Defining “Leo”

You may or may not know it, but over the past 7 1/2 years, CFLA has been developing a new term, that if you stare long enough at a modern english dictionary, you might find written and defined somewhere between the lines. The term I’m referring to is called a “Leo” – and we began working on it the moment Leo Bishnia walking through the doors at CFLA.
In case you haven’t been studying the dictionary lately, I’m going to help you with the definition so that when you hear the term used, you’ll know and understand what is meant.
Leo – a term used to describe a person who is modest, committed, meticulous, attentive to detail, has an unquenchable thirst for growth and development, consistent, self-aware, patient, coachable, optimistic, conscious, humble, strong, has a growth mindset, thinks long term, and is… unstoppable. A person who is a has “Leo-like” qualities is rigorous in his commitment for putting his physical training first each day, in spite of how tired he feels, how early it is or how much he doesn’t feel like it. He shows up at 6am no matter what and finds a way to make whatever the plan is for that day work for him, in spite of how it suits his specific needs. He listens attentively to coaching, absorbing like a sponge anything he can from the words of the people he has chosen as mentors and coaches. He choses his weights wisely, based on his experience and skill, never allowing ego or greed to over-ride the appropriateness of his choices. He is obsessed by form, keeping his speed governed by his ability to maintain proper body position and mechanics over the course of a workout. He is accepting of his schedule and life, knowing that five week-days of training suits his life perfectly, in spite of his desire to participate outside of that schedule. A “Leo” is a person who quietly sets the example for everyone else, leading without anyone really knowing that he is.
Leo Bishinia – thank you for your contribution to this community over the course of the last 7 1/2 years. If we had numbers for each of our students, we would be retiring yours! The hole that your departure leaves in this community is simply unreplaceable. We’ll miss you at 6am and wish you all the best wherever your travels and life takes you!

And here’s a special message from our former coach, Becca Borawski:
When I think of Leo, three words come immediately to mind: passion, excellence, and kindness. No matter what Leo is doing, be it cutting hair or clean and jerks, his commitment to excellence shines through. It’s not that he feels he “should” do everything well, it’s that he can’t fathom doing something else. And this is because of his passion. It is clear that everything Leo pursues is backed by a deep desire and enthusiasm to be doing exactly that. And despite how incredibly good he is at those things, he seems not to realize it. So, perhaps, I should add a fourth word – humility. All these qualities combined always cause me to smile when I think of Leo and it also gives me absolute confidence that he will find happiness and success everywhere he goes. Best wishes, Leo – I think of you fondly and often!


Friday’s Workout 

CF Open WOD 15.3
7 Muscle Ups
50 Wall Ball
100 Double Unders

And Coming Monday

A) Back squat (Use 90% of 1RM + 8-20lb as 1RM)
75% x 5
80% x 5
85% x 5+

B) 4 RFR (:30:30)
Thrusters (50-55%)
Toes to bar
Box jumps

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