Get to Know a Member (Lisa Burk)

Lisa Burk most definitely possess the warrior spirit. Having been diagnosed with MS, she could have easily given up, played the victim role, stayed home and felt sorry for herself but instead she decided to take action and literally fight to regain her health and life back. Lisa thank you very much for being such an awesome member.
Getting stronger everyday!

Getting stronger everyday!

The Lisa Burk interview:
Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? People have other things to do besides go to CKO?
Do you have any hobbies? Spending time with my 3 year old granddaughter Maybelle, she came and watched a CKO class through the window one day and now all she wants to do is “fight, fight” and then play Barbie’s and put on pink lipstick!
How did you first learn of CKO? I came to Seattle from Santa Barbara on my neurologists referral to undergo MS treatment at UW, after months of treatment, meds, a strong suggestion of a walker or motorized cart AND weighing in at 235 – that’s more than Mike Tyson at his prime fighting weight! I was depressed and in a dark place and really thought a milk shake, bacon double cheese burger and fries would make it better so I sat and ate and cried at the local “shake – n – go”… after I was finished I walked outside and heard shouting “jab, cross, jab cross” it was Rod teaching the 5:00 pm class. I signed up the next day!
Lisa's family, they are all members of CKO! It's awesome!

Lisa’s family — This picture was taken before they all they all showed up to take a class together! Very supportive family

What are some of your fitness goals? To lean out, build endurance, to participate in the Spartan – Malibu Sprint, December 2014 with my family as a team, and possibly some kind of amateur ring match – I don’t know 100% on the latter I kinda like my face! 😉
What is your favorite aspect of CKO? The strong sense of community and support, I always feel challenged! I have never taken a class and found the routine to be predictable. I obviously love to hear “ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK” but when I signed up I thought in my head “gosh, I hope they teach us the SUPER MAN PUNCH” – its my FAVORITE move! And Rod brought it!

Lisa is a regular at the 5pm class.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? I don’t ever want to hear the suggestion of a walker or motorized cart ever again!
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? I am an instant gratification junkie and I want results now…Those thoughts of needing results now are fleeting and don’t prevent me from moving forward but I’d like to move past that way of thinking!
Lisa have greatly improved her mobility and athleticism. Check out that roundhouse.

isa have greatly improved her mobility and athleticism. Check out that roundhouse.

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? When I first started I committed to M,W,F received a lot of encouragement from all staff but especially Rod who suggested building up personal goals within every class – I could only do 3 push-up each and every time it was time for the push-up club, I didn’t like not even being able to make it to 5. Rod saw my struggle and suggested “PUSH-UP HOME WORK” I am now up to 30 diamond and/or 30 regular push-ups per break, I now attend 5 to 6 days a week occasional doing two a days! I have decided with another club member to start personal training with Rod and I look forward to setting and achieving more goals.

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you! I have three amazing daughters 24, 23 and 14 and one lovely 3-year-old granddaughter, I am addicted to inappropriate rap music but also once aspired to sing Opera! My favorite food group: RED MEAT, favorite movie: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, favorite poet: Charles Bukowski


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