We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work – if you haven’t met Leah yet (or even if you have), make sure to give her a high five and a smile next time you see her at the gym!
Here is a little about Leah’s journey through CrossFit so far:
I’ve been doing CrossFit for just over a year! I came to CrossFit about a year after having my 3rd baby. I have always been very self-motivated working out at home or alone in the gym, but after Quinn was born I lost my joy in my workouts. It felt like a chore, I never wanted to push myself, and I simply didn’t want to go…which also meant I stopped seeing results. I love exercise, and I love how it makes me feel the rest of the day, especially as a mom of 3 young kids, so I knew I needed a change to find that fire again. After a lot of hesitation, I thought I’d give CrossFit a try. My friend Liz recommended Terminus, so I came for an intro class and I was hooked! What really drew me in was the sense of community – after working out by myself for so many years, and spending my days with kids, having people around me every morning with similar goals gives me a great sense of joy and excitement to get there every morning.
Q: Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Detroit, but I consider Atlanta home – we moved here when I was 13.
Q: What class do you attend?
6 am….the best class, of course.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
Favorite: assault bike or rowing….but only because those are the 2 movements I can win at. 😉 (one of the only perks of being tall in CrossFit….)
Least favorite: running….duh. Sometimes I want to turn around and drive home when I see the 5am class coming in from running, but I haven’t done that….yet.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
Entertaining! We have people over quite often and love opening our home to friends and neighbors and sharing a meal. Sharing a meal with people creates such a sense of friendship and community and I love getting to dig deep with people at the dinner table! Let me know if you ever want to come over, the door is always open.
Q: Favorite music to work out to or just listen to in general?
During workouts it’s embarrassingly Backstreet Boys, bwahaha! It has the perfect beat to keep up a good pace. Don’t hate. In real life I like to listen to worship music!
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I went to college for classical oboe performance….and I haven’t played since.
Q: Favorite Atlanta Restaurant?
Why is this the hardest question so far? I’m going to go with…Goin’ Coastal
Q: Favorite moment at CF Terminus?
Finishing the 5k! The day I started, I couldn’t even run a mile. I was so proud of myself for finishing a 5k AND coming in 6 minutes under what I expected.
Q: How has CrossFit affected your life (inside/outside of the gym)?
CrossFit has brought back my passion for fitness and has opened up a community of people to me that I never expected – it truly brightens my day to see my 6am people and I look forward to it. I am also the fittest I have ever been in my life!
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Put aside your preconceived notions and fears and just TRY IT. Come in with an open mind and a positive attitude and you will be surprised at yourself daily!
Thank you, Leah, for being such an incredible addition to our community – you inspire those around you with your sunny disposition and can-do attitude. We especially love that you are a mom that proves that setting time aside to take care of yourself is a choice, and time well-invested!