Jonny and Helen (Helzy) Smyth are the co-owners of Elite 400/CrossFit Northern Ireland, and they opened their box the day after returning from a Level 1 Cert in Manchester, England. At the cert, they asked Coach Greg Glassman to select the very first workout for the new affiliate, and he chose Fight Gone Bad. Nicole Carroll chose Fran for Day 2.
After an aggressive start in the middle of 2008, CrossFit Northern Ireland hosted the Europe Regional Qualifier for the CrossFit Games, an Olympic Weightlifting Cert, a Gymnastics Cert and, most recently, a Level 1 Cert featuring elite athletes/coaches Lisa Ray and Pat Barber.
During the recent Level 1, Sevan Matossian spoke with Jonny and Helen about hosting Mikko Salo and the European regional, the challenges of securing equipment, and the fitness culture in Europe.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 16, originally aired June 8, 2008.