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"John has been an incredible inspiration and trainer over the past 8 months and through our individual training sessions along with attending CrossFit classes my strength and fitness growth is off the charts!! I never imagined the strength that was possible in my own body. We often believe that we have certain limits in our ability to achieve greatness in fitness and health."
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What is Craic?

Craic is an Irish word that means “fun.” At Craic, we are focused on improving the quality or our clients' lives through lifestyle, nutrition and fitness practices. Our CrossFit program combines strength training, cardio, mobility and skill work which are all designed to meet your personal goals and give you the best results possible. We work with people at varying stages of life regardless of exercise history, ability level, or age. Every workout we do is 100% scalable and will be modified based on how long you have been training, your current ability level and what your goals are.
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Wednesday 9.17.14

No fundamentals class tonight. We will be running a mobility class from 7:30-8:30p in Norwood. Come get your stretch on!




Today's Workout

For Time:
Run 400m
30-Wtd Situps
30-Box Jumps
Run 400m
20-Wtd Situps
20-Box Jumps
Run 400m
10-Wtd Situps
10-Box Jumps
Run 400m
Rx:40/30, 30”/24”
Int:25/15, 24”/20”
Beg:Situps, 20”/Plates

Tuesday 9.16.14

Reminder that this Saturday the 20th that we will be participating in Sonia’s Run. All are encouraged to come run or walk!  Both Craic locations will be closed. Click here for info on the run.


Hey Everyone.
Today (Tuesday) we are running a special event all day at both locations.

GamePlan Nutrition are running a strength challenge. The workout is going to be the following complex.

2 Power Cleans
2 Front Squats
2 Shoulder to Overhead

The male and female with the highest score for the day will receive a 30day GamePlan of their choice.

They will also have a booth set up with product samples and post workout shakes at CraicWood from 4:30 or so on.

If you can make the 4:30pm or 6:30pm classes on Tuesday please do.

For 10% off all GamePlan products or for more info click the link below.



Brian bending the bar



Today's Workout

Complex Max:
2-Power Cleans
2-Front Squats
*without letting go of the bar

Monday 9.15.14

“People who do not practice and learn new skills never gain a proper sense of proportion or self-criticism. They think they can achieve anything without effort and have little contact with reality. Trying something over and over again grounds you in reality, making you deeply aware of your inadequacies and of what you can accomplish with more work and effort.” - Robert Greene
People are often surprised with how challenging the beginning of their journey at Craic can be. We make no claims that training here will be easy. Learning and gaining the necessary strength to do foundational movements like squats, pull-ups, push-ups and double unders can be very frustrating, especially as an adult, and I totally get it. People feel guilty for letting themselves go and start down the path of shouldas, wouldas, couldas. 
What I’d like to address here is your mindset towards training. Over the past month I’ve had multiple people say to me, when struggling with a foundational movement, “I should be able to do this,” or “Why is this so hard for me?”
My question: If you haven’t been actively working out and practicing these movements for a number of years already, then why should you be able to do them? Why shouldn’t they be hard? It’d be like me getting frustrated because I can’t order a meal in Spanish, despite the fact that I don’t speak Spanish or am only just learning how.
This may seem obvious, but I’m hearing these concerns so often that I want to share my perspective publicly. Of course you can’t do certain things if you are just learning them, or if you don’t practice them often enough. You are here now and that’s what is important. Everything else is just your ego getting in your way. Instead of beating yourself up about what you feel like you should or could do, focus on what you can donow to get better: be patient, be consistent, and listen to the coaches.
I’ve been training three to six times per week for almost eight years and I am still learning new skills, making changes to my diet, refining things I can already do, and eating humble pie often. Trust me when I tell you that the biggest reward you will get is overcoming the struggles over and over again.

The main piece of advice I want to give all of our new members (and even some of our veterans) is to slow down. If you are patient, consistent and open to your coaches’ input, then your development will never end. You are always going to want to be a little leaner, a little stronger, faster, more agile, etc. As soon as you accomplish a goal you will simply set a new one, and that’s totally fine. That’s the game. “I’m not necessarily trying to win at anything, I’m just trying to keep playing.”
There is no success without struggle, and nothing worth having comes easy. All the coaches will tell you the same thing. We know that there is no end to this game and we’re not in a rush. 
I encourage every member to pick a skill or movement you want to master and start working on it independently outside of class times. Move yourself further out of your comfort zone than normal, deal with the frustration, and stay the course. As always, come to your coaches for guidance.
“Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.”
 T. Scott McLeod

Cyrus has such a nice rack



Today's Workout

3 Rounds EFT
Row 500
90-Double Unders
Rest 4:00
Score = Same Score across
Int: (30-50)DUs, (5-10) DHs or Kipping
Beg: 350m Row, 150 Single Unders or 15 attempts, 20 Ring Rows

Saturday 9.13.14 & Sunday 9.14.14

Kettle Bell Class is canceled tomorrow. Open gym as regularly scheduled.



Katelyn digging in



Today's Workout

Saturday 9.13.14
15-Air Squats
Int: Scaled sets of Pullups (1-3), Same w/ Pushups (3-7)
Beg:Ring Rows, Banded/Bench Pushups

Sunday 9.14.14
Strength: Front Rack Squats, Split Squats: Both with a 6 sec pause 12-10-8-6-4 increase in weight every set
WOD: 12 min AMRAP for time: 10 KB Pushpress, 10 box jumps, 10 KB Burpees, 200M run

Friday 9.12.14

Saturday Sep 20th – Save the Date
Our annual 5k is just around the corner! This will be our 4th year participating in Sonia’s run. This event is a special one for us and we hope to get an even bigger turn out than last year. Click here to register or for more info on the event. We will be having a an after party back at CraicWood following Sonia’s race. More details to come!!
Please note that both locations will be closed the day of the race.


IMG_9934Plumbers Craic




Today's Workout

HandStand Practice
(Max Distance)
Partner Workout
B)WallBall 20/15