Athlete Of The Month - Lisa Goellner


Athlete of the Month…still in shock trying to process that. Often times, I feel honored just to be considered an athlete, so this is a bit beyond comprehension. Growing up, I chose dance over sports. It was a true passion in my life and luckily, kept me in shape at the same time. However, once I went off to college my activity level dropped as the food and booze consumption went up. The ‘freshman 15’ was more like the ‘freshman 30’ for me. Thus began my journey with regular exercise for the sole purpose of taking care of my body. I lost the 30 pounds and was officially hooked.

Over the years I’ve tried virtually every workout imaginable – running, Tae Bo, step aerobics, Insanity, Body Pump, boot camp classes, Zumba, various pieces of gym equipment – the elliptical, stair climber, treadmill. I was working out often and I had to keep it interesting.

My journey with Crossfit TNT started with a phone call to Rochelle in March of 2016. My third child was 9 months old and as an avid ‘pretty good exerciser’ most of my life I was bored and looking for a new challenge. Anxious to get started, I did separate sessions with Oscar and Rochelle and officially jumped feet first into this new world of Crossfit I had only previously read about.

My first day in a group class, we were practicing handstands and forward rolls. I immediately wondered what in the hell I had gotten myself into, and why on Earth this was a skill I needed to master. I’m just here to workout…what do I care about doing a handstand?! But it was different, it was interesting, it was challenging, the people were nice, and the coaches obviously knew their stuff. And though I was a fish out of water, I kept coming back again and again.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way I genuinely fell in love with Crossfit. And, I fell in love with Crossfit TNT. It’s a combination of the friendly people, the electric atmosphere, the stellar programming, the positive energy, the sense of community and the addicting workouts. Forcing yourself to keep going when you think maybe you can’t and cheering for your friends when they think maybe they can’t.

I’m in the midst of the chaos of life, as a mother to three young children (7, 5 and 2), trying to make time for myself and find a little room to explore some of my own passions. Taking an hour every day to hang with my people and push my body to do things I didn’t know it could, has been life-changing. I am officially drinking the Kool-aid, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A shout out to the whole 5:00 am crew - those people mean more to me than I can accurately express, and I wouldn’t want to start my day any other way - and all of the knowledgeable, kind, kick-ass coaches at TNT…I wouldn’t have a clue what I was doing without you.

And those handstands? They’re coming along... I still don’t know why I need to know how to do them, but I know that I love pushing myself to try. Because I can. Because I am strong. Because I’m worth it. Because I can do hard things. And, because life is way too short to not feel amazing. Taking care of my body and regularly pushing outside my comfort zone are gifts I won’t soon take for granted.

And in the meantime… Look at what happened there??? I’m an athlete. ☺