Liz is fun. She’s also one of our most focused, goal-oriented, and hardworking athletes. It’s always an absolute pleasure to have her in class — she brings a certain and positive aura with her–and it’s contagious! Liz is also a very intelligent athlete — she listens to her body, her mind, and her coaches. :-) Because of this discipline, her progress has been nothing short of amazing. You can find Liz in the early and mid-morning classes, as well as the Barbell Club sessions. Make it a point to meet her — she’ll inspire you, as well as make you smile and laugh.
Occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor. I usually work with people who have had some sort of significant trauma in their lives.
When did you start CrossFitting? February 2015–it was the first week of the Open and I had zero idea what that meant, but everyone was way excited and I loved the atmosphere.
When did you first start training at Big Horn CrossFit? August 2016 after moving from Cache Valley in Utah.
Least favorite WOD (workout): Anything when we run more than 200 meters.
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I tried lots of things when I was growing up: gymnastics, softball, basketball, ballet, and even managed one season of soccer. I got bored with a lot of them and kept going back to gymnastics and wound up in competitive cheerleading. I guess constantly varied has always been my thing!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: I was chatting about my latest attempt to get into shape with one of my dearest friends in Utah. She mentioned she did CrossFit and was wanting someone to hold her accountable to go in the morning. I was way intimidated from the glimpses I had seen online. She told me, “You go hard for 15-20 minutes and you’re done.” She didn’t technically lie.
Take us back to your first WOD (workout): I don’t remember it entirely, but I know it had toes-to-bar in it. When our coach showed us what that was, I laughed out loud because I didn’t think any human could do that without working out 12 hours a day, every day. I instantly loved having a coach again and that nobody let me feel lost or left behind. I also remember laying on the ground at the end and wondering what I had done to offend my friend who brought me and put me through this madness.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body? The biggest thing I’ve noticed is muscle tone. About a year in, I walked by one of the windows in my old box and out of the corner of my eye wondered who had those shoulder muscles. When I looked, it was me and I couldn’t really believe it.
What sort of changes have you seen in your life? I started CrossFit to do what most people want to do: lose weight. I spent most of my life really consumed by numbers on clothes and scales and what I saw in the mirror. Now, I’m more focused on what I am capable of doing and improving on that. Everyone seems to say this, but it is absolutely true that when you’re focused on what you love, you just don’t have space in your brain or your heart for the things you used to hate. I’ve also learned that taking that one hour to just focus on what I am doing in the present moment keeps me grounded. I spend my entire work day focused on other people and it’s very easy to become burned out on that. It’s impossible to worry about what’s going on in someone else’s life when you’re focused on picking up something heavy or getting through a bunch of box jumps.
Favorite Big Horn CrossFit moments: The WOD in the park! It was my first Saturday WOD. I loved getting to know Sam B. and Jess S. while we carried those sandbags and plates for what I am absolutely certain was a million miles. A close second is when Coach Hilary managed to calmly talk me through a PR on Nancy. I couldn’t have done it without her because I truly wanted to just quit. (Running is not my thing.)
Advice for people getting started? Don’t talk yourself out of it. You won’t hurt forever, you’ll get better, and everyone wants to help you and get to know you, and laugh with you, and teach you easier ways to go upstairs after thrusters.
Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? I love hiking and camping! I am also an avid reader, a lover of the Broncos, Cubs, and Grizzlies, a huge fan of my lazy dog, and once in a while I pretend I can play guitar.