Name: LIZA FONACIER
Occupation: Operations & Music Category Manager, Odyssey and O Music & Video stores
Fitness Goals: Get fit.
Favorite CrossFit Exercise: Still deciding which is my least favorite, running or squats
What is your professional/sport background? Where do you normally workout?
I work in the retail side of the music industry, managing operations for Odyssey and O Music & Video stores. As for sports, I wouldn’t consider myself sporty unless you count being a fan and watching sporting events, but I do enjoy playing tennis when I can. I workout in Fitness First since it’s nearby, or at home with some Biggest Loser workout videos.
If you could measure your fitness level on a scale of 1 -10, where do you think you are at? How about on the weighing scale?
Probably between 6-6.5?! Needs improvement. Next question, please.
As a successful COO for Odyssey, how have you incorporated your fitness regimen into your schedule? Do you have the luxury of the last in, first out so that you don’t miss your workout?
No such luxury, I finish the day at work and just walk over to the gym at the end of the day. If I have to attend events after work, I’ll just try to make up for it the next day (or the week after).
So what’s on your playlist right now?
Black Eyed Peas; Katy Perry’s album “Teenage Dream” has bonus tracks with some cool remixes; almost every track on David Guetta’s ‘One Love’ album gets you moving.
What are your fitness goals, if any? Are your fitness goals linked to personal goals? You think you’ll meet hot men at CrossFit MNL?
Since trying CrossFit, one of my goals is to do a proper burpee (not the girly, modified version), and eventually all the other exercises properly without having to make it easier. As for the hot men… it’s been pretty dark at Ultra where CrossFit sessions are held right now…so, it’s kinda hard to see…
When you were asked to try Crossfit for the first time, what did you think? Did you do any research on the net about Crossfit?
I viewed the intro video of Crossfit and it looked really hard (and scary!) with all the weight lifting exercises featured. I read some of the articles available online, and what you come across often is that the workouts can be modified, and how everyone gets really into it and passionate once they get started.
First time, showing up for the session, I didn’t know what to expect. Good thing we didn’t do any of the weight-lifting moves featured on the videos, but it was harder than any other training session, ever. I wasn’t sore the next morning, but by the following night I needed help going down the stairs!
How many times have you tried Crossfit? What do you like, not like about it? What do you think is different about the program?
So far, I’ve been to 3 sessions. What I like about it is that it’s tough! It’s pretty intense, and when you’re done, you can’t believe that it’s over and that you made it. You’re gasping to catch your breath and drenched in sweat, pawis na pawis.
The toughest (and actually most fun) workout was Tabata, and after all huffing and puffing, I couldn’t believe it was only 24 minutes long.
What makes it different is that it’s high-intensity in a short period of time… and the workouts change each week as well.
What’s not to like? For a beginner, it’s really a challenge. Hirap, eh.
What would be your advice to someone that has no background in fitness and is intimidated about CrossFit?
I say just go for it! The workouts and exercises are hard-core, but you can modify the movements to what you’re comfortable with or how far your body can go. You may be intimidated at first with the exercises or how you’ll perform (especially in a group setting, dyahe) …. but once it starts, everyone is off doing their own thing. And don’t forget to stretch!
Christmas is fast approaching and most often than not, people set aside their fitness regimen and diet. What’s your gameplan?
Party in the moderation. Or try to save up the calories for the really yummy Christmas treats. And once the box/gym opens up in January, I’ll definitely try to make it to Crossfit more than once a week!