Why I Crossfit

                I vividly remember the first time I walked into Crossfit Strong. All I saw as we first stepped in the door was a mostly empty warehouse with a few ropes hanging from the ceiling, a pull-up rig, and a whole lot of free weights (this was over 6 years ago). There wasn’t a single treadmill, elliptical, or weight machine in sight. I turned to my friend who had brought me and immediately asked him if we could leave. I was truly terrified.

                Thankfully he did not let me leave, and I was able to experience my first crossfit workout. The class size was much smaller back then, which allowed me to have my own personal coach that day (mama cat). The workout couldn’t have lasted for more than 15 to 20 minutes, but I was so sore the entire week after. I knew this style of exercise worked. I was also taken back by the fact that the coach took the time to show me all the movements in detail and stayed with me throughout the entire workout.  I knew that I had found the challenge that I had been looking for. I was absolutely addicted after that!

                Throughout the first few months after I first signed up, another aspect of crossfit presented itself to me. I started to realize that it was more than just a gym. It was a community. I found myself spending time with the coaches and members outside of the gym. Many of my most cherished friendships have stemmed from Crossfit Strong’s amazing community. Since the beginning of my experience at Strong, everyone had always been so welcoming and friendly towards me. You do not find that kind of sincerity at just any gym.

                I am an extremely competitive person, but after high school I felt as though there was nothing left for me to compete in. Another aspect of crossfit that drew me in immediately was the competitiveness that can be found in each and every WOD. Still to this day I get butterflies in my stomach when I hear the countdown 3, 2, 1 go! Crossfit is able to provide that sense of competition to anyone and everyone who participates in the sport. I have also had the pleasure of competing on a number of Crossfit Strong teams throughout the years, and I am so thankful for every opportunity that I have been given.

                My involvement at Crossfit Strong completely changed the direction in which my life has moved. When I first began going back to school I believed that nursing was the perfect career for me. After a few years of watching the coaches and learning more about crossfit, I realized that I wanted a bigger part of it. I wanted to be more involved with it, and I wanted to coach at Strong. I was given the opportunity to start coaching, and soon after I changed my major to Kinesiology/Exercise Science.  I realized that nursing was not the only way I could help people. The decision to change majors was one of the best I have ever made. I just recently graduated from TWU, and I am beyond thankful for everything that I learned.  

                Today crossfit is not only about my experience as an athlete, it is about my overall experience with the members that I have the pleasure to coach. A simple “thank you” from a member after a WOD makes my day, and it makes all of the hard work worth it. I love hearing the members tell stories of how much crossfit and the coaching has changed their lives. I crossfit to stay healthy and take care of my body, but I also crossfit to motivate and help our members become the best possible version of themselves.  

                I want to say thank you to all of our incredible members! I would not have this amazing job if it weren’t for all of your hard work and willingness to better yourselves. The reason why I crossfit has changed over the past 6 years. However, it has changed for the better, and it has been a wonderful journey. I appreciate everything that I have learned from my time at Strong, and I look forward to many more wonderful and eventful years.

My Fam-Uh-Lee



ArianneRhea ArianneRhea's picture
Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:12

You're amazing, Leah! I remember looking up to you as a coah and athlete when I first started at Strong (still do). Keep up the great work!