Joseph Irvine: February 2013

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:

I grew up in Quincy, but have lived in Easton for the past 22 years.

Month you were born in:


What days/times you typically train at VBC:

6:00 AM class

Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

It may be hard for people to believe, but I was a fitness nut from my time in high school through my 20’s. I competed in many road races, short triathlons, trail races, and even ran the Mount Washington Road race a few times (once in work boots).

I have an interesting job in commercial real estate that allows me to wear many hats, Developer, Project Manager, Property Manager, Construction Manager, leasing etc. Every day, often every hour, is different.

I’m in the final phases (I hope) of remodeling my second home in Easton and like to do as much of the work myself I can. I volunteer at Oliver Ames High School for the music program building set pieces for the musical and Show Choir. (If you have never been to an OA musical production you should give it try). I also love to cook and my wife and I host some pretty good parties.
In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A husband and father of two amazing girls. A bad golfer who loves to play, although I don’t know why. A skier. A quality beer enthusiast.

My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

There have been several milestones for me since starting Onramp in November. I have lost over 25 pounds, which was important for me. I couldn’t do one strict pull up (in part because I weighed 25 pounds more than I do now) and I recently completed three. I could barely finish five strict push-ups and this week did a set of 25. But mostly I think my proudest accomplishment has been taking the step from forcing myself to the gym and surviving my workouts to wanting to go to the gym and trying to get as much as I can out of my workouts.

Some current training goals and/or personal goats are…

Very Short term – 10 pull-ups

After recovering from knee surgery – move from lifestyle to fitness. I would also like to try a competition at some point.

Long term – Don’t let myself become the unhealthy person I was before Vagabond.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

The Passion and the People. The moment I walked into the gym to learn more about the program and met Kevin I knew this place was special. Kevin’s passion for what he does and the way he does it was apparent then and has not wavered. It carries over to all of the coaches, each with a different style and personality, but all with the desire to help everyone grow and achieve all they can. From the Onramp group that I started with in November to Vagabonds in every class I have attended there has always been someone (often times many people), who offer encouragement, advice, and/or a good sense of humor to help the group achieve more. I feel very fortunate to have found Vagabond – What an amazingly unique place.