Lisa Crane

CrossFit Gardendale Member Spotlight! Meet our 40 Day Clean Eating & Performance Female Weight Loss Winner Lisa Crane! At 47 years old, Lisa lost 10.8 pounds and an impressive 6.75 inches! We are so proud of Lisa and all of her hard work! We cannot wait to see what she will accomplish in the upcoming months!


Lisa Crane


47 (but I feel 34)



Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a mom to an amazing 7 year old boy, wife to a traveling computer software consultant, television news anchor and wanna-be athlete.

What made you start CrossFit Gardendale?

I like to work out, but I have very limited time and I get bored easily.  According to my husband, I’m really into a sport or activity until I buy all the equipment and accessories, that’s about the time I get bored.  I love cycling, but to get a good workout, I need to be in the seat about 3 hours.  So the idea of something new everyday in a 1 hour window and the accountability of working with a coach and a “team” really appealed to me. 

Describe your first workout? 

I thought I was gonna die!  But it didn’t last too long.  That’s one of the things I like about CrossFit…work hard and get it DONE!  I knew from that first On-ramp class I was hooked. 

What is your favorite and least favorite lifts/movements? 

I LOVE deadlifts and sit-ups.  I hate burpees and wall ball.

What goals have you accomplished so far and what goals do you plan to accomplish? 

My first goal was just to stick with it!  I have accomplished that.  I conquered the rope climb and have the rope burn scars to prove it.  I really, really want to do strict pull-ups someday, but I think I’ll have to get my torn labrum fixed first, so that might take a while.  After that I want to master muscle- ups.  I was in gymnastics for about 12 years in my youth and we did muscle-ups in every bar routine, we called them kips.  So my body knows how to do it, I just need to get strong enough.  And I want to deadlift 200#.  I’m close to that one.

How did you stay focused during the 40 Day Clean Eating & Performance Challenge? 

I had already planned to start eating clean after the holidays, so the challenge was just extra incentive.  I realized that most of my bad eating habits, like fast food and processed foods, had more to do with saving time.  I’d get off work at 7pm, so when I’d get home, there was bath time, homework, next day clothes, etc.  On the way home, I’d just run through a fast food drive thru and eat in my car during the commute to save time. 

When I embraced weekly meal preparation on Sundays…it was a game changer!  I cook all my meals for the work week in just about 1 1/2 hours… weigh out the proteins and veggies and put them in color coded Tupperware.  I load them in a small insulated bag every morning and eat every 3 hours.  I’m never hungry!

What did you change during the 40 Day Challenge?

My mindset.  I realize that clean eating, and for me, weekly food prep, is now a way of life…not something I can do for 40 days. 

What hobbies or things do you like to do other than CrossFit?

I LOVE to renovate houses.  If I could figure out a way to do this full time, I’d quit my job in a second.  I like building just about anything and I think I have more power tools than most men I know.  I also like cycling and horseback riding, which I hardly have time for these days.  But this time of year, I really enjoy spending time at the ballpark watching my son play baseball.

What, if anything, has changed in your life since joining CrossFit Gardendale? 

I’m stronger.  And not just physically, which I love, but mentally too.  There’s nothing like pushing through a hard WOD and finishing strong because your coaches and teammates are yelling encouragement.  Even though you might feel like throwing up (it hasn’t actually happened yet), you feel like you can take on the world.     

What advice would you give to any new members?

It’s what everybody here would tell you…Don’t give up!  CrossFit gets more fun and more rewarding over time.  It’s so cool to see changes in the way you look, the way you feel and what you can accomplish.