This month’s Athlete of the Month goes to Lisa Dwyer for outstanding effort and growth! Good work girl!
Hometown: Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland.
When did you first start CrossFit? October, 2013.
Why did you come to CFK? I knew about CFK as it was in my neighbourhood and next door to my doggy daycare. One day, while I was picking up my dog, I noticed a group of CFK athletes running the block. Everyone was super fit and encouraging each other. I thought to myself – “that’s where I’m going to train next” – so I set up my elements sessions the next day (with Nathan) and I’ve been here ever since.
What is your favourite WOD? Karen (because it really, really hurts).
Most brutal and challenging WOD? Murph or Filthy 50.
Favourite movements? Squat, deadlift, practicing and improving pull-ups.
What kind of things do you do outside the gym? Hobbies and interests? Hiking with my dog, dining out with friends, taking a new class (pottery, silversmithing, cooking, agility … I’m almost always enrolled in a class or two at any given time).
What improvements have you seen in yourself, both mentally and physically, since starting CrossFit? I am absolutely determined to get better at this sport every day. I research crossfit tips, I engaged additional coaching at CFK, and I attend classes focusing on areas in which I know I’m weak (e.g., snatch) so I can get better. Crossfit has been a humbling experience and I’m determined to be the best I can personally be.
What’s been surprising or unexpected for you since started at CFK? CFK athletes are inspirational. I am always inspired to improve my performance and get better simply because I want to continue to train and keep up with this group. I’ve also made some great friends at this box who I believe will be a part of my life for a long time. The coaches are also great – I appreciate how they really try to help me improve each time I’m in class.
What kind of advice would you give someone new to the sport? Go easy on yourself – notice the negative self-talk and then let it go. Rome wasn’t built in a day.