EACH MONTH WE HIGHLIGHT AN ATHLETE THAT HAS SHOWN GREAT PROGRESS AND/OR DEDICATION...
January 2018 - Liz Johnson
January's Athlete of the Month us Liz Johnson! Liz made a choice about a year ago to really put everything she has into training, and it has paid off. Despite some injuries, she's stayed on track, scaling when needed, but pushing forward when possible. Her squats have nearly doubled in weight and she is constantly working on refining her gymnastic and olympic lifting skills. If you're looking for Liz, you'll probably find her buzzing around the 10am class, cracking jokes and heckling the guys, or at an open gym trying to reach that 300lb deadlift! (Coming soon Liz!....)
Q. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
A. I live in Amityville and am a stay at home mom to two great kids. I have been crossfitting for a little over five years.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CROSSFIT AND AT CROSSFIT COBALT?
A. I got started with crossfit because of my sister (Coach Malich). She started a while before I was pregnant with my son. She loved it so much and talked to me about it a lot. I was always an athlete and loved the idea of being in a competitive environment so I started when Luke was five months old. I started at another box but once my sister began coaching at Cobalt, I made the move too.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF CROSSFIT?
A. I don’t think I could name one favorite part. There is so much I love about it. I love that everything I need to do to get in a great workout is already planned out for me. I love the community. I love the growth I have seen in myself, not just physically. I love how it has become not an obligation for me anymore but a habit. I love that even in your failures you are still getting closer to your goals. I could go on…..
Q. TELL US YOUR MOST MEMORABLE WOD AND WHY…
A. I have two most memorable wods. One is my first Murph. I was crossfitting for just about five months and, needless to say, I did it scaled. I had to still do about thirty more push ups (a move I still struggle with) and I started to cry. Yeah, cry…it was bad. I got through them and that last mile run felt like a walk in the park! The second was the first time I Rx’d Fran. I had just started to get pull ups and was determined to finish it. My time sucked but Beth got me through it and I was proud of myself for having a bench mark to beat.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS AND GOALS?
A. Future plans are to just keep working. I have so much I want to accomplish. I want to increase my upper body strength, get better at gymnastic movements, one day get a muscle up! I am currently focused on my stamina and trying to stay as close to my red line as I can in every workout. My goal is to never leave the gym with any regrets….could have gone faster, should have gone heavier etc. And to let go of my mental blocks and fears that come with some lifts.
Q. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE WORKOUT NAMED AFTER YOU WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A. My Wod would be the Lizzie Love. A good old chipper with all the stuff I love: deadlifts, back squats, box jumps, burpees, doubles, wall balls, throw some runs in, tire flips, sand bag tosses ( I think we can see why I need to work on my upper body strength!)
DECEMBER 2017 - Tom Miele
NOVEMBER 2017 - Delia Keane
OCTOBER 2017 - Antonio Monserratte
September 2017 - Ed Cuff
August 2017 - Amanda Barry
JULY 2017 - Keith Irizarry
JUNE 2017 - Iverine Anderson
MAY 2017 - Jason Bryant
APRIL 2017 - Kimball Smith
MARCH 2017 - David Godfrey
FEBRUARY 2017 - Christina Dierlam
JANUARY 2017 - Kyle Lick
DECEMBER 2016 - Cindy Godfrey
NOVEMBER 2016 - Tommy Berman
OCTOBER 2016 - Carolyn Cronogue
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Jim Baumbach
AUGUST 2016 - Erin Schniederman
JULY 2016 - Seth Maldonado
APRIL 2016 - Casey O'Byrne
MARCH 2016 - Joey Hein
FEBRUARY 2016 - Melissa Miglionico
JANUARY 2016 - Corey Lynch
DECEMBER 2015 - Noelle Hawthorne
NOVEMBER 2015 - Jeffrey Shapiro
OCTOBER 2015 - Paula Hueshcnieder