Athlete Profile:  Leland A.

Athlete Profile:  Leland A.

Today’s Workout
Squat Snatch 5-5-5-5-5 (135/95)
– Start each set of 5 reps every 2:30.
– At 11:30 on the continuously running clock, start a 1 Mile Run for time.


Hometown: Hampton, VA
Age: 39
Occupation: Writer
When did you first start CrossFitting?: May, 2011
When did you first start training at CFLA?: June, 2011
Favorite WOD: All of them
Least Favorite WOD: Any one I can’t finish

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Prep school stud, i.e. slightly faster, stronger and more coordinated than the soft, middling offspring of my social betters. From a family of academics so organized sports were frowned upon. A few thousand man hours of pick up basketball through my college years and early 20’s. As I got older I moved to yoga and stuck with that for about 7-8 years then kind of fell into a state of general disrepair. Then my stupid friends tricked me into CrossFit so now I’m doing that and I’m swimming and playing tennis and hiking and I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Someone I thought was a good friend suggested I come by and look at a Fight Gone Bad. I was leery but I went and despite seeing what a FGB was I decided to try a class anyway. It was… challenging. I made it about a block down the street after the warm up and I had to take a knee, two actually. “How did it feel?” Hmm, it was more an absence of feeling really as by that point a good deal of my central nervous system had shut down out of sheer self-preservation. That I was unwilling to continue was moot as I was also unable to continue. That pretty well sums it up.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Once I hit my stride, I definitely had a Wolverine type sensation going on. I convinced myself I was stronger and had greater endurance. People have commented that I’m an even more impressive physical specimen now but I couldn’t really say. CrossFit definitely made it easier to incorporate a higher level of fitness into my lifestyle. It’s helped me realize how much I enjoy being active and physically capable and how my outside activities can complement my CrossFit training and vice versa.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? The biggest change I’ve noticed is the ability to push through pain or discomfort or good old fashioned “I don’t fell like doing this”. As I lifelong disciple of the Church of Whatevs it’s a great feeling to know that your body can keep going even though your mind is telling you to quit.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: The end of any class where I just finished doing something that sounded impossible at the beginning of class. I love walking into class and reading some strange new acronym on the board and learning what fresh hell is about to be unleashed. And running down the street carrying a 25lb plate under my arm like a Christmas ham. That was hilarious.

Any advice for people just getting started? Doesn’t matter who you are or your current level of fitness. You can do CrossFit and if you put in the work you too can do as a warm up what a sane person would call a week’s worth of exercise.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I play tennis and Call of Duty religiously with my girlfriend (jealous?). I love to swim. I like old movies and comic books. I like food and watching shows about food. Oh and beer. I like beer. A lot.



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