Meet Elizabeth Brothers
I’m originally from Garland, Texas or “G-Town.” I come from a family of 5 and we are all red heads. I got married to my husband Jason in 2001 and we have 2 “babies,” ages 10 and 14 (6 if you include our 4-legged babies). Being a military family, we’ve moved around quite a bit and have landed in the Fort Hood area twice, so it’s nice to be back in our home state for a while. I have a Master’s in mental health and am currently working as a counselor for children and families. I’m a Jeep lover and like to do man jobs, like building stuff and getting my hands dirty.
How did you get interested in Crossfit?
Prior to joining, I had been going to local gym that left a bad taste in my mouth and was looking for a new place. My husband and friends had been doing Crossfit and had gotten good results in the past, but I couldn’t picture myself actually doing it. My friend AnnMarie tried conning me into going to the box for about a year before I finally caved. Thank God for persistent friends! I tend to get distracted during my day and would put off going to the gym because life would happen and I’d end up doing something else. So, I started off going to AnnMarie’s crazy early 5am class (hence the reason it took a year for me to come). After a while, I realized it was much easier to not let my day/life get in the way if I snuck off at 4:30am to go to cf! No distractions and too early to come up with excuses to do something else! When your motivation is down, how do find the drive to get up and come in? At times, I do dread getting up at 4:15 to go to the box. But, once I’m dressed, I’m usually awake and ready or wake up pretty quick once I get to the gym and smell the sweat coming. My 5am crew is pretty amazing and keeps me accountable. I love seeing them in the morning and talking smack about Josh (j/k). I look forward to seeing everyone, but also look forward to feeling great after my workouts… well, maybe not immediately after, but give me a few minutes to catch my breath and I feel great! On days I’m not feeling motivated, I remind myself how I feel on days when I don’t go… no bueno and sluggish. Also, my minor body ailments will usually feel worse if I’ve skipped a couple days, so that’s a big motivator.
What is your least favorite movement?
Those stupid freaking thrusters and front squats and thrusters and front squats and thrusters. I suck at anything that puts a little pressure on my back, but these suck regardless of any injuries I think. Did I mention thrusters?
What is your next goal that Crossfit Cataclysm can help you reach?
My main goal was to get in shape and feel healthier. CF has helped a lot with that. I’ve seen and felt lot of changes, but would still like to get better. Now that I’m feeling healthier and made lifestyle changes, I’ve been working on my form and trying to push myself to get my numbers up again. I even PR’d a couple times this week, so the coaches are already helping me reach them! As for my next goal, I’d like to improve my work on the bars because I suck at being a monkey.
What would you say to someone that has never tried Crossfit and is looking to get started? Tips, advice?
When I first started CF, my close friends thought I was kidding. It was just never “me” to do something like that. It’s not hard core man work like most think it is. Most of my friends are scared to try it because they think they’ll hurt themselves. It’s really not like that at all. For women, I think they think they’ll bulk up like crazy and that’s just not the case. You’ll tone and firm and feel so much better. I promise! And for those with injuries, I’d say go ahead and try it. The coaches are great at scaling workouts for every level and ensuring your safety. After a few set backs with a knee issue and back pain courtesy of an accident years ago, even I can do it. I may not have the highest numbers in the box, but I enjoy myself and keep getting better. Of course, that’s what the coaches are always asking us… don’t you want to get better? So, I guess if you haven’t tried Crossfit… don’t you want to get better?