Congratulations Lisa H.!
1) How long have you been in CF?
I started at Reform in April, 2017.
2) How did you come across CF?
I’ve done the marathon thing, the triathlon thing, the trail running thing, the swimming thing, the spinning thing, and the futzing around the gym thing, but nothing quite fulfilled me. Early 2016, I quit all of it because of a nagging shoulder injury. Jacque Parker, who used to be my neighbor, and I were talking one day and she mentioned that she, Jeff, and Brittney had been doing Crossfit, which explained why she had gotten so buff. I had always wanted to try Crossfit, but was intimidated. At the time they were going to Cinco. I bought a ten-punch card, and went occasionally, but with no regularity. After a freak injury, I took a few months off. When I was healed, I decided to commit to their version of Reboot, and did that for a few months before they closed their doors. I tested Reform Reboot classes for a few weeks, then officially made the switch. I did Reboot for a few months to get my fitness up, then made the WOD commitment in July. Haven’t looked back since.
3) What are your favorite movements/lifts? What are your least favorite? Any recent PRs you would like to mention?
This is such a tough question to answer. I love the power snatch because it’s such a dynamic movement that requires me to be fully plugged in. It’s certainly not an easy lift, but from the moment all of the components clicked for me, it became my favorite. Right now I hate double unders, but only because I can’t do them. They’re like that guy you had a huge crush on in high school, but he didn’t know you existed. You just knew that if he had gotten to know you, he’d fall in love with you. Well, double unders don’t yet know that I exist. But I’m really persistent and determined. Getting a 100 pound clean and jerk was an incredible feeling. PRs are a great feeling, but what REALLY makes me do cartwheels is learning a new skill that I never thought I’d be doing, like kipping hand stand pushups, toes to bars, or walking handstands. That’s my favorite part of Crossfit. There’s a term for people who have an affinity for novelty: neophiliac. I crave new things and Crossfit is a whole bucket-full of new things.
4) What is one goal you would like to set for yourself regarding CF?
Short-term: solve the double unders riddle. Long-term: be a CrossFitter for life.
5) Do you have a favorite girl or hero WOD?
I haven’t done enough of them to answer this. Ask me after Hero Week is over.
6) Where are you from?
Born and raised in East Aurora, New York (the home of Fisher Price), about 20 miles from Buffalo. I grew up with a creek in my backyard and a swamp next door. My husband and I moved to Boston in 1998, then RSM in 2002. When I first moved here it felt like I was living in a resort.
7) If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?
The power to ensure that my daughter has a long, healthy, happy, and successful life.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you pick and why?
Back in time. Regrets, I’ve had a few.
9) If you could host a dinner party with any three people, dead or alive, who would you have attend?
Not dinner. On a boat. My dad, my daughter, and me. He died February 15th, 2003, of cancer, a month before my daughter was born; he desperately wanted to be a grandpa. I haven’t quite gotten around to teaching her how to tie lure, cast a line, or sit quietly and patiently in a boat and wait for a nibble. It’s what he most looked forward to doing as a grandpa and I’m still heartbroken that he never had that chance.
10) Share one thing that people in the gym would not know about you.
In 2009, I ran the New York City Marathon as a charity runner (because, if you’ve seen me run, I’m not nearly fast enough to qualify) for an organization called Back on My Feet. It was started by Anne Mahlum, whose running route took her past a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. She developed a relationship with a group of men who “lived” at the shelter and would occasionally bring them donuts and coffee. One day, she wondered if perhaps running, which had helped her cope with her own anxiety and depression, could help the men and women in the homeless shelter. She approached the director of the shelter about starting a running group for residents of the homeless shelter. Since 2007, when she organized that first group run, BoMF has helped thousands of homeless people get their lives back on track. Today, there are 12 BoMF chapters, including one on Los Angeles. Check them out: https://backonmyfeet.org/mission-vision
11) How has CF changed your life?
I’ll sum it up with two notables: I’ve met some truly remarkable people; and CF has given me the perfect outlet for my affinity for learning new things. Feeling fit and strong at 45 is icing on the cake.
12) Would you like to give any shout outs to those in the gym who have encouraged you or inspired you?
Every single person I’ve met (and many I’ve never met but have heard about) has inspired me in small and big ways. But I’m particularly inspired by the women (and men) who are parents to small children, yet still make it to Reform with their babies in tow. As for encouragement, Ashley, Corey, Dan, Eric, Jo, Miranda, and Zeus always give me confidence when I most need it. I also want to give a special shout out to Dr. Jorge for putting me back together when I haven’t properly handled myself with care.