October 25, 2011

Tuesday 111025

Rest Day


Enlarge image

"Lisa Nunley has had MS since 1990. Recently she had to have surgery to correct her feet. She has still been coming by modifying and doing alternative WODS."

"The Glute-Ham Developer" with Josh Everett by Again Faster Equipment, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Effectiveness Of The Group Setting" with Greg Glassman - video [wmv] [mov]

Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 5.

Stephen Crane - The Impact Of A Dollar Upon The Heart.

"Van Gogh's Ear" by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by Pukie at October 25, 2011 5:00 PM

Does anyone know what the 9 foundational movements are that Josh Everett mentioned in the GHD video? Thanks.

Comment #1 - Posted by: Daniel at October 24, 2011 5:15 PM

Great job Lisa, what an inspiration!

Comment #2 - Posted by: dugmn at October 24, 2011 5:17 PM

wow...and some days I just don't feel like working out. You're an inspirstion Lisa, I'll keep that picture in mind next time I "don't feel like it"

Comment #3 - Posted by: MikeyJ at October 24, 2011 5:17 PM

How freakin awesome is that!!!

Comment #4 - Posted by: Steven@CrossFitAffliction at October 24, 2011 5:32 PM

That's so inspiring! Next time I think about quiting halfway through a work out Ill think about you Lisa.

Comment #5 - Posted by: anthony erkson at October 24, 2011 5:39 PM

And that, Lisa, is why I keep coming here. Thank you.


Comment #6 - Posted by: bingo at October 24, 2011 5:40 PM

Lisa, you're a badass. A true creature of the Tribe. Keep it up.

Comment #7 - Posted by: base1232 at October 24, 2011 5:45 PM

Freakin' bad ass! Inspiring!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Candice Ruiz at October 24, 2011 5:54 PM

thats the definition of BAD ASS!!

Comment #9 - Posted by: matt at October 24, 2011 5:55 PM

How about we get a nasty girl WOD named Lisa in honor of this badass example of not giving up.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Dominic at October 24, 2011 6:01 PM

My Mommy did her first On Ramp class at CrossFit Virtuosity tonight. I'm so proud of her. It just felt right for her to be at Keith's gym since he was my first trainer all those years ago.

I can't wait to see my Moms life change like mine did. YAY!

I've seen that picture all over Facebook and Lisa is simply an amazing inspiration to everyone. Thank you for sharing!

Comment #11 - Posted by: AllisonNYC at October 24, 2011 6:04 PM

Woah girls with MS are hot!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Kevin at October 24, 2011 6:17 PM

My mother-in-law passed away from complications due to MS a few years ago so I know how tough this disease can be. Lisa, you're an inspiration.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Derek F at October 24, 2011 6:17 PM

Lisa rocks!

Comment #14 - Posted by: Frank DiMeo at October 24, 2011 6:25 PM

I agree with all the above posts. Lisa you are a great inspiration. Keep up the fight!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Kevin C.(M/52/5'11"/172) at October 24, 2011 6:33 PM

A powerful "I CAN" message. Amazing accomplishments Lisa.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Kim Malz~FitMom in CT (F40/130/5'2") at October 24, 2011 6:53 PM

That's so motivating, what a champ.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Demetri at October 24, 2011 6:55 PM

Lisa you are awesome! I have never posted on CF before, but I had to post after seeing this picture.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Aaron at October 24, 2011 7:01 PM

Well, any excuses I may have come up with just went out the window...

Comment #19 - Posted by: Ian at October 24, 2011 7:09 PM

Lisa, you RULE!!! Keep on kickin' that MS in the ass.

Comment #20 - Posted by: TomMatch at October 24, 2011 7:15 PM

God bless you, Lisa! You are a beautiful woman, and the definition of courage and determination. You will go far!! You go, girl...

Comment #21 - Posted by: Patty H. at October 24, 2011 7:25 PM

The videos that I've searched through at CF show the eblows 'in front' for the pres/push press/etc. From high school coaches through trainers over ~15 years I've always seen and/or been told to have the elbows 'out' in the same plane as the body (you'd look like a T if you straightened your elbows at the bottome).

What are the benefits of doing it with the eblows in front?

Comment #22 - Posted by: bc at October 24, 2011 7:28 PM

Very inspirational...keep it up!

Comment #23 - Posted by: Hitman at October 24, 2011 7:32 PM

Bad ass, Lisa, keep it up.

I wanted to quickly share my CF success story. I've done CF, either in my garage or at a box when I'm travelling, 8-12 times per month since the beginning of August and I'm lovin' it. Before CF, I rowed on my C2 and rode my road bike, but since I started CF I've only rode once. I always tracked my road bike times, constantly trying to improve me average mph for a few set routes I rode. I have a hilly 17 mile out and back (8.5 out, 8.5 back) ride I do, and the best average time I'd gotten was 18.7 mph. I rode it today after 3 months of CF and averaged 20.5 mph! Over 17 miles that is a 1.5 mile difference - so if I'd been racing my pre-crossfit self, I'd have been ahead by 1.5 miles at the end of the ride! That just amazed me, thought I'd share.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Phil at October 24, 2011 7:44 PM

You are a BADASS Lisa!!

Comment #25 - Posted by: Phil at October 24, 2011 8:00 PM

Hey Lisa-
Thank you for your strength and inspiration! I work closely with people like you each day and wish they had the same level of strength and determination as you! Keep up the good fight and know how truly appreciated you are!

F/42/5'2"/131 cross fit occupational therapist

Comment #26 - Posted by: Karyn S at October 24, 2011 8:18 PM

best pic ever posted on this site

Comment #27 - Posted by: phil at October 24, 2011 8:21 PM

Now that's inspirational! I've been off Crossfit for a while now due to complications from Chemo but seeing you Lisa has made me even more determined to work harder when I do go back! Thank you.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Darlene at October 24, 2011 8:55 PM

Nice job!

Side note....i didnt think it was ok to have the american flag hanging lower than any other flag...

Comment #29 - Posted by: Jonesy Boy at October 24, 2011 9:12 PM

We need to be reminded that nothing is an abstacle in our lives. Thank you Lisa for reminding us of that all too important lesson.

Btw, love the picture itself. Lisa and the flag are the only subjects in color. Awesome.

Comment #30 - Posted by: David at October 24, 2011 9:33 PM

Occassionally I wonder what kind of woman MS could turn me into - what kind of spirit I'll be able to retain over time. Then I see photos like this and I remember - the only woman I will ever be is me, and how my spirit fares is my decision. MS is just in charge of throwing in obstacles that'll make me prove it now and again. In any case, Lisa here is an inspiration! Thank you for inspiring MSers and crossfiters all over the world. Keep up the good work.

Comment #31 - Posted by: Karla at October 24, 2011 10:15 PM

The 9 foundational movements are: Air Squat, Front Squat, OH Squat, Shoulder Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, Deadlift, Sumo DL High Pull and the Med ball clean.
Go Lisa!

Comment #32 - Posted by: Heather at October 24, 2011 10:18 PM

I have a broken tibia and fibula... so I guess I don't really have an excuse to not workout! Im just going to have to find a way to modify like Lisa! Inspirational!

Comment #33 - Posted by: Tom at October 24, 2011 10:42 PM

Outstanding Lisa. I agree, should be a WOD for Lisa.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Chris at October 24, 2011 10:52 PM


Comment #35 - Posted by: james d at October 24, 2011 10:59 PM

what a confidence she got!!

Hulda Clark

Comment #36 - Posted by: Hulda Clark at October 24, 2011 11:22 PM

I have never posted either, but this here is true inspiration every time I think of giving up ill just think of Lisa. AMAZING!!

Comment #37 - Posted by: Damo at October 24, 2011 11:55 PM

She is truly an inspiration! You are awesome Liza. Go on!

Comment #38 - Posted by: HCG diet plan at October 25, 2011 12:15 AM

I also have never posted anything on here, but I couldn't resist. Lisa Nunley is quite an insparation! Rock!

Comment #39 - Posted by: Adam at October 25, 2011 12:38 AM

If she can do this...what are our excuses?!

Comment #40 - Posted by: Curious at October 25, 2011 1:12 AM

Dear Lisa Nunley,
I hope you know that you are bad-effin' ass.
Very Respectfully,

Comment #41 - Posted by: Anthony at October 25, 2011 1:12 AM

If she can do this...what are our excuses?!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Curious at October 25, 2011 1:13 AM

Go Lisa!

Comment #43 - Posted by: Mike at October 25, 2011 2:51 AM

I hope Lisa is reading these comments and enjoying the praise, because she has truly earned it.


Comment #44 - Posted by: Beasty Williams at October 25, 2011 3:05 AM

Quick question for anybody. I have been doing crossfit for approximately 8 months now. I have a great gym at the school I work at to do my workouts. The only issue is the pull-up bars. They are like sand paper. I can do as many as 45 pull-ups in one set but I have yet to do any workout that involves pull-ups without ending up with bloody hands. Any suggestions?

Comment #45 - Posted by: Tim at October 25, 2011 5:20 AM

Amazing perseverance. She's a beast! Keep it up!

Comment #46 - Posted by: Tim at October 25, 2011 6:00 AM

This is one of the many things I love about Crossfit - allowing people to reach new heights regardless of their current capabilities.

Personally, even with osteoarthritis severely limiting range of motion in my right shoulder (read: nothing overhead), I've still been able to get into the absolute best shape of my life by scaling, subbing and being creative. The PRs keep on coming after three years of Crossfit.

Lisa - thanks for the inspiration. When I come up against that wall in today's WOD, I'll think about you and bust on through.


Comment #47 - Posted by: Tom_G at October 25, 2011 6:12 AM

Lisa, like everyone else here has stated, you are an inspiration, not only to those with MS but to everyone. You conquer more with every rep than most can even fathom. People like you make the unbelievable believable everyday.

Comment #48 - Posted by: Gene at October 25, 2011 6:21 AM

Lisa, I hope you are reading all of these comments, they are all about you. Thank you for fighting the fight with MS. Having recently lost a loved one to MS it makes me happy that there are still fighters like you out there. I'll do a WOD for you any day!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Robyn at October 25, 2011 6:36 AM

Go Lisa! My wife was recently diagnosed as well. We've been doing CF for about two months now though and she's feeling good. It would be neat to see a Journal article or something exploring these various autoimmune and neurological diseases and how CF can help. Maybe even written by someone with MS!

Comment #50 - Posted by: Ike at October 25, 2011 6:50 AM

Tim @ # 40
Try wearing gloves or putting some tape on the bar

Comment #51 - Posted by: Bulldog at October 25, 2011 6:51 AM

Go, Lisa!

Comment #52 - Posted by: Mike at October 25, 2011 7:01 AM

Here's a nice write-up about the GHD


Comment #53 - Posted by: Frances at October 25, 2011 7:01 AM

Thank you for this picture. I just started CF and I have a broken vertebra in my lower back. To know that there are other CF'ers with chronic impairments makes me want to keep coming back and working to the best of my ability!

Comment #54 - Posted by: Casey at October 25, 2011 7:02 AM

Nice work Lisa, thanks for the motiviation today.

Comment #55 - Posted by: Bill at October 25, 2011 7:07 AM

Wow, that is just AMAZING! Great job Lisa :)

Comment #56 - Posted by: Laia at October 25, 2011 7:14 AM

Nice press Lisa!

Comment #57 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at October 25, 2011 7:14 AM


Comment #58 - Posted by: Owen Duff at October 25, 2011 7:15 AM

This is so inspiring! Lisa, you are an inspiration to all.. keep up the great work!

Comment #59 - Posted by: Lisa at October 25, 2011 7:24 AM

Hey, this is Lisa Nunley. I have been so touched and humbled by how fast and far-reaching the news of my MS and Crossfit has traveled. I sincerely appreciate your words of encouragement. There are several things that drew me to Crossfit. My husband, who is a physician, found out about it from co-workers at the hospital and then told me about it. I was also drawn by the CF motto, "Training to survive" which sums up so much of my life. I love that CF honors our military who fight and sometimes die for our freedom. My father is a retired officer and my brother served in the military as well. Also, the owner and the trainers at my box are top-knotch in their training and as I have told them, I came to CFNWA feeling utterly beat down by the MS with little hope that I could do CF. I watched videos of inspiring CFer's leaping barriers in spite of their physical challenges and I've heard and read testimonies that made me realize there was hope... even for me. Including the testimony of my box owner and his battle with cancer. So thankful for CF. It's been life-changing.

Comment #60 - Posted by: Lisa Nunley at October 25, 2011 7:28 AM

That is some great work. Keep it up. Nothing is going to slow you down!!!!!!!!!

Comment #61 - Posted by: Jamie at October 25, 2011 7:37 AM

Lisa Nunley-Crossfit defined. Awesome

Comment #62 - Posted by: ScottMacArthur at October 25, 2011 7:59 AM


Elbows out in front, lats flared will give you a more efficient bar path, reduce the range of motion and will recruit more of your triceps and lats in your press.

Comment #63 - Posted by: Will B at October 25, 2011 8:16 AM

Concur with Dominic! We need a Nasty Girl WOD named Lisa!!

Comment #64 - Posted by: VB at October 25, 2011 9:42 AM

I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead
from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for
DH Lawrence

To Lisa Nunley and everone else out there with seen or unseen challenges, keep it up. That kind of effort and dedication speaks to the nature of your true self more than any words.

Be well,

Comment #65 - Posted by: Scott Dyer at October 25, 2011 10:08 AM

inspirational! keep it up Lisa!

Comment #66 - Posted by: B at October 25, 2011 10:09 AM

inspirational! keep it up lisa!

Comment #67 - Posted by: B at October 25, 2011 10:10 AM

Lisa, thanks for your heart and determination. Will focus on that in next workout.

Can't find comment right now, but +1 to person who suggested a Journal article on utility of CF in improving quality of life for folks with chronic / acute medical issues.

Comment #68 - Posted by: matt h 50 179# 1mar11 at October 25, 2011 10:12 AM

Good stuff Lisa

Comment #69 - Posted by: Jeff at October 25, 2011 10:18 AM

Awesome pic...thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

Comment #70 - Posted by: Penny at October 25, 2011 10:28 AM

I, like others above, have also never posted on headquarters. But this picture made me want to share how motivating it really is. Posted on my boxes blog that every member needed to check it out sometime today. I thank God for people like you, Lisa! So inspiring. Keep it up, you are amazing.

Comment #71 - Posted by: Allie at October 25, 2011 12:53 PM

Am I the only one that thinks Lisa is hot?! Don't think so. Great work ma'am. Keep it up.

Comment #72 - Posted by: Matty at October 25, 2011 1:17 PM

did 2k row in 8:07.9 - better next time.

Comment #73 - Posted by: matt h 50 179# 1mar11 at October 25, 2011 1:28 PM

@72 yeah, shes hot

Comment #74 - Posted by: Jonesy Boy at October 25, 2011 2:51 PM

Just had an operation on my knee again 5 weeks ago, and been whineing about what i cant do. What a fud!! That pic has just given me the kick in the nuts i need. Rock on Lisa you are the bees knees :-)

Comment #75 - Posted by: BrianQ at October 25, 2011 4:23 PM

wow Lisa! You're inspiring :-)
I'm going to show this photo to one of our members who broke her ankle. She thinks she needs to stop coming to WOD!

Comment #76 - Posted by: keith w at October 25, 2011 6:44 PM

So inspiring! My Pilates teacher (www.fusepilates.com) also has MS, and it's incredible to see her every day.

Comment #77 - Posted by: Kristin at October 26, 2011 6:54 AM

What was my excuse again?

Comment #78 - Posted by: mu at October 26, 2011 7:35 AM

I would like to see a "Lisa" girl WOD. Keep up the great work Lisa!

Comment #79 - Posted by: Albert Hoenigmann at October 26, 2011 11:54 AM

My WOD it was jump from an airplane... Paratroopers Ejercito

Comment #80 - Posted by: Alejandro at October 28, 2011 11:04 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?