Athlete Spotlight – Cillian and Laura

One of the coolest couples you’ll meet at CrossFit Merge is Cillian and Laura.  Not only are they incredibly good looking, overwhelmingly nice, uncontrollably fun, and super dedicated, but they also have the coolest accent ever! 😀 We have been so lucky to have them become part of our CrossFit Merge family.  Since they first walked through our doors, they have done nothing but improve.  They participated in both Whole Life Challenges and saw incredible results, they WOD it up consistently (Cillian does up 2 WODs per day sometimes!), and have officially drunk the CrossFit Koolaid 😉 Without further ado, I will give the podium to the awesome Cillian and the fabulous Laura!


How long have you been doing CrossFit?

We joined Crossfit Merge last July when we arrived here from Ireland.

How did you hear about CrossFit Merge?

Cillian:  Laura heard about it in Ireland before we left, when we got to LA we wanted to join a gym. She showed me an article, Crossfit sounded good so I looked up local gyms and found Merge.

What was your first CrossFit Merge WOD experience like?

Cillian: Ha, after reading the article about Crossfit I was expecting a crazy work out with lifts and pull ups, then when Bryce gave us the first work out which was burpees, box jumps and air squats I thought this is a bit tame. One round in I thought I was going to die!

Laura: I was like burpees? We have to touch our chest to the ground?? WHAT? They nearly killed me, and I thought I would never be able to do more than 5.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?

We are not brother and sister ( LC and Kelly!!)

What is your greatest CrossFit Merge accomplishment thus far?

Cillian: Before Crossfit I never saw myself doing Olympic Lifts so getting 355lbs combined split jerk and over head squat last Saturday was a real accomplishment for me.

Laura: Kipping Pull Ups! I kept trying and trying and one day it just worked! And of course the 10k Mud Run!


What is your favorite WOD and why?

Cillian: Any WOD with movements out of my comfort zone, I love the challenge

Laura: I love For Time WODS rather than AMRAP, but that depends on the movements too!

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Cillian: Anything that involves that 70lb kettle bell!

Laura: WODs with running or rowing are so hard!

What advice would you give a new member?

Laura: Take your time, you will get  loads of chances to go heavy, but learning good technique is priority, also embrace the Merge family!

Cillian: Go heavy don’t worry about technique and stay away from other Mergers- don’t make eye contact.


Out of all the hours in the day (both sleeping and awake) how much time do you spend working out? Thinking about CrossFit? Dreaming it? Watching vids? etc.

Laura: My parents keep asking me if I have joined a cult.

Cillian: I love working out everyday and watching Crossfit videos- the coaches eye videos are really helpful.

If you could have only 3 electrical appliances in your house, what would they be and why?

1. Laptop – to watch Crossfit videos and check the Merge blog

2. Sandbelt- for those annoying callouses

3. Fridge – to store all the meat

Why do you think we can’t we tickle ourselves?

Laura: Its thought to be because of the predictability of the stimulus.

Cillian: nerd.

If you were a character on a tv show, which one would you be and why?

Cillian: Laura would be Penelope Pitstop from the Wacky Races and I would be Dick Dastardly

Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds? Why?

With great power comes great responsibility so yeah, bail.

Much rather In and Out which is what we are eating right now 🙂

Where do you see yourself in 1 year?

WODing somewhere in the world- never forgetting all the fun times and everything we learnt at Merge!


Laura and Cillian, thank you so much for being part of our Merge clan.  You have brought something very special to us that we’ll always hold dear in our hearts.  We’ll miss you when you head out in a couple of months, but we know you’ll be doing us proud as you represent us around the world 😉  


All Levels and Beginner Class


Foam rolling


Dead bug drills


Review the renegade row


Workout of the Day (WOD):


7 rounds of:

1 minute of max calories row

30 seconds rest 

1 minute of max renegade rows (40#/25# dumbbells)

30 seconds rest

Score: Total number of calories and renegade rows separate 


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