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Lisa Griebe – July CrossFit Lincoln Athlete of the Month

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At CrossFit Lincoln new athletes often choose a spot in the back and typically take a few months before they start chatting with others in class…but not Lisa! When Lisa joined our gym last year, she immediately made her presence known. She positioned herself in the middle of our gym for class and quickly got to know everyone around her. Over the past year, she has become a staple in our 4:30 pm class, assisting new members with questions and helping coaches demonstrate gymnastic movements. Lisa has volunteered for every event we’ve had at the gym, competed in a local competition with other ladies from our community, and even helped us paint our gym! We are incredibly thankful to have Lisa in our community!

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do for a living/study? Feel free to add more.

I’m from Michigan originally and have also lived in Iowa and Illinois/St. Louis. I moved to Lincoln last year. I’ve been married for 30 years. We have two sons (29 & 25) who both live back in the St. Louis area. I work for a software consulting company, managing our technical & project management teams.


How did you find out about Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness?

When my husband came to Lincoln for his job interview, I came along because having a good CrossFit gym I could go to was a prerequisite for the move. I dropped in at the 8am class on 3/11/23. I don’t remember who coached that class, but I do remember meeting Coach Ayden’s mom, who was also dropping in that day! CrossFit Lincoln was what I was looking for in a gym.

What was the biggest obstacle for you to start?

I first started CrossFit in May 2014. I was so nervous (about the workouts) before every class for months, wondering whether I’d make it through them!

How did you overcome that obstacle?

I just kept showing up – even on the days I was tired or sore or didn’t feel like going. I quickly learned that I never regretted going to class.

Do you remember your first workout?

It was three rounds of running and burpees…and some other movement in between (maybe ring rows?). I scaled it significantly and was the last one going. One of the other athletes (Andreanna), who was long done with her workout, came next to me to do my final set of burpees with me. I remember thinking, “She’s crazy!” Her encouragement meant a lot to me and I’ll never forget it!

Who have your coaches been? How have they helped you through your first year of CrossFit?

I’ve had lots great coaches from my past—too many to name them all—most of whom have been very picky about movement standards and about choosing appropriate workout weights and scaling options so that my workout isn’t either too difficult or too easy (hits the intended stimulus). I’ll give a special shout out to these coaches from back in Illinois—Katie, Jeremy, Brittany, Dr. Pablo, Shane, Crystal, and Brian. Each of them has helped me in at least one memorable way, whether it was a queueing on a skill, having more confidence in me than I had in myself, giving me extra encouragement, or being an example of a wonderful human being. I’m so happy that I’m getting those same things here from all of the coaches at CrossFit Lincoln!

Why do you keep coming back to Lincoln Nutrition and Fitness?

The hour I spend at CrossFit Lincoln each day gets me moving, keeps me fit, helps me destress, and lets me have some social time. (Sorry for sometimes talking during the warm-up! :D) I also like that I’m going to have a coach tell me what to do, how many times, and for how long.

How do you balance health & fitness with a busy schedule? How do you stay so consistent in the gym?

It’s a part of my routine that I can’t do without. I plan my week and get signed up for all my classes in advance.

How does CrossFit help you with your job? How does CrossFit affect the rest of your life?

The outlet CrossFit gives me and the results I get help me be a better self, wife, mom, daughter, auntie, and employee. I try not to take myself too seriously in workouts, aside from just doing the best I can that day. Yes, I come to get fitter and stronger, but I also come to have fun.

What is your favorite thing about Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness: Home of CrossFit Lincoln?

The people, of course—the other athletes and the coaches!

One more thing:

At my last gym, we had a Facebook post where we were asked to share a piece of advice. I said, “Don’t compare yourself to others. You do you. Trust your coaches. And have fun.” One of my sweet friends (Brittany S.) replied to that post and said, “Lisa has taught me that it’s okay to be last!” At first, I got a huge laugh out of that—because I’m often the last one finished!! She clarified that it gave her the confidence to scale less and be focused on her own workout, without worrying about being the last one done. It warmed my heart to know that someone recognized my willingness to be vulnerable in pursuit of learning new things and trying to get better at this fitness stuff. And that’s what’s wonderful about CrossFit—getting out of our comfort zones and having friends to encourage us and celebrate our individual improvements along the way!

To find out more about Lisa, check out her Podcast on our CrossFit Lincoln Podcast- click here!