Mark Worster

Month you were born in:  

April

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

 Easton/Easton

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

noon, 4:30,5:30,6:30

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:

Last year at this time I was suffering from flare up of chronic a back issue – actually had surgery consult but decided to work thru it and really commit to training. My back is the best it has ever been in 20 yrs due to committed, focused workouts at Vagabond! No surgery – stronger than ever!

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:

Kick ass at the Throwdown next month!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:

Everybody says it – it’s the people. We are a family and support each other both in the gym and out of the gym. I look forward to my workouts but it’s seeing my Vagabond family that really makes it worthwhile. That and the programming – Kevin’s programming is second to none. I tell everyone it’s the best I’ve ever worked with and I mean that!

K Morgis

Month you were born in: 

November

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

Born and raised in Raynham, MA/Now live in Holbrook, MA

What days/times you typically train at VBC: 

When I can 4:30p or 6:35p Monday thru Friday & 9a Saturday’s

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training: 

I started PT with Kevin back in 2013 and then went MIA for a while in early 2014 (which I’m sure he will not let me forget).  After taking care of some personal things and wanting to return to Vagabond for months, I finally texted Kevin asking if he would take me back.  I started again in Sept 2015 and told him he is stuck with me as I wouldn’t be leaving again!  This is a proud accomplishment for me because this is the first place I have seen the most success and I am happy I made the decision to come back!

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:

To always make sure I have a goal!!  Up until Kevin asked me this question, I’ve just been looking to “keep active” and “stay healthy”, nothing concrete.  I’ve wanted to learn Oly lifts, gymnastic movements and gain strength so I could possible compete, but I realize I need to be more specific for myself.  Here are a few to start;

1. “Another day better” (thanks to Andrew) – make sure I do at least one thing everyday to better myself and that starts with staying consistent at Vagabond
2. Hammer down form on my lifts – work on technique which will then help me see strength gains
3. Nutrition – keep my love for donuts & ice cream to a minimum… 🙂
4. Compete more and get out of my comfort zone!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond: 

There are many great things that Vagabond has.  The community, members and coaches!  Everyone is very welcoming, friendly and makes you feel at home.  The support from the top down is super motivating, making you want to come back in for that next workout!
I will also say I love Vagabond swag (shirts, sweats, etc)! 🙂
Most important though is Kevin O’Malley.  He started Vagabond and made a place for all of us to be better!  The passion and drive he has for his business along with the care he has for everyone shows daily.  Whether it be a text message asking where you’ve been or knowing he has been there all day and is trying to leave for the night, but will drop everything to help correct form or answer a question.  Kevin exemplifies the true meaning of a gym owner who genuinely cares about his clients!

Nicole C
Vagabond of the Month for April: Nicole Causey
Where you are originally from and/or where  you live now:
I grew up in Brockton; Live in Stoughton
Month you were born in: June
What days/times you typically train at  VBC:
4:30 during the school year; 7:15, or 9 in the summer
Anything else interesting/unique about you  that you’d like to share: I have run 8 marathons,  several half marathons, competed in 2 Triathlons, ridden my bike from Bear Mountain, New York to Boston, and competed in several obstacle-type races, but I have never worked as hard as I have since coming to Vagabond!
 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
Mommy to the world’s sweetest boy, a middle school  reading teacher
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my  training so far is/are…
My weekly private sessions with Kevin, which I really love and recommend, have helped me achieve many of my goals:  my first pull up, finally learning how to do cleans, and climbing the rope are a few that come to mind.
Another memorable moment was the rowing work out during the internal competition. Andrew pushed me to row harder than I ever had before. I wanted to give up and was pretty convinced I was going to die, but he stayed with me and would not let me slow down. I don’t know that I have ever worked so hard in my life!
 Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
An eight mile Spartan race in August
What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Everyone talks about the camaraderie; it goes without saying that  the people are a big part of what I love about Vagabond. Also, I know that Kevin’s programming is safe and will help me reach my goals without getting hurt. Most importantly,  I feel like the work that I put in at Vagabond helps me be a good role model for my eight-year-old son. He sees me working hard and trying to do things that I am not sure I can do, things that are way outside my comfort zone.  He sees me try and fail ( and fail, and fail), but keep trying.

Greg Y

Vagabond of Month for March: Greg Y

Month you were born in: 

November

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

Easton, MA

What days/times you typically train at VBC: 

4:30 usually, but I’ll go whenever I can get in, Monday thru Friday 3 to 5 times a week

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training: 

This year’s opens are some of my proudest moments. After every open workout announcement I said to myself, “well I guess I’ll have to scale”…but I surprised myself and with everyone’s help, I completed 4 of the 5 workouts RX. I’m especially proud of finishing 16.2s, 7 cleans at 185# with a couple seconds to spare. Also getting my first 3 bar muscle ups in 16.3, after not even getting close the day before the workout. I’ll never forget those few weeks.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are: 

Staying healthy, getting stronger and continuing to improve every day. Hoping to get better and stronger with all Olympic lifts and gymnastics movements…and of course master those pesky double unders. Long term hoping to compete in more RX competitions.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond: 

I love everything about Vagabond, but the people especially. Kevin, all the coaches and members have created an amazing community. Everyone is so supportive, friendly and like family. When I started 2 years ago, I was clueless and a bit nervous because I never went to a gym before and It can be intimidating. For my first group class, Kevin paired me with Joe Irvine and he was amazing…he took the time to teach me, was exceptionally patient and showed me the ropes. He exemplifies what being a Vagabond is. Joe gave me a great “first experience” and was a great role model.

Vagabond is my “happy place”. When I am there, for the hour to hour and half, I can forget about all the things that may be stressful or going wrong in life. I have fun and get some great work in with people I love. I always leave a little bit better than when I started everyday.

I owe a huge thanks to my friend and coworker Heather Wojcik. Every week for about two years, I had to hear her tell me to join Crossfit. Finally, after two years of Crossfit stories, I decided to give it a shot. I was hooked from the very first on ramp class. It has changed my life in a positive way. Vagabond has given me a competitive outlet I’ve been missing, has helped me lose over 20 pounds, eat healthier and of course put me in a community with all these amazing people. Everyday I thank her for pushing me to do something outside my comfort zone. I’m humbled to be selected and proud to be a part of Vagabond. It truly is a special place.

Jill Marie February

Month you were born in: 

 February

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

  I grew up in Suffield, CT and lived in Northampton, MA for almost 10 years before moving to Easton November 2014.

What days/times you typically train at VBC: 

typically I train in the evenings around 4:30, Monday-Friday and 10am Saturdays with the comp crew

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training: 

the running/OHS workout at Southie. neither are my best movements, but somehow I shut my mind off and just went and was very proud of my time!

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are: 

my two training goals have been pretty long standing-hit a 200# clean and 10 unbroken ring muscle ups.  currently I’m at a 190# clean and 8 muscle ups, so I see my goals being crushed this coming training season! I’ve only been at Vaganond for a year, and my progress due to the programming, coaching, support, and amazing athletes I train with everyday, has been pretty awesome! 

What’s the best thing about Vagabond: 

The support system.  A lot of people say the people they workout with are like family.  The people at Vagabond aren’t like family to me, they are my family. I come in almost everyday, and the days I don’t, I miss it, and the days I don’t feel like it, I do anyway, because I know once I walk through the doors, it’s where I’m supposed to be.  There have been several times I don’t think I can do something, or I want to give up on a workout, but it never fails, someone pushes me just a little bit further and is there when I needed them.  Vagabond has given me way more confidence in what I can do inside the gym for sure, but above all else has given me friends that are more like family, and that’s better than anything I could have asked for!

Scott M. Summer

Month you were born in: March

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

I was born in Texas, but was raised in various parts of Florida including Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale.  Currently I reside in the Knoll in North Easton.

What days/times you typically train at VBC: 

Typically I frequent the gym every day during the week (except Thursdays) and also on Saturday mornings.  I am usually at the gym early evening.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training: 

Honestly I am most proud about the consistency in moderate increases in performance over the past 2 ½ years since joining the gym.  There are obviously weights and personal records that I continually set along the journey, but those are attributed to the programming that allows me to continually get stronger week-by-week or month-by-month.  Being able to consistently make strides in the workouts, increasing endurance and strength, especially since working with the Competition workouts on a daily basis, is the best accomplishment I can say I have had.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are: 

As far as training goes, my main goal is to be able to compete in Rx competitions moving forward and making a good showing to support the Vagabond name. Of course I want to have my squat PR be like Dean’s (5-hundo +) or my endurance to be like Kat Austin, but that is simply not in the cards, at least not yet.  For now, the goal of being able to be competitive in the Rx division, finishing perhaps in the top 25% of athlete’s in Northeast region for the Opens, and making constant increases to my PR’s over the course of each month are really the goals I am aiming for.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond: 

What else, ME!!! In all reality, though, the best thing are the people of Vagabond, really it is a community versus a gym.  Everyone from the trainers down to the newest member, everyone treats each other with respect and shows constant support for one another, especially during workouts and training.  If you look around the gym, one can see the comradery that exists, and that is simply not found at other gyms.  Some of my closest friends were made through the gym, and being able to have that connection with each other makes us a community.

Brie T

Brie Q.

I was born in September 29, 1984.

I’m originally from Quincy, and recently moved to Easton in October.

By the time I get out of work and commute home from Boston, I typically arrive at VBC to train about 6:30-7, and close down the gym most nights. (A big thank you to Coach Andrew and Coach Jay for letting me stay past 8:30pm to finish up my workouts).
I look forward to 10am Saturday morning competition phase workouts because I get to workout with everyone after a long week of solo workouts.

My proudest accomplishment thus far would be my performance this past November at the Southie Showdown. I was hesistant to even sign up for this competition, let alone in the RX’d division, knowing how many elite athletes in the Northeast region that compete there every year. However, with the support and encouragement of Coach Kevin and many of the competition phase athletes at VBC, I signed up and trained hard!

One of the five workouts that weekend had a max set of bar muscle-ups in 90 sec, which terrified me, as I had never gotten one before. (I’m probably the least gymnastically inclined athlete at VBC, lol). However, I did a ton of progression work leading up to the competition, and got my first bar muscle-up the week of! During that particular workout at the Southie Showdown, I was able to get 6 muscle-ups, which was a complete surprise!

I ended up placing 32nd out of 60+ athletes in the RX’d division at the Southie Showdown and that was a great accomplishment for me in my first solo RX’d competition. Also, it was a great opportunity for me to discover many weaknesses that I need to consistently practice and drill in preparation for the Opens 2016 season.

A current training goal of mine would be to continue to practice progressions for strict handstand push-ups and muscle-ups. Personally, I have to train and practice many of the gymnastic movements, such as toes to bar and chest to bar pull ups, from week to week, as they are a big weakness of mine. When I don’t see immediate results, it is easy for me to get discouraged. However, Coach Andrew once told me, “Have patience, you must trust the process”, which I try to remember when I start feeling defeated, and tell myself to move onward and upward!

With the Opens 2016 season approaching, another training goal of mine would be to contribute to Team VBC making it back to the Northeast Regionals! LET’S GO!!!!!!!!

Let’s be honest, the best thing about Vagabond Crossfit, aside from the great programming and coaching staff, is the COMMUNITY. I am truly greatful and blessed for the amazing friends and relationships I have made since stepping into VBC in August of 2014.
Also, I love being held accountable if I’m not getting in to train as consistently as I should be. I’ll undoubtedly have a text from Coach Kevin asking when I’ll be in to train next. He makes each and every athlete at Vagabond Crossfit a priority of his, from Lifestyle to Fitness to Competition phase, and that’s what makes all the difference! Seeing how far I’ve progressed as an athlete in the short time I’ve been a member at VBC, I am truly humbled to be January’s Vagabond of the Month, and am excited for what this new year will bring!

Sirena Melton

Sirena Melton

Month you were born in:
July 3

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Grew up in Brookline and been living in Easton for the past 3 years.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I’m known as a 6am’er but attend the 5:30pm class sometimes. I typically go 5 days a week but the days can vary depending on my kids activities. I’m there often enough though that my kids will automatically assume I’m going to the gym anytime I go out 🙂

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
I feel like I’ve hit so many milestones since becoming a Vagabond. My proudest accomplishment though is coming in 10th in the scaled division of the Southie Showdown this year. It was beyond any of my expectations to finish anywhere in the Top 10 in such a competitive comp and I owe it all to Kevin for his awesome programming.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:
I’d like to eventually get a muscle up at some point in my Crossfit life. I’m also signed up for my first RX comp in February so I’m looking forward to working on and progressing my skills and strength to not come in dead last!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:
Anything and everything! VBC has done nothing but improve my life physically, mentally and socially. Physically because I’ve grown stronger and more capable. Mentally because I’ve gained a confidence in myself that can be hard to come by. And socially because I’ve met people here that will be lifelong friends.

The coaching at VBC is second to none. The attention that each coach gives to every member is remarkable. Having been injured and needing to modify certain movements, it was comforting to know that Kevin, Jay, Andrew and Heather were all looking out for me and that my health was a priority to them. Not only are they all teaching us the right techniques and form but they’re always there to cheer us on and encourage us through any grueling workout.

The community is definitely one of the most amazing things about this gym. From 6am classes to Sat morning partner workouts, there’s always such a positive vibe and a wonderful sense of camaraderie. There are no egos which I love about Vagabond. Everyone is there to focus on the betterment of themselves and to support one another in any way, shape or form.

I’m absolutely humbled by this award as I see so many people at the gym putting in the hard work and dedication day in and day out. I think we’re all Vagabonds of the Month in our own right!

Pam B.

Pam Brooks

Month you were born in:

December

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Grew up in Avon, now in Raynham

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Mon-Fri 5:30 pm and Sunday mornings- a regular at Powerlifting and OLY classes

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
FINALLY getting double unders, two top 5 finishes worldwide in the 2015 Open in the masters scaled division, a podium finish at a local comp

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:
2015 has been an amazing year for attaining some of my most ambitious personal goals. I completed the part-time MBA program at B.U. and am one exam away from becoming a CPA! I plan to spend some time relaxing and having fun with family and friends, celebrating my achievements and traveling.

For training, I’ve got too many goals to list! I need to work on pull-ups and toes to bar before the Open. I want to be more competitive as a master’s athlete and these skills would help me get there. In the coming year I’d like to hit a 140# snatch (this will take a LOT of work), and perhaps a 325# back squat and deadlift.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:
There are so many things I love about Vagabond! Nearly four years ago I decided to give CrossFit a shot, so with high reservation I finally picked up the phone and signed up for Onramp. Back then these were sessions with KO himself (yes, really…and mine was one-on-one!) As intimidating as it was I was hooked from day one. I went straight into what we now know as Fitness and never looked back. I remember each week staying after class to marvel at the athletes doing OLY and wanted so badly to join in, but was far too intimidated. I think Kevin noticed and gave me the nudge I needed (ok, maybe he yelled at me a little). I’m pretty sure I was the worst cleaner of all time since I tend to overthink things, but with John’s expertise and a whole lot of practice I’ve come a long way.

It’s been wonderful to see how far Kevin has come in such a short time. Soon after I joined Vagabond his gym really began to take off, and since then he’s put his heart and soul into making sure we are healthy, happy and safe. He has always been in tune with the needs of his clients and developed the three training phases to meet everyone’s unique goals. Since then he married his sweetheart and now has two beautiful children…so many great things to be thankful for!

Another great thing that sets Vagabond apart is the expert coaching staff. Each and every one of them care about the members and will make sure you’re doing your best day in and day out. I’d like to give a special thank you to Andrew for helping me so much over the years between powerlifting and regular classes. He is a great role model with his dedication and passion for training and the sport itself, including his amazing performance at the East Regional along with all of Team VBC this year!

It may sound cliché, but CrossFit really is so much more than just a workout. It’s a way of life for us, about building friendships, encouraging others, giving back to the community, and trying to be the best version of ourselves each and every day. I go into Vagabond knowing that I’ll leave just a little better than I was when I walked in. This usually entails some pain and frustration, but we have to trust that it’s all part of the process. In order to stay focused I follow the three tenets Kevin put up on the wall ….Dedication, Patience and Consistency. This work ethic and mental toughness has transcended into so many other aspects of my life and has made me realize I’m capable of nearly anything if I’m willing to work hard enough for it!

AJ

AJ Swedick-Month of September

Date of birth-6/24/1991

Where I’m from- Averill Park NY

Where I live now- Randolph Ma

Training days and times- workout
Monday-Saturday, late morning to early afternoon.

I don’t have an exact day or event that I would call my proudest achievement in training! I look forward to everyday and treat it as if it could be my last day working out! Strive to be better everyday, so ideally everyday is my proudest day in training!

Couple goals that I am working towards are 300# C&J, and a 225 snatch. Also would love to represent team Vagabond at regionals and maybe one day become good enough to make it to regionals as an individual!

I have been a member at Vagabond since February, since day one when I walked into the door everyone was extremely nice and helpful. I quickly became apart of the community and found myself talking about Vagabond with everyone in and out of the gym. There are not enough words to express my feelings for Vagabond, but if I had to sum up my experience here in one word it would be Community!