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June’s Athletes of the Month: Ghilly Ghyoot & Caroline Barton

Congratulations to Ghilly and Caroline, our June Athletes of the Month!

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Check out our interview with each of them below!

Ghilly

Name: Ghislain Ghyoot

Age: 34

Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa

How long have you been CrossFitting? Since January 2011 – 6 years and change

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? I like the technical things, Rope Climbs, Olympic lifting work, Muscle Up’s, Hand Stand Push Up’s, Double Unders…and squatting and deadlifts.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Long slog metabolic type workouts are not so fun.

What is your previous workout/athletic background? General mix of sports but primarily Rugby and prior to coming to Cayman, Cycling,

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? First WOD was half cindy, but my opening memory of Crossfit was 2ndinduction class: Overhead Squats with a 45lb bar resulted in my fingertips tingling. Matt said it could happen but not to push OH Squats too hard (ie scale volume!) Well I did all twenty and then for the next two weeks my hands were useless. Like a T-Rex, I couldn’t write, type, shave, hold a mug of coffee. Fine motor co-ordination was shot. Matt said it was the worst case [of nerve pinch in the shoulders] he’d ever seen. At least it wasn’t rabdo.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? At first my “cardio” fitness shot up to its highest level ever, then strength followed suite. Natural effect thereof was a metabolism increase which reduced body fat considerably. What resulted from all the eat clean / 30 day challenges etc lowered my alcohol tolerance to that of a 13 year old girl (made boozing cheaper). I’ve now stopped all eating challenges, paleo diet etc as very difficult to maintain, but it’s had no real effect on my metabolism yet. Sustained training over the past 6 years have kept my metabolism fast (and booze tolerance down.) and general level of fitness at a level that even if I go months without training, like when we had a kid….and another one…there was no real discernable drop in general fitness. Only things to go are top line fitness (which can be recouped within weeks) and strength (months). I suspect it would take a year plus of no training before metabolism broke down to its old ways.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? Suck it in and walk it off.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? Top tier level of coaching. The coaches are mature enough and understand the difference between improving yourself for the better, versus just trying to PR (most often to the detriment of your…lower back, rotator cuff, etc etc) which is often where CrossFit gets a bad rep from.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? True fitness is an investment that will truly keep you younger and make you live longer with more qulaity. Obtaining true fitness is hard as f#$k. It takes commitment, dedication and sacrifices, much like rearing children (or orchids?) in that the rewards outweigh the effort put in. CrossFit can help achieve that faster and easier than other methods and makes a terrific supplemental for any other sport. Plus there’s no age barrier, start as young or old as like, because it’s scaleable.

 

Caroline

Name: Caroline Barton

Age: 36

Hometown: George Town, Cayman Islands

How long have you been CrossFitting? 8 years I think, as long as there has been a CrossFit Cayman

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Diane. I love deadlifts and short workouts.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Anything with running more than 400m.

What is your previous workout/athletic background? I never really had much of an athletic inclination beyond PE in school. I did TaeKwonDo a bit in university, lots of Pilates and roamed the gym a lot in my early 20s.

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? I loved the certainty, the push and the variety. I found myself wondering aimlessly through gyms, spending an hour but probably only doing 30/40 mins of work. I love that with CrossFit I can get there, focus immediately on what I need to do that day and get it done with efficiency.
What results have you seen since CrossFitting? Overall energy, strength and endurance. I’m now a strong woman, full stop. You don’t realize it until you go on holiday with a toddler and lift and carry as much as your husband 🙂

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? Focus on my breathing, it shuts the voice in my head screaming in agony. I know my body is capable so I just focus my mind.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman?
The structure and programming, knowing every workout counts for something. There are no wasted days.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman?
Don’t be intimidated, start with baby steps. There is someone here that weighed more than you, ate worse than you, breathed harder than you, sweat more than you and ran slower than you – we all started somewhere. Finally, find a CrossFit friend who gets your aches and pains and will keep you accountable.

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