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Our Queen is the lovely, Catherine Halpin! Catherine is a kind, strong and encouraging athlete. You’ll find her always stretching and catching up with other members before class. Catherine has taken her strength conditioning training to fuel her endurance passion – running. In May, Catherine ran the Ragnar Cape Cod, 5-mile Harpoon and Run to Remember Boston ½ marathon. 3 races in 3 consecutive weekends for a total of 35.2 miles! Plus, Murph! The best part is she is feeling great and has had so much FUN! Thank you Catherine for trusting us with your fitness journey! CONGRATULATIONS Catherine!

Learn more about our Queen Catherine!

What brought you to East Boston?
We moved to East Boston 4 years ago when Jackson pursued grad school down in Virginia, and I found a better deal on rent over here. We love the neighborhood.

What drew you to CrossFit?
I wanted to strength train, but wasn’t confident about where or how to start.

What was your expectation on your first day at CJP?
Straight up? I was super nervous. I didn’t really know what to expect from the programming, but I was sure I was going to be terrible at everything and probably embarrass myself.

How has your perception changed since that day?
Turns out, the 101 class was NOT an audition! It didn’t matter if I knew what I was doing or if I was any good yet. A year and a half later and I am still learning and growing. Everything has a progression – trust the process.

What keeps you coming back to CJP?
This is a place of such positivity! I can sometimes get caught in negative thinking, and walking in here, sometime over the course of an hour, it can be like flipping a switch. To be around people who are trying to be their best selves and so readily celebrate other’s accomplishments and small victories is really unique and pretty special to be a part of. Between the endorphins, the confidence I gain in my own abilities here, and the positivity of this community, I feel better coming here. It’s easy to point to the physical benefits because I can measure them, but the effect on my mental health can’t be understated either.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
I’ve made a lot of general improvements across the board since I started at CJP. They all feel big, but there are so many things that I need work on! The list gets longer, not shorter.
What are some of the changes you have experienced in your physical appearance, strength and/or body composition. I’ve definitely gained muscle and gotten stronger. Since January I’ve been trying to focus on my nutrition to better support my goals here.

How have you used this outside of the gym?
4 years ago I went to Kaua’i and couldn’t finish a 90 minute surfing lesson. So exhausted I couldn’t swim anymore, let alone paddle out on the board, I assured the instructor that I had had a great time and laughing, told him, “I’ll have to start doing some push-ups and come back.” Well, I went back in February and not only finished the lesson, I caught every wave I paddled for with the surf instructor’s help on getting the timing right. I rode all the way in and then hopped back on to paddle right out again – over and over. The thrilling feeling of catching a wave and the absolute joy I felt at being so much stronger that I could do something I had always wanted to do, was pure fun and elation that morning. It just seemed like everything we do here had come together in a very real and practical way that day. Yes, even the burpees.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
I turn 40 years old at the end of this year. If I’m going to be “over the hill” soon, you better believe I’ll be running up and over it. I really like a good chipper, so that’s where my mind is going if can design my own workout.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
No meat head name. Friends and family call me Cat though, so it seemed natural when people here started using that nickname too.

If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say?
I look at this as an investment in myself – of money, time, and energy – and it continues to be worth it.

We’ll celebrate by working out .. make sure you don’t miss out on ‘The Catherine’ WOD!