Hell's Half Acre: Luila Barber

May 4, 2009 9:36 AM

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Eric Barber (a competitor in the event) consoles his wife Luila (also a competitor) after she didn't finish the Heavy rowing Grace within the allotted time. The workout for women was a 105lb Grace with a 1500 meter row. Luila and Eric are Affiliate owners of CrossFit Next Generation in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Not completing the workout in the allotted time meant that Luila would not be qualifying for the Games, no matter how well she did in the other events. She demonstrated a true CrossFit warrior spirit, as she completed the entire rest of the event. Phenomenal!

26 comments on this entry.

1. Jason B wrote...

May 4, 2009 10:43 AM

Luila! You showed us what heart is this weekend girl. You are a true warrior and it's an honor to know you and Eric. Love you both!

2. Rhino wrote...

May 4, 2009 11:16 AM

I've meet Eric once and had the opportunity to complete against him in a team WOD. The man is a class act and trains like a beast always looking for ways to better himself and his clients. Eric and Luila typify what crossfit is all about are an inspiration to myself and others.

3. Ashley wrote...

May 4, 2009 11:31 AM

Luila, you rocked it this weekend. All of us at Next Generation CF are so proud of you, Eric, Wade, Chad and Adam.

Way to represent!!

4. sevan wrote...

May 4, 2009 11:42 AM

Barbers are great people and great asset in the CF community. I like the pic too.

5. Ginny wrote...

May 4, 2009 11:56 AM

Way to go this weekend Luila! You represented Oklahoma well. I enjoyed competing with you!

6. Aimee Lyons wrote...

May 4, 2009 12:12 PM

Luila-Girl, I'm sure you rocked it, you were an inspiration to me in February when I met you at the Affiliate Gathering and I wish I could have been there to cheer you on. Stay Strong. -Aimee

7. JK wrote...

May 4, 2009 12:19 PM

8. Luila wrote...

May 4, 2009 12:22 PM

I can not say enough how grateful I am to be a part of the CF community. Being around the level of excellence represented at GSX and the all the regional boxes represented inspired me to never give up. When I had nothing left to give, all I had to do was look up and see the eyes of a fellow crossfitter staring back at me with strength and belief in my ability to keep going.

Prior to the Qualifiers, I had never lifted 105lbs in any way shape or form. Prior to the games I had never achieved a chest to bar pull-up. Prior to the games, I had never pushed myself to that level of intensity that only a competition can simulate.

I am now equipped with the knowledge that I can do (at minimum) 48 chest to bar pull ups, I can clean and jerk 105lbs, and I can persist through another level of pain. I almost completed the final WOD and 3rd in 15 minutes even with my hands tore up from the pull ups and on the verge of blacking out.

I also learned that I am not only working out for myself. I have been pretty selfish about my efforts in the gym because I have only had an inward perspective. But, what I do does matter. What you do matters. Each person on this planet has a circle of influence whether big or small. And I believe one can never fully understand how far reaching this influence can become.

I am back home in my own little world of Tulsa: stay at home mom, wife, home-schooler of two kids. I can safely pick up anything: furniture, groceries, kids, (appliances!), etc. I can keep up with my kids and not get tired or grumpy. I can be tough on my kids and not feel like a hypocrite because I am tough on myself. I know they will be stronger and more equipped to deal with anything life throws at them because I am strong and confident as a mother and a woman. I can also train our clients with more confidence, because I know what it feels like to hurt and do another rep. Fighting that mental battle is 75% of the WOD. Before the games I was content with my level of fitness. Now I am anticipating how far I can go at next year's event! And I am chomping at the bit to get at those pull up bars at our box!

Finally, I want to thank my best friend and my husband, Eric. He believed in my when I didn't. And he encouraged me and pushed me day in and day out for the last four months of training. He would not put up with my whining. He saw past my weaknesses and directed my focus on my strengths. He gave me hope when I wanted to quit. And he inspired me to search out my best hidden in my heart. I love you!

9. tucker wrote...

May 4, 2009 12:31 PM

Lu - Tracy took that shot. I sent it in to Tony with the story. And you guys were damned sure a story! Both of you are deserving of the recognition and respect. Shoot me your email so Tracy and I can send you some more pics - that I know you will want.

So very proud of you!


10. MK wrote...

May 4, 2009 1:44 PM

Way to go, Luila. Your post is very well put. I feel your pain in that photo, I had the same moment with my husband at my qualifier. A time limit took me out of the running as well.

11. Luila wrote...

May 4, 2009 2:11 PM

Hey, Tucker! Thanks for honoring us with your friendship. Love to you and Tracy...
My email is sebsmom02@yahoo.com

Thanks to everyone for all your encouraging comments. I love the Crossfit nation!

12. Kari wrote...

May 4, 2009 2:18 PM

i'm so proud of you, Luila! Way to go!

13. Chad E Smith wrote...

May 4, 2009 2:22 PM

Eric and Lulia are what crossfit is all about. They live to train others and make a difference. It's an honor to coach and train with the two of you. I believe after this past weekend our Next Generation Crossfit Box has become united in so many ways.(Respect, Courage, Support, Family, and Strength) We live and we learn, it's time to start looking forward to next years event.

14. eric mcdonald wrote...

May 4, 2009 7:39 PM

Very inspiring. Eric and Luila are class people and it is a pleasure to know them. God bless you both.

15. Amy Quimby wrote...

May 4, 2009 8:13 PM

You are amazing, Luila! I've been cheering from home for you and the others from Next Gen all weekend. You guys rock!

16. Casey wrote...

May 5, 2009 9:47 AM

An inspiration to all CrossFitters. Nice job Luila!

17. D wrote...

May 5, 2009 10:12 AM

Luila, you are truly an inspiration...I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said...I just think the world of you and Eric, and am so glad to call you my friends AND trainers. You both have done SO much for me over the last few years. I love you guys.

18. Bob wrote...

May 5, 2009 10:12 AM

Fantastic work this weekend Luila, way to represent NGCF and all of OK! I'm proud to have you kick my butt all over the gym week after week.

19. Karen wrote...

May 5, 2009 10:49 AM

Luila - I could not be more proud of you! You have always been a great motivator for me and your spirit is truly amazing.

20. Aimee Lyons wrote...

May 5, 2009 12:52 PM

Luila- I said it before and I'll say it again...you are a true inspiration. Your message above sums up what CrossFit and the Qualifiers brings out...confidence, excellence and perseverance among every individual who is part of this amazing community. Amazing.

21. Krystle wrote...

May 5, 2009 4:18 PM

Luila- It was an honor to watch you at the qualifiers, you are a true competitor. The way you pushed through the pain and didnt give up even when others did was phenomenal. I'm so glad Adam keep bugging me to come to your and Eric's gym because its an honor to know you both. Truly inspiring.

22. Mindy wrote...

May 5, 2009 7:47 PM

Hey Warrior Princess, you showed so much heart, soul, and strength this weekend! I was so proud of you, and truly proud to call you friend. You and Eric are amazing people, and have been a true blessing to me over the past 2 years. I am a better athlete but most importantly a better person because of your friendship and genuine caring hearts. You both deserve the best, and that picture is so beautiful! It really sums up you two! Love ya, Mindy

23. Steve wrote...

May 6, 2009 7:52 AM

You guys are awesome. I don't have to tell you what you guys have done for me. You and Crossfit have changed my life. So glad to know you both.

24. Kevin wrote...

May 6, 2009 4:03 PM

I would like to take a minute and say I am sorry I yelled at you repeatedly for 15 min twice (If I knew you had such a big husband I may not have yelled so loudly or in your face). Two things I remember about you this weekend was after the first few chest to bar pull-up you dropped down and said I been trying to get these for a while and you were giddy like a school girl. And the last one was during the final WOD on Sunday The anger and determination in your eyes. I think I saw a switch thrown in your heart or soul that you weren't going to stop.( This was right after the other judge had hugged you and you hit a few other reps ) Keep it up. And I will see ya next year.

25. Luila wrote...

May 6, 2009 5:25 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I want to keep responding to each one, but my last post was long enough! They might kick me off for being so long-winded. Needless to say, with awe and gratefulness I receive your love and support. See you all next year.

26. Barberic wrote...

June 6, 2009 6:45 AM

I'll always be so proud of you that day babe.
I love you,