When we turn the bright spot on members, we want the focus to be on them — and sometimes, it’s because of the light they bring to our community!
Eoin Byrne dove right in to this whole CrossFit thing, crushed his first Open, and has been a team player and friendly face in the gym since Day One. So we asked him a few questions…
What brought you to CrossFit/CFSA in the first place? I have been training on and off for about 5 years but could never settle into any steady routine beyond 2 / 3 months. CrossFit was recommended to me because I lack the motivation to do the necessary work alone in the gym. I am a very social person so the team dynamic appealed to me.
What was your first impression? How has that changed? My first impression was honestly really positive. The trainers were all so accommodating and encouraging. I enjoyed my first session and realized that CrossFit folks were down to earth and could also enjoy the odd laugh during the class. My first impression has not changed so much except personally I have become more goal oriented. I now care less about how I look cosmetically, rather how fit I am and how much range of motion I can achieve.
What was your first “bright spot” or moment of success? During the open, in 18.3, I was able to do a full set of chin over bar pull ups… I was shocked, I think my judge was also.
What’s your favorite CFSA memory? My favorite CSFA memory should be my pull up achievement in 18.3 but its is actually just the memory of getting to know the other athletes in the gym over the past weeks. Being new to living in the DMV and indeed new to the US, it has been great to have a social outlet that is not my job and not a bar. I have found CFSA to be a really open and welcoming environment.
With regard to health and fitness what are you working on or working toward now? I am actively working on my mobility. After about 2 months I grew frustrated with certain aspects of my mobility. Specifically I could not reach the required squat depth. I spoke to coach Meredyth who suggested that I do some focused (personal training) with (Coach) Caroline. During these sessions we focus on my mobility with the goal of properly reaching a good squat depth. She also designed a simple plan for me to follow before each workout. Caroline has been invaluable. While I am not there yet, I have made significant progress. Other than that, I hope to join the (level) 200 class by the end of the summer.