What’s Your Excuse?


Today I witnessed the most inspirational event of my life. Lisa
Gniewek my client, my friend, and my inspiration to attack life set a
lifetime PR in the Clean & Jerk at 140lbs. Lisa is a 42 year wife,
mother of two, Pediatrics Registered Nurse, and a stage IV Lung Cancer
battler. I watch her day in and day out walk through the Mash Elite
doors to battle the weights and attack life. She works out every day
even while enduring the gruesome effects of chemotherapy.
Lisa isn’t just a mother and wife, but she is a competitive
weightlifter and powerlifter. She is an irreplaceable part of the
Mash Elite Family. Lisa has been with Mash Elite from the beginning.
Since she has been my client, Mash Elite has grown in space three
times, and she has always been there to pull up carpet and paint or
whatever was needed. She has been at every weightlifting meet and
every powerlifting meet that Mash Elite has attended, so basically she
is as much a part of our training center as the squat racks. Now she
spends her extra time working our smoothie bar and trying to keep our
place a little cleaner. Basically Lisa is a gym rat!!!
My point in writing this is to inspire the people that always have a
reason not to work and get in shape. Every time that you think of a
reason to not go to the gym remember Lisa and tell yourself to get off
the couch and go attack life. I have never seen anyone overcome so
many obstacles in my life, and the whole team she maintains the best
attitude in the gym. I am throwing the gauntlet down to the world
right now! Follow Lisa’s lead and attack life! Quit using excuses
and get out there and use what God has given you to bring Him glory!
Time is precious to us all, so quit saying tomorrow and get right
Sometimes I find myself crying about being 40 years old and competing
at the American Open Weightlifting Championships, and then I remember
my friend Lisa. None of us have a reason to cry about anything! We
just have a life to live, so live it man! Squat a personal record!
Run that Marathon! Visit South Africa! Love your wife and a child
like no one has ever loved before. Don’t do life luke warm! Do it
Hottt!!!! God has given us all one shot at this thing called life, so
honor Him by using what He has given you.
I am putting her video link at the bottom of this blog, so check it
out! If you have questions, email me at:


Or to sign up for a Learn 2 Lift coming Aug. 2nd in New Jersey at Zach
Even-Esh’s Underground Gym, and Aug. 24th to Crossfit 140 in Atlanta,
go to:

www.MashElitePerformance.com and go to the store section and sign up!

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