September Athlete of The Month – Liz Ronco!!

State your Name and/or Nickname please:liz5

Words to live by?
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” – Nietzsche

What is your fitness background?
I’ve played volleyball since I can remember. It pretty much ran my life for about 10 years all the way through college, and I loved it. After that, I dabbled in the general gym arena, but it never much caught on. I love to hike and be out doors.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
2.5 years. How time flies!liz3

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I don’t remember the first day as much as I do the introduction class. I started when I still lived in California, so I wasn’t at CFA yet. I remember I felt pretty confident, definitely wanted to get stronger, and slightly intimidated…okay very intimidated. Everything was going along relatively smoothly until I had to do a clean. Let’s just say the execution was….awkward. Since then, I like to think things have gotten a little less awkward – although there are moments. Once I realized the only person I was competing with was myself, I was able to get a lot more comfortable with the workouts.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
My favorite part of Crossfit Austin is the people. From the amazing coaching staff to the evening workout crew. They’re the best!

Current Training Goals/PRs?liz2Working out 5 days a week. Most of it’s done with Crossfit, but I make sure to squeeze in a run or a hike, as well. I travel a lot for work so between that and a desk job, staying active when I can is very important.

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Technique, technique, technique. If you are not comfortable with the movement, go a little lighter with the weights – even too light. There is plenty of time to build up. And listen to your body, sometimes it just says ‘no’ or ‘I’m a little slower today’. It doesn’t mean don’t go out there and give it your all, just be mindful when you do it.

What is your cheat meal go to?
Would you like the full list or should I just seem like a normal person and name one thing? Let’s go with chocolate…it’s the root of all my weaknesses anyway. 🙂

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
I don’t have one moment. I have a lot of moments, which is why I think Crossfit is awesome. The more you work at it the more you succeed and achieve those wins, even the little ones. It’s an amazing feeling and it’s why I keep coming back for more!

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?

Tall Person WOD
500 meter row
40 wall balls
500 meter row
20 wall ballsliz4
500 meter row
10 wall balls

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I love hiking and exploring new places.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I have no boundaries when it comes to my animals. I share my breakfast, lunch and dinner with them. They hang out with me all day in my office. They take over the bed at night. And they come with me pretty much everywhere.

Longhorns or Aggies?
Ummmmmm baseball? SF Giants all the way.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Thank you to everyone for making CFA an amazing and fun place to sweat it out!