Athlete of the Month

JULY athlete of the month: ELIZA HORN

Having trained right up until the day before giving birth to a very healthy baby, she is back in the gym with a program to build her back up to come back into the classes safely.

Not only is Eliza a fantastic athlete, she is also extremely mentally strong and one of the friendliest people you will meet, with the biggest smile that will fill any room with sunshine.

We absolutely love having Eliza as part of our community and commend her on her healthy approach to fitness.

Congratulations on being our Athlete of the month!

Written by Coach Alira.

A few moments with ELIZA:

When did you start doing CrossFit?
2011.

Most loved WOD/Movement?
Love a heavy power clean. I really like workouts with lots of barbell cycling like Grace and DT. I’m also quite partial to pull-ups and toes to bar.

Least Favourite WOD/Movement?
Any work out with front squats and I know I’m in for a bad time.

Favourite cheat meal?
I try not to think of food like that but I do love a good Big Mac from time to time!

Proudest Moment?
Most recently it has been the birth of my son, Beau. The work I put in at the gym during my pregnancy really felt like it paid off when I was bringing him into the world!

What was your goal when joining Athletic Zone?
I’d just been travelling through South America for three months so the goal was to get my strength and conditioning back on track after some serious time off.

What is your 6-month goal?
Having just had a baby I’m not entirely sure where I’m currently at in terms of strength and gymnastics but I think I’ll feel like I’m back on course when I’m getting close to my max lifts and can do muscle ups again. After that just to hit a PR in any lift would be the best thing ever!

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
I’ve made some lifelong friends through CrossFit which I feel really grateful for. I think the biggest thing we can transfer from CrossFit into our lives outside the gym is the feeling of being strong and capable. When you apply this discipline to other aspects of your life you feel empowered to tackle challenges head on.

What is your number 1 tip for someone looking to get healthier?
Find a type of exercise or sport you enjoy and some like minded people to do it with. I’ve met some absolute legends along the way who have inspired and motivated me to keep at it and there’s no way I would have been doing CrossFit for this long without them!

If you were to create a WOD and name it after yourself, it would be:

Grip it and rip it

Part A:
47.5kg/70kg

Partner DT in YGIG format 10 rounds for time (15 min time cap)
12 Deadlifts
9 Hang Power cleans
6 Shoulders to Overhead

At the 15 minute mark everyone starts part B

Part B: 8 minutes to establish a combined max total with your partner of the following complex:

3 Power Cleans
2 Push Press
1 Jerk

(Only one partner to lift at a time).

Enjoy!