Prototype of the Month: Liz Mason
1.) Share you CrossFit Prototype experience and fitness journey
Starting CrossFit was something I resisted for a long time. One of my friends would always talk about it, and I would just try to block her out. I liked going to the gym on my own time and working out what I wanted to work out. Looking back, I never really got results from this. I didn’t realize this at the time, because I felt like I was strong and I thought I knew what I was doing. I finally agreed to try CrossFit when I signed up for my first Tough Mudder. I had been doing Spartan Races too, and figured it could only help with the obstacles. My plan was to do CrossFit for 6 months, but I loved it so much I never stopped coming. Naturally, I am a competitive person, and CrossFit has amplified my drive and determination. It’s given me goals to work for. I have seen so many gains lately; I just want to keep pushing myself. My only regret is not signing up at CFP sooner. When I started, I said I never wanted to get into competing, and here I am, doing several competitions a year. I also said people who did “Murph” Rx were out of their minds, and I could never do that. On Thanksgiving, I finished my first Murph Rx. I continue to surprise myself every day.
2.) What is your favorite part about being at CFP?
My favorite parts about being at CFP are the people and the work outs. Waking up early to work out can be difficult, especially because I never considered myself to be a morning person. The friends I have made here motivate me to wake up every day. It’s even better when I’m excited about the work out – I can’t wait to wake up! The CrossFit community at CFP is unlike anything else, and I’m truly happy to be a part of it.
3.) What are you hobbies and activities?
Besides CrossFit, I like to run and take my dog to the park. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a very active breed, which fits my lifestyle. I also enjoy cooking, baking and traveling.
4.) How has (if it has) CFP helped you outside the gym (in sports etc)?
CFP has helped me tremendously in the Spartan Races. These races require a lot of upper body strength, grip strength and endurance. Over the years, they continue to get harder, and I feel like I have been able to adapt well.
5.) What are you continuing fitness goals to this point?
I want to continue to work on my strength. I feel like my conditioning is where it needs to be, so I need to focus on my strength, especially squats. Getting a kipping ring muscle up is also on my list. 2015 was a big year, so I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for me. My goals this year were to complete the Spartan Trifecta and get a Thick Green Band – I did both!
6.) Favorite Quote:
“ When you’re not training, someone else is” and “ Go hard or go home”