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.

Month you were born in:
January Capricorn baby

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Originally from Brockvegas but now live in the WB

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Usually Mon, Tues, Thurs 9am or 6am .Gonna do the circuit training Sunday mornings now too.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
I’m proudest of being able to see results. That motivates me to push harder and make sure I stay on track. When I first came to Vagabond I couldn’t even do a burpee. I was out of shape and hadn’t worked out in years. Now I have much more energy, enjoy staying active and love the way I feel.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
The people and the energy. I love the music pumping and the variety in the workouts. Kevin, Jay and Heather are always there to push you through. I have met a lot of great people, and am blessed my sister in law started with me. Also need to give a shout out to my main girl who gave me that motivation to get me started ~Kristie Dean. Her and Katie are my fitness gurus who always have my back.

Vagabond of the Month for May: Mark P.

Born in April

From Waltham (God’s Country) we reside in Easton now

Days and times – 430 PM and usually get in one of the two weekend days

Proudest accomplishment in my training – For the first time since 2001, I am weighing in under 250 pounds. When I joined Vagabond about a year ago, I weighed 285 pounds. So for me, to be at that weight, is something I thought I’d never see again in my life. I credit the Vagabond staff and my fellow Vagabonds for their motovation and encouragement to get me to where I am today. Still got plenty of more work to do.

Whats the best thing about Vagabond – That my wife Allison joined Vagabond, if she didn’t join and tell me how great of a place it was, I would have never considered joining at all, she knew I would love it (we are a competitive family), and she was right. Community! We have met so many great people over this past year that we now call our friends. Kevin, Jay, Andrew, and Heather, each have thier own unique way to motovate me. The coaches do an amazing job of teaching and pushing me to achieve more than I thought was possible at this stage of my life.

Month you were born in:
October

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Grew up in Leominster, settled in Easton

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
 I try and make it 3 times a week to 4:30 or 5:30 class

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:

My consistency. I’m most proud of getting to the gym a few times a week, every week, and making healthy food choices since getting back to Vagabond 6 months ago. I’m down 15 lbs with goals of a strict pull up and half marathon before end of summer. 

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

Best thing about Vagabond is the camaraderie and community! Kevin and coaches have created such a positive atmosphere focussed on progress, hard work, and fun!

Month you were born in:
October

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Westfield, MA – Brockton, MA

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Mom/Wed/Thurs 4:30 or 5:30 class and at least one weekend day.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
Consistency. Prior to joining Vagabond I was a member of a globo gym and I slacked off for a long time. Now I feel obligated to show up to class as often as I can, almost like I will miss out if I don’t. In fact, I wish my schedule allowed me to be here more often!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
It’s difficult to narrow down what would be the best thing about Vagabond. The reason being, I’m not sure which is better – the community as a whole, along with the personal relationships that I’m building or the level of detail and attention that the coaches pay to each athlete’s training and safety. Each are important aspects of the Vagabond experience that are constantly expounded upon by Kevin – “This is our Community” or “Ask your coaches” – we hear it all the time. I’ll answer by saying both!

Thanks to Kevin and to the coaches and members of Vagabond for making me feel welcomed over the last year. I hope there are many more to follow!

Michelle T

Month you were born in: 

February

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

Originally from Canton, MA. Lived in Northern CA for 14 years, Salt Lake City for 3 and now back in MA in good ‘ole Easton.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

Depending on my work schedule, I’ve trained during many different classes. I currently attend at 5:30 AM6:00 AM or 7:15 AM.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training: 

Getting older but still sticking with it and still seeing improvement in skills.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

Vagabond has a great community of people that love to work hard on a regular basis and who encourage each other. I’ve loved being able to attend classes at all different times so that I could learn from different coaches. Each one has something new to offer in terms of skill building or tips/cues to help you improve technique. I also love the speciality classes (and wish I could attend more of them)! But I’ve been able to make the gymnastics classes with Heather quite regularly and I love the breakdown of skills and learning the foundations for more difficult movements. It’s new and exciting for me. I’ve also loved the addition of Kettlebell Kitchen which makes healthy eating a lot easier! I appreciate Vagabond for keeping me motivated!

murder

Chris Molinari

Month you were born in: January

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

West Bridgewater

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

Monday / Wednesday / Friday

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training: Competing in the “Vagabond Throwdown” last summer 

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are: Continue to stay consistent. I look this year to make some changes to my personal weekly diet to fit the training I’m doing each week and start to build muscle.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

Vagabond has taught me to push myself harder then I ever have before. The coaches are very encouraging and educate me on using correct form and staying motivated throughout each workout. The events outside the gym as well (Vagabond Night Out & Holiday Parties) are a great way to take a break from the hard work everyone puts in each day, and learn more about the community and have a fun night out. I recommend Vagabond is anyone looking to take that next step in his or her fitness goals. Thank you to Kevin, Jay, Andrew and the whole Vagabond community for being positive influences.