We have many athletes who are preparing for the First Annual Tone House Lift Off on December 10th. The Lift Off provides an opportunity for athletes to test their physical strength and endurance in a competitive and encouraging setting.
For many, this is their first time competing in strength based competition. This includes Lady Killer, Chryzl Goco, who signed up quickly to challenge herself with the Tone House community.
She shares her experience below:
- Since I was 9 years old, I competed on a swim team, so working out 5-6x a week was the norm early on. In high school, I started running on Track & Field. In college, I had a successful swim career competing in DIII, and was team captain for three years. Finally, I started weightlifting as a way to cross-train for swim season, but I instantly fell in love with it.
How long have you been coming to Tone House?
- I’ve been a Tone House athlete since January 2022! Although I’m still relatively new, I feel a part of the community/team and each coach reminds me of a type of coach I’ve had throughout the years.
What made you first decide to start training at Tone House?
- I missed being a part of a team and I was looking for something challenging yet motivating. I thought I was in shape, but I went to Tone House for the first time with a friend and I was instantly humbled. I was impressed by the veterans and I wanted to continue in order to grow stronger.
What has your experience been in Tone House Strength classes thus far? What is it that keeps you coming back to TH strength classes?
- Although I usually lift on my own, the Strength classes always incorporate something unique that I’m unable to get in my own gym. Whether it’s training with a teammate or having a coach sit on my sled to motivate me because I’m not pushing/pulling enough weight, I can’t get this anywhere else.
What have you noticed of yourself since you began lifting (strength, mindset, etc)?
- Since lifting, I’ve learned that my body is capable of enduring a lot of physical and mental pain. It’s been a long journey, but I’m really loving my body and I’m proud of how strong she is.
What originally inclined you to sign up for the Lift Off?
- I’ve wanted to compete in a Powerlifting competition since 2015/2016, but I’ve always felt intimidated. When Tone House first announced “Lift Off,” I felt like this was the perfect time. I feel so comfortable with the Tone House community, I know that I’ll be surrounded by endless love and support.
How do you plan on training leading up to the competition?
- My training for “Lift Off” consists of weightlifting 4x a week, whether it’s on my own or taking a Strength class at Tone House. Also, I’m sprinkling in Conditioning classes 1x a week because I want to be prepared for the Endurance test.
What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
- Squats and deadlifts are definitely a strength of mine. Croc walks are 100% my weakness… but I’m working on them!
Which event in the competition are you most excited about (specific lift, max, endurance)?
- Max lift for all events! I’m hoping to smash my PRs.
How are you staying motivated leading up to the competition?
- I’m staying motivated by consistently attending Tone House classes and following all my coaches on Instagram! They keep me inspired.
Do you have anything you would like to say to any athletes who are indecisive to signing up for the Lift Off?
- You’re only competing against yourself, so try your best and have fun! You’ll be surrounded by an amazing community who will cheer you on no matter what.