The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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Getting to Know Lisa Shiu
Another Beast Out of the Central East
Arnold Schwarzenegger counted down her last few reps as she pulled through the final workout of the 2010 Ohio Sectional at the Arnold Classic. As she lay collapsed on the floor regaining her breath, Arnold came over to shake her hand. Lisa Shiu had claimed first overall, just ahead of future Games competitor Julie Foucher.
Fortunes changed at the 2010 Central East Regional. Shiu’s weakness in distance running was exposed on the trail run, leaving her with 6th overall and no ticket to the Games.
In the months since then, Shiu has been working on her weaknesses at her box in Kent, Ohio alongside her coach and fiancé Charlie Dunifer. She has found that many of her weaknesses “were more mental than physical.”
Lisa has had a couple of strong showings at CrossFit competitions in the fall, taking 2nd behind Julie Foucher at the Midwest Hopper Challenge, 4th at the Fall Brawl, and 1st at the recent Great Lakes Invitational. Living in the Central East powerhouse, she often gets to train and compete alongside of some of the best CrossFit athletes. If she fixes her hate-hate relationship with runs, and continues to progress in other skills (and set awesome PRs like a 2:49 Fran and 31 rounds of Cindy), we may see a lot more of her in the future.
To get an idea of her athletic background, Lisa dabbled in various sports as she was growing up until gymnastics began to require a larger time commitment. She continued with gymnastics up through high school, ending as a Level 7 gymnast. Lisa was drawn to the challenge of gymnastics, the allure of aspiring for perfection, and the endless list of new skills to master.
In college, she traded gymnastics for rugby. She took to rucks and scrums, tackling, and all of the physical abuse of the rugby pitch until a misguided tackle took out her knee—requiring full ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair—ending her rugby career.
At this point she was deep into her study of Exercise Physiology at the University of Ohio. Lisa often tested her academic knowledge with her physical training, looking to see what she responded to best. After graduate school and a few months training athletes at globo-gyms and a local university, she found CrossFit and was naturally drawn to it. Her athletic career shows every mark of a CrossFit athlete: drawn to physical challenge, not adverse to pain and suffering for a sport (after all, every rugger owns at least one sticker or shirt emblazed with the motto “give blood, play rugby”), open to learn new skills, and inclined to take a scientific approach to fitness.
We wish her the best of luck with her new box and in the 2011 CrossFit Games Open.
Benchmark Stats and Competition History:
Cindy: 31 rounds
Filthy 50: 18:45
Man Fran (95/chest to bar): 6:40
Heavy Grace (105): 2:25
Man Grace (135): 6:13
Split Jerk: 175lbs
Rack Jerk: 195
Snatch Balance: 175
2010 Ohio Sectional at the Arnold Classic-1st
2010 Central East Regionals-6th
2010 Fall Brawl-4th
2010 Midwest Hopper Challenge-2nd
2011 Great Lakes Invitational-1st