Vagabond of the Month

Vagabond of the Month for August: Meg Almeida

July 23, 1984

Born and raised in Norwood. I moved to Mansfield in 2016 and then my husband and I bought our first house in Easton last September and we love living here!

I try to get in 3-5 times a week, but with work and four kids the days and times vary a lot. I tend to make the 9:00 am or the 4:30 and 5:30. I’m also there every Monday and Saturday babysitting!

Proudest Moment:
Becoming a stepmom and then having my own kids. Being a mom is the biggest joy in my life. Also buying my house and giving my kids their forever home to grow up in.

VBC proudest moment(s):
This last year has been challenging fitness wise for me. I tested positive for the BRCA gene and made the hard decision to have a double mastectomy. I just went through my 4th surgery on July 9th. With every surgery there was long recovery time and getting back to the gym was a struggle. It was hard feeling like I had to start from the beginning each time. The first workout I did after my mastectomy was hard and I remember crying after from being physically and emotional exhausted . I was a little disappointed because I felt like it was my first time all over again, but I was also happy to be back and proud that I pushed myself. The whole experience has giving me new drive and I now strive to push myself harder everyday and become stronger than ever.

Current goals:
Right now my goal is to be back to all my pre-surgery PR’s

Best thing about Vagabond:
I know everyone says it, but it really is the people. I have made so many great friends here. Everyone is always so supportive and cares about each other. The coaches are great and their motivation and support is what gets me through each workout. Kevin has done so much for me and has been a great friend. I can’t say enough good things about this gym!




Vagabond of the Month for July: Kathy Irvine


Born – June 13, 1966.  Yes, I am only 53 years young Kevin.  I know you think I am in my 70s Kevin, but I am not.

From – North Easton, MA

Days/Times: I try to get to the gym three days a week. Most times 6:35 or 7:35.  But my work schedule does not always allow me to get there.  But I always do some type of activity on my days off.  You will find me walking my dog Ollie early mornings or riding my Peloton bike.

Proudest moment: Raising our girls, watching them perform music and theater throughout high school and college, watching them graduate and seeing them turn into caring, humble, hardworking, nice individuals who will change the world.

VBC Proudest moment: Getting to class and Surviving each class.


Best thing about Vagabond: The community!  Believe it or not, I was an aerobics instructor for many years.  Joe and I actually met at a Gym in Randolph (NATFI).  He was a trainer and I taught classes.  When Joe joined Vagabond, he tried to persuade me to join.  I was very hesitant at first because Vagabond is a lot different than teaching aerobics.  But the gym that Joe and I taught at was an awesome environment.  It was a community. We made so many friends.  No one was competing against each other.  Everyone enjoyed coming in, working hard, talking to friends and helping each other.  We had been looking for that type of environment for years.  Joe told me he had found it at Vagabond.  So I decided to join with my daughter Emma.  On ramp class with Jay was awesome.  I nearly died my first night.  But I finished and then started coming regularly.  So Joe was right.  Vagabond is a community much like what we had at the old gym.  You have great people who are welcoming and helpful.  They encourage you and root you on.  The coaches invest in you and continue to support you even if you forget how to do ring rows after 4 years.  Jay had to remind me the other night I was holding the rings wrong.  But he did so with patience and kindness.  Thanks Jay!  Kevin is amazing.  And although he tells everyone I am older than I am I know he cares about me and my health and wellness.  He knows his stuff and wants to keep you healthy.  I want to say thank you to all the coaches.  You are an incredible group of talented people.  We are very fortunate to have you.

In closing I will say, thanks to everyone for your patience with me, both members and coaches.  I know that during class I ask a million questions, I comment about the music (so many swears), and I do not believe that Kevin ever times accurately.  But watching everyone work their butts off (Erin you are amazing) gets me through the classes!

Vagabond of the Month for June: Sarah Brooke

Born: April 23, 1993

From: Layton, NJ originally but moved to East Bridgewater about 2 years ago

Days/Times: I try for 5 times a week, but that can be a little hard if I’m on the road. Always shooting for Leroy’s OLY Class at 6:30 and part of the 7:30 pm crew

Proudest moment: Purchasing my house in East Bridgewater!

VBC proudest moments: My proudest moment was finally hitting my 135 lb bench press PR. I had been working on this for years and constantly failing at 130, but finally hit it. We don’t bench very often but it was all of the other movements that Kevin has us work on that really helped me hit this goal. I currently am up to 140 lbs!

Current goals: My current goal is to be more consistent with my gym and eating habits. It is always hard when I’m on the road traveling, but I can always find a way to do the workouts at the hotel.

Best thing about Vagabond: Honestly, the people are the best part about this gym. When I first moved up here from NJ, I didn’t know a soul. I was lucky that my coworker, Robin Taylor, recommended that I come to Vagabond. I was on the fence about joining a crossfit gym, but Kevin has honestly the best gym I have ever been to. I love that there are multiple levels and you don’t have to feel intimidated about joining a crossfit gym. I have been so happy to become a part of the Vagabond community and it has really been the best way to adjust to our new life. I can’t thank Kevin and the rest of the vagabond community enough for being so welcoming.

Vagabond of the Month for May

Johnny Reilly

Born: May 4th 1991

From: Originally from West Bridgewater, now living in Taunton

Class: Mostly the 4:30pm

I started my adventure at Vagabond in an on ramp class in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. Vagabond has become such a huge part of my life since the day I started. Vagabond was even the place where I met my now fiancé, Kim Lawlor. Yet another reason I’m so thankful for everything vagabond has brought into my life. Vagabond has always been exactly what I wanted and such a huge credit of that goes to KO, JB, Andrew and numerous other coaches that have come and gone over the years. From lifestyle to competition and back to a healthy fitness lifestyle Vagabond and KO has always helped me with my fitness goals and aspirations, someone was always there to lend a hand or show you the vagabond way.
The thing I love most about Vagabond is being there over the years and seeing people come and go but Vagabond was always Vagabond, not just a gym but a community of great people trying to make other great people, better. You build and form lasting friendships that are priceless. I look forward to the gym each and every day and heading there to see people I can now call friends trying to better themselves. From the daily workouts, to the Vagabond Nights Out, to all the parties and events Vagabond puts together year in and year out, there is always something going on for people to get involved with and have a good time. The Vagabond extended staff goes above and beyond to provide for their community of members.
So, I say thank you Vagabond, KO, JB, all the other coaches, and members for everything you all do to make Vagabond, VAGABOND!

Vagabond of the Month for April:

Alani Ryan

Vagabond of the Month for March: Jim Previti

May 14,1971

Halifax ma. Living in Taunton now.

It’s random days for me. I haven’t found a day yet I don’t like!!

Proudest moment:
My proudest moments in life have been the birth of my three kids! Josh19 Hannah’s 17 and Lexi 8.

VBC proudest moments:
I have been being able to adjust my eating habits (drastically)and 28lbs and 10% body fat!!

Current goals:

I’ve been working towards improving my range of motion so I’d like to step that up. Also doing a muscle up!!! Unassisted!!

Best thing about Vagabond:
There are so many things!!! The gymnastics class!!! Partner workouts!! ( I like working out with someone bigger taller and stronger than me. ) Sunday sweat sess. I have joined other gyms in the past and have been able to do well. Here at VBC your not just a member!! You are made to feel like part of a family a community!! Toy drives, summer, holiday parties , fundraiser all done here!! Everyone pushing themselves and you towards a similar goal!! There’s always words of encouragement or helpful advice from another vagabond or the coaches. The coaches are the best at what they do!!! They all have there own style of teaching and motivating always geared towards the “Vagabond way”!! I am grateful to be a part of such a great group of people!

Vagabond of the Month for February: 
Cassie Drahos
December 3, 1986
West New York, NJ
I live in Norton with my husband and 3 sons.
I go as often as I can and at times that work best for my family. Most often it’s the evening 5:30pm class, occasionally I go to the 6 am. I’m really loving the 10 am sweat class lately, too.
Proudest moment:
After my third class ever, I was completely spent from the workout and went to sit in the stairwell to catch my breath. I looked at my hands and they were dirty and starting to callous. And honestly I was really surprised that I felt pride at that. Even a month earlier, if I had dirty hands and was all sweaty I would have been complaining about it. But I absolutely loved it now…. and that’s when I knew my body wasn’t the only thing changing. I started to cry, because I could feel that my mind was changing too. I was really starting to love being pushed to my limits and doing things I never thought I could do.
Current goals:
I am still working on doing the basic movements with proper form , I really want to get to the point where I don’t have to think as much about setting up to do a move.
Best thing about Vagabond: 
The absolute best thing about Vagabond is I know that when I leave, I’m leaving better than when I walked in.   I love walking in with the anticipation of “ where will I make progress?”  or “ where my confidence grow today?” The coaches are excellent, and I’m just so so grateful to them. Every encounter I have with Jay, Andrew, Kevin, or Heather changes me , every single time.

Vagabond of the Month for January: Joleen Vellios 

Throughout my 20’s & 30’s I had spent time in different gyms and doing home workouts but found myself really uncommitted. I would never push myself. I would just quit if I got tired or if it hurt even a little. I was always looking for fast results with little effort. That obviously never happened so I would give up and then just complain that my butt has gotten flat and that there is extra jiggle in my thighs.
I was approaching the BIG 40 and thought “I really need to stop making excuses and get my act together, not just for my body but for my health!!” That’s when I reached out to my friend Katie from High School asking her what she has been doing for exercise because I noticed her huge transformation in all of her pictures that she had been posting on Facebook. She looked amazing! I thought, “I need to know her secret!!” She told me she had joined Vagabond a few months earlier. I asked if she would mind if I met her there one day to check it out. So, Thank you Katie Thoreson for motivating me to join you in a workout. It was one of the BEST decisions I had made in a long time.
It was 5 months ago when I walked into my first CrossFit class at Vagabond, I was excited to see Katie, it had been way too long, we hugged and chatted a bit but then it was time to get to business. I looked at the whiteboard and thought: What does all of this mean? Not knowing any of the abbreviations, acronyms, or movements and feeling super confused. I was totally intimidated, but at the same time felt completely welcomed by EVERYONE in that 9am class. To my surprise, there were a few familiar faces there too. I quickly realized that the familiar faces were my childhood dance friends that I hadn’t seen in so many years. Katie, Lindsey and Kristie, they looked exactly the same, just all grown up and absolutely Beautiful. I knew right then that I was going to LOVE it there. I even got my friend Tia to join with me. Tia keeps me going. She keeps a smile on my face even during our toughest workouts. When you are working out with your friends, it is always fun, right?! I am so grateful to have reconnected with my old friends, and for the new friends I have made. They inspire me, they motivate me and they are the reason I have made the commitment to keep going.
Each day walking into class and pushing myself a little bit harder has been such a big accomplishment for me. It’s really easy to push working out to the side and say I don’t have the time or I’ll go later but I’m addicted to this place. I had never found any type of workout that kept me wanting more until I tried the first class with Katie. I love the challenges, both mentally and physically.  I love that every day is different. It has become a part of my daily routine and can’t imagine life without it. I have worked out, off and on, for years but have never seen the results that I am seeing in such a short amount of time. I am in the best shape I have ever been in and I look at exercise differently than I have in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I want to curse, cry or give up during some of the workouts, but feel so accomplished when I walk out of there. I feel exhausted, I feel sweaty but feel stronger after each workout! Vagabond has changed my life!!!
I also have a sense of accomplishment because my daughter Kaila has joined Vagabond as well and has built up her own strength and confidence.  I’m truly proud that I get to share this lifestyle with my daughter. I enjoy watching her complete a WOD, hit a PR, or even sometimes lift heavier weights than her mom, and to see the look on her face when she completes a tough workout right alongside of me. She has recently gone back to college after her long winter break and was sad to not be able to go to Vagabond everyday but was happy to still be able to do the workouts at the gym at school because they are posted online every day! Keep up the hard work Kaila, I’m so proud of you!!!!
One of the MANY things that I love about Vagabond is that it’s a Community of different people, all ages, different abilities, all working towards their own goals. Vagabond is not just about the workouts. It’s the people that make it so great. Everyone is genuinely happy for one another’s achievements. I never thought I would be able to do nearly half of what I can do now.
I Love The AMAZING Coaches! Heather and Jay are very knowledgeable and encouraging. They keep us motivated by giving us great workouts and advice. No judgment, just support…and a lot of little reminders that form is really important! When I first joined Vagabond, I could barely lift a training bar over my head. It was quite embarrassing. I have no anxiety about not knowing what to do or how to do it, because some how they keep an eye on EVERYONE and make sure our technique and form is correct.
 Kevin is such a huge motivator. Nothing goes unnoticed with him. He is constantly reaching out to say “good work”, “great job’, or “keep it up!” He even checks in if you miss a class. That’s impressive. He truly cares about ALL of his members. He holds us accountable and encourages everyone to keep moving. It’s so much more than just exercise. It’s a lifestyle! I look forward to starting each day at Vagabond. It’s only an hour, but it is the fastest and best hour of my day. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work out with every morning.
Advice for someone hesitant to try Vagabond CrossFit:
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
 It’s never too late to become a fitter Healthier YOU. I wish I had started sooner but timing is everything! #Thisis40

Born: November

From: Originally from Holbrook but have lived in Bridgewater for 5 years

Days/Times: 99% of the time 9am, I try to make it in 4-5 days a week

Proudest moment: Losing 45 lbs post babies, keeping it off, and getting stronger.

Current goals: Continue to be consistent. I am starting an accelerated BSN RN program at the end of the month and am determined to find balance between my two kids, school, work, and working out. A long-time fitness goal of mine is to conquer a strict pull-up.

Best thing about Vagabond: No doubt the community. I have been a member for almost a year and have made some great friends. I look forward to the 9am class because I get to be surrounded by like-minded people who just “get it”. The coaches set Vagabond apart from other gyms.They are always encouraging and knowledgeable. When I lack motivation, Jay is always there to swap out my kettle bell with a heavier one. Thank you to the Vagabond coaches for helping me safely progress in my fitness journey.

Vagabond of the Month for November: Melissa O’Brien


From: Born & Raised in Whitman. I’m a true townie— still in Whitman

Days/Times: 6am during the wk, 9am Saturday Classes are my Favorite & always go to 9am on school Vacations/Summer

Proudest moment: I’ve been at VBC since the beginning so I’ve had a lot of proud moments. I successfully worked out throughout all 3 of my pregnancies. I’ve incorporated a healthy lifestyle model for my children. I finally got that pull-up! But honestly my proudest moment has been my come back after cardiac arrest 2yrs ago. Being told I could never work out ago @ the level I was use to & proving Doctors wrong for sure motivates me to work hard.

Current goals: Figuring out Balance. Between Gym/Family/Work it can be tricky sometimes to not put myself last. I’d like to figure out a more consistent workout schedule.

Best thing about Vagabond: The Community! I’ve never met a better group of people who support & truly want to see you get better. We all work hard & celebrate together! The coaches are pretty great too!