Member Spotlight
Lisa & John


How old are you?

Lisa: 50

John: 52

When did you begin doing CrossFit? How long have you been with 5280 CrossFit?

Lisa: I learned about CrossFit several years ago, but did not participate consistently until joining 5280 Crossfit in September 2016.

John:  I have played around with CrossFit for the last 8 years. In the last year have made a commitment to get back in shape.

Why do you CrossFit?

Lisa: I do CrossFit for several reasons. First, I feel a great sense of accomplishment purely by finishing a workout. I mean, 4 or 5 rounds of something doesn’t sound too bad, but when you add up reps, it is pretty amazing what you’ve just completed. Also, I enjoy that everyday is different. For a long time I didn’t even look at the workouts before I went because I thought it was just better not to know.

I do CrossFit because I see it making a difference for me both physically, and mentally. I am in the best shape that I have been in since my 20s, and I think that I am actually stronger than I’ve ever been. Mentally, after a trying day at work, heading to CrossFit relieves much of the stress and tension of the day.

John: I like the fact you can set aside 1 hour a day and get a good work out in that will make a difference in getting or staying in shape.

Are you married, single, in a relationship? Do you have any children (“furry” children included)?

We will celebrate our 30th anniversary in March. We have 2 adult children – 25 and 21.

What is your favorite activity to do outside the gym?

Our favorite activity, outside the gym, is spending time traveling with family. When we can’t be traveling, curling up with a good book is always a treat.

How do you make time for CrossFit in your weekly schedule? What’s helped you stay committed?

We often sign up for classes or at least discuss the schedule for the week on Sunday evening, and try to commit to being in class 4-5 times a week. The positive effect that CrossFit has made for me physically helps me to stay committed. But it is the sense of community, along with the encouraging, knowledgeable coaches that keep me coming to 5280 CrossFit. We pass several CrossFit gym on our way to 5280.

How has 5280 made your life better?

Lisa: 5280 has helped me with getting stronger and more physically fit. 5280 has also supported me nutritionally. The coaches set up some nutrition guidelines for me that have had a huge impact on my overall body composition. They also reminded me of the importance of balance in a healthy lifestyle.

John: I have been able to get back I shape and lose a lot weight. I am able to coach wrestling better, able to jog faster, and have sleep deeper.

What is one CrossFit goal you are currently working on?

Lisa: I am working on doing more than a couple of kipping pull ups at a time, and consecutive double-unders.

John: My only goal is to just stay in shape 🙂

Share one CrossFit story… (funny, cool, inspiring, etc)

Lisa: Participating in the 5280 CrossFit Open Friday Night Lights was super fun. Getting to see members from all the different classes competing a cheering each other on was amazing. I never would have thought that I’d try something like that, but I must admit that I looked forward to seeing where my name fell in the list of 50 somethings from around the U.S.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting CrossFit?

Lisa: My advice would be to take the chance to try something new. This gym is a safe place for all ranges of ages and fitness. The coaches work with you where you are at, and will modify movements to meet your needs physically. The coaches are knowledgeable, and work with you to have correct form when lifting.

John:  Recently, I was talking to some of my ex-students athletes and I explained 5280 CrossFit as place that everyone is welcomed and there is no judgement.

Tell us something most 5280 CrossFit members don’t know about you.

Lisa: As a family we have traveled to 4 of 7 continents.

John: I really enjoy working out in my backyard.