If you train here at CF88, chances are you’ve worked out with Diane at some point and know first-hand why she’s our Athlete of the Month. She’s extremely positive, encouraging, and motivational to everyone around her. Her consistency and effort in the gym over the last months have been inspiring. We could not be more proud! Please join me in recognizing Diane Abezetian as CrossFit 88 October Athlete of the Month!
When did you start doing CrossFit?
How did you find out about CrossFit 88?
Actually, it was my daughter Jess Caplis that wanted to try Crossfit and when a Groupon showed up on line – I purchased two for a one month trial.
What fitness activities were you doing before?
Not much actually. I tried working out on my own with lessons from a personal trainer here and there but was easily bored. I guess it is better for me to be in a group.
Outside the gym, what’s your favorite sport or activity?
I bowl on a women’s league – an average bowler at best! Love to walk. I follow Maine South football faithfully and love to watch women’s softball. I love to have Sunday dinners at our home which is open house for both our families – with something on the stove for whoever is available. Funny, most family makes it.
List 3 words to describe your very first CF workout.
Scary, debilitating, interesting
What results have you seen since starting CF?
I will be truly honest here. Being a little older, a little heavier and a little more sedentary and concerned that arthritis would take over my life; I was terrified to expose myself. I needed to find something that would address flexibility, mobility and keep my interest. I remember so clearly how difficult it was to just breathe during the strength and warm ups when I first started! When Jess and I talked about joining CF88, I called my doctor, had a physical and jumped in with eyes wide open. I now can go through the warm ups and chat with people as my lung capacity has certainly increased. I definitely feel a significant difference in my joints that are usually bothered with arthritis. I feel so much better and I know that I walk taller!
What do you like most about CF?
I love not being judged. I love the instruction. I love the demonstration each and every time. I love the answers to my questions. I love the modifications for my personal situation. I love walking in to warm, smiling personalities. I love our coaches. I love working out with my daughter. I love being able to do things that I wasn’t able to do from the start.
What is your favorite CF exercise/lift?
I don’t know why, but I really like to weight lift. I have never done it before but dead lifting is awesome. Bench pressing is awesome.
What is your least favorite CF exercise/lift?
Well, everyone says burpees and I am no exception!
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Honestly, not leaving halfway through the 18 or 20 minute WODs. I am happy that I have stuck with it for the last 9 months, I am happy I can do planks and dead bugs (which were so hard for me at the beginning) as well as kettle bells.
What CF goals are you working towards?
Hands down – pull ups! I was working with bands a couple of times before class started then we had a family issue that kept me preoccupied for a bit and I let the practice fall away but I am determined to accomplish pull ups.
Tell us something others may not know about you.
I listen to books on my ipod while cleaning the house and doing laundry. I am the treasurer for my church and our church summer camp as well as the budget master of our home. Love computers.
What is your local favorite place to go?
Houlihans in Park Ridge and Muvico in Rosemont.
Who is or has been your biggest role model or inspiration?
My Mother and Father never told their children how to live, they just lead by example and did a great job! My husband instilled in me the need to serve your community. I am constantly amazed at the inner strength and empathy our two children have – these people inspire me to be a better person.
What is your favorite quote?
We love because He first loved us.
Provide some advice for athletes new to CrossFit 88:
It’s okay to be scared at first. Listen to your coaches; they know what they are doing. Talk to people you are working out with – they help. Get good shoes! And laugh.
What coaches have to say about Diane:
Piotr- So Diane and Jess are the coolest, funniest, mother and daughter wodding together always happy and excited team I have ever met. Diane, you are sooo funny and such a pleasure to coach. I remember the first days when Diane joined our gym and how hard the workouts were for her. But she always came and modified whatever she had to, to get the job done. Very proud to have you as a member and a friend and so proud of all the accomplishments you are making at our gym. Looking forward to working with you for a long time!
Scott-I always look forward to having Diane in class! She always comes in with a smile on her face and a positive attitude oozing out of her that carries over to the rest of the class. She is one of the most committed, determined people I have ever met. If there is a movement she struggles with or cannot do, she devotes everything she has to learning and mastering that skill until it is no longer a weakness. It is so inspiring seeing the effort she puts into the workouts day in and day out. I am so proud of everything she has accomplished throughout her time here and am so excited to see her continue her journey with CrossFit 88.
Edyta-Diane is my inspiration! Whenever I see her in the gym she reminds me that taking the little steps makes us a winner. She comes to the gym with a great attitude, always smiling and laughing, making it a true joy to be around her. Determined, positive, friendly, helpful, sweet and honest – these are just a few of the adjectives that describe our Diane! Always encouraging others, giving every workout her best effort, and never quitting. Diane does not let age defy her, never lets the WOD get to her no matter how hard it may be, and is never afraid to scale to her abilities. And I just love to be around her! It is because of people like Diane that make me love our community at CrossFit 88. Jess you are one lucky girl to have a mom like Diane! :)