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You are sure to know this months Athlete of the Month not only by her super athletic abilities but also by her super positive personality and infectious smile! (Also maybe by her workout sweater which is awesome)!

Casey O’Brien is such an awesome addition to our box. She comes in ready to take on any challenge as well as crush anything she takes on! Her drive, spirit and positive attitude are what makes Casey the perfect pick for our featured athlete this month!

I asked Casey a few questions about her journey thus far at MCCF and here is what she had to say:

“I tried MCCF with my friend Alisha and we both loved it from the first day. I love the energy as well as working on the different skills when I come in and look forward to improving at all of them. As much as I love the workouts and feel amazing and strong when I leave – it’s the people that I love the most. Everyone is friendly and encouraging.  I am so grateful for finding the perfect fit for me. Now my daughter Maeve works out with me and we cannot get enough – she loves it just as much as I do.”

Well we love you too and we are so happy that you have found a happy place at MCCF!

Congratulations Casey, you are the February Athlete of the Month!

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When thinking of our latest Athlete of the Month, two words come to mind….”Rock On”! You guessed it, our January Athlete of the Month is none other than Tony Silverio!

Tony came to us about a year ago and from the second he walked through the door, his enthusiasm and pure excitement for everything was contagious! We knew we had someone special and look forward to seeing him every time he comes in! At 5:30 am, you will find Tony happily waiting outside with his yellow reflective vest, headlamp and music on because he has just finished a one to two mile tire drag up Ragged Rock Rd! He lights up our 5:30am class with his awesome self and ALWAYS suggests we ditch the WOD and go to Christies for breakfast! (One of these days we are going to surprise you Tony and go)!

There is not a day that he does not put in 110% and when he is not here crushing WOD’s, or doing Stronman or OLY, you can find Tony doing anything from some type of adventure race on the weekend to practicing his double under’s in the corner or even installing our showers and fixing our plumming! He’s a “jack of all trades” and always lends a helping hand!

When I asked Tony for some of his favorite moments at MCCF, he quickly mentioned the charity WOD’s and being able to workout with a ton of people in the same room for a good cause! I also asked him what MCCF has done for him and here is what Tony said:

“MCCF has done so much for me. Humbled me a lot. I’m just starting to realize that it’s my workout and how it works for me. I’m in the best shape of my life at 51 and not getting injured because all of our coaches look out for us. As a business owner and someone that has to work every day to survive, this is the most important thing to me!!!

The people down here are all great and the fact there is no one judging you is awesome. I have many lifelong friends and now I have a lot more, thanks to you guys!”

Congratulations Tony! You are the January Athlete of the Month – ROCK ON!

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When I asked Rob to answer a few questions so I could blog about him for Athlete of the Month, I had no idea that he would write the entire blog for me! Thanks Rob!!!! I would like to say that all of us here at MCCF think Rob has a winning spirit, attitude and of course smile (he’s always smiling). You deserve to be recognized and we are so happy that you are a part of our community!

Congratuations Rob, you are MCCF’s December Athlete of the Month!

Here is Rob’s story:

I started Crossfit at Old Saybrook about five years ago. I sure wish I’d taken advantage of that $5,000 life membership offer back in 2011! Back then it was just Elayne and she was and continues to be my inspiration. So cool. I’m 52 now and am nearly always surrounded by people half my age. But I give it all I have and I hope they can see that I leave everything on the floor, even if I finish last.

Wow, has Crossfit helped my running. This year I ran my fastest half-marathon and feel I am now ready to train for a full marathon in 2017. When Mike, Jeff, Kevin, Elayne and I ran the Mount Washington Road Race earlier this year, we all realized I think for the first time, or at least I did, that it was the sheer dogged determination of Crossfit that gave us the ability to keep going when all we wanted to do was quit. I think that’s why I love the ewods so much – they teach me such patience, perseverance and persistence, plus I love to run of course…Patrick and I have had some pretty cool battles over the years…not that we’re competitive or anything!

I love to run, love to race, and love to be included in it all. I think it took me about two years to realize my most important lesson at Crossfit: and that is that you only get out what you put in. Initially I would show up, do my thing, go home.  And I didn’t really feel part of the box for a long time. And then one day I plucked up the courage and started talking to Emily (who of course, was very kind when she didn’t have to be) and I made a friend and then gradually I made the effort to get to know everyone, person by person. Now, coming to Crossfit is one of the most rewarding things in my life and I certainly do feel very welcome and really part of the family. And now I really make an effort now to say hello to the new people – I just remember how it can be so intimidating to an older person who’s a bit shy and not really a gym-rat. I truly believe that a friendly hello can mean the difference between a new member sticking with it or fading away. So if you can, say hello to the new gal or ask the quiet guy how he likes the workout – you never know, you might change a life. Especially the new members who want to lose weight and get fit – just imagine the bravery and courage it takes for some folks just to show up and do Crossfit with all the young flat-bellies. They deserve a medal just for showing up, so make them welcome – sometimes all it takes is a simple bit of friendly eye contact and a welcoming hello and it can make a world of difference to that person.

I think the biggest hurdle for me early on was realizing that scaling is the most important aspect for older crossfitters: let’s face it, lifting weights at speed is not a good combination, but once I learned to leave my ego at the door and lift what I was comfortable with, at a safe speed, that’s when I really started enjoying Crossfit. Crossfit is a big part of my life now and it has helped me stay and feel young. I truly like everyone and am very appreciative of everything Elayne, Wendell, Mike, Sean, Zack, Kristin, Maggie, Jocelyn, Riky and Kaylyn have done (hope I’m not forgetting anyone!) to make me feel welcome and relevant. I’ll let you know how my marathon goes, in the meantime, Jo, I’m 1 and 0 and I NEVER forget a victory…..not that I’m competitive or anything.

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We have a very special Athlete of the Month for November. All of our athletes are special because they push themselves on a daily basis but when you see a 15 year old push themselves with the same discipline as an adult does, you know you’ve got greatness in the making. Congratulations to Jack Lavarreda! His father Hector has been with MCCF for years and when he brought his son Jack to us over the summer, we were so excited. In the months that Jack has been a part of MCCF, he has accomplished so much! We asked Jack a few questions about his CrossFit journey and this is what he said:
“I am honored to be MCCF’s  athlete of the month! I joined CrossFit because I felt like I wasn’t pushing my body to its full potential and after a few WODs, I knew CrossFit was what I was looking for. My most memorable moment would have to be when I reached my first PR. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride because I knew that I was finally becoming a crossfitter. CrossFit has given me the endurance and strength to excel in kickboxing and Ju Jitsu. Gone are the days of mediocre punching because after just 2 weeks my hits were strong and fast. CrossFit has made me a better, happier person and I’m very lucky to be a member of this box!”
Well said Jack! We are so happy that you chose to be a member of our MCCF community! We look forward to your MANY accomplishments to come!
Congratulations Jack, you are the MCCF Athlete of the Month!
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I remember seeing Laura in Onramp with Zack one Saturday morning. I was working out in the corner and she was there as well, learning. I noticed one thing about her that to this day I just love. Her smile.

Anyone coming into a new situation, especially one as tough and demanding as CrossFit, usually has a look of seriousness on their face or maybe a puzzled look but definitely after the workout, a look of sheer exhaustion and a bit of relief that it’s over! Every time I looked over at Zack teaching Laura a new movement or showing her what her WOD would be that day, I noticed that she did everything with a smile. After the WOD….still smiling!

Over the months that Laura has been at MCCF, we have seen her do some pretty amazing stuff. She has become a very strong athlete putting up big weight on the board every time she lifts. I asked Laura to describe her CrossFit journey and her words were very sincere and quite meaningful…..

“I am so grateful for my friend, Rachel (Green), who got me to join. I am pretty shy with some crazy anxieties so I never would have tried CrossFit without her encouragement.

My initial reason was to try to lose some weight and get some control back in my life.  I was so nervous the 1st few months I never expected to actually enjoy working out or get excited when the next days wod is posted. Everyone at MCCF is so kind and motivational, they give me confidence and push me more than I would ever do on my own.
I found a strength that I didn’t know I had in lifting. My goals have now shifted to improving strength and especially endurance since that is a weakness.
Over the past 6 months I feel better, I sleep better and I smile more. My family and friends notice and it makes me want to continue to make positive changes in all aspects of my life.”
Laura, we are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments and so happy that MCCF has made a difference in your life. Always, always keep that smile!
Congratulations Laura, you are our October athlete of the month!
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