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Athlete of the Month Profile: Paddy Kelly!

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September Athlete of the Month goes to Paddy Kelly for showing exceptional sportsmanship, improvements and spirit! Great work!

The change has been remarkable both physically and mentally. I feel so much stronger and better about my self. I would safely say I’m addicted to CrossFit…

Hometown: Chester, UK When did you first start CrossFit?  January 2014 Why did you come to CFK? I realised that I really had to start doing some sort of exercise but have never been a gym person with treadmills etc.  I liked the idea of a focused one hour session that really got you working hard.  I had only heard of CrossFit since moving to Vancouver and therefore googled the best rated Crossfit gyms in the city and CFK sounded the best. It also helped that our dog goes to the daycare just round the corner. What is your favourite WOD?  I have never met a WOD I didn’t like and don’t really have a specific favourite. I just love the variety of movement that the WODS offer.  I cant believe I have been doing CrossFit for 9 months and have never done the same WOD twice, thats precisely why I love it. Most brutal and challenging WOD?  I think ‘Murph’ was a real challenge. Not just from the physical point of view but mentally, lots of rounds, chipping away at those numbers. It felt good to finish it though! Favourite movements? I do like a power clean or a heavy back squat.  I also dig Ball slams, great way to relieve stress. What kind of things do you do outside the gym? Hobbies and interests? Apart from eating cheese and drinking beer, I like hanging with my friends, watching sports and playing with my dog.  Also big tv, movie and music fan which also incorporates one my favourite things, sitting! What improvements have you seen in yourself, both mentally and physically, since starting CrossFit?  The change has been remarkable both physically and mentally. I feel so much stronger and better about my self.  My eating habits have improved and I’ve seen a huge reduction in my stress levels.  I would safely say I’m addicted to Crossfit because after a WOD I feel awesome. What’s been surprising or unexpected for you since started at CFK?  I think just how I now have a real joy and appreciation for fitness.  For the longest time I was lazy couch potato but now I will never go back to that, Crossfit fo life yo! What kind of advice would you give someone new to the sport? Don’t run before you can walk.  Take your time to learn properly, listen to your coaches and modify the WOD to work within your level of fitness.  Push yourself that little bit more every WOD and most of all enjoy yourself.

Athlete of the Month Profile: Graham Meeres!

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“I saw people working out in a way I hadn’t seen before, so I knew I had to try it.”

Athlete of the Month is Graham Meeres! Hometown: Richmond, BC When did you first start CrossFit? August 2013 Why did you come to CFK? I drove past here on my way to work and say people dying outside and thought it was a good idea. Kidding, I saw people working out in a way I hadn’t seen before, so I knew I had to try it. I really like the community here. What is your favourite WOD? Fight Gone Bad is my jam. Most brutal and challenging WOD?  GI’s horrifying 23 round barbell complex. So hard but so worth it. Favourite movements? So many! Heavy weightlifting, running, pull-ups. What kind of things do you do outside the gym? Hobbies and interests? I go to the beach a lot, hike, kayak. Anything in the sun when it’s not raining! What improvements have you seen in yourself, both mentally and physically, since starting CrossFit? All aspects of my life have improved. I have more energy, except for after a killer WOD. I enjoy going out more and doing other sports outside of CrossFit such as beach volleyball and hiking. It is nice when friends ask me to do something athletic and I feel confident that I will be able to kill it. What’s been surprising or unexpected for you since started at CFK? Feeling like you are part of something within the CrossFit community is awesome, when traveling I can drop into any gym and feel right at home. Also, better eating habits come hand in hand with the sport, I didn’t expect to change what I eat so drastically and be okay with it, but I quickly learned the better you eat the better your workouts seem to go. What kind of advice would you give someone new to the sport? Stick with it! It doesn’t get easier but you get stronger and seeing that change can be really fun. Well, most aspects of CrossFit have become more fun over time… but burpees have always been terrible and continue to suck just as much as the day I started.