Lisa is an inspiring individual.
I’ll be honest when she first came in to the gym, I was a little intimidated. She was already a good athlete that had some opinions about things she had done at other gyms and had strong feelings around strength…especially with a barbell.
It’s been fun to watch her develop in ways I didn’t think she thought she could. She’s grown as an athlete and as an amazing and integral contributor to the community.
The first competition we hosted at our box made me super nervous. We had taken on a massive renovation to accomodate all of the teams and athletes coming in to throw down and we were up to our eyeballs in work. Thankfully, our community came together to help us get set up for the event. Lisa, with a few children in tow, stood out immediately, jumping right into taping the floors, hand-writing the workouts on a chalkboard and helping clean everything up. Lots of people helped, but I’ll never forget Lisa’s contributions. I’m certain that if a fellow member of the gym needed help outside of the facility, she would do the same thing without hesitation. Her dedication and community can be felt by all. If you’re new to the gym or the town of Bedford, she and her family are there to welcome you with open arms. Go to Open Gym on the weekends and she’s there bright and early leading a workout.
18-months later, our innaugural member, Lisa keeps getting better, nearly qualifying in the top 200 in the world in the CrossFit Open. Her opinions inside of the gym are performance driven; whatever will make her better is what she will do. And finally, she has embraced all of the tools at our disposal. Not just crushing long metcons on the weekends, but also picking up a heavy barbell to make her self stronger and ultimately more fit.
Thank you, Lisa for doing so much for me, our facility and for coming in each and every day and giving it your all.
When/How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started CF 4 years ago (crazy to think it has been that long!) A friend introduced me to it and never thought I would love it as much as I do!
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Amoskeag?
The community, there are so many people I have met that our lives would have never crossed otherwise, and that continues monthly, such as 2 new members who recently moved to the area Sally and Karen, if it was not for CFA I don’t know that we would have connected elsewhere in the town.
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
They are 100% of the reason I love this so much. For the first few years my husband was “anti” crossfit, and did not really get why it was so important to me, eventually he was sucked in and finds it just as rewarding as I do. The friends are what make this sport so much fun, I am not so sure I would willingly wake up at 4am to go workout if it were not for all the friends I look forward to seeing each morning!
Who at CFA do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
OHHHHHHH this is a tough one to limit, there are many people who fit this category for many different reasons. Warren is someone who instantly pops into my head and I think it is unanimous around the gym, he is just such a great guy, motivator and makes you want to be a better person. Tiffanie, she has one of the hardest jobs, we show up late, talk over her while she is trying to teach us, leave out our equipment and yet she still shows up at 5 am to do it all over again. I think we are all better athletes because of her coaching and dedication to each one of us.
Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
BAR MU!!!!!!!! UGGGGH
Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit, health or nutrition)?
Nutrition, absolutely it is the ONE piece that is so hard to “master.” Just when you think you are doing all the “right” things you realize there is something you can do better. Finding the balance for each of us is so tough, we all bounce ideas off one and another but fall into that trap “well if it works for him/her it should work for me”, and that generally is not the case.
Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit, health or nutrition)?
Teaching my family how important it is to be active and keep moving no matter what age you are.
Best experience as part of CFA?
Being part of the team. I love how this gym supports each other in so many different ways, I think Jeff, Bob, Michael and Tim have created a gym (family) that is unique to this area. It is not just a place to go and get your workout in, it is a place where you can go to if EVER in time of need and know there is always someone (often many people) who are going to step up support you and get whatever it is needed to get the job done.
Favorite quote or motto?
“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about”
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
“Just get this done” I know when that hour is over I never leave in a bad mood, so even if it is not one of my best workouts, I still leave with that endorphin “HIGH”.
Long term, to be able to do this 10 years from now when I’m 50! Oh and maybe figure out how to get BMU in the not so future.
Your message to readers:
Keep at it, enjoy the time doing it, and leave with a smile on your face!