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December Female Athlete of the Month - Liz Lazzari!

in by Lindsay

You'll find Liz at the gym in the evening, crushing weights with the biggest, friendliest smile. She'll be the one cheering you on, telling you not to quit, and helping you off the floor at the end of a workout. Her strength is #goals for so many of us at CFNH.


1.  When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I did my first CrossFit workout during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, with a Special Forces Team I was attached to. I thought it was so fun and exciting but also terrible. At the time I was only doing running and weight-lifting. I had just graduated from West Point, where I played volleyball, and was really missing that team environment. So I started to learn about it, but with my Army life/schedule I never actually got a chance to pursue it until a few years later, when I got stationed in Monterey, California (really tough assignment smile ). In September 2013, I walked into my first real CrossFit gym…Systematic CrossFit. A small gym, located directly across from the beach with an amazing coaching staff and wonderful, driven people. I did CrossFit for that year and then I got reassigned to Washington, D.C. and had about a year off of CrossFit due to travel involved with that job. And then I got a chance again, at CrossFit Fairfax, run by Jeff Tincher. And again, I fell in love with a great gym with great people and was pushing myself to new levels but I got injured and distanced myself from CrossFit for awhile. Then I decided to return and walked into this gym, about a year and a half ago, and again, fell in love with a great gym and great people.

2.  Tell us how your goals and/or motivations have changed in the last year?  Since we're almost through with 2017, what are some of your new goals for 2018?
Being in a non-military environment for the first time since I was 18 (in grad school at Yale) has been really challenging for me. It has been a whole other kind of stress and I allowed myself to get out of shape this past year through poor diet and excuses for why I didn’t have time to make it to the gym as often as I should have. So over the past few months I have been motivated by an experience I have never really had before: being out of shape. Joining the competition team at CFNH has forced me back into being held accountable and my goal is to continue forward with this programming in 2018 and get back to doing muscle-ups.

3.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
I am most proud of building a community of fitness within my grad school cohort. We meet once a week and do a workout together that I lead them through. And now I get these precious updates from them whenever they workout or when they convince someone else to workout with them. Graduate school can be solitary and lonely work and finding a way to build a team has been a rewarding and fruitful endeavor. Other accomplishments I am proud of: surviving grad school at Yale after being out of school for 8 years…really, it has been quite touch and go. And obviously, very honored to be recognized by CFNH as female Athlete of the Month!

4.  Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts?  What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
Oh daily/weekly diet regimen, how I struggle with thee! I have attempted many fitness diets—paleo, whole 30, macro counting, beach body, kettle bell kitchen, etc. I hate counting calories, macros, small boxes of food. So I attempt to eat as clean as possible in healthy portions. Dream cheat meal: Inn-n-out cheeseburger animal-style, chocolate shake, and animal-style fries (where my Californians at?)

5. Design 2 WODs:  1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).
WOD 1: For Time: 50 deadlifts; 50 wall balls; 50 GHDs; 50 double-unders; 50 cal row
WOD 2: AMRAP in 20 min: 1 MU; 5 snatches (full squat); 5 rope climbs; 10 TTB; 10 HSPU; 15 burpees

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
My life these days consists of many hours spent reading and writing. My literary passion is in combatant war poetry. Most importantly, any free time I find is shared with family and friends being in the outdoors, drinking good wine, and watching great (and terrible) movies.

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I feel like most people know this about me but maybe not: I am an active duty army officer, stationed at Yale, and will be heading to West Point to teach English this coming summer. Other fun fact: I am a certified wedding officiant and performed my last wedding on top of Machu Picchu.

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
CrossFit is about having a fitness family—people that love you but also hold you accountable. There are workouts you will crush and others that will crush you…but there will always be a hand to give you that high-five or help you up. It is for this reason that I continue to have a love/hate relationship with CrossFit and I think most “crossfitters” that are pushing themselves would probably agree on that. It is amazing what our individual bodies can do but what is more incredible, in my opinion, is that which is generated by a community of bodies, working together, to help one another achieve the next goal (whatever that may be). I do not believe in the concept of the isolated genius—as a member of a  team we will become a better version of ourselves, alone we will plateau. In summary, there are days that I hate coming into the gym and days when I can’t wait to get in there and start lifting heavy sh*t…just know that you are not alone, wherever you may individually be on your fitness journey. You now have a team of people honored to sweat, bleed, and cry alongside you. Embrace the terrible to achieve the seemingly improbable.

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