Lisa Flaherty: November 2013


Vagabond of the Month for November:

Lisa Flaherty
Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:
Month you were born in:
What days/times you typically train at VBC:
6am during the week, Olympic Lifting on Monday nights, Saturday AM, gymnastics on Sundays when it is offered, and I should probably start going back to Yoga on Wednesday nights! Basically, Vagabond has become my second home.
Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:
I’m a ginger, that’s unique enough isn’t it?
But seriously… I’ve been studying American Sign Language for a few years. I am hard of hearing in my right ear, which led me to want to learn ASL. I want to become a more fluent signer and I’m currently looking into taking medical ASL classes.
I was also a majorette (baton twirler) growing up. No one ever seems to know what that is, ha! I’ll sometimes try to use the PVC pipe as a baton… doesn’t really work though.
I also love participating in obstacle course races! So far I’ve done 2 Tough Mudder’s, Warrior Dash, Zombie race, & 2 Ruckus Bostons. I usually run at least one a year with my brothers.
In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…
A student service aide at Mass Hospital School where I assist a non-verbal child diagnosed with cerebral palsy with daily living tasks and educational programming.
Part time employee at Whole Foods Market as a Specialty team member (coffee, cheese, beer & wine department)
Proud aunt to my handsome nephew and 3 beautiful nieces!
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…
There are so many accomplishments that I am proud of in my training. Most recently, I hit a PR with a135# clean. It has been on my goal list since June when I wasn’t able to make the lift during the Garage Games competition. It felt amazing to hit that lift and to cross it off of my goals list.
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…
I’m constantly creating and adjusting my goals. Thanks to a goal setting seminar that Kevin had recently, I know how to properly create and attack my goals. I love focusing on strength goals such as increasing my numbers in all compound lifts and strict pull ups! For anyone who wants to do pull ups, I highly recommend the pull up program. I also want to improve my skills. I’m focusing on pistols and eventually hand stand walks. A personal goal of mine is getting into nursing school!
What’s the best thing about Vagabond?
Everything about Vagabond makes it great; it’s hard to just pick one thing. The community of coaches and people are truly inspiring and are a constant reminder of why I am proud to be part of Vagabond. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for being part of this community. I am continuously becoming stronger, and if it wasn’t for all of the coaches, I wouldn’t know my true potential. But the great thing is that an extended family was formed, and I know I have a group of people who genuinely care about me and want me to be successful. I recently went through a tough time in my personal life which negatively impacted my time and performance in the gym. I just recently got back on track and I owe it to Kevin for all of the pep talks and encouragement he gave me. For someone who has so much on his plate already, he took time to make sure I was okay and that really meant a lot to me. Everything from the coaches, programming, community, specialty classes, and more make Vagabond a special place that no other Crossfit gym can even compare.