Northeast Regional

Athlete Profile: Denise Thomas - Northeast Regional

2nd Place finisher at the NJ/NY Sectional.

Denise Thomas has been a competitive athlete all of her life. When she found CrossFit, she never turned back. A second place finish in the NY/NJ Sectional convinced the competition that she is a name to look for next weekend in Albany.

Name: Denise Thomas
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 124lbs
Affiliate: CrossFit Exodus, Hybrid Athletics and CrossFit Tribe
Sectional:NJ/NY - 2nd
Fran: 4:36
Grace: 3:27
Fight Gone Bad: 299
Clean & Jerk: 135lbs
Snatch: 95lbs
Deadlift: 245lbs
Back Squat: 195lbs
Pull-ups: 22

What is your athletic background?
I played soccer my whole life at the collegiate, domestic, semi-professional and International level. Ran a marathon (never again... painful and boring). I like to snowboard but I'm not very good. Soccer really took up every minute of my time. Between training and travelling I didn't really have any time to explore other sports. Now I'm all about CrossFit and food.

What is your history with CrossFit?
I first caught wind of CrossFit back in 2008, but didn't commit until February of 2009. It was introduced to me by my friend Dave Lipson. He came into the gym after the 2008 Games with both hands bandaged and continued to do pull-ups day after day. Eventually I asked him, "why are you doing that? Let them heal." He put me through a scaled Fight Gone Bad and I never looked back. Now I have my Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit certifications, and have taken part in many competitions around the Northeast. I train at different locations that include Hybrid Athletics, CrossFit Tribe, CrossFit Gotham, and CrossFit KoP. Each one is very special to me. I can't just pick one. CrossFit has given me the opportunity to not only improve my own quality of life, but through education and coaching, help others improve theirs. I feel I am very lucky to be a part of such a great community. Good luck in the Regionals everyone!

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19 comments on this entry

1. Lauren P. wrote...

Lookin' good, girl! Can't want to compete with you again this weekend. Good luck!

2. Karianne wrote...

One of the best things about crossfit is the people you meet. You are a tremendous athlete, coach and friend! Can't 'wait to have some fun this weekend and of course do some celebrating after! Honored to be competing with you.

3. Steve Liberati wrote...


4. Ali A. wrote...

Can't tell you how proud I am of you!

5. Dave Lipson wrote...

D you have come a long way.girl! Remember those first couple workouts I did with you. You are a different athlete, coach, and person now and its really exciting to see.I hope you continue to push the envelope and keep growing stronger on all fronts.

6. Pat wrote...

Can't wait to see you in action this weekend DT!! I agree with Steve, you are a rockstar! So glad to have the oppurtunity to train with you and have you coaching with us! Kick Ass!

7. Kel wrote...

Way to go Denise!!! Can't wait to see you kick major ass this weekend!!!

8. Eric D. wrote...

Bloody hell right, you're a rockstar! See you this weekend. I'd wish you luck but I know you don't need it!

9. Jenny Davis wrote...

yeah denise!!

10. Michael wrote...

wish I could be there to cheer everyone on, DT.

11. Marcy wrote...

Way to go DT

12. Sam wrote...

Good luck Denise!!! Can't wait to see you kick some ass up there :)

13. Chris P. wrote...

Way to represent Denise, do it for the Lulu pants!

14. Steve wrote...

Great athlete and trainer! Really enjoyed working with you last weekend. Best of luck at the regionals!

15. Aimee Lyons wrote...

Get VIOLENT Denise! There's no other way!

16. denise wrote...

Thanks for all the support guys!! I can't wait to compete with you all this weekend :) Good luck!

17. Jason Lyons wrote...

DT is an animal. I will be in Reston this weekend so we can't see you but I am sure we will see you in LA. Get some chica!


18. Tom Geary wrote...

Those pants are AMAZING!! Good luck in Albany, I know you will do great because you are the definition of an elite athlete. Just think of this guy for motivation once the lactic acid starts to build up:

19. alice lipson wrote...

Denise--you rock! Good luck this weekend--thinking of you!



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