Athlete Spotlight: Lisa R.


Lisa R.

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL

Age: 32

Occupation: Charge nurse on a Renal/Oncology floor at Advocate Sherman Hospital

When did you first start CrossFitting?
April 2013

When did you first start training at CFC?
April 2013

Favorite WOD: Anything with jump roping, sit ups, or any kind of clean

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with running or pull ups

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
I played a little bit of basketball in middle school and high school, but that is it as far as sports go. My husband is a personal trainer and PE teacher, and we have been together for 14 years. Since I met him, my fitness level has increased as well as my healthy eating, and crossfit just expands that for me.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I had a friend that did it and she invited me to one of the ‘Bring a Friend’ days….it was Fight Gone Bad. I literally walked in, did the workout, left, and could barely get up the stairs when I got home, and felt like I was going to die the next three days but I fell in love with it!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)

I am soo much stronger in both mind and body…I am lifting and doing things that I never thought I would ever do in my lifetime. Crossfit has increased my confidence with almost every part of my life.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I have always hated hated hated working out. I never enjoyed anything that had to do with going to the gym or classes. I feel like crossfit doesn’t allow me to judge myself because there is no time to do so in the workouts! Because of this, I enjoy coming to class every time.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFC moments.

I like the people that I work out with, I have my morning and evening ‘crew’. I like the fact that we can get together as a group and go do different things that I have never done before, like rock climbing. The people are what makes me come back every time.

Any advice for people just getting started?

Take it easy and don’t get discouraged. Scale scale scale.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

No real hobbies or talents. I enjoy reading when I am able to.


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