Our Islip CrossFit May member spotlight goes to a strong and beautiful woman who is a staple at the 6am class. Lisa has been with Islip since DAY 1 and she’s still going hard every week to make her body and mind stronger. Congratulations Lisa! You have proven to be an inspiration to many, always kicking ass at the 6am and coming back strong from an injury and surgery with pride and motivation. Keep on going girl! We love you.
Tell us about yourself?
- Some random facts:
*I grew up in Islip.
*I went to college upstate New York (Utica College) and majored in international business.
*This will sounds cliche, but I am blessed to have an amazing family and awesome friends (Islip CrossFit included).
*I have two brothers (I’m the “middle child”), who have given me two great sister-in-laws, 2 beautiful nieces & 4 adorable nephews! I love being “Aunt Lisa”. 🙂
*I also have the best dog ever (biased?). She’s a 5 year old boxer and anyone who’s friends with me on FB or IG knows she is my baby!! Her name is Georgie and she’s named after my favorite NY Yankee, Jorge Posada
*I’ve run 4 marathons (NYC 3x, DC 1x)
*I absolutely HATE raw tomatoes (and olives, any kinds)
*I’m a huge fan of the Yankees, Giants and Islanders
What do you do out in the real world?
- I work for a Japanese import/export company. I’ve been able to travel domestically & internationally and I work with some incredible people.
What brought you to Islip CF?
- I went to high school with Charlie, who was one of the original owners. He had tried to convince me to go where he was going, but I knew I’d never travel too far to workout – lol. When they opened up Islip CrossFit, I couldn’t use distance as an excuse. I signed up with the “early bird special” and I loved it from the very beginning.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
- Literally since day 1 of Islip, March 1, 2013. I’ll never forget that first Friday night (see next question).
What was your first CF workout? What did you think after it?
- My first workout was an AMRAP.
1 Minute Max Burpees
1 Min Rest
1 Min Max Situps
1 Min Rest
1 Min Max Air Squats
1 Min Rest
- After, I felt lightheaded and my legs felt like jello! I was “convinced” to go the next morning (Saturday) to “stretch out” and somehow I ended up doing the wod. I don’t remember what it was, but it had ring rows in it!! By Sunday night my whole body was SORE!!! I couldn’t move my arms to full extension for days (thanks, ring rows). Naturally, I went back Monday night for more torture!
***NOTE***: We did the same wod on the 1-year anniversary and I improved by 92 reps!
What changes have you made in your diet or workouts that have been the most successful?
- I’ve cut out a lot of carbs and dairy. I also completely stopped drinking diet soda after the very first paleo challenge in April 2013!
Favorite Cheat Meal?
- Probably pizza… or macaroni and cheese. Obviously, I like carbs and cheese! Ice cream, too… and Maggie’s chocolate chip cookies! 🙂
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment?
- Nothing really embarrassing, but this was funny (afterwards, to me). It was a longer 9/11 workout where Frank was talking me through my last set of 11 burpee pull-ups and I really thought I was going to throw up or pass out!! So, I told him this and he said “go ahead, I’ll clean it up. You’re almost done, keep going”… haha. I finished and laugh about it now, but I was truly dying at the time!!
- Or also when Erica locked herself in the bathroom before 6am. Gina and I were there and wondering where she was, then we heard her calling us from the bathroom!!
- Before my knee issues, it was overhead squats. I still love them, but I usually have to go lighter/less reps. Now, I’d probably say hang cleans are my favorite!
Least favorite movement?
- I hate the deadlift!!! I don’t know why, but I absolutely hate it. A LOT… end of story
Favorite Benchmark WOD?
- I’m not sure which is my favorite. I like Crossfit Total, or maybe Grace. More so because one of my favorite memories is finishing Grace at Rx for the first time. I was last to finish in my heat (5:51) and really thought I wouldn’t be able to get the last 10 reps done!! In typical Crossfit fashion, everyone was cheering me on and I did it! Without everyone cheering, I seriously may have quit with just a few reps left (I totally wanted to!!). I PR’d the next year by almost 90 seconds!!
Favorite memory OR most memorable moment at Islip Crossfit? (could be a PR moment or an event etc.)
- So many, but I will go with just 2 days ago (4/28). I finally PR’d my power snatch!! I’ve tried (and failed) 95 lbs for about 2 years!!!! 85 seems to have been my comfort zone forever, with 90 on a good day! (And I swear I got 92.5 once, but it’s not in wodify?!?). Anyway, we were going for a heavy double and I failed it (surprise, surprise). Then I dropped to 90 for 2 (felt good), so I tried it again…. got it… 2nd one? Not so pretty (ask Nick), but it did end up overhead! Ha! Overall, I did it 5 times that morning!! (I’m still so excited about it). During this years open, I failed it for about 5 minutes straight!!!
What motivates you to keep coming back each day?
- Definitely the members and coaches! I can’t think of starting my day any better way than with my 6am crew! I also love Sunday Funday since I get to see everyone who doesn’t go to 6am (and my misfits)!
Something no one at the gym knows about you?
- I have an odd fear of heights and falling!! Which is why you will probably never see me do a rope climb!!!! Yet, I love any roller coaster, no matter how high it goes…
What is your greatest achievement in your fitness so far?
- I’m not sure this is my “greatest achievement”. But, finishing Murph in 2015 was pretty amazing (and painful). It was the first time I did it with pull-ups (no vest) and my hands started ripping after about 75 of them. By the time I finished, my hands were bleeding and I had 9 rips!
What has been the most challenging part?
- Trying to overcome knee problems!! I’ve had meniscus surgery, gel shots, I modify, I scale but I still battle knee pain with certain movements!! So, I cant seem to get back to where I was 2 years ago! It’s extremely frustrating, but the coaches (and members) have totally supported me and help me modify any workout. I’m thankful for them for always coming up with something for me! Except the day Nick introduced me do the assault bike to replace double-unders!! I dropped to floor when I was done and thought I might die (for real)!! Haha! (I may, or may not, be secretly thankful it’s been broken – lol… yet, I do kinda miss it!).
Short term goal?
- Work on stringing sets of pull-ups and TTB again. I also need to work on push ups and HSPU’s.
Long term goal?
- Keep my knee in good enough shape to continue doing Crossfit. I’ve accepted (not easily) I may not be able to Rx often anymore, so being able to get a good (modified/scaled) workout in, is better than no workout at all!! 🙂
What/Who motivates or inspires you?
- My four amazing grandparents have always been an inspiration to me. They are no longer alive, but they all came to this country while both of my parents were very young. They made an incredible life for themselves starting off with very little and working very hard… Their memories and stories continue to amaze me!!
- I’m a song lyrics person (which is like a quote, I guess). I have so many favorites, but one of my top favorites would be: “Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain”… -Dave Matthews
What Superhero are you?
- What girl doesn’t want to be Wonder Woman? 🙂
- Heights and falling (see above). I also fear cancer because it’s such a horrible, horrible disease! I fear it for myself and for any family member or friends.
Favorite workout music?
- I don’t have a particular favorite, but I always love when Eminem comes on… or the Red Hot Chili Peppers (which doesn’t happen often, but I love it when it does).
- All vacations are great!! But, probably one of my family reunion vacations (Smokey Mountains, Virginia Beach or Outer Banks). I also went on a cruise with about 20 good friends from high school, which was a great time.
Advice for a new member or someone thinking of trying CrossFit?
- Never think you physically can’t do something. It may take you longer (or less time) than someone else, but you can do it if you work hard and keep at it. And mostly, no matter what weight you move, or however you scale a workout, you’re moving and doing more than many. Keep pushing and you can reach those goals! Have fun and don’t let that Rx button intimidate you.