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Leah Labonte

Coach

After I graduated from Oklahoma State, I vowed to never again wake up at 5 a.m. for anything that involved sweating.  Heck, I even decided I no longer had any need to run unless someone very scary was chasing me.  I was over early mornings and organized sports.  It was time to enjoy the carefree life of a “normal” grad student.  Sounds like a pretty good idea, right?  Wrong.

A couple of years and more than a few happy hours later, I was unhappy.  At 23, I’d officially gained the Freshman Fifteen (plus a few), had zero energy, and hated the way I looked.  That’s when a friend of mine referred me to a CrossFit gym down the street.  I figured, why not?  Maybe it would be the push I needed to get back to being skinny.  Again, I was wrong … but for a completely different reason.

There are a slew of things that got me hooked on CrossFit.  The competition.  The variety.  The people.  The results.  But one of the things I’ve come to love most is how my perception of the ideal body type has changed.  I started CrossFit to get back down to the 110 pound figure I used to have.  I could have cared less whether I would ever be able to do a double-under or handstand pushup.  Many, many, many 5 a.m. mornings later, I have embraced the 130 pound athletic figure this sport has given me and wouldn’t trade a pound if it meant sacrificing my squat clean PR or butterfly pull-ups.

CrossFit has been a complete transformation of body and mind for me, and as a coach I love seeing other people make that transition, too.  We don’t start looking better and weighing less because those are our goals.  We start looking better and weighing less as a by-product of striving to be better, faster and stronger in the gym.  Crazy, huh?

I got my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification in July of 2013, so I’m still relatively new to the whole coaching deal.  One thing I can tell you already, though, is that helping other people climb their mountains is way more rewarding than climbing my own.  And every coach here at CrossFit Cherry Creek feels the same way.  These people genuinely care about each of their members as an athlete and a person, whether you’re trying it for the first time or are ready to take it to the next level.

Coaching Experience

• CrossFit Cherry Creek  |  August 2014 – Present

Certifications

• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
• CrossFit Gymnastics
• Crossfit Judges Course 2016