Prototype of the Month: Lisa Zancewicz

Lisa Z

Lisa Zancewicz, wife of The BZ

Share your Crossfit Prototype experience and fitness journey.

Growing up, I was always relatively active and as an adult, I continued being active by going to aerobics classes (I can grapevine like no other.) and running on the treadmill, but it was boring and I could never really stay motivated alone. Along this path, I realized I needed someone to tell me what to do (a coach) and people around to help with motivation. My experience with CFP is pretty unique. I was around from the start- when CFP was an idea and I have been fortunate enough to see it grow into an amazing place. Buuuttt, I didn’t actually start coming right away. A new place? What if I wasn’t in shape? What if I wasn’t strong enough? Like so many, I was intimidated by big, bad Crossfit. Finally, in January 2013, I went to my first official 5am class. It was dark and cold and Mike was there with an enormous amount of patience and energy. The classes were small and intimidating, but each day I went. With each new skill, there was always a coach, a member, a friend to support me through the class. In the past two years, I have watched the CFP community become something amazing and in the process have made some wonderful friends all while I’ve been getting in pretty damn good shape. If that’s not a life impact, then I don’t know what is.

What is your favorite part about being at CFP?

Each day is a challenge. Just when I feel like I’ve picked up a new skill, another one seems to need to be developed. It’s never dull and laughing at 5am isn’t a bad way to start the day.

What are your hobbies and activities?

When I’m not diligently working to keep two small children alive and safe, I enjoy running and reading. Laughing with my friends and family is at the top of the list as well. If I’m feeling really on the ball, I like doing mental math.

How has CFP helped you outside the gym?

When I started at CFP, I had never really touched a barbell. Just about everything was difficult. I had a huge learning curve, but with the help of the coaches and other 5amers, things slowly came together. Certain things were not going to happen overnight; I had to practice; I had to stick with it; I had to trust the process. Outside of the gym, I use these ideas a great deal in the classroom. Concepts are difficult for kids. Often, I will tell the kids that it took me almost 2 years to “get” double unders. We practice new skills; we stick with it, and slowly, but surely we make gains. Things don’t necessarily happen overnight.
Like many small kids, mine have two speeds – go and asleep. Being able to keep up with them is priceless. I also can carry in the groceries in one trip, which is more than I can say for Brian.

What are your continuing fitness goals beyond this point?

Moving forward, I’d like to continue to stay healthy and avoid negative gains. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I’d also like to be more efficient in stringing together toe to bar and pull-ups. Working on my clean technique rounds out the list.  

Favorite quote:

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson