Billy O’Regan – Head Coach
Billy’s sporting background is rugby having played for Munster schools, U-19 and U-20. He always had a keen interest in fitness and strength training and first discovered CrossFit in New Jersey while on a college placement. He began training with Chris and Lucy shortly after they opened their doors, in summer 2012 and was delighted to intern in CFR to become a coach, which he loves. Billy’s goal as a coach is to challenge members to become the best they can be, to have a sense of achievement and satisfaction after every session and to enjoy themselves on their journey, in the focused and fun filled environment of CFR.
Lucy Kenefick – Gym Manager
Lucy’s sporting journey started in her early teens playing field hockey while a student at Mount Mercy College and later at UCC. She continued to “stay fit” while working in banking in Dublin and pursuing a Masters degree. She took off on a world tour in late 2008 and having landed in Melbourne some months later, she reassumed her career in banking and, more importantly, discovered the world of boot camp. She continued to maintain a satisfactory level of fitness but it was not until her brother Chris persuaded her to give CrossFit a go that she too became totally hooked! For her it became a lifestyle choice which addressed her need for personal challenges, nutrition guidelines and insight, friendships, banter and helping others. As part of her research before returning to Cork, she visited CrossFit gyms in Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Hawaii and Sydney and interned at CrossFit Vancouver, the first CrossFit gym to be opened in Canada. (www.crossfit.ca/coaches-cf-owners/testimonials/). Her goal in CrossFit Return is to create an energetic and encouraging community where athletes can achieve their goals, conquer the challenges and have fun!
Aoife Twohig – Coach
Aoife has been with CFR for over two years. She is a level 4 personal trainer and has been in the fitness industry for over 5 years. Aoife has a big interest in strength and conditioning and weightlifting. Her background was in horse riding which she was involved in for nearly 15 years and she competed nationally for her club. Aoife worked in gyms in Cork and always thought she was quite a fit and strong person. She was introduced to CrossFit and it completely opened her eyes to a whole new way of training and she was instantly hooked. Her goal is to help members reach their full potential in a fun environment.
Mike Russell – Coach
My background is in rugby. I played all the way up through secondary school as part of the 1st team and enjoyed the competitive atmosphere. I have always had a big interest in strength and fitness and was training together for rugby and in the gym about 6 days each week. Unfortunately not long after I finished school and broke a bone in my shoulder and did lots of damage to my shoulder, neck and bake which forced me out of contact sport. I looked for something else to take up my time and strive towards and tried a variety of things which included rock climbing but anything I tried didn’t make me want to try again as much as CrossFit did. Although I have kept up these hobbies and try to get outdoors once or twice a week, my main focus is on CrossFit and improving my health and fitness. My aim at CFR is to both improve my knowledge and understanding about the human body and how each person moves differently and also to improve the lives and lifestyles of those who train at CFR.