Our Members of the Month for November are Laura Craven and Scott Klebanoff!

Laura

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Millis, MA.  I currently live in West Roxbury. 

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
My regular class has always been the 7:30pm.  I love the small, yet diverse group of people at night.  Also Tuckfit on Saturday.  I have three favorite parts of being a member of Craic.  I love the community and the coaches because they both motivate me.  And I love the programming because I don’t have to think or plan.  I just show up, do the workout, and try to have some fun. 

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I’m a lawyer and mom of twin girls, who are 8.  My schedule is pretty insane, but I love it.  I also like to cook, plant flowers, read, watch the Pats, drink coffee, drink wine, hang with friends, play with my kids. Simple things.  Next month will mark my 5-year Craicaversary, which blows my mind!

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
One of my proudest accomplishments was a 310# deadlift. It was a board score in the old days at the D.  Maybe with barbell club making a comeback, I can hit that weight again…

*Some current training goals are…
My current training goals are not specific lifts or movements, as they have been in the past.  I just want to get to class more often, because I know how much that pays off.  I am trying be smart about my workouts and scale appropriately.  I’m doing this for longevity, physical health, and to manage the stress of daily life.  That said, I am planning to do my first outside-of-the-gym individual women’s comp in January, mostly because I need things on my calendar to stay accountable.

*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.”  
“Progress is not always linear.”  I’m trying to remind myself of this lately, particularly when it comes to the gym or fitness overall.
Also, “Work hard and be kind.”  I think Craic members are great examples of this.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Do you work out on your own, alone?  I try sometimes at my office gym, but it’s super boring.  I need class.

*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 to new members is don’t be self-conscious. This community is incredibly supportive and embraces new members.  The cheers and fist bumps are genuine.

*This month’s question is:  What childhood memory/experience would you like to relive as an adult? Why?
I’m a child of the ‘80s, so I think I would relive my first concert, which was New Kids on the Block at a tiny club on Lansdowne Street.  I won the tickets by calling into Kiss 108. I think I was around 12. I brought my best friend (then and now), and her dad had to chaperone us. I suppose we could drive ourselves this time.  For the record, Joey’s my favorite.

*What do the coaches say about Laura?
Laura is an OG of the Craic Queens and aways shows out at special events! Laura is always fun to have in class. She keeps it light and is always smiling, even when she’s working hard. She is great to coach, takes cues really well, and most importantly, applies them! Laura, your positive energy is contagious, keep sharing it with all of us!


Scott

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I grew up on the south shore in Duxbury, and my wife, Mary, and I moved to Westwood almost two years ago. Living between Norwood and the D (RIP), we had no excuses to not try CRAIC! We had witnessed a friend transform her life through CrossFit and she’d been encouraging us to try it for a long time.

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I usually work out at Craic After Dark and Saturday TuckFit. The 7:30pm class is full of night-owls who work hard and take fitness seriously, but are also very welcoming and have fun. I have appreciated the advice not only of the coaches, but of the members of the evening classes. Shout-out to Thursday night Heavy Metal Flow with Collin. Saturday TuckFit is also a great way to kick-off a weekend. 

CRAIC inspires me to physically leave work at a reasonable hour and helps me disconnect and de-stress. When I am in the middle of a class, work is the last thing on my mind, and an hour plus away from my phone is always a good thing.  

I appreciate that CRAIC is constantly trying to improve the member experience, as evidenced by alternate bootcamp workouts, extra classes, events, nutrition, and goal-setting.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
Occasionally, Mary and I work out at the same evening class and she usually says something that embarrasses me in front of the group, which is a real treat. Joking aside, we both are really glad we joined and that we made commitments to improve our well-being. I am very proud of Mary’s progress!

I started a new job about five months ago in Needham. I work at a finance company that underwrites and manages loans to small and medium-sized retailers. There is a lot of change happening in the retail industry, which makes the work both challenging and fun.

I have a fraternal twin brother who doesn’t look like me. Sometimes we say or think the same random things, to each of our amusements. Maybe there is something more to this, or maybe this is just the result of sharing bunk beds and friends until adulthood.

Other passions outside CRAIC include running, hiking, soccer, the beach, and playing music. If I am not at a 7:30pm class, I may be watching Jeopardy, my favorite game show. 

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
One of my proudest moments was completing the Murph hero workout this past Memorial Day. Somehow, I actually felt really strong during the final mile and have a wonderful memory of chasing the flag back to the gym. Murph is a great way to think about those who have served and their sacrifices. I did not wear a weighted vest, but maybe next year!

Double-unders. That magic moment when you first string 5-10+ dubs together. I learned that a little extra practice outside of class goes a long way.

Each workout feels like an accomplishment because after I tore my achilles in 2013, I did not expect that I would ever join a CrossFit gym, but it has helped me regain a lot of confidence and my ankle feels a lot better now than when I joined in February 2018.

*Some current training goals are…
I think attendance is the primary goal for me. The goal right now is 3x per week, but I’d like to increase to 4x in 2020.

Bar Muscle Ups. I haven’t attempted in a while, but still working towards these.

Stringing Toes to Bar (T2B) together. I don’t think I am far away from this with some more practice.

*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.”  
Friendly competition is a great motivator
Scale the weight, push the reps
Life sustains, Addict is for gains
80% of success is showing up
Be patient and appreciate small improvements

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Is there any way to use SugarWOD to set and measure personal fitness goals? Or can you recommend another app?

When are we going to flip those giant tires around? Isn’t that what CrossFit is all about?? I must have missed that class.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
I encourage new members to use SugarWOD, not only for tracking your progress, but also to review the workouts before you get to the gym. You can really help yourself by researching the movements in advance of class, too. Nearly everything is out there on YouTube. Giorgio also has a “Before the Whiteboard” video series where he review’s tomorrow’s workout, today. Relatedly, don’t skip a class because you don’t like the program or struggle with a particular exercise. Coaches will help you modify as needed, especially if you are experiencing pain.

Mobility is really important for performing the movements correctly and safely, and for your overall health. Fortunately, you can and will improve your range of motion and flexibility. I am someone who struggles here, and while my flexibility is still not where I would like it to be, it feels great to think about how my range of motion has improved since I started. There is a dedicated group of members that lead mobility exercises Sunday mornings.

Again, be patient. It takes time to build muscle memory and some of the movements require a lot of practice. Bring a positive attitude and leave the gym feeling proud of yourself. Take a Day 1 selfie to mark the beginning of your transformation.

*This month’s question is:  What childhood memory/experience would you like to relive as an adult? Why?
WBCN’s 1998 River Rave at Great Woods. Yes, I am old enough to remember that such things existed. This was my first music concert and the list of bands was unreal. I saw some stuff that was frightening for a 13-year-old, but that I’d definitely appreciate more as an immature adult.

*What do the coaches say about Scott?
Scott’s positive attitude is unmatched at the gym. He tries hard and shows up for it all! Scott is a fantastic person to be around and coach. Scott always gets after it during every workout. He is extremely coachable and takes suggestions and cues very well. He quietly pushes the other people in the 7:30pm class, especially on any workout with running it in! He always seems to come out of no where with that subtle speed! We love watching your progress, Scott, keep it up!