Jennifer Bradford: Month of June

Where you are originally from and/or where  you live now:

I am originally from Stoughton, MA and currently live in Middleboro, MA

 Month you were born in:

April

 What days/times you typically train at  VBC:

All different times morning, afternoon, and night

 Anything else interesting/unique about you  that you’d like to share:

I love cooking and planning parties

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A mother and hair stylist

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my  training so far is/are…

To have improved and become more comfortable in my lifting techniques and I feel like I have so much morestamina in my workouts I could hardly do a burpee or squat when i started and used to cringe when I saw them as part of the workout but now I don’t even flinch.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

My personal goal is to lose 10 lbs and to work toward one day becoming a part of the competition phase ! The best thing about vagabond is the sense of community and family you become a part of. Vagabond has literally changed my life when I needed it. After losing my mother to cancer 3 years ago and having 2 babies back to back I felt lost and overwhelmed. I decided to join vagabond to boost my confidence and I got that and so much more. I want to thank all the coaches for being so supportive and personable and all the other vagabonds who are now friends! You keep me coming as much as I can and I couldn’t do it without you all!

Nikke Robles: Month of July

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I’m originally from Stamford, CT, I’m currently living in Stoughton.

Month you were born in:

June

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

All days, usually the evening classes

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

I bought a foreclosure in Stoughton in November of 2011, my wife and I gutted the whole house and then rebuilt the entire thing.  We put up walls and ceilings, put down floors, built a second bathroom, painted, did trim work, I never knew I was capable of some of the things I did.  I consider it my biggest accomplishment.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A critical care nurse, a wanna be baker, an adrenaline junkie

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Improving my lifting technique, doing more than one double under and handstand holds

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

Unassisted kipping and regular pull ups, to become a better runner, and ultimately become a

part of the competition phase

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The great community and coaches!  I used to belong to the Y and when I would go there to work out I never said anything to anyone, just go about my uninspired workout and leave.  Now I really look forward to coming to the gym and doing the workouts.  It’s great to be able to get to know the people who you’re working out with, and the coaching staff is awesome, no matter how long it takes you to finish there’s always someone there pushing you till the end.  I’m really glad I found this gym, I hope to be a part of it for a long time.

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I’m originally from
New York, NY and I live in Sharon now.

Month you were born in:

November

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

Sundays, Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, but I may sneak another day in there from time to time.  Generally, I go to the 6:35pm classes.

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like
to share:

I play the guitar.  I’m a pretty good cook.  I’ve been on TV briefly a couple of times, but in a post-Jersey Shore world where swamp loggers and mean children’s dance instructors get their own shows, that’s hardly worth mentioning.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A husband, father of
two, and a lawyer.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Where do I start?  Just finishing the on-ramp was huge for me.  I basically had zero fitness when I started at VBC, and I feel like I’ve been breaking through a series of personal barriers ever since.  Getting through on-ramp, going to that first group class, participating in my first team workout, completing the WinterFest competition in February, participating in the 2012 CrossFit Open, going to the Ocean State Master’s Throwdown in June, cracking a sub-30 minute 5k, getting my first pull-up, being a part of the 24 hour Race Around the Lake relay team, recent PRs on deadlift and high bar back squat where I beat my old PRs by 30 and 40 lbs. respectively….These are all things I would never have dreamed of doing as recently as last October.  And getting my first handstand holds – that was a pretty awesome feeling.  I’ve also lost about 40 lbs. since I started here.  VBC has helped me come so far and do so much, it’s tough to choose, but I think my proudest accomplishment is probably my
consistency.

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

I’d like to improve my lifting technique, and I’m always struggling with cardio, so I want to keep working on that, with an eye to maybe running a 10k in 2013.  Also, I’m still looking to get an unassisted pronated pull-up.  And I’d like to complete Karen at some point before the end of this year.  Pick almost anything we do at VBC, and I’ve probably got a goal connected to it.  I’d also like to get under 200 lbs. by the end of 2012.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

Coaches and community.  I’ve met so many great, supportive people at VBC, and everybody is so willing to pitch in, offer advice or encouragement, and basically push people to better themselves every day.

Aimee Levesque Rodgrigues: Month of August

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I was born and raised in Taunton, Ma. and I presently reside in East Taunton.

Month you were born in:

I was born in January.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I do my best to train 5 days per week and I typically like to train in the evening. I do switch it up sometimes and come to an earlier class but my favorite class is the 6:30pm.

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like
to share:

I love to draw and paint! I have been working on a mural for my daughter’s bedroom for about a month now. I feel so relaxed and happy when I am painting.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

I am a registered  nurse, a sister, a wife and first and foremost a proud mommy to 3 beautiful daughters.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are… 

When I started at Vagabond last December I struggled to clean 35lbs! I felt so defeated each time cleans were part of a workout because I was so bad at them. I just kept coming in and working at it and now I can clean 105lb. I still need a lot of work but I know that when I come in the trainers are always so willing to help me correct my flaws.

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

Currently my biggest goal is to be able to master kipping. I also would like to improve my rowing form. I have so many things I could do better so there is always a new goal to work on. I just signed up for climbing/mountaineer classes so I can climb Mount Rainier next year.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The best thing about Vagabond is the community. Everyone here is just so inspiring. Vagabond has become an important part of my life and I look forward to coming in everyday!

 

 

Walter Mirrione: Vagabond of the Month for September

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I was born in Brockton, lived there for 13 years then I moved to Easton where I still live today.

Month you were born in:

November

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I usually train 4 weekday evenings then Saturday and Sunday.

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

I’m pretty boring . . . I love my job, working out and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

An attorney who specializes in real estateand probably a little too competitive for my own good.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Without sounding to cliché, just being better today than I was my first day.

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

Consistently stringing together kipping pull-ups and performing better in a competition then I did in the Garage Games (I was pathetic).

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The people.

Artika Wadhwa: Vagabond of the Month for November

Artika Wadhwa: Vagabond of the Month for November

Where you are originally from and/or where do you live now:

I was born in India, grew up in Stoughton, I’ve lived in a lot of different places, some of my favorites being outside of San Francisco and on a farm in Switzerland.  I moved back to this area 3 years ago and live in Easton now.

 Month you were born in:

September

 What days/times you typically train at VBC:

Usually, I train 6 days a week with Saturday being my rest day. Typically Mon-Fri 6:30pm or 7:30pm group classes, in addition to Olympic Lifting on Tue at 6:30, Yoga on Wed at 7:30 and Power Lifting on Sundays at 10.

If I can’t make an evening class, I come in the morning instead.

 Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

I just became Reiki certified and am looking to work with a local hospital that allows volunteers to give free reiki treatments to chemo and hospice patients.

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

            A very lucky daughter, sister, friend, proud aunt of two wonderful nephews, attorney, business owner, real estate broker, former software developer, and Vagabond’s infamous party animal.  J

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Considering I was never an athlete having never played any sports growing up, everything I do at Vagabond is an accomplishment for me.  To see myself continuously improving, getting stronger, faster and staying consistent with my training all makes me proud of myself.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

Some training goals would be to continue to build my upper body strength so I can do pull-ups with no bands one day, continue to improve my form and get the movements correct, build my stamina and endurance, improve my horrendous hip mobility and overall flexibility.  A personal goal has always been to write a book.  It’s been in the works for about 9 years, I just need to put it together and finish it some day.

 What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

I don’t believe in coincidences and really think I was meant to find VBC at the point in my life that I did and to say that I fell in love with Crossfit would be an understatement.    I was in my first year of starting my own practice and financially in a really tough position.  I was trying to remain positive, but actually really depressed, unhealthy and probably at one of the lowest points ever in my life.  However, since starting everything has come together for me.  My mind is clearer than ever before, I feel great, I have so much more energy, I sleep better, physically I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, my diet has completely changed and instead of eating out and being unhealthy, I’m cooking daily, eating real, unprocessed foods, drinking loads of water, and actually wanting to stay away from sugar, grains and dairy, all the stuff I used to love. Of course everything in life is relative and if you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen… I never thought I would be able to afford to join for too long and just wanted something to kickstart my personal routine of working out again, but my love for VBC completely prompted me to shift my priorities and I decided that instead of spending money on things I probably didn’t really need or going out as much, I would rather put that money towards my monthly membership and the time into regaining my health and sanity, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made.

 

I believe the positive impact it had on me physically, carried over to every other area of my life as well.  Professionally, my practice has really taken off in the last few months and suddenly I have more work than ever with an amazing long-term career opportunity that also fell on my lap sooner than I could’ve ever imagined at this point.  The state of my life and all my concerns and worries when I started seem so foreign to me now, yet it was just seven months ago that things were probably the worst they had ever been for me. I can say that I truly feel happy, content and balanced in all areas of my life and I don’t think I would be at this point today had I not found Vagabond.

 

So to finally answer the actual question….what is the best thing about Vagabond?  I think it starts with the passion, consistency and dedication Kevin himself brings to running the gym, building the community and staying on top of all members by checking in on us if we aren’t in for a few days and making everyone feel like their presence really matters….then the passion, motivation, humor, time and effort all the coaches bring to working with everyone old and new, helping us improve and actually caring whether or not we do….also the great programming of workouts which never once in 7 months have ever felt boring….and most of all, the sense of community and caring everyone else brings.  While recently competing in Garage Games, I failed miserably on two of the workouts, which left me feeling humiliated and really bummed because I felt I trained so hard leading up to it, but my fellow VBs were so caring, supportive and encouraging, which not only helped me get over it very quickly, but also meant the world to me.

 

So in closing, first a wholehearted THANK YOU for the honor of being Vagabond of the Month!  Then even BIGGER THANKS for the excellent coaching, tough love, constant support, encouragement, compliments, shit talking, teasing, fun times, some memorable, some I can’t remember J, daily inspiration and most of all the great friendships I’ve made along the way.  You guys are the best extended family anyone could ever ask for and I’m truly proud to be a Vagabond!!!


Vagabond of the Month for December: Michael Flynn

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I grew up in Stoughton and I’m currently living here in Easton.

Month you were born in:
January

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I generally try to get in 3 or 4 times during the week at 6:30 or 7:30, along with Saturdays.
In addition to being a Vagabond, I am…
The Director of I.T. for a small Sporting Goods manufacturer in Brockton, MA. Over the past 10 years I’ve been lucky to work for a few small businesses in the area, and help them grow from basically the ground level into successful businesses and found its a niche I really enjoy being a part of.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
In my first two months I’ve lost 14lbs so far, but I really think knowing that I go home every night completely exhausted and drenched in sweat, so I must be moving in the right direction is far more satisfying than the number on a scale.Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…I think I have plenty of room for improvement in just about every area, but one goal I really have my sights set on are strict pull ups.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
I think people elude to it every month in this spot, but it really is true..the best part about Vagabond is the Vagabond community. Both in the gym and out, everyone there is incredibly supportive, helpful and friendly. They’re people that you look forward to seeing every night when you head into the gym and just add that extra motivation.

Vagabond of the Month for January: David Clark

Where you are originally from and/or where  you live now:

 I lived in Stoughton, my whole life

 Month you were born in:

July

 What days/times you typically train at  VBC:

 Lately I have been going to the 530 class and it’s something that I look forward to after a long day at work.

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

 In the spring and Summer I love to play golf and try to get out twice a week.  I’m also a beach bum and a whenever I get time off from work in the summer that is where you will find me.  Twice a year I take a few weeks off and head to Florida for a couple weeks at a time to just get away and visit family and friends.

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

This past month Walter and I decided to see if we could make it to Vagabond every day for 31 days.  Doing this with someone I train with every day made it that much easier.  During this time we have pushed each other not only to get into the gym but also in every workout that we did.  Yes, it has become somewhat of a friendly competition between the two of us and I’m sure that we will keep on coming in as long as our bodies allow us. During this time I have also started leangains, thanks to Artika and Andrew.  So far I have lost 6lbs, but most importantly I am eating clean and I have been keeping a daily food journal to hold myself accountable of what I put in my body on a daily basis.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

 Where do I start, lately after not being able to do pistols during a workout, I’ve been putting extra time in to get better at those.   I’m also waiting for my first muscle up and have been practicing double unders as much as I can.

 What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

We all know that there are so many gyms like Vagabond popping up around us every day and some may even be cheaper and closer to where you live.  Yes, at any of these places including Vagabond you are going to get your ass kicked on a daily bases.  The differences between those places and Vagabond are the trainers and the people that end up staying with Vagabond and become part of the family.  Kevin and the rest of the trainers push us to new limits every day.  They take pride in our gains and also will help us off the floor when we just can’t seem to get something right and want to quit.  The trainers it there all day in and day out, which to me is amazing because a high percentage of people who come to Vagabond are not true athletes and may never be.  They make our lives better one day at a time as long as you stay consistent and do the right things inside and outside of the gym.  I have only been at Vagabond for a year and it didn’t take long for me to really get to know some great individuals.  The family atmosphere is like no other.  For those who stay and tough it out and strive to do better every day, we know that there will be a great group of people cheering you on and helping you get through those moments when you think you have nothing left.  I am proud to be a member of Vagabond and very glad that I decided to walk though those doors one year ago!

Vagabond of the Month for February: Joseph Irvine

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I grew up in Quincy, but have lived in Easton for the past 22 years.

Month you were born in:

December

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

6:00 AM class

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

It may be hard for people to believe, but I was a fitness nut from my time in high school through my 20’s. I competed in many road races, short triathlons, trail races, and even ran the Mount Washington Road race a few times (once in work boots).

I have an interesting job in commercial real estate that allows me to wear many hats, Developer, Project Manager, Property Manager, Construction Manager, leasing etc. Every day, often every hour, is different.

I’m in the final phases (I hope) of remodeling my second home in Easton and like to do as much of the work myself I can. I volunteer at Oliver Ames High School for the music program building set pieces for the musical and Show Choir. (If you have never been to an OA musical production you should give it try). I also love to cook and my wife and I host some pretty good parties.
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In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A husband and father of two amazing girls. A bad golfer who loves to play, although I don’t know why. A skier. A quality beer enthusiast.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

There have been several milestones for me since starting Onramp in November. I have lost over 25 pounds, which was important for me. I couldn’t do one strict pull up (in part because I weighed 25 pounds more than I do now) and I recently completed three. I could barely finish five strict push-ups and this week did a set of 25. But mostly I think my proudest accomplishment has been taking the step from forcing myself to the gym and surviving my workouts to wanting to go to the gym and trying to get as much as I can out of my workouts.

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

Very Short term – 10 pull-ups

After recovering from knee surgery – move from lifestyle to fitness. I would also like to try a competition at some point.

Long term – Don’t let myself become the unhealthy person I was before Vagabond.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The Passion and the People. The moment I walked into the gym to learn more about the program and met Kevin I knew this place was special. Kevin’s passion for what he does and the way he does it was apparent then and has not wavered. It carries over to all of the coaches, each with a different style and personality, but all with the desire to help everyone grow and achieve all they can. From the Onramp group that I started with in November to Vagabonds in every class I have attended there has always been someone (often times many people), who offer encouragement, advice, and/or a good sense of humor to help the group achieve more. I feel very fortunate to have found Vagabond – What an amazingly unique place.

Vagabond of the Month for March: Kristen Ecord

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I grew up in Florida and now live in Easton, MA

 Month you were born in:

I was born in the month of April

 What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I train Monday-Friday at the 6am class..

 Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

 I taught Hip-Hop Dance to all ages for over 5years

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A Mother & a Sr. Research Manager

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

I would have to say my biggest accomplished since I started Vagabond CrossFit would have to be my QUATS! My first night attending the On Ramp class I got the nickname “Twinkle Toes” as I squatted on my toes! I can proudly say today I have much better squatting form which has helped me progress in a lot of other workouts.

  Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

 My goals would be to continue to work hard and progress at everything, i could still be a lot better with many things .I would like to start attending weekend classes at VagaBond. I also hope to move up to “Fitness Phase” soon and maybe even participate  in the CrossFit Opens 2014!

 What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

There are many great things about VagaBond. The atmosphere and people are the BEST thing about VagaBond. Before starting at VagaBond i was very intimidated by starting/joining CrossFit, but since day one i knew that VagaBond was very different. Between the coaches and the people everyone is always giving each other positive encouragement and feedback. VagaBond also offers many other different programs like the “pull-up” program etc to help people progress.. I don’t know any other place that offers these kind of programs to help individuals. I’m always talking about VagaBond CrossFit and always trying to recruit new people so they to can experience it.

Vagabond of the Month for May: Erin Stuart

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I’m originally from Upstate New York and currently live in Easton.
 Month you were born in:
September
 What days/times you typically train at  VBC:
 
I try to be there Mon-Sat and run on Sundays
 Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I’m planning on doing the burpee mile in September….any takers??
 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
A teacher, lululemon addict, paleo eater and non-paleo baker
 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
Making it through 13.1 without dying is probably one of the highlights of my Vagabond career so far.  I thought there was no way I would make it through the snatches since 45 lbs was a lot for me but I managed and realized sometimes I am stronger than I think.
 Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…
To do a pullup without “a little kip”, earn my way back into the fitness phase and to just keep getting stronger in general.  I have come a long way from the girl who could barely hang on the bar but I still have a long way to go to get to the yearlong goal – Opens 2014…RX!!
What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Aside from the obvious answer to this – the airdyne – I would say hands down the best thing about Vagabond is the people.  The coaches and fellow Vagabonds have made me love working out not just for the results, but for the sense of community within the gym.  I look forward to going every day, even if I know the workout is going to be super tough so I can join in the misery with my fellow Vagabonds.  There’s nothing like trying to get that last rep and having people cheering you on so you don’t quit.  This sense of community is something that I have never experienced at a gym before and I feel very lucky to have walked in the door 8 months ago.   The coaches push everyone with their own brand of encouragement…which may include insults, but it is clear they want the best for everyone in the gym.  I have never been the most confident person in the gym and my Vagabond experience has really taught me to believe in myself more than I ever have.   I credit the Vagabond community for making me into not only a fitter person on the outside but a better person on the inside.  Thanks Vagabonds!

Vagabond of the Month for August:

Larry Fleischman

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

From Stoughton, Live in Easton

Month you were born in:
November

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Usually hit the 9AM during the week, I shoot for 6 days

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I like to cook.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
a father, husband, business owner

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
It’s not just any one thing, I’m happy / proud that I continue to make slow and steady improvements in the various workouts

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are
Getting better at double unders, mussel ups, clean technique, sub 4 Fran, and eating better (need a lot of work here)

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Well its more than just a gym. The best part of it is the people, the community, there is a real camaraderie with all the members / coaches. When I’m in vagabond, I feel like I am part of something special, and only people there understand. When I tell “outsiders” about it, they just don’t get it. At Vagabond, everyone is always positive and pulling for each other, helping each other get through workouts, be it with some cheering on, or a little friendly competition or both. Trying not to repeat what others have said, but I have to mention the coaches, everyone of them has helped me out one time or another, making me better and keeping me safe (thank you for that). As far as working out, I love coming in every morning and working out, the workouts are always challenging, and I always leave with a sense of accomplishment.

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Vagabond of the Month for September:

Steve Johnson

Where you are originally from and/or where  you live now:

From North Dakota but grew up mainly in Easton.  I now reside in Mansfield

 Month you were born in:

December

 What days/times you typically train at  VBC:

I train Monday-Saturday making it to 5, sometimes 6 classes.  Depending on my schedule I will go to the 6am most of the time.  If I can’t make that I will go to the 430pm or 530pm.

 Anything else interesting/unique about you  that you’d like to share:

I can cook, sort of…Give me enough time I can draw almost anything…I’m good with numbers,  not rainman level but close. And for some reason my brain remembers what year movies were made.

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A father, a brother, a son…and a financial advisor

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my  training so far is/are…

I am most proud of the recent garage games.  #1:  I was lucky enough to be on an awesome team. #2: I didn’t think I would have enough stamina to do that much in one day.  I hurt my back a week before the games and Kevin did a great job getting me healthy and ready.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

Currently doing the 30 day burpee challenge (ending with the burpee mile). …I have a lot of things to work on.  I need to get better at most of the Olympic Lifting, double unders, etc…I would like to weigh around 185lbs.  When I started in April I was around 230-235lbs. I am now in between 210-215.  I would also like to increase my endurance during specific workouts.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The best?  Jeez…it is tough to narrow it down so I will just regurgitate how I feel.  I used to go to the gym…started 4-5 days a week out of college.  That turned into 2-3 days a week.  Then 1-2….No plan, no accountability, no programming. Boring.  As a result, I was slowly gaining weight every year.  Before joining Vagabond I didn’t know if I was going to join a CrossFit gym.   Or if I was, which one would I go to.  One day I was fortunate enough to be talking to Keith Derba  who walked me down to meet Kevin.  I signed up then and there.  Then, during my On Ramp, I got to experience the workouts and fell in love.  I played football for 14 years and it was the first taste of real workouts since college.  I also quickly realized how much I didn’t know about exercise and fitness.  The atmosphere at Vagabond is addicting.  Everyone I have met is awesome and it is part of the reason I show up as often as I do. The coaches are really unbelievable.  From their attitudes, to their knowledge, it is really a luxury you can’t get anywhere else.