For our May male member of the month, we get to know none other than Graeme Jones! Graeme has been part of the CFTH community since he arrived in Hanoi in August 2017. And from that first moment he joined he has brought nothing but positivity and good vibes to the box.
Graeme can talk to anyone about anything at any time. He is the first person to greet you when he walks through the door, and always manages to keep things positive and light even when they’re not. Graeme genuinely loves CrossFit and all that it brings to his life. We can always count on him to be sporting the latest CrossFit attire - not only does he show up everyday, but he shows up looking good!
Graeme is one of the first to lend a helping hand and has truly been a backbone of our community for the last three years.
Graeme demonstrates the great habit of persevering through it all. We have watched him rehab and recover from an injury and come out the other side stronger. Most recently we have seen him push through his frustration with the elusive double under - which he has now mastered.
Graeme, along with his wife Carys (see her Member of the Month here!) will be leaving Hanoi at the end of the school year, and boy will it be bittersweet. We will miss his regular appearance at the box, but know he will be jumping right into a new CrossFit Box in his next home.
Find out more about Graeme and what CrossFit Tay Ho means to him:
CrossFit Tay Ho is more than just an exercise class. It is a community of likeminded people. It’s what I look forward to at the end of a busy day. It’s a group of people who come together to encourage each other to improve and progress. It’s a place where people leave their egos at the door, and enjoy the opportunity to work hard, and meet new friends.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit 4 years ago while working in Kuwait. There was a box as part of my international school which I attended each night after school. It actually took me almost a year of working at the school to pluck up the courage to go to CrossFit, as I had this idea that it was too challenging for me. However, once I went I fell for it hard. I love how varied it is, and how supportive it is.
I have now been attending CrossFit Tay Ho for the three years I have lived in Hanoi.
Favorite Movement/WOD and why?
My favourite workout is DT. I just love heavy barbell cycling, and it’s a workout that is long enough you need to pace yourself, but short enough you can give it your all in those final few rounds.
What is something positive CrossFit has taught you?
Probably the most positive and humbling thing about CrossFit is having to learn new skills. Realising that you don’t know everything, and have to start as a beginner can be frustrating, but it is a sport where you can see progress relatively quickly, which is very satisfying.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out?
Attend classes regularly, and just enjoy being there. You aren’t going to know everything and that is ok. Also, don’t feel silly about asking questions.
How long have you lived in Hanoi?
I have lived in Hanoi with my wife Carys for 3 years.
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of CrossFit)?
Going to Hoang Sen Sauna for a tea barrel and a massage. Gorging on the delicious food here and drinking good coffee comes in a close second.
Favorite thing to eat in Hanoi?
All the Vietnamese food! But since I have turned veggie, I do miss bowls of Pho and Bun Cha.
The Sicilian Pizza from Pizza Belga with added burrata is outstanding. The mushroom burger from Sunkats with fried egg and mozzarella is also a must try!