Please join us in welcoming Coach Leah to our team of rockstar CFCA coaches! Leah has spent the last few months shadowing, studying and passing her L1 certification! We are super excited to have her as part of the squad. Leah has been a member at CFCA for a long time and knows the ins and outs of our community. You can usually find Leah leading the AM classes or in the evenings guiding the Fit Expressers through 45 minutes of fun. Yay for Leah!
What is your fitness background? What were you doing before you found CrossFit?
I played basketball and other team sports in high school, but had quite a stretch of inactivity after high school until about 30 where I started going to a friend's basement for her muscle conditioning classes, she also got me into Seine Boats which I found I had a knack for. From there I found Spin and sort of bounced around gyms in the area.
How did you get into CrossFit?
I used to work with Christina Kalinowski in Beverly. We became fast friends and would occasionally ride bikes to work (me on a very old Trek mountain bike) She talked about CFCA a lot for about 6 months. Then I had someone give me a foundation's session that they won in a raffle...so I took it as a sign.
What were your goals after joining CFCA?
To be able to not feel like I was dying during a workout, once I got over that mental block, I started focusing on lifting that barbell.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the one item you'd want with you?
My choice of any type of music at any given moment
Favorite outdoor activities?
Even though I cannot do it as often at the moment, rowing gigs will always be my first love. More recently I've grown to love road biking, followed by a good long walk. Anything that allows me to appreciate our beautiful Cape Ann surroundings always pulls at my heartstrings.
If RBG & Michelle Obama had a baby that had Wonder woman's powers.
Best part about being a Coach?
I'm really enjoying cheering people on. I know how hard these workouts can be, and sometimes finding the right words that help motivate and find that edge or that extra bit of grit can really help someone level up in a workout. It's fun to watch that happen live.
Most inspirational person in your life?
My aunt, Dr. Lois Dagle. She was the person when I was growing up that showed me you needed to work hard at what you wanted. She's always been a north star for me, even if I get lost occasionally.
Something members might not know about you? To escape from being bullied in the town I moved to when I was in 7th grade, I decided to go to "Essex Aggie" which was not the high school it is today. We were a bunch of misfits from all over the north shore learning how to care for horses, cows, small animals, plants, etc. I still regret not taking a path in the direction of landscape architecture!!