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Vagabond of the Month for December:
Jesse Ramsperger

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Originally from Glendale, Az. Currently residing in Whitman, Ma

Month you were born in:
April

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I typically train in the afternoons and on weekends when I can make it.

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I moved from Phoenix two months after graduating high school and moved in with my step brother who lived in Revere at the time. A year later he moved to Phoenix to start a business. Most people I talk too think I’m crazy for moving from Az to Ma but I love the Northeast. I graduated from Bridgewater State with a degree in Marketing and a degree in Finance. When I’m not at VBC you can catch me running my sign company, riding a motorcycle, listening to music and/or trying to push myself past my comfort zone. One of the best things in life is to be completely relaxed with a glass of single malt scotch, quality cigar, sitting around a fire. Oh baby.

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

Business Owner, Husband, Music Enthusiast, Movie Buff, Sports Fan, Lover, Fighter and Vagabond

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

Beating John Morrisey in the row for time at Southie, Getting into double digit strict pull-ups and not pissing my pants as Keith Derba screamed bloody hell at me during Chippdy Do Dah and front squatting over 200lbs

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
Front Squat: 250lbs, Clean and Jerk: 250lbs, Efficient at Kipping Pull-ups, Improve on my overall core strength- These might be long term goals.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
If I had to choose just one thing I’d have to say the best thing about VBC is the community. Whenever I talk to someone outside of Vagabond my main point of emphasis is on how unique and embracing the people are within our community. I have played on a lot of different teams and I’ve never been more impressed with how this gym has a community in which every member wants to see its fellow members improve (and conquer whatever torture routine Kevin lays out.) We might not know each other outside of the gym, but that won’t stop us from fist pounding and congratulating each other after killing a workout. Of course you can’t mention the community without mentioning the coaches. I firmly believe attitude (in this case the community’s attitude) is a reflection of leadership. Every coach has a different approach to teaching that has in turn helped me get stronger at different movements or exercises. The wealth of knowledge between all our coaches is impressive and it shows when you are not doing something correctly. Thank you to the coaches and the Vaga-family, I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

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Vagabond of the Month for November:

Lisa Flaherty

 

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

Brockton

 

Month you were born in:
April

 

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
6am during the week, Olympic Lifting on Monday nights, Saturday AM, gymnastics on Sundays when it is offered, and I should probably start going back to Yoga on Wednesday nights! Basically, Vagabond has become my second home.

 

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I’m a ginger, that’s unique enough isn’t it?

But seriously… I’ve been studying American Sign Language for a few years. I am hard of hearing in my right ear, which led me to want to learn ASL. I want to become a more fluent signer and I’m currently looking into taking medical ASL classes.

I was also a majorette (baton twirler) growing up. No one ever seems to know what that is, ha! I’ll sometimes try to use the PVC pipe as a baton… doesn’t really work though.

I also love participating in obstacle course races! So far I’ve done 2 Tough Mudder’s, Warrior Dash, Zombie race, & 2 Ruckus Bostons. I usually run at least one a year with my brothers.

 

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
A student service aide at Mass Hospital School where I assist a non-verbal child diagnosed with cerebral palsy with daily living tasks and educational programming.
Part time employee at Whole Foods Market as a Specialty team member (coffee, cheese, beer & wine department)
Proud aunt to my handsome nephew and 3 beautiful nieces!

 

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
There are so many accomplishments that I am proud of in my training. Most recently, I hit a PR with a135# clean. It has been on my goal list since June when I wasn’t able to make the lift during the Garage Games competition. It felt amazing to hit that lift and to cross it off of my goals list.

 

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
I’m constantly creating and adjusting my goals. Thanks to a goal setting seminar that Kevin had recently, I know how to properly create and attack my goals. I love focusing on strength goals such as increasing my numbers in all compound lifts and strict pull ups! For anyone who wants to do pull ups, I highly recommend the pull up program. I also want to improve my skills. I’m focusing on pistols and eventually hand stand walks. A personal goal of mine is getting into nursing school!

 

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

Everything about Vagabond makes it great; it’s hard to just pick one thing. The community of coaches and people are truly inspiring and are a constant reminder of why I am proud to be part of Vagabond. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for being part of this community. I am continuously becoming stronger, and if it wasn’t for all of the coaches, I wouldn’t know my true potential. But the great thing is that an extended family was formed, and I know I have a group of people who genuinely care about me and want me to be successful. I recently went through a tough time in my personal life which negatively impacted my time and performance in the gym. I just recently got back on track and I owe it to Kevin for all of the pep talks and encouragement he gave me. For someone who has so much on his plate already, he took time to make sure I was okay and that really meant a lot to me. Everything from the coaches, programming, community, specialty classes, and more make Vagabond a special place that no other Crossfit gym can even compare.

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Vagabond of the Month for October:

Jessi Haynes

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

I grew up in a small town called Hazen…it is in the artic tundra of North Dakota, however I still consider it God’s country! Today I live in Easton and only minutes from my sanctuary I call Vagaband.

Month you were born in:

JULY

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I am a nooner….occasionally you’ll see me at the 635pm class and once soccer is over I’ll be back at the Saturday workouts with everyone!

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

I can speak 4 languages, not including English, so make that 5! I have traveled the same path as the Titanic by paddle boat with only a parka and a bag of cheeto’s and I cry every time I watch the Little Mermaid!

Ok…seriously….I have played piano since the age of 6, I am an 8 time Track and Field All American and I do seriously cry every time I watch The Little Mermaid!

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A wife, mother to 2 gorgeous little rugrats, daughter, professional, and a fan of the American Ninja Warrior

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

I don’t think I have that 1 thing that I could say today is my proudest accomplishment because there are so many things I’ve accomplished that I’ve wanted too…I would say my highlights are that I am stronger today then I was 15 years ago when I was competing. I think the fact that I didn’t die during the lunge workout at Mass Mayhem or break down and cry when Mike Dillon was yelling at me to not stop, is right up there too.

Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

One thing to know about me is I always have goals that I am looking to achieve…so here goes some of them…MUSCLE UPS, Rope climbs (multiple times), Consistent on my double unders, help the strong sassy women at VBC make it to Regional’s as a team, always show a positive attitude because you never know who is watching you and finally, continue to step out of my comfort zone and push the limits because I’ll never know how good I can be unless I keep pushing.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

COMMUNITY.COACHES.COMPETITIVE

VBC is my sanctuary…it is the one place I can go to when life presents its ups and downs and clear my head, clear my soul and put everything back in perspective. The people that make this place work are all inspiring in their own ways, and I draw energy from everyone here. These people are also the ones that are picking me up when I’m feeling as if I can’t push it any further! They are the ones high fiving with me at the end of a ‘BLOOD BATH’, and all of us feeling that incredible high of getting through something that a year ago, I would have said I could never do! It’s all of you at VBCthat make me want to come back every day and tackle another insane workout because I know you are all dying with me, next to me!

The Coaches at VBC are another BEST thing at VBC. As much as I want to punch Kevin in the head most days, he can see potential in each and every one of us to go farther, be stronger, and is leading us to tackle our goals and challenges even if that means ‘picking’ on me during a workout. Heather will always be my rock…the fact that she could have taken off at Mass Mayhem before the final workout was to be performed, but chose to stay and give me a crash course on rope climbs, HSPUs, and pistols will never be forgotten. This is a coach that is unselfish in her ways and truly wants the best for us. Bainge…if it wasn’t for his constant yelling at me every time I work out, I’m not sure I would have found my competitive edge again. If he can’t get you motivated, not much else will. Mike D. has helped me tremendously with all of lifts and is the best at handing out ‘tough love’ when you just want to quit. He was also a great inspiration at Mass Mayhem during all of the workouts and is someone again that truly believes in all of us. Dunlap, flat out intimidated the hell out of me from the get go…still does on occasion. I strive to have the same work ethic and dedication as him. He is someone to aspire to and shows us that it’s all possible no matter what.

Lastly, maybe the BEST thing about VBC is that I finally get to share something with my husband, Mike. I love our chats at night about the workouts, I love that he is my biggest fan and I am his and I love that he pushes me everyday to be better than I was yesterday.

 

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Vagabond of the Month for September:

Steve Johnson

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

From North Dakota but grew up mainly in Easton.  I now reside in Mansfield

 Month you were born in:

December

 What days/times you typically train at  VBC:

I train Monday-Saturday making it to 5, sometimes 6 classes.  Depending on my schedule I will go to the 6am most of the time.  If I can’t make that I will go to the 430pm or 530pm.

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

I can cook, sort of…Give me enough time I can draw almost anything…I’m good with numbers,  not rainman level but close. And for some reason my brain remembers what year movies were made.

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A father, a brother, a son…and a financial advisor

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

I am most proud of the recent garage games.  #1:  I was lucky enough to be on an awesome team. #2: I didn’t think I would have enough stamina to do that much in one day.  I hurt my back a week before the games and Kevin did a great job getting me healthy and ready.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

Currently doing the 30 day burpee challenge (ending with the burpee mile). …I have a lot of things to work on.  I need to get better at most of the Olympic Lifting, double unders, etc…I would like to weigh around 185lbs.  When I started in April I was around 230-235lbs. I am now in between 210-215.  I would also like to increase my endurance during specific workouts.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The best?  Jeez…it is tough to narrow it down so I will just regurgitate how I feel.  I used to go to the gym…started 4-5 days a week out of college.  That turned into 2-3 days a week.  Then 1-2….No plan, no accountability, no programming. Boring.  As a result, I was slowly gaining weight every year.  Before joining Vagabond I didn’t know if I was going to join a CrossFit gym.   Or if I was, which one would I go to.  One day I was fortunate enough to be talking to Keith Derba  who walked me down to meet Kevin.  I signed up then and there.  Then, during my On Ramp, I got to experience the workouts and fell in love.  I played football for 14 years and it was the first taste of real workouts since college.  I also quickly realized how much I didn’t know about exercise and fitness.  The atmosphere at Vagabond is addicting.  Everyone I have met is awesome and it is part of the reason I show up as often as I do. The coaches are really unbelievable.  From their attitudes, to their knowledge, it is really a luxury you can’t get anywhere else.

Vagabond of the Month for August:

Larry Fleischman

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

From Stoughton, Live in Easton

Month you were born in:
November

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
Usually hit the 9AM during the week, I shoot for 6 days

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

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
a father, husband, business owner

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
It’s not just any one thing, I’m happy / proud that I continue to make slow and steady improvements in the various workouts

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are
Getting better at double unders, mussel ups, clean technique, sub 4 Fran, and eating better (need a lot of work here)

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Well its more than just a gym. The best part of it is the people, the community, there is a real camaraderie with all the members / coaches. When I’m in vagabond, I feel like I am part of something special, and only people there understand. When I tell “outsiders” about it, they just don’t get it. At Vagabond, everyone is always positive and pulling for each other, helping each other get through workouts, be it with some cheering on, or a little friendly competition or both. Trying not to repeat what others have said, but I have to mention the coaches, everyone of them has helped me out one time or another, making me better and keeping me safe (thank you for that). As far as working out, I love coming in every morning and working out, the workouts are always challenging, and I always leave with a sense of accomplishment.

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

I’m originally from Upstate New York and currently live in Easton.
Month you were born in:
September
What days/times you typically train at  VBC:
 
I try to be there Mon-Sat and run on Sundays
Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I’m planning on doing the burpee mile in September….any takers??
In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
A teacher, lululemon addict, paleo eater and non-paleo baker
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
Making it through 13.1 without dying is probably one of the highlights of my Vagabond career so far.  I thought there was no way I would make it through the snatches since 45 lbs was a lot for me but I managed and realized sometimes I am stronger than I think.
Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…
To do a pullup without “a little kip”, earn my way back into the fitness phase and to just keep getting stronger in general.  I have come a long way from the girl who could barely hang on the bar but I still have a long way to go to get to the yearlong goal – Opens 2014…RX!!
What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Aside from the obvious answer to this – the airdyne – I would say hands down the best thing about Vagabond is the people.  The coaches and fellow Vagabonds have made me love working out not just for the results, but for the sense of community within the gym.  I look forward to going every day, even if I know the workout is going to be super tough so I can join in the misery with my fellow Vagabonds.  There’s nothing like trying to get that last rep and having people cheering you on so you don’t quit.  This sense of community is something that I have never experienced at a gym before and I feel very lucky to have walked in the door 8 months ago.   The coaches push everyone with their own brand of encouragement…which may include insults, but it is clear they want the best for everyone in the gym.  I have never been the most confident person in the gym and my Vagabond experience has really taught me to believe in myself more than I ever have.   I credit the Vagabond community for making me into not only a fitter person on the outside but a better person on the inside.  Thanks Vagabonds!

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

I grew up in Florida and now live in Easton, MA

Month you were born in:

I was born in the month of April

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

I train Monday-Friday at the 6am class..

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

 I taught Hip-Hop Dance to all ages for over 5years

In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A Mother & a Sr. Research Manager

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

I would have to say my biggest accomplished since I started Vagabond CrossFit would have to be my QUATS! My first night attending the On Ramp class I got the nickname “Twinkle Toes” as I squatted on my toes! I can proudly say today I have much better squatting form which has helped me progress in a lot of other workouts.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

 My goals would be to continue to work hard and progress at everything, i could still be a lot better with many things .I would like to start attending weekend classes at VagaBond. I also hope to move up to “Fitness Phase” soon and maybe even participate  in the CrossFit Opens 2014!

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

There are many great things about VagaBond. The atmosphere and people are the BEST thing about VagaBond. Before starting at VagaBond i was very intimidated by starting/joining CrossFit, but since day one i knew that VagaBond was very different. Between the coaches and the people everyone is always giving each other positive encouragement and feedback. VagaBond also offers many other different programs like the “pull-up” program etc to help people progress.. I don’t know any other place that offers these kind of programs to help individuals. I’m always talking about VagaBond CrossFit and always trying to recruit new people so they to can experience it.

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

I grew up in Quincy, but have lived in Easton for the past 22 years.

Month you were born in:

December

What days/times you typically train at VBC:

6:00 AM class

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

It may be hard for people to believe, but I was a fitness nut from my time in high school through my 20’s. I competed in many road races, short triathlons, trail races, and even ran the Mount Washington Road race a few times (once in work boots).

I have an interesting job in commercial real estate that allows me to wear many hats, Developer, Project Manager, Property Manager, Construction Manager, leasing etc. Every day, often every hour, is different.

I’m in the final phases (I hope) of remodeling my second home in Easton and like to do as much of the work myself I can. I volunteer at Oliver Ames High School for the music program building set pieces for the musical and Show Choir. (If you have never been to an OA musical production you should give it try). I also love to cook and my wife and I host some pretty good parties.
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In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A husband and father of two amazing girls. A bad golfer who loves to play, although I don’t know why. A skier. A quality beer enthusiast.

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

There have been several milestones for me since starting Onramp in November. I have lost over 25 pounds, which was important for me. I couldn’t do one strict pull up (in part because I weighed 25 pounds more than I do now) and I recently completed three. I could barely finish five strict push-ups and this week did a set of 25. But mostly I think my proudest accomplishment has been taking the step from forcing myself to the gym and surviving my workouts to wanting to go to the gym and trying to get as much as I can out of my workouts.

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

Very Short term – 10 pull-ups

After recovering from knee surgery – move from lifestyle to fitness. I would also like to try a competition at some point.

Long term – Don’t let myself become the unhealthy person I was before Vagabond.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The Passion and the People. The moment I walked into the gym to learn more about the program and met Kevin I knew this place was special. Kevin’s passion for what he does and the way he does it was apparent then and has not wavered. It carries over to all of the coaches, each with a different style and personality, but all with the desire to help everyone grow and achieve all they can. From the Onramp group that I started with in November to Vagabonds in every class I have attended there has always been someone (often times many people), who offer encouragement, advice, and/or a good sense of humor to help the group achieve more. I feel very fortunate to have found Vagabond – What an amazingly unique place.

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

 I lived in Stoughton, my whole life

 Month you were born in:

July

 What days/times you typically train at  VBC:

 Lately I have been going to the 530 class and it’s something that I look forward to after a long day at work.

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

 In the spring and Summer I love to play golf and try to get out twice a week.  I’m also a beach bum and a whenever I get time off from work in the summer that is where you will find me.  Twice a year I take a few weeks off and head to Florida for a couple weeks at a time to just get away and visit family and friends.

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

This past month Walter and I decided to see if we could make it to Vagabond every day for 31 days.  Doing this with someone I train with every day made it that much easier.  During this time we have pushed each other not only to get into the gym but also in every workout that we did.  Yes, it has become somewhat of a friendly competition between the two of us and I’m sure that we will keep on coming in as long as our bodies allow us. During this time I have also started leangains, thanks to Artika and Andrew.  So far I have lost 6lbs, but most importantly I am eating clean and I have been keeping a daily food journal to hold myself accountable of what I put in my body on a daily basis.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

 Where do I start, lately after not being able to do pistols during a workout, I’ve been putting extra time in to get better at those.   I’m also waiting for my first muscle up and have been practicing double unders as much as I can.

 What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

We all know that there are so many gyms like Vagabond popping up around us every day and some may even be cheaper and closer to where you live.  Yes, at any of these places including Vagabond you are going to get your ass kicked on a daily bases.  The differences between those places and Vagabond are the trainers and the people that end up staying with Vagabond and become part of the family.  Kevin and the rest of the trainers push us to new limits every day.  They take pride in our gains and also will help us off the floor when we just can’t seem to get something right and want to quit.  The trainers it there all day in and day out, which to me is amazing because a high percentage of people who come to Vagabond are not true athletes and may never be.  They make our lives better one day at a time as long as you stay consistent and do the right things inside and outside of the gym.  I have only been at Vagabond for a year and it didn’t take long for me to really get to know some great individuals.  The family atmosphere is like no other.  For those who stay and tough it out and strive to do better every day, we know that there will be a great group of people cheering you on and helping you get through those moments when you think you have nothing left.  I am proud to be a member of Vagabond and very glad that I decided to walk though those doors one year ago!

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

I grew up in Stoughton and I’m currently living here in Easton.

Month you were born in:
January

What days/times you typically train at VBC:
I generally try to get in 3 or 4 times during the week at 6:30 or 7:30, along with Saturdays.
In addition to being a Vagabond, I am…
The Director of I.T. for a small Sporting Goods manufacturer in Brockton, MA. Over the past 10 years I’ve been lucky to work for a few small businesses in the area, and help them grow from basically the ground level into successful businesses and found its a niche I really enjoy being a part of.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
In my first two months I’ve lost 14lbs so far, but I really think knowing that I go home every night completely exhausted and drenched in sweat, so I must be moving in the right direction is far more satisfying than the number on a scale.Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…I think I have plenty of room for improvement in just about every area, but one goal I really have my sights set on are strict pull ups.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
I think people elude to it every month in this spot, but it really is true..the best part about Vagabond is the Vagabond community. Both in the gym and out, everyone there is incredibly supportive, helpful and friendly. They’re people that you look forward to seeing every night when you head into the gym and just add that extra motivation.