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!

Gina M

Month you were born in:  November

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

 What days/times you typically train at VBC:  6am, 530pm, weekends

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:

Completing my first RX competition with Suzi. Being on the same floor as amazing athletes like Carolyn and Kat for Saturday workouts. Finishing all but one open workout RX this year.

Also, bringing other people into the gym like Jill and Matt. Convincing them that everyone at a crossfit gym isn’t hairless and ripped to shreds. Seeing the progress they have made. Seeing how happy they are. Also, judging the opens this year, for the last workout, the thruster one. It was great to help people come up with a plan, help them stick to it. I remember Katie Welch just killed it, and I was so happy for her!

 

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:

Oh man. Need to work on skills. Increase some maxes. Hit 200 HBBS. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a beast?  Personally, I want to continue to take pride in every training day, every 5 lb PR, and also be sure to tell others how proud I am of them too.

 What’s the best thing about Vagabond

Vagabond has great coaches because they care if you are going to really hurt yourself. Not all crossfit gyms are like that. They may not always be nice about it, but don’t be so sensitive! Vagabond has also let me into a group of really great people. Crazy people like me who like to work out until they see death. People who share my drive and think it’s totally acceptable. People who will spend all morning working out but still eat a cheeseburger and crack a beer that night. Those are good people!

Kevin has also been so patient with me, helping me to be patient in my progress. Acknowledging my hard work. Every single person at Vagabond gets that individual attention, and that’s pretty amazing. That’s by far the best thing about this gym.

Shane
Month you were born in: 
October
Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:  
I am originally from New Bedford.  I have now lived in Stoughton for 12 years.
 What days/times you typically train at VBC: 
I typically train any day I can get into the gym with the 6 am crew.
 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:
My proudest accomplishment in training was competing in my first Crossfit competition last year, also completing a couple of Rx workouts during the opens.
 
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:
Current training goals are to complete a marathon in January even though I said I would never do one again.  My day to day goals are to stay strong and healthy.  It is all about longevity and the ability to stay active for the long term (although I would like to get a muscle up some day).
 What’s the best thing about Vagabond
What is the best thing about Vagabond?  It is a tough thing to answer.  There are so many good things about this place.  I know it has been said before but the best thing about Vagabond is the community Kevin has created.  The way we pick each other up and push through the toughest workouts.  I started at vagabond 2 years ago looking for motivation and community of likeminded folks to workout with.  I found that and more.   Going to Vagabond at 6 am really kick starts my day. The things we accomplish in the gym make you feel like nothing can stop you for the rest of the day.  I look forward to going to the gym every morning.  Thanks to all the coaches at Vagabond especially the 6 am coaches (Jay, Kevin and Heather).

Jillian Rupple

Month you were born in:  April

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:  Born in Plymouth Ma and now live in Pembroke Ma
 What days/times you typically train at VBC: Mon-Fri at 6am! I dabble on the weekend.
 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:  
 
Having my picture in the same room as, never mind next to, Kat Austin.
 
Honestly I think it’s when I stopped comparing myself to everyone else. You can get real discouraged real fast. I just keep trying to challenge myself and to be happy with each personal victory.
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:  
To do a pull up! I am doing the pull up program and will get one. Ideally I’d like to be able to do it without both Jay and a band !
My biggest goal is to be able to graduate to Fitness. It’s not going to be easy, but I really would like to get there some day. I can’t believe I am saying that out loud.
 What’s the best thing about Vagabond
I think we all would agree it’s hard to pick just one thing. Personally, I am on a weight loss journey that started in feb 2013. I have lost 110 lbs with the help of surgery and hard work. As fat as I was, I always worked out. I loved the gym, but never got the results I wanted. After my surgery, I felt I would always have an asterisk next to my name regarding my weight loss. I wanted to get strong and fit to prove it was just a tool and I did the rest on my own.
Walking in this door was the hardest thing I ever did. The benefits of being part of this community are far more mental for me than physical. Being fat my whole life, I never thought I could succeed at something like this and be accepted by a group like this. My confidence has grown exponentially and I have learned patience and dedication. I could not have done this without Kevin, Jay, Heather and all my friends. You guys have changed my life. Thank you for accepting this “fat mom” into your community. I love you

Kat Austin

Month you were born in:  July

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:  
I live in Mansfield, grew up in Princeton, New Jersey
What days/times you typically train at VBC:  
I’m a morning chick, 6 or 9am usually
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:  
Well the most obvious is being part of Team Vagabond at the Northeast Regionals this year, it was an incredible experience!  Seriously everything I do at Vagabond is a proud accomplishment.  I had to work hard (very hard) to learn muscle ups and lots of the other gymnastics movements and I am thankful for every failed attempt and every word of encouragement because it made the end result so much sweeter!
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:  
Training goals are to keep enjoying it all and staying healthy.  Crossfit is humbling so I realize there’s always room for improvement, in everything!  There will always be someone better out there so I have to stay in my own head.  My personal goals are similar, to keep loving my life and keeping a good balance between work/home/gym life (haha, yes, gym life is a large block of my current life).
What’s the best thing about Vagabond?  
Sorry, can’t choose just one… Vagabond is my safe zone.  Everyone comes in for the same reason and the same goal of getting the workout done regardless of what phase you’re doing or even if you fail (face it, we’re human, we all fail sometimes).  We all struggle from time to time but the accomplishment you feel when the workout ends is worth it!  And it all makes me a better mom: more patient, more resilient, more prepared to face challenges!  I have met amazing people that I really wouldn’t have ever had the opportunity to meet in my “other” life.  They make me smile, they make me laugh and they just generally make my life better!  I have also gained a confidence that I have never had.  I no longer judge myself and compare myself to everybody else, now I wear my muscles proudly and for the first time in my life I don’t worry about my imperfections because I feel so good.  It might have taken me 37 years to get here but I’m glad I did and now I am able to teach my children these lessons while they’re still young!  Watching my kids pretend to be coach Kevin and doing wods in the backyard and comparing their muscles is the ultimate best!  They see that strong is beautiful which is what Vagabond has taught me!

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Month you were born in: 

June
Where you are originally from and/or where you live now: 
From Canton and live in Easton
What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I’m a 4:30 girl, but love the awesome moms of the 9AM and the Saturday partner workouts.
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training 
Completing the 2015 opens
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are 
I want to increase weight for all my lifts (deadlift, squat, strict press, everything), gain muscle mass, learn OLY lifts and get faster.
What’s the best thing about Vagabond? 
Can I pick 10 favorite things?  
1. Absolutely the community first and foremost.  I love every single one of y’all. Thank you for making workouts fun.
2. The coaches are THE BEST.  Thank you for constantly helping me improve, even when you have to give me the same guidance over and over (eventually it clicks!).  I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement.  Please keep helping me improve!
3. The programming. Kevin is a master at keeping us challenged while keeping workouts interesting. I’ve done Lifestyle programming for two years, and can still work on adding more weight, doing more reps, and finishing with faster times.
4. The ladies.  All the ladies of Vagabond are my heroes, from the girls who have only been at it a few months to the super-strong Fitness women to the incredible Competition athletes to the phenomenal Regionals team (GO VAGABOND!!!!!)  Watching you all get in there and get after it is a huge inspiration.
5. The family atmosphere. Working out together has brought me and Lucas closer together, and we’ve become friends with a lot of great families at Vagabond.
6. Better nutrition and overall health.  Lucas and I learned a lot from the No-Grain Challenges, and eat a lot better now.
7. Confidence.  I’ve said, “I didn’t think I could do that” a lot at Vagabond.  Now I’m going for it.  If I work for it, I can do it.
8. Safety.  The coaches at Vagabond are VERY smart and conscientious about making sure we are learning and performing movements correctly.
9. Flexibility. We’re lucky to have so many daily classes, and to have babysitting (thank you ladies holding it down upstairs at the 9AM!).
10. The community, again.  I’m proud of all of the charity events that Vagabond supports, and that the members participate in (food drives, toy drives, Schools on Wheels, Mass Hospital School, MS, Jimmy Fund, etc).  Keep up the good work, everybody!

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Month you were born in: April

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

Originally from Weymouth; live in West Bridgewater now.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I try to make it as often as I can to the 4:30 or 5:30 class.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are Completing the Opens. I was nervous at first because, well, let’s be serious, I am not the strongest person at the gym… But after talking to Melissa, Tricia, and Nicole about their experiences doing it last year, I wanted to take on the challenge! I’m so glad I did it! I looked forward to seeing how far I could push myself each Saturday.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are

Well, most recently I wanted to make it through every Opens workout. I had never done cleans, or pull ups, or wall balls before, so I was nervous about doing those once the workouts came out. I surprised myself (even though my “cleans” or as Scott Melton calls them-my “zottman curls” still need some work) by getting through all the workouts; I will never forget the front squat and pull ups workout; I went in thinking I would make it through 1 round, 3 mins., but I made it through 4 rounds. I couldn’t move my arms for 2 days after that, but the pain was a reminder of exceeding my own expectations! A current goal I have is to do band free push ups, and I’d love to get a couple pull ups in too!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

Hmm.. I’m an indecisive person, so I’m going to pick three bc I can’t decide: the people, the individual attention from the coaches, and the variety/challenge each day’s workout brings. I’ve met so many good friends through Vagabond and I love the community. When Matt joined the year before me, I didn’t get the whole “crossfit thing”, but after just a month here I got why he loved coming so much. It’s addictive! The community and coaches are so supportive; I look forward to coming to Vagabond to destress after work each day!