quite a bit more and I couldn’t be happier.

*Some current training goals are…
The usual stronger and faster, but my double unders could use some attention.

*What’s the best advice you have in six words?  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.”  
Create the environment right for you.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Would you rather fight 1 Tucker-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized Tuckers?

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Advice for new members…There may be some days you leave feeling frustrated, but remember, you did better than everyone who didn’t show up!
Advice for those looking to join…Maybe it’s not for you, but maybe it is… worst case scenario, you find out!

*What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
The biggest one I ever saw was on my aunt’s great dane. 😉

*What do the coaches say about John?
John made an upgrade to his fitness endeavors! He’s taken the steps to challenge himself in a new gym environment and is focused on his individual fitness needs. Every class is intentional and he’s getting the most out of every workout he participates in. He is the perfect example of someone who tailors his workouts to what he wants to accomplish. We love having talks with him about art and other forms of expression. He recently told us that he would express his workout scores through interpretive dance and we can’t want to see that!