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Our Queen is the lovely, Laura Lakin! We all know her as Captain Laura! We are so very proud of her continued service in the US Army. We see that same dedication and diligence in her workouts. We enjoy working out with her because she always makes everyone around her laugh. Thank you for your strong and awesome community spirit. CJP surely wouldn’t be the same without you and Newman!

CONGRATULATIONS Laura!

Learn more about Laura  below:

What brought you to East Boston? I started to hang out in East Boston a few years before I moved here. I loved the neighborhood and community feel, so when I was beginning to think about moving, I focused my search on East Boston. Personally, I think its the best neighborhood in Boston!

What drew you to CrossFit? I had done CrossFit on and off for about 6 years, bouncing around to different gyms as I moved or my job changed. I have always loved the challenging workouts and being pushed to do things that I never thought I would be able to do. I’ve always played team sports and have operated in teams in the military, so having that built in community was an awesome bonus.

What was your expectation on your first day at CJP? How has your perception changed since that day? Since I had been to so many different CrossFit gyms before, I knew what to expect when it came to the caliber of workouts. What I didn’t expect was to encounter the high caliber character of everyone who works at and works out at CJP! I was very pleasantly surprised to see the welcoming and inclusive nature of the gym and to see how Javy and Sandy have truly built a community and family here at CJP.

What keeps you coming back to CJP? The people, the workouts, and the community!

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit? I am so much stronger than I have ever been, despite taking a different approach to weight and always doing what feels right that day verses being concerned with what is Rx or what is suggested for scaled. I am finally getting pull ups, can get up on the wall confidently, and am beginning to get double unders. Hopefully in the next year Ill be able to fully get Hand stand push ups and double unders. Those Double unders are truly a day to day struggle and some days are better than others haha.

What are some of the changes you have experienced in your physical appearance, strength and/or body composition. How have you used this outside of the gym? Overall I am just more fit. I consistently perform better on my Army Physical Fitness test and never have to do any specific training for them any more. I am proud to be able to lead my Soldiers from the front in thing that are physically tough but also mentally tough. I think that consistently showing up at the gym has built my over all resilience and no matter how long a day or drill weekend, I am always able to stay in the game.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use? Running (or rowing)! Cleans, box jumps, DB snatches… Something like that!

Meat head nickname (with explanation)? Triple L. I was a Lieutenant for so long, and with my first and last name both beginning with L, the nick name triple L emerged. Now I guess I can just be Double L haha.

If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say? Give it a try! CJP is so welcoming and the best I have seen at scaling to all fitness and ability levels. There will always be a friendly face there to help you, and once you start you will love it and keep coming back!

Get ready for the “Double L” workout!