Vagabond of the Month

Vagabond of the Month for April:

Alani Ryan

Vagabond of the Month for March: Jim Previti

Born:
May 14,1971

From:
Halifax ma. Living in Taunton now.

Days/Times:
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
Born:
December 3, 1986
From:
West New York, NJ
I live in Norton with my husband and 3 sons.
Days/Times:
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

Born:October

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!

Vagabond of the Month for October: 

Kevin Gilroy

Born –

July 8th

From:

Originally from Long Island, New York. Moved back to Easton, MA from Kansas City in March

Days/Times:

In 5 times a week. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun. Times vary week to week but early mornings is my goal.

Proudest moment:

There have been a number of moments over the past few months that I have been proud of. I’ll give two: first is consistently showing up each day and trusting the process. Second is in September I beat my time on a tester workout I did in July by 6 minutes

Current goals:

Next 2-3 months: Get all pull up variations and muscle ups. Long term is to begin competing.

Best thing about Vagabond:

Coaching. The pride, positivity and commitment the coaches bring to the gym is contagious. From programming with Kevin, Oly with Leroy and tips from Jay during workouts. Couldn’t be happier with the team I have found at Vagabond.

Vagabond of the Month for September:
Jake Ing

Month you were born in:
April

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Originally from Oahu, Hawaii now I live in West Bridgewater

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I bounce around between morning and evening right now because of my crazy schedule. It’s pretty much just when I can get in there.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
When I first joined, I had very limited mobility in my shoulders and after training at VBC I’ve noticed that I gained a lot of mobility back and can do a lot of movements that I never used to be able to do.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:
I want to get better at Olympic lifting since it’s something I’m fairly new to. One of my personal goals I’ve been working on is to finish paramedic school, and finally get married to my fiancé!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:
I love walking into the gym and being filled with good vibes and high energy. Being surrounded by people with similar goals and awesome and encouraging coaches is one of my favorite things about training at Vagabond.

Vagabond of the Month for August:
Dave Martin

Month you were born in:
September

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

I was born in Webster Mass and live in Mansfield now.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I’ve been going to 7:15AM class a lot lately but usually make it to a 4:30 or 5:30 once a week as well.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:

learning the Olympic lifts has been great but my cardio fitness improved a lot and that makes everything easier.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:

increasing the weight on all the lifts: squat, dead lifts, O-lifts.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:

The atmosphere is great. The vibe is always positive and encouraging. All my fellow Vagabonds are fun to be around and it makes me push myself to see how hard everyone works. And of course the coaches are great: Kevin, Andrew, Heather, Jason and Leroy. Each coach has a different style that gets you to challenge yourself in a different way.

Vagabond of the Month for July:
Mike Drahos

Month you were born in:
July

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Originally from Worcester, now living in Norton.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
7:15am

In addition to being a Vagabond, I am…
A husband of 5 years to my wife Cassie (soon to be a Vagabond this coming September!) and father to my 3 boys (4, 2, and 4 months).
A disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, working for the Archdiocese of Boston.
A drummer for a contemporary worship band in the Boston area, and former drummer for a number of bands in the Worcester hardcore and metal scenes.
A shameless homer for all the Boston sports teams (but especially the Pats).

Some training goals:
Shorter term: Show up consistently – Try to keep up with someone who is a little bit better/stronger/faster than me in every class – Focus on improving my weaknesses
Longer term: Compete in the RX division of the 2018 Internal Throwdown (did scaled in 2017) – Beat my Murph time again in 2019

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

There are many good things about Vagabond. I love the culture of camaraderie, support, and friendly competition within the community. I love the coaches who all through their own style share their expertise, attention to detail, and genuine desire for us to improve; pushing us each day to more fully reach our potential. And I love the blend of new and familiar faces that I get to see and share the Vagabond experience with on a regular basis. But if I had to pick one, I personally think that the best thing about Vagabond is the programming. You can’t beat the simplicity of trusting someone enough to just show up, do what they tell you, and know that you will get results. After over a year I have yet to reach a plateau in a single lift or fail to beat a previous time in any workout. My favorite measuring stick for my overall fitness is the Murph. I was able to shave a full 6 minutes off my time from last year without any particular targeted training. Just showed up and did what was on the board. In particular, I find the precision and personalization that comes with using percentages of your 1RM in most of the strength training to be super effective. Especially with the help of SugarWOD, it’s so good to be able to track and see concrete progress, even when it’s small gains. In a word, there’s simply no other place I would rather train.