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May Athlete of the Month: Lisa Thomas

When did you start with Cumming Strength and Fitness? 

December 2014

Favorite Workout?  

I’m really not picky. I enjoy almost everything we do and always feel accomplished when I leave.

Least Favorite Workout?  

Don’t laugh. Anything with sit ups. I learned early on “ACR” is a thing. I’ll happily do wallballs and burpees for days, but I dread workouts with sit ups. Ridiculous, I know! Luckily we don’t do them too often.

Favorite Movement? 

Deadlift

Least Favorite Movement? 

Cleans

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Snellville and went to UGA. I majored in education, but ended up building a Mary Kay business in college and have done that full time since I was 21. My husband Cory and I have been married for 8 years. We love to travel anywhere tropical and we’re huge UGA fans. One of my favorite places to be is in Athens on a Saturday in the fall.

What were you doing before you joined CS&F?  

Only cardio. I’d go walk/run on the greenway.

What was the first CD you bought?  

Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation

Favorite Cheat meal? 

Mexican – give me all the cheese dip and margaritas!

What were your goals when joining CS&F and have you achieved them? Overall I just wanted to be in better shape and get stronger, so yes, I’ve definitely achieved that. Even though I lead a pretty active lifestyle and ate relatively healthy I didn’t feel like I was in good shape. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the importance of weight training. My body has responded so well to increased weight training and not worrying as much about cardio.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  I honestly never thought I would be able to complete Murph. The first couple of years I was out of town and didn’t get to do it. Last year I went in thinking I’d only do half but was super proud of myself when I was able to finish the entire workout.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?   It’s a process. I love crossfit and want to be able to do this for the long haul. I learned early on not to compare myself to anyone else. I just want to be better than I was yesterday. I don’t worry about how much weight is on the barbell or if I can do a certain body weight movement. Scale where necessary and do your best. Keeping that mindset will more than likely produce the results you’re looking for.

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