Sep 23rd, 2010
Leka looking adorable in class today before crushing the Snatch
This week’s Athlete Spotlight shines on a truly amazing woman. Leka is a veritable icon of fitness, beauty, style and strength. One only has to glimpse her arriving or departing the gym in her street clothes to notice that she is not like the rest of us — this girl has serious style! In fact, she is a professional stylist with a degree in photography and a background in high fashion. Leka lives in a world of the uber-skinny, ‘beautiful’ people, so that when she raves that ‘strong is beautiful’ — she really means it. In addition to being an amazing artist and world traveler, Leka is raising two very lovely daughters. If you have had the good fortune to meet them, you will know right away that she is doing everything right.
In the gym, Leka is a great athlete with a terrific attitude and immaculate form. She chips away at her goals until she conquers them — and her strength numbers are pretty incredible! But seriously, when I saw her tackle "The Bear", I was truly in awe. Every time I was sure she would not make it through a round, she just gritted her way through it. Mental toughness to spare!
Leka has set high standards for herself in the gym and in life and it is a pleasure to witness her continually surpassing them, only to set new, higher ones. She is a lot of fun, easy on the eyes, a kick-ass athlete and an all around lovely person. While my adoration comes close to idol-worship, I know we are all big fans of this fabulous lady!
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Rant or Rave:
I can always find SOMETHING to complain about: the less-than-sanitary conditions of the shower and floors, and the lack of paper towels in the bathroom at CFO, Mike’s way of purposely destroying certain muscle groups… but all in all I have to say that my positive feelings towards CFO, FAR outweigh the few negatives. CrossFit was introduced to me (thanks to my little bro Moses) at a time when I really needed a place to let out a lot of aggression and make a whole new group of friends–both of which happened right away, and for that I am very grateful!
In addition to the amazing community I’ve gladly become a part of, thanks to all of the awesome coaches here, and the inspiration of working out alongside everyone here, I have been able to do things that I never thought were physically possible. Making physical gains means breaking through mental barriers which carries over into every aspect of life. When I started x-fit, I could not run 400 meters, couldn’t do a real push-up, could not jump rope at all, had never touched a barbell, let alone dream of doing a non-band assisted pull-up. Like a lot of women, I was terrified of ‘getting big’. The whole idea that we aren’t supposed to lift heavy weights and that we are supposed to be a certain small size is such a crock. I am here to let you know that you won’t get ‘big’, and if you do, so what? Strong is beautiful, and don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise!
Important Stats: DL- 1RM: 215#, BS- 3RM: 155#, Bench Press- 5RM: 105#