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Vagabond of the Month for October: Colleen Flaherty

Month you were born in: March

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

What days/times you typically train at VBC: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30pm

In addition to being a Vagabond: I’m a mother to a wonderful little 2 year old named Eloise. I work at Steward Surgical where I schedule surgeries. I have the best family and friends anyone could ask for. I love football, go NY Giants!! I love scary movies!!!!

Some training goals: I really want to get pull ups and real push ups. I just want to continue improving and maybe one day do a competition!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

EVERYTHING!!!!! I remember after one of the on ramp classes, I literally went home crying saying this was too hard for me and I had convinced myself that I was going to come in the next night and tell Kevin that I wasn’t going to sign up…..when I walked in that night I totally forgot about how I felt the night before. That’s what this place does. You can have the worst day ever and when you walk into the gym you feel 100 times better. It’s definitely my therapy. The people are all amazing and inspiring. Everyone truly cares about one another. I have been to a class at almost every time and I’ve had the chance to work with almost all the coaches. Every single one of them are always there to help you become the best you can be. I work with Andrew the most and he is an awesome coach. He is always pushing me and helping me become better, because of him I finally have good squats. Andrew is the reason I got Vagabond of the month, so thank you to him! This sport is so hard and we all are so proud of ourselves for doing things that we couldn’t do before. It’s because of Kevin, Andrew, and the rest of the VBC coaches that we are as great as we are!! We really are the best community!!!!

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Vagabond of the Month for September: Kara Connolly

Month you were born in: September 28, 1973

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I grew up in Easton and moved to Plymouth for 11 years, when I first got married. Then 2 years ago I moved back to Easton. back into the same house I grew up in!

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I ALWAYS go to the 6 AM classes, Monday through Friday.

In addition to being a Vagabond:
I am… I am a mom to 5 amazing kids. I had them all within 5 1/2 years, so they are very close and keep me super busy. I am a stay at home mom and a person of strong faith. My family and my faith are the most important things to me. They ALWAYS come first. I was a physical therapist assistant and a physical education teacher in Easton before I had kids. Sometimes I think it would be easier to go back to work than to stay at home!

Some training goals:
Well my all time goal was to be Vagabond of the month, so I guess I need to find a new goal. Now I hope to someday do a pull-up on my own! Considering when I started at VBC I could barely do a ring row, I am on my way.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Where do I start? My first workout was on Memorial Day 2013, I pulled into the parking lot and started to have an anxiety attack. There were so many cars and so many people, and I knew nobody. I almost turned around and went home. Somehow, shaking and all, I made my way through the door. To my surprise everyone was so friendly and willing to help me out. I left that day feeling like I actually belonged. That was my first experience seeing the VBC family, and I was so impressed. The family atmosphere that Kevin created really hit home last winter. When my nephew was hurt in my backyard, VBC came together to show me how much they cared. I was in such a bad place that I honestly can say without you I would have gone off the deep end. I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I knew that the comfort I would get in the gym would give me the strength I needed to get through the day. Words didn’t need to be said, I could just feel your love. When I was on the altar at Matt’s funeral doing a reading, i could physically feel your strength holding me up. it was an amazing feeling to know that so many people were thinking and praying for us. Vagabond has not only made me physically stronger but it has made me mentally stronger as well. I know now that I can handle anything that is thrown at me. Becoming a Vagabond was one of the best decisions of my life. Thank you so much

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Vagabond of the Month for August:
Keith Derba

Month you were born in:
Born in Stoughton, Toughtown 4-life

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Grew up in Stoughton. Now I live in Easton…actually SOUTH Easton in the 02375, Doing hood things.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I typically go anywhere from 3:30 to 5:30 during landscaping season. Then in the winter I try to get in with the team around 1:00.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
I’m a dad to my three girls and two Cats Lily and Mily. Husband to a MILF, and I own a landscape company.

Some training goals:
Besides staying healthy, I would like to work to a 225 squat snatch and 315 squat clean. My gymnastic ability is similar to an elephant so I’m doing what I can to progress.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
The best thing about Vagabond would have to be the people. I’m not sure how the community is at other locations but the community at Vagabond is incredible. It’s amazing how a couple hundred people from many different walks of life have come together at Vagabond, all working towards a common goal of staying healthy and better living. I have been lucky to form a bond and so many close relationships at Vagabond. Looking forward to the future and not only the growth of Vagabond, but watching the growth of each member. Special thanks to the coaches, especially Kevin O’malley. Can’t wait to compete at the 2015 Northeast Regionals with TEAM VBC……Let’s Go!!!!

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Vagabond of the Month for July: Bruce Caldwell

Month you were born in:
I was born in April

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I grew up in Lowell, Ma, and now have been living in Brockton since 1985.

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I usually workout 4 times a week at the 6a class.I enjoy the Saturday partners WOD’s and also circuit training or running on Sundays.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
I am a husband of thirty years to my wife Terri,and am the proud Dad to Tyler who earned the rank of eagle scout and is currently going to Umass Amherst in the honors college.I have owned a small remodeling company since 1985.I have always enjoyed sports in particular baseball and hockey,but those days are over now its all about Vagabond now, which has to be the best decision I made in while.

Some training goals:
My main goal at Vagabond is to stay healthy an not injure myself and have fun doing working out. Whoever thought working out could be fun.
I do not attempt Pr’s anymore but that doesn’t matter as much as it used too.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
There are so many pluses to training at vagabond,the main one is the friends I’ve made thru the years, the great coaching that keeps me safe, and I love how Kevin is always working to improve our lifes with his programming ideas.I have seen our gym grow leaps and bounds over the last 5 years, from a 200 square foot garage at Ross’s house with about dozen or so members to now.But you know size doesn’t matter here.In my opinion we have the best crossfit gym around,believe me I have been to a few all over the eastern seaboard.

 

 

 

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Vagabond of the Month for June:Tondylea Chikere-Coleman

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

Originally from Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA), currently live in Brockton MA

Month you were born in:

coincidentally June

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Monday’s, Wednesday’s, Friday’s
Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

I absolutely love having a good time!
A lot of people may not know but I love to sing ( I actually sound pretty good), dance and joke around. I love spending time with Family & friends, find deals, braid hair, make bracelets and travel.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
A very busy mom, wife, student and career woman.
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Competing in the Summer Throwdown, and gradually seeing myself transform and sticking to my eating plan
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

Some training goals:

would be to start the pullup program continue to compete in comps. This would allow me to keep challenging myself and work towards my personal goal to be healthy for myself and family.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The best thing about Vagabond are the people, you are all truly family! Very supportive, warm and encouraging. Just when you think you can’t do it, or your body is going to give out. There is your fellow Vagabond running along side you screaming you got this!

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Where you are originally from and/or where you live now
From Brighton Mass now live in Easton
Month you were born in:

July

What days/times you typically train at VBC

 7:15 and 9:00 AM Sat and Sunday

 

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share

Grandfather of three also do cardio training with an

MMA fighter use to enter powerlifting meets

 

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

Retired also do some swimming wave boxing class

lift weights at TGA with some retired college and retired

pro football players; I am also retired

 

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are

Finishing cardio WOD;learning new techniques

stretching methods

 

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are

Increasing my cardio and pull ups

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
The coaches knowledge and abilites I’ve been working out for 52
years and still learning new things coaches always have time to
listen to our questions and advise us if were doing something wrong
Excellent variety of cardio strength and stretching good advise on
modifying certain excersises

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Vagabond of the Month for April: Sarah Clift

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I am originally from Albany, New York but currently live in Easton.

Month you were born in:
December

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I typically go to the 5:30 or 6:30 class, Olympic lifting, yoga, Saturday mornings and gymnastics.

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
Growing up I competed in gymnastics for two different teams. I reached level 8 and was captain of my high school team. I also ran cross-country and track.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
Graduating Stonehill College with a B.S. in biology.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
I have many proud accomplishments – both mental and physical. Mentally, I have learned to push myself beyond my comfort zone, and also to keep going even when I feel like I have nothing left.

One of my highlights is my first competition last summer at Operation Throwdown. It was a few weeks after On-Ramp, and I remember having to YouTube the movements the night before. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized what I was truly in for. I didn’t know many people at the time, yet everyone was so encouraging and would help coach me from the sidelines. I’ll never forget Mike Dillon yelling and getting me through the bear complex.

My most recent accomplishment was competing in the Opens, especially getting through 14.5! Dying seemed like a very plausible possibility at the time (really), but with Keith Derba encouraging me, quitting was not an option. The experience was motivating and overall rewarding.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
I would like to get another muscle up before I leave.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Vagabond is hands down incredible. It is an amazing community, where each person is an inspiration that drives me to achieve even more than I thought possible. Their cheering and encouragement push me to overcome challenges that originally seem insurmountable. This thrill of accomplishment keeps me hungry for more everyday. The coaching at Vagabond is unreal. They push you to new limits, believing in you every step of the way. It is clear they genuinely want to see you succeed, and take pride in doing so. Vagabond has made me a stronger person inside and out.

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Vagabond of the Month for March:
Matthew Auger

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Originally from Brockton, now living in West Bridgewater

Month you were born in:
December

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
In the summer and school vacations I come in the mornings, ideally 6am. During the school year, 4:30 or 5:30. Plus Saturday group classes and Sunday powerlifting or gymnastics. I try to come every day, because a day away feels like a part of my day is missing.

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I’ve ridden in two PMC’s and would love to get back into cycling, especially after all of the time spent on the Airdyne.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
A teacher in Easton, so I have had some VBC kids in class and may have more as the years go by. I am getting married next April to my fiance Erin. Huge sports fan, love reading.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
Setting new PRs lately. I’ve been a member since July and all of the coaches and fellow Vagabonds talk about consistency, patience, and dedication being the keys to success. It took me a while to build a foundation but I can see the progress starting to snowball and the PRs happen faster and more frequently. The movements are starting to click and hopefully, as I work on efficiency and the movements, the progress will continue.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
I came in last place at Southie, my goal is to be competitive next year in the scaled division. I competed to set a benchmark for myself. And, while the benchmark was set as low as could be, it was great to be able to see what I needed to do to get to a place where I can compete. My other goals are to be able to do all of the movements/weights for the 2015 Opens and put on ~2lb a month (which won’t help me win any no grain challenges).

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
There was a day a few months back when Keith said to Kevin that Vagabond has changed my life and that I owe Kevin more money. It really has changed my life and has been worth every penny (but hopefully not many more pennies) VBC is a lifestyle change that has become part of who I am. Those of you who have become “obsessed” with this, as I have, understand that it becomes part of what you do and who you are. The best thing about VBC has to be the people. It is the great coaches and amazing community. I would never do this to myself if I didn’t have the coaches pushing me and the community atmosphere we have at VBC. Plus I would look like a fool at Planet Fitness running around doing AMRAPS… We are witness to each other’s progress, we encourage each other to push ourselves, and sometimes we yell at each other to pick up the bar if our minds have tried to convince us that we cannot do another rep. The Opens have been a great showcase of our community. The energy in the gym when people are getting that muscle up, finishing their cleans, getting their first C2B, whatever it may be, we recognize the effort and give each other the adrenaline to do more. VBC is a great place, it starts at the top with Kevin and all of the coaches and continues with all of us and with each new Morrissey On-Ramp graduate. Thanks everyone and can’t wait for 15.5 burpees!

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Vagabond of the Month for February:

Karen Condon

 

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

Stoughton

Month you were born in:

November

What days/times you typically train at VBC: 

Mon/Fri 4:30, Tues/Wed/Thurs 12, sometimes Saturday and most Sundays

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

I’ve never really had a nickname and I genuinely like when people at the gym call me Chips.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A business owner, animal lover, beach bum. 

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Being Vagabond of the Month! I’ve wanted it since I started taking myself seriously at crossfit in April. Also my deadlift PR of 220.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
Getting pull-ups and double unders. I can’t wait for the warmer weather so I can start running again and improve on those times. 

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

I’m sure everyone says this but the community is the best thing about Vagabond. I would never have stuck it out here without all of the amazing members and staff. Everyone is so helpful and encouraging, I always leave the gym in a great mood. Vagabond is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it. 

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Vagabond of the Month for January:
David Echeverria

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
I’m originally from Brockton and still currently living there

Month you were born in:
• July 17th 1985

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I train 6 days a week mostly in the afternoon and do double classes on Monday along with the pull up program twice a week

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I’m not sure how interesting but I’ve been told I can make or break people’s days depending on my mood

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
aside from being a beast in the gym I’m also a full time trash man, father and husband

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
my proudest accomplishments so far in this gym is right being named vagabonder of the month since I started and I looked at those pictures I knew I was gonna be there, not only once but twice is my true goal

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
my current goals are to prove myself in the fitness phase and take my talents to competitions…I love competing

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
best thing about this gym is definitely the people and the coaches it’s nice to be around people my age with similar goals and nobody here is a slacker or just trying to skate by