Athlete Spotlight — Leka!

Sep 23rd, 2010

Athlete Spotlight — Leka!


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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Name: Alexia Tanya Dobbs
Height: 5’7"
Weight: 130#-ish
Age: 10 years older than Maria!
Q: How long have you been a member at CFO?  
A:  Since july of ’08 
Q: What is your day job?  
A: Exeuctive Creative Director at KineMed, Inc., and Freelance Wardrobe Stylist  
Q: What is your athletic background?   
A: Chopping wood, carrying water, milking goats, riding horses, surfing, yoga 
Q: What is your favorite strength move?  
A: Back Squat  
Q: What is your favorite met-con?
A:  Any crazy team WOD
Q: What is your proudest achievement?  
A: Where do I begin? Being able to run around Lake Merrit,  Kipping pull-ups, Rope climbs, Doing WODs rx’d…But best of all: having my daughters tell me that when they grow up, they want to be strong like me!
Q: What is your most desired goal?  
A: Getting double-unders and muscle-ups, and being able to snatch more than 60#!

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# 

DISCUSSION 19 Comments

  1. Tamara September 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Congrats on looking and being amazing.

  2. Lydia Encinas September 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm


    You are the Bee’s Knees! I’m not exactly sure what that means since bees don’t have knees but it’s my go-to when I think someone’s the shit, the coolest, the One! And your girls? the Bee’s Knees babies, coolest chicks ever!

  3. jrsandoval September 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Leka is the real deal! Very impressive lifting numbers. +10 for surfing.

  4. Maria September 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Leka does have it all – smarts, style, strength, stellar mom skills. And although I’m a shrimp and a bit younger in comparison – I’m honored to call my fellow Mendo girl my dear friend. We are good at getting into trouble and stopping traffic together!

  5. Moses September 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Keep shredding Leka.

    …Don’t mess with the family.  

  6. leka September 24, 2010 at 1:23 am

    much love to all of you!

  7. Dawn September 24, 2010 at 4:04 am

    It has been awesome watching your progress as an athlete.  You are VERY determined, did you know that?  Looking forward to seeing that muscle up! 

  8. Joe P September 24, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Congrats on all your progress, Leka. You bring a lot to the party, that’s for sure. Lots of respect for doing everything you do.

  9. ColinM September 24, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I look like a little kid compared to everyone else in those pictures. Life isn’t fair.  

  10. mune September 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Leka! It’s always a pleasure seeing you at the gym and working out next to you! You always look good before, during, and after workouts!!! What’s up with that?