Vagabond of the Month

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Vagabond of the Month for October
Jackie Dominianni

Month you were born in:
May

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Colonia, NJ/Currently, Chelmsford, MA

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I typically train 4-5 days a week. 6:35, 7:35, and an occasional guest appearance 6 AM Friday Mornings

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
Working through my back issues. Not competing with others. Completing the Falmouth Road Race in 2015 & the internal comp 2016. In addition, my overall consistency and dedication to the program.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:
To continue to stay healthy, increase my PR’s, train for a 1/2 marathon.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:
Vagabond has changed my life. Prior to joining, I had a trainer who was my best friend, and a group of people I worked out with that I grew comfortable with. Towards the end I felt as though I wasn’t making enough progress, and needed something new, something that would make me uncomfortable. That is when I found Vagabond one night while googling gyms in the area. I remember taking my first on ramp class, and thinking, I can’t wait until I can run as fast I can out of here. I am the least coordinated human. Originally, Kevin didn’t think I would be able to take group classes, but I was fortunate enough to work with Heather @ 7:15 a.m. where she helped get me up to speed.

Vagabond is my happy hour. It is the ONE hour that I can just turn everything else off, and forget about the day. There is not one thing that is best about Vagabond. First, Kevin’s programing is what has kept me here; it is second to none. Second, the coaches – it is comforting that every single one of them have a vested interest, and they know everyone’s limitations while making sure that each move is performed properly and pushing you to become better. In addition, I love showing up and being surrounded by a community that not only shares common goals of consistently improving each day, but also holds you accountable. I am incredibly grateful for the amazing friendships I have made. I hate to steal a page out of Kev’s book but Dedication, Patience, and Consistency are really the keys to success.

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Vagabond of the Month for September

Jake Laghetto

Month you were born in:
May

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

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Everyday besides Sunday / mid-afteroon

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
My endurance has increased a ton! Before I started at Vagabond, I was out of shape and starting to lose all my endurance that I had before when I was playing hockey.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:
To increase my PR’s and become better inside Vagabond.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:
Vagabond is a great place. The coaches are great. The programming is fantastic. The community is astounding. Everything combined makes Vagabond a great place. But most of all, it’s fun. There are plenty of days that I don’t feel like working out. There are a lot of days that I come in and I’m having a terrible day. Whatever the day brings, it doesn’t matter. When I walk into Vagabond I’m instantly in a good mood and ready to workout and when I leave I’m on a high. I look forward to going in and working out every single day. I can’t wait to continue making new friends and getting better at Vagabond!

Erin D.

Vagabond of the Month for August:

Erin Duggan

Month you were born in:

April

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I grew up in Mansfield and moved to Amherst for a few years. Now I’m back in Mansfield.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I usually go to the 5:35 classes.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:

My proudest moment was doing the internal competition. I wasn’t sure about signing up but I’m glad I did.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:

I have a lot to work on, but I want to be apart of the open this year.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond:

The best part of Vagabond is how supportive everyone is. When someone succeeds, everyone feels it and everyone builds off of it. We make each other stronger. It’s an awesome energy to be around.

Dave H

Vagabond of the Month for July: David Hobaica

Month you were born in:  October
Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I grew up in Easton and currently live in Mansfield with my wife and 3 daughters.
What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I try to train 4-5 days a week.  I typically take the 4:30 class this time of year but shift to the 12:00class during the winter months.
 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:  
I am really happy to have been able to complete all of the workouts in the Games this year.  Finishing 4th in the world for my age group (scaled, of course) and tying for 1st in the northeast was a great bonus!  (Btw, this would never have been possible without Heather’s support!)
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:  My goals are very simple – stay fit and stay healthy!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond: I love showing up knowing that I am going to be surrounded by a great community of people who share the common goal of working really hard and constantly trying to improve physically.  If I am not being pushed by others in my class (which is rare), I will definitely be pushed by our great coaches.  Speaking of the coaches, I really appreciate the fact that they are all very aware of everyone’s limitations and are legitimately concerned for our welfare.  My flexibility issues are well documented but each and every coach goes out of their way to make sure I am technically sound and not doing anything stupid.  This, of course, starts with Kevin who has done a terrific job building such a great community at VGB.  After tweaking my back last week doing snatches, Kevin said that I should never do them again as I don’t need them to stay fit.  He also got as warm and fuzzy as he gets and said he wants me to stay healthy so I can still be training at VGB in 20 years.  That sounds great to me…….after 4-1/2 years, what’s another 20? 

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.