Name: Liz Vehmeyer
Occupation: Archeologist and Program Coordinator, National Park Service (#FindYourPark)
Balance Location: Thomas Circle
How long have you been CrossFitting? 2.5 years
Why do you CrossFit?
To challenge myself and do things I never thought I’d be able to do; to see measurable progress; to workout in a group setting where others actually care about your improvement and successes.
Why should other people try CrossFit?
Others should try it if they are looking for a motivating fitness community. Trying CrossFit was intimidating, not going to lie, but know that Balance sets you up with Foundations and an automatic support. Plus, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone started at square one with CrossFit at some point.
What made you decide to try CrossFit?
It was a combination of friends talking it up, husband being inspired after watching the 2014 CrossFit Games, and feeling like I was in a rut with my fitness. Before starting CrossFit I was mostly running, doing some team rec sports, and light weightlifting – emphasis on the light. I think there was a Groupon in there somewhere, too.
What’s your favorite CrossFit workout/movement?
Deadlifts are my jam. Also, while most Hero workouts make you question why you voluntarily pay money for this, I appreciate their inclusion into Crossfit and what they represent in the larger scheme of life.
What’s your least favorite?
Burpee box jumpovers can go away right now.
What’s been your proudest CrossFit moment so far?
Finally getting double unders this past winter and then completing 4/5 of the 2017 Open workouts Rx’d. Measurable progress!
What are some of your fitness goals?
I want to continue to feel strong in my body, better my mental game of CrossFit (less self doubt), and hit a 95lb snatch.
What do you like most about working out at Balance?
The people, location, and Coach Anthony’s playlists.
What do you like to do outside the gym for fun?
Play trivia, dance, go on adventures with my husband and chocolate lab, cook, visit historic sites, museums and parks, play lacrosse, catch up on reality TV.
“I want bacon…bacon is good for me!” – Curtis, 7 year old from Wife Swap
Tell us something we don’t know about you (fun fact):
One time, as a side job, I translated a book about bonsai trees from French into English. I never told the French author that I once killed a bonsai tree when I was 19.
How do you fit working out into your busy schedule?
I prioritize working out as the most effective way for me to relieve stress and relax after work.
Complete this sentence: #BalanceLife is: sweat, blood, and cheers.