Lisa H – Athlete Profile

First Name & Last Initial:
Lisa H

Omaha, NE


Mental Therapist at Project Harmony

When did you first start CrossFitting:
June 2015

When did you first start training at IHCF:
June 2015

Favorite WOD:
Anything with squats or deadlifts

Least favorite WOD:
Anything with running.  I am starting to not hate running as much as my endurance is slowly improving.

Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
My body isn’t much for endurance so my sports I played in high school were tennis and golf.  I also enjoyed weight lifting, but I was in a pretty bad car accident my senior year of high school and I ended up having to quit my sports due to the injuries.  After the accident I would work out here and there but not consistently.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit  Take us back to your first WOD… What was it and how did it feel?:
I first got exposed to CrossFit because Jenn H and Jen S would always tell me about the crazy kettlebell workouts Chris would have them do.  Then Chris started free bootcamps last spring and Jenn H talked me into going.  All I remember was that we were doing all of air squats and burpees and I thought I was going to pass out.  I left feeling exhausted but had a blast and wanted to do it again.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit (before/after):
The biggest change would be the increase in strength.  I felt that I was always limited in the amount of weight I could lift due to my old injuries.  With the continued help from Chris on assisting me with my technique, form and scaling workouts I have been able to work past the limitations I have always placed on myself.  Also, Dr Heck has been a huge help finding the source of my injuries and not just treating the physical symptoms.

Currently, I am the strongest I have ever been.  When I started IHCF I was only able to deadlift 83lbs.  Now I have a 1 Rep Max of 163lbs.  I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I would be able to lift over my body weight.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected:
I wouldn’t trade my career of being a therapist specializing in trauma, but it is emotionally and physically draining.  IHCF has become my safe place.  When I walk into the box I am able to forget about work and my cases and just focus on the WOD for that hour.  For that I will be forever thankful to have the IHCF and the IHCF family in my life.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/IHCF moments:
I have many favorite IHCF moments.

The one that stands out to me was one of the other athletes was talking about having difficulties potty training his child.  I told him I had poo-dough I used with my kids in my office before.  So the next day, sure enough, I brought the poo-dough to IHCF for him.  It’s always funny the topics you find yourself discussing with the other athletes.

Any advice for people just getting started:
Never set limits on what you can do.  When you first start you will feel defeated at times, but push through and you will be amazed at what your mind and body are capable of.

What are you hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit:
I love to travel, ski, spending time with my family, friends and fiance, and lastly wedding planning.  I am getting married in June of 2017 so my new hobby is now wedding planning.  It’s been stressful but fun.


We appreciate hearing a bit of your story, Lisa.  Thanks for sharing it and we look forward to seeing you continue to improve AND become a Mrs next year!