A personal note from Lindsey:
Before you read Lisa's interview...there are a few things I personally would like to share with you about Lisa. Out of the many years that I have known Lisa, I continue to look up to her and to adore her. Lisa never ceases to impress me and her humility is unparalleled. I have watched Lisa get stronger, faster, and better in the CrossFit gym all while she flies completely under the radar and you will never catch her bragging about her accomplishments or her ability to absolutely crush workouts. As a matter of fact, Lisa delayed getting these interview questions back to me because of her disdain for talking about herself. The truth is that Lisa has plenty to brag about. Lisa is a great athlete. Lisa is a very knowledgeable and articulate coach. Lisa is a fantastic person to have by your side and an asset to our team. Lisa is genuine. Lisa is loyal. Lisa is a great friend. Lisa is beautiful and smart and STRONG. Lisa makes a mean strawberry jelly that my family asks for at breakfast time every morning. Lisa always has been one of the strongest girls in the gym, although she didn't show up on her first day that way...Lisa has worked consistently worked HARD over the years to grow in to the athlete that you see today and her dedication continues to pay off. I actually still remember coaching Lisa on her very first day in her On-Ramp class and I distinctly recall liking her RIGHT AWAY. Lisa's likability is something that I see people fall in love with over and over again and we are beyond fortunate to have her as a Stockyard CrossFit Coach.
Lisa makes me better. Lisa makes us all better.
Enjoy her interview below.
What is your “WHY” in being a Stockyard CrossFit Coach?
I am a helper. I love to help people and coaching allows me to help people work towards their goals, which is rewarding for me. Some of my family members would say I like to tell people what to do! 😂
What do you love the most about Stockyard?
I love the diverse group of individuals that make up our collective herd!
What do you love the most about being a Coach at Stockyard? What have you found the most rewarding in your coaching journey?
I love being able to help a variety of people even though each person has different goals and ability levels. Seeing someone get their first box jump is just as exciting as seeing someone get their first muscle up. For each athlete, their accomplishment is a BIG deal in that part of their journey.
What have you found to be the most challenging thing(s) as a CrossFit Coach?
Ever hear the phrase, “like herding cats”??? (Kidding, sort of)
On a serious note: Some athletes expect immediate results and may get discouraged/frustrated when comparing themselves to other athletes. What the frustrated athlete cannot see is the years of consistent training, nutrition and self-care the “veteran” athlete has put in. It can be challenging to help the athlete understand the importance of mastering foundations and the benefit of maintaining consistency over the long term.
What inspired you to start CrossFit?
In 2011(?) I was working out regularly, but was what I like to call just “going through the motions” at a regular gym - with little direction and even less motivation.
When I learned about CrossFit, I liked the idea that if I showed up and gave my best effort during the hour, then the coaches would tell me what to do and teach me along the way. I also liked the idea of doing something different every day, and it was less intimidating than trying to figure out weightlifting on my own.
I knew I was hooked when I was legit sad (FOMO) if I could not make it to the gym on a particular day.
Who is/was your biggest influence in your own fitness journey?
Early in our relationship, Henry encouraged me to find an exercise routine I enjoyed so that instead of feeling like a chore, it would be something to look forward to everyday. Once I found something I loved (CrossFit), exercising became just as important of a routine as going to work. I learned to appreciate what my body is capable of and to use it to work hard and do fun things.
What has been your biggest accomplishment at SYCF? (This can be a multi-part answer that tells from the perspective of both you as an athlete and you as a Coach.)
When I started CrossFit, the idea of being a “coach” was not on my radar. After obtaining my CF-L1 and coaching for several years, I was so excited to attend the Level 2 coaching seminar. The Level 2 seminar pushed me to be a better coach, which also makes me a better athlete.
What is your favorite CF WOD?
Hmm, it is hard to name just one. I love a good chipper WOD, especially if there are double unders, bench press or running (gasp!). I love teamers/partner WODs.
What is your least favorite CF WOD?
1. Any workout that comes after a poor lunch decision! Hear me out… Years ago, I was struggling during an afternoon workout, and admitted to Lindsey “I made a poor lunch decision” that day. The poor decision was a huge burrito, and I was burping up beans, cheese and salsa during the entire workout. TMI – I know! However, this day was a good reminder that the choices and actions we take during the 23 hours outside of the gym have a direct effect on the 1 hour we spend inside the gym.
2. For real though, “KALSU” is a least favorite workout. 100 Thrusters for time, with 5 Burpees at the top of every min = DEATH
What is your diet/nutrition like?
Over the course of 6+ years, I have tried different things to find what works well for my body and lifestyle. I've participated in various nutrition challenges that helped me learn to pay attention to how my body feels when consuming certain foods. Through the challenges, I learned that my body feels best when eating lots of veggies, lean meats, good starches and drinking lots of water. I focus on eating high quality, non-processed foods at most meals and I prepare most of my meals at home.
My family has a running joke about a meal getting bonus points for “having good color” but in all seriousness, a plate with lots of color is a good indicator you are eating a variety of real foods.
What supplements do you take?
My supplement regimen is minimal because I try to get what I need from eating real, whole foods. If I am coaching and cannot get home to dinner, occasionally I will have a whey protein drink after a workout. I take turmeric for inflammation and vitamin C.
Do you have any other significant habits that you believe attribute to you being a healthier you?
I am generally a very positive person and am a true believer that a positive outlook helps improve many outcomes. I strive to maintain a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) during everyday life stresses, sickness and injuries and truly believe mindset affects how you feel. Example: Staying positive mentally while taking a smart, realistic approach to scaling helped me recover from a recent back injury.
Tell us some things about your life outside of the gym... Pets? Kid(s)? Family? Where are you from? What is your favorite sport? What is your favorite thing to do (other than cfit? 🤣) What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite holiday?
I grew up right here in Chesterfield and my immediate family still lives in the area. I went to Lynchburg College (now University of Lynchburg, Go Hornets!) and moved back after graduating. Outside of the gym, I work full-time for the Virginia Department of Taxation as a Quality Analyst.
I am married to Henry; we enjoy spending as much time as possible at the beach on Hatteras Island, NC. We like to be active outside and do #allthethings like fishing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding and adventuring! Summer is my favorite season. #summerforever
Do you have any personal records that stand out to you or that you are very proud of?
Henry says I am better at double unders than he is. I’ll take whatever I can get!
Please share anything else that you would like for us to know about you, anything that you are passionate about or anything that makes you YOU!
I am passionate about helping people adapt a fitness lifestyle that they can sustain for the long haul. I’m always willing to help or chat!
This is me on my soapbox: We have one body and we owe it to ourselves to take care of it and have FUN doing it. There are many things we cannot control, but we all have the ability to make positive choices towards an active, healthier lifestyle. It is never too early or too late to start! Even after a hard day in the gym, be SO proud of and thankful for what your body is capable of doing.
This is a simple quote and has become a mantra for many gyms in the CrossFit community and is a good reminder for us all:
“The goal is to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five someone and blow off some steam. So remember that. Relax. Have fun. Workout.” – Pat Sherwood (CrossFit Linchpin)