Congratulations to Liz Boehm, our April 2020 Member of the Month! Liz has been with us for a long time and has brought great energy to our community. We are so lucky to have her and to celebrate her as an athlete at Commonwealth. Here is what some of our coaches had to say about Liz:
"Liz is such a kind and generous soul. Even after a long work day when we all might be struggling with motivation, we see her come in with determination, ready to support others, and leaving an hour later with a smile. As a seasoned CrossFitter, her longevity can be attributed to how well she knows herself, knowing when to push, when to scale, and when to rest so that she can come back even stronger. Her hard work paid off at the recent in-house comp when she came in 1st place in the scaled division. Next year, Rx!"
"Liz is an active voice in the community. She engages her coaches in and out of class. She isn't reserved about bringing her experience with rowing to the gym and trying to help others. She often looks to help others around her when she can. She also brings her party-shoes when it's time for a social event!"
"I don't get the chance to coach Liz very often, but whenever I do it's always a pleasure! Even better than coaching Liz, is receiving great rowing feedback from here as she's super knowledgeable. She is a perfect example of how understated our athletes are about their own accomplishments (ask her about swimming/rowing some time!). Her humility allows her to receive critiquing without taking offense. Most importantly, her infectious smile welcomes the advice and sets the rest of the athletes at ease."
"I love when Liz in a class. She brings great energy and kindness wherever she goes. She extends her warmth and encouragement to everyone in class and welcomes new members with her big smile. Her rowing prowess is incredible and her commitment and love of the sport is contagious. She is a huge part of our community, staying engaged on multiple levels- I'm pretty sure she even adopted a cat from someone? :) Liz is amazing and we are so lucky to have her!"
Do you have any nicknames? In college, my swim team called me Bomber. In high school it was Lizbum or Lizbutt. I've also been called Lip Balm, but thankfully that never stuck.
Where are you from?
I'm from Connecticut, but I spent most of high school in Tokyo so I usually say I grew up there.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Almost 8 years.
What brought you to CWCF?
I started doing a running loop that took me by the gym and I decided to stop by as I ran (okay, jogged) by one day. My brother owned a CrossFit gym in Santa Barbara, so I was curious. I met Brian and was immediately sold on the gym's philosophy and vibe.
What classes do you usually attend?
Evenings and weekends. In the summer I do the occasional morning when it's too wet to row.
What are you doing to keep up with your fitness and community during this crazy time? I'm joining virtual workouts and I'm so grateful that our gym is doing these! They're often the best part of my day. I'm also running, walking, and trying to use yoga and stretching as a stress release. I'm also seriously considering buying a Peloton bike.
What do you love about CWCF?
I love our community! I love how supportive everyone is during workouts and how we look out for each other. I love that our coaches care about our well-being and good movement more than PRs. I love that we do fun stuff outside the gym. I love that late fees go to charity. I love so much about this group!
What do you do outside of CrossFit?
I work for a healthcare communication technology firm doing research and consulting into patient/family and physician/staff experience. It's mostly culture and process change stuff. It's hard to explain, but we try to make a difference for everyone in healthcare.
What is something about you we might not know?
I think a lot people know that I do wildlife photography as a hobby. And that I'm a crazy cat lady. I've also lived in the Boston area for more than 20 years (I'm not quite sure how that happened).
Who is your superhero?
Brené Brown because she makes difficult psychological and sociological concepts so accessible. And Abby Wambach because she's fierce AF.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Rowing. And wallballs.
What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?
Still PR-ing and getting new movements in my mid-40s.
What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?
Short term: To link toes-to-bar. I just got singles a month or two ago. Once the gym opens again, I'll go back to practicing after class. For now I'm working on shoulder flexibility and ab strength at home. Long-term, I'd like to be able to do Murph Rx. I have always done it with banded pullups, but I think I could do it now that I have pullups.
What motivates or inspires you?
I'm inspired by every person at the gym who pushes themselves to a slightly heavier weight or harder movement standard than is comfortable in a "for time" workout. It takes guts to keep pushing when everyone else has finished. And I love how everyone rallies to cheer that athlete on.
What is your best tip for new members?
Form over everything. Start slow. Work with an empty bar or light weight until doing the movement well feels right in your body. From there, you can do anything.
Do you have anything to add?
I'm especially grateful for this community now during the coronavirus crisis. Every coach and every athlete who shows up for a virtual workout makes me grateful and proud. Every social-at-a-distance option people propose in All.The.Things gives me hope. And every funny comment on Facebook keeps me sane. I'm so grateful to be part of this tribe!