The Weekly Dose of Awesome

When I went to see if this week's awesome had a prior mention, I was totally shocked to find she hadn't.  This post is seriously overdue.

I had the pleasure of working with Leah when she first started at UB.  She was eager to learn, but showed some skepticism.  Her doubts visibly faded as she got into her groove.  Leah had consistent A-Ha moments and PRs and the joy of it all was written all over her face.  Leah has been a consistent, hardworking member of the UB tribe who's dedication and big heart are apparent to anyone in class.  Simply put, this woman has bad-assery and awesome running through her veins.  Thanks for trusting your mom and giving UB a shot, Leah!  We're all the better for it!

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Name: Leah B.

Nickname / Alter Ego: Favorite nickname is LB and my alter ego moonlights as a karaoke queen

Hometown: Woodland, CA

Occupation: Partnerships Recruiter at Pinterest

When did you first start CrossFitting?: I took my first class in December of 2013

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: April 2014

Favorite WOD: Anything with handstand push ups, rope climbs, pull ups and power cleans

Least favorite WOD: The 800 block … wall balls and overhead squats

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I was visiting my Mom over the holidays when I noticed she was in better shape than I was at the time. I asked her what she had been doing and she mentioned this little thing called CrossFit. Like some people do, I overreacted and assumed CrossFit was this super intense program that a 59 year old woman shouldn’t be involved in. She convinced me to take a class with her at CrossFit EPOC in Woodland where I bonded with her CrossFit buds and completed what felt like the most challenging workout of my life. That’s when I decided to do some research in SF, and after careful consideration, I enrolled at UB!

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? Growing up I wasn’t super athletic - meaning I tried everything from baseball, basketball, soccer, tee ball, but it seemed like the only thing I could do was dance (which I did for 15 years). I even worked at an athletic club in college where I occasionally took a yoga class, but mostly played frisbee on the beach for my workouts. After college I tried a number of things to stay active and in shape. I’m a cyclist, but hate spin class (yes, even SoulCycle). I tried Bar Method, Barry’s, you name it. Finding my groove with CrossFit has kept me committed for over three years now and I’m so happy to call UB my home. Speaking of home, thanks to my mom my entire family started doing CrossFit, so now over the holidays we bond over Thanksgiving WODs and earning our calories.

What’s your secret talent? I have a crazy visual/photographic memory. If you lost your keys, I saw them in the the couch cushion an hour ago. When traveling or exploring new places I can remember turns and directions from point A , B, C and back again just after one pass through.

What is your biggest phobia? It’s a close call between getting eaten by a shark or caught in some type of natural disaster (earthquake/tsunami/combo of both)

What inspires you? My Mom is the strongest woman I know and I get a lot of my inspiration from her as one of my best friends. I’m also inspired through travel and exploring new places. It’s super important for me to disconnect from reality and lose myself from time to time, so I take a lot of long weekends and plan at least one big trip every year.

What’s the last thing you searched for on Pinterest? I was wondering if there was such a thing as lemon creme brulee (two of my favorite things in one!). Sure enough, it’s a real thing!

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