Just in time for Open season, we are proud to announce Lisa ‘Momma D’ Davey as February’s Spotlight Athlete! While we had many athletes in our gym achieve great things during last years CrossFit Open, Lisa’s performance each week stood out to many. Her positive attitude and mental toughness embraced the spirit of the Open competition. Lisa was still new to CrossFit when the open came around but she didn’t let that stop her from signing up. She used the challenge as a way to push herself to do things she had never done. She not only posted a score for every WOD, she PR’d her dead lift, over head squat and got her first double unders during the open WODs. Lisa would tell anyone that being able to complete the Open inspired her motivation throughout the year, so jump right and let this challenge motivate you!
Those of you who know Lisa know that she has this positive attitude everyday in the gym. She not only believes in herself but in the abilities of others and is always on the sidelines cheering others on when she’s not working hard during a WOD. This is what makes her such a successful athlete! She doesn’t have to beat everyone on the white board or even post RX all the time, she is an absolute winner everyday because she chooses to be one before she steps foot into the gym.
CS: Tell us about your life out side of the gym.
MD: I am a cancer nurse of 30 plus years. I have 5 children, 1 girl and 4 boys! Ages 28, 27, 25, 23, and 14! I like to read, watch movies and I like to play on line games.
CS: What I your athletic experience including time CrossFitting?
MD: I have always been athletic, taking gymnastics when I was young, running track in grade school and high school, playing softball, continued to run doing the Mini many times, took up soccer at age 40 and then CrossFit at age 52!
CS: What is your favorite move/wod?
MD: I love the deadlift and also the front and back squat. Oh and clean and Jerk!
CS: What is your least favorite move/wod?
MD: The snatch, it is just a tough move to learn!
CS: How has CrossFit changed your life?
MD: Wow, well it has given me energy, strength, and confidence that I did not have before coming here! The mental toughness that it takes to get through a WOD carries over to every aspect of my life now. CrossFit has become a very part of who I am.
CS: Tell us about your open experience and why you think anyone considering should jump in?
MD: The Open last year was an incredible experience. It challenged every part of me but it showed me that I had so much more capabilities in me than I ever knew. If you jump in and go after it with the attitude of doing your personal best you will most likely end up shocking yourself with what you accomplish! Prior to the open last year I could not do DU’s, but I got them 1-2 at a time during the open. I couldn’t overhead squat even 45# at that time but I got 65# several times during the open and I hit my Deadlift PR of 200 during the open! But my favorite memory is that I completed the same WOD the very last one of the open at the same weight as the elites, much slower but THE SAME WOD it just makes you feel incredible! I came out of it with a fire that had me making gains non-stop. Give it a try you won’t be disappointed. You will discover so much about yourself and your ability to push farther than you ever thought!
CS: What is your greatest Crossfit accomplishment and future goal?
MD: I have hit many mile stones, the 20” box jump, HSPU but goal is no ab mats this year! T2B I got you once but I will master you this year! I think that I am improving in each movement and my goal is to continue to improve my technique and of course increase my weight on each movement. I hope to get more of the gymnastic movements this year as well.
CS: What motivates you to stay fit?
MD: I want to be as active and healthy as I can for as long as I can! I have seen over the years how lack of exercise, bad diet and unhealthy habits takes its toll on the body and I hope to avoid many of those health issues if possible.
CS: What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting CrossFit or new to CrossFit?
MD: Stop thinking about and jump in and go for it! It will be one of the toughest things you have ever done but you will not regret it for one minute! I absolutely believe that anyone can do it! It is so easy to scale it to any fitness level and still you get that benefit from it! If you are new scale, scale, scale and learn each movement correctly before you load on the weight. Stay with it, sometimes the progress moves slowly but it comes, and when it does the satisfaction pay-off is great! Some weeks you will think why am I here and others you will think OMG I just did that!
CS: What is something we don’t know about you?
MD: Well most people don’t know that I am an only child. The other thing that might surprise people is when I was younger I was going to Bible college and nursing school with the full intent to be a missionary nurse!
CS: If you were not in the gym you would be?
MD: I would be biking or running! Or just relaxing!