Featured Athlete: Elizabeth Cling


What got you into CrossFit, and how long have you been doing it?

I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost five years.  I worked out with a personal trainer before that and got frustrated because I wasn’t getting results despite the money I was spending.  A friend convinced me to try CrossFit for a month and I’ve been hooked ever since!

What was your first workout?

Karen!  Who does 150 wall balls in a row?  I couldn’t get off the toilet for days.

Any favorite movements? least favorite?

LOVE pull ups, box jumps and deadlifts, HATE double-unders and snatches.

How has CFT impacted your life (any mental/physical changes?)

Do you want the short story or the long story?  Short story…I have more confidence, I’m willing to try new things, I embrace challenges, I’ve made amazing friends.  Long story…this goes beyond CFT to when I started doing CrossFit.  A month after I started CrossFit, my son suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to have emergency brain surgery.  During the weeks and months of his recovery, CrossFit became my go-to place to release all my fear, anger, frustration and grief.  Without my 5 am workouts, I wouldn’t have been able to come home and be the mom my son needed.  My early morning workouts have become essential to keeping me grounded and focused.

What has been your favorite moment at CFT, so far?

My first day that I came to CFT.  I showed up anxious and nervous after my CrossFit gym of three years closed unexpectedly.  Within five minutes Michelle Monahan and Ken welcomed me, showed me the ropes and made me feel comfortable.  I immediately knew I’d found my new CrossFit home!

Where are you from? What do you do in your time off?

Born and raised in Los Alamos, NM.  Lived in Tempe for the last 30 years.

I’m a community service junkie…I love to volunteer and make a difference in our community.  I’ve volunteered for Tempe Police Dept. for 19 years; I’m on the board of Tempe Community Council; I get my little kid fix by volunteering in a kindergarten class at Broadmor Elementary; and I spend two Sundays a month volunteering for Care 7, Tempe’s crisis response team.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever done?

Walked 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3 Day to honor my dear friend who lost her battle at the age of 38.

What’s the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done?

Raised four amazing children.  They’re now 22, 20, 16 and 15.

Name one thing that scares you, and why.

Heights.  Looking down terrifies me.