Members of the Month – The Driscolls!


These pictures are awesome! and the couple in these photos is even cooler!   John and Meg’s involvement and commitment to the community since they joined up has been unrivaled.  There was a good stretch there where they attended 3 or 4 intro classes in a row with a friend or multiple friends who probably only came to get them to stop talking about CrossFit!

More recently, John could be found around the box working diligently on his strength to gear up for the in house throw-down.  To no surprise, Meg was right there alongside relentlessly working on her weaknesses.

I can not say enough about these two.  They even went as far as to send the CFS staff a special delivery of fresh oranges while vacationing down south.

We are very blessed to have them as a part of our community and hope that all of you get the chance to know them, congratulate them and suffer beside them.  More from the happy couple…

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
John: I started following the main Crossfit website in 2011 but thought I needed to join another gym to “get in shape” before I could join Crossfit (which I never did). Meg finally made me sign up in January 2012.
Meg: After months of incessantly hearing about how awesome Crossfit was, I joined in October 2012 and now I couldn’t agree more.
What was your first WOD/experience?
John: My first workout was Fran with Coach Berretta – what an introduction. Twelve minutes and thirty-six seconds later (with some serious scaling) I was hooked. To this day it is my favorite workout and I recently completed a sub 5 minute Rx Fran!
Meg: I did a Saturday intro WOD and the next day went to yoga with Steph. We were doing the warrior 1 pose when Steph asked me if I recently had shoulder surgery. I hadn’t. I told her I did the intro WOD the prior day and as a result couldn’t get my arms above my head. Needless to say, I was sore for days.
When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie?
John: I joined in January 2012
Meg: I joined in October 2012
Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?
Meg: It is our one and only CrossFit. John has been at it for a year and five months and I have been working out for eight months.
When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
Meg: John immediately realized CrossFit was for him and never looked back. He loves the competitive nature of it! I, on the other hand, cried in the car ride home after every workout for the first month. Not because I was in pain or I didn’t like going to CF; more from the mental exhaustion of doing something that was so challenging and outside of my comfort zone. Since then I have toughened up.
What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
John: Short Term – Rx muscle-ups during WODs, general improvement in the handstand push-up department; Long Term – Rx STOH weight in WODs, sub-4:30 Fran
Meg: Unassisted pull-up by December, finishing a competition and generally increasing my strength over time.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
John: Convincing Meg to take up crossfit so I can spend more time with two things that I love!
Meg: I am most proud of doing 15 foot rope climbs. As a kid in gym class, I was always the one who would get on the rope and just hang there, not understanding how to actually climb it. When I did my first 10 foot rope climb I almost asked TJ to take a picture I was so proud. Then I realized that since I was only up to the 10 foot mark and I am five foot 8, I would probabaly be underwhelmed with how high I actually got off the ground!

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
John: Fran is my favorite WOD hands down, but I like it all. If I had to pick a least favorite, it would involve an AMRAP WOD with overhead squats – those suck.
Meg: Most favorite – running, rope climbs, box jumps, sit-ups (really any sort of MetCon WOD). I don’t necessarily have any least favorite movements; I am just not as good at weight lifting movements and pull-ups/push-ups.
What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
John: I am a CPA and work at a public accounting firm (KPMG)
Meg: I am an Assistant Vice President in the Affiliate Management group at Old Mutual Asset Management (a holding company of boutique investment management firms) where I monitor the business performance and strategic growth of our firms
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Meg: Anything outdoors/active! We like to run, golf, swim, boat at Lake Sunapee NH and hang out with friends. John also plays men’s league hockey and he is on a bowling team at Southie Candlepin.
Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?
Meg: We try to stay Paleo during the week (although we do use non-paleo condiments and sauces because we are too lazy to make paleo versions – who has the time?!) and then we inevitably end up cheating at some point during the weekend.
Our favorite paleo snack is Trader Joe’s plantain chips with homemade guacamole. We eat it practically every day. The plantain chips are so good we buy at least 10 packages at a time.
I could go on for days about our favorite non-paleo foods: Smith & Wollensky’s rolls, burgers with buns, Bailey’s (on the corner of East Broadway and L Street) toasted everything bagels with chive cream cheese, beer, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, ice cream, mint milk shakes from Tasty Burger, mac and cheese… The list is never ending.
Fun Fact?
Meg: John and I will celebrate our two year anniversary on July 23rd!

Skin the Cat

100 Double Unders
400m run
15 Toes to Bar
50 Double Unders
200m run
20 Toes to Bar
25 Double Unders
600m run
25 Double Unders
20 Toes to Bar
200m Run
50 Double Unders
15 Toes to Bar
400m Run
100 Double Unders

Level 2 -50,25,15 Double Unders; 10,15 Toes to Bar
Level 1- 10,10 Toes to Bar


  • Joel

    06/27/2013 @ 12:23 pm

    Congrats John and Meg!! Keep rocking

    23:32 (1 dub every 5 and k2e)
    Thanks to Tarzan and Mike for helping me skin the cat and ball up.

  • Kendra

    06/27/2013 @ 1:26 am

    Must work on Dubs.
    Almost balled up – just those last couple of inches; skinned the cat with a little push to get me going back in the other direction
    1 dub for every 3. Rx T2B 24:50

  • jason barrow

    06/27/2013 @ 1:06 am

    Love that picture of Meghan standing hard at Regionals. Did John have a hand in programming this WOD? Definitely wheelhouse for him.

    I’m a big fan of the Driscolls. John was one of the first people when I joined that I’d see a lot and would always make a point of stopping and talking to me. Months later when I met Meg the first thing she said to me was, “I think you’re friends with my husband”, “hell yeah John’s awesome!”. That intro paragraph talks about John/Meg working hard pre-throwdown, similarly I’ve seen John put in some serious time on skills over the past year and seen it pay off. Have you seen his butterfly pullups?! I’ve definitely told myself I need to take a page out of his book before with that focus. Always a good time when I get a class in with him.

    The Meg/John Jenny/Allan power couple crew is the best. They might give Sully a run for hardest social WOD’ers, although they have a much more relaxed laid back style about it.

    WOD: 21:57 Rx
    Quigley you animal, your time was completely out of reach for me. One set T2B’s unbroken, 3 sets VERY broken.

  • Manny Rodriguez

    06/27/2013 @ 1:01 am

    Wod 22:55 RX one of my better days when running is involved in the wod.
    Ball-up/skin the cat no problem with those, used to do those as a kids on mango trees in

  • Nick D'Ascensao

    06/27/2013 @ 12:56 am

    WOD: 23:53 L2 t2b improving but I still need to work on linking them.

    Finally did my first legit ball up. Still working on that skin the cat.


  • Mike Brown

    06/27/2013 @ 12:44 am

    1. 28:24 RX

    2. Balled hard. I’m a baller.

    3. Skinned like 5 cats. I Love dogs. Shamwow loves Cat-Fish

    4. Dominican Tarzan and Joel are monkey men.

    5. My doubs’ are slowly but surely getting better.

    6. Quigs is a beast. Join 7pm.

    7. Barrow crushed it tonight. Some other guy, don’t know him, crushed all. Cue the beast patrol…name!?

  • Kristin K

    06/27/2013 @ 12:26 am

    24:14 Rx. Tried to keep up with Eric this morning, but he crushed it.

  • Bob Pauze

    06/26/2013 @ 11:59 pm

    25:02 – Rx T2B, L2 Dubs (6am)
    Dubs need some work, the last set of 50 took over 3min
    Enjoyed the stretch on those skin the cats

  • L Lebo

    06/26/2013 @ 9:52 pm

    Dear Driscolls, thank you for letting me know that there is such a thing as a mint milk shake at tasty burger. 🙂

    Sorta did this wod today and it was hot!

  • maura

    06/26/2013 @ 2:01 pm

    This wod makes me want to cry. No pain no gain!

  • goose

    06/26/2013 @ 1:39 pm

    loving the comments the last few days, let’s keep it going.

  • nicole d

    06/26/2013 @ 11:30 am

    John and Meg, you are both AWESOME!!! Big congrats, so well deserved!!! I have been taking classes with John for awhile now and he just plain kills it! Dude is wicked fast and just doesn’t quit until the task is done! Meg in amazing in her own right, always looking for how she can improve and I’m pretty sure she frequently gives John a run for his money! These two are good peeps, plain and simple…always chatting it up, making new friends and generally having a good time. It was so much fun at the Throwdown hanging with these two, they both have an addictive energy that just pulls you in! So proud of all they have accomplished and the goals that they have set for themselves!! Congrats again guys, see you both soon!!

  • Mike Quigley

    06/26/2013 @ 11:13 am

    18:23 RX. Unbroken on all of the double unders except the last 100 (those fell apart a little and went something like 39, 10, 5, 5, 2, 10, 5 etc). Toes to bar need some work.
    A little tricky getting the size 12’s under the bar on the skin the cats, but they made it….much easier on the rings.
    Oh, and you’re going to need a whiteboard for this one. Good luck in the heat!

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