Athlete of the Month
October 1, 2017

October 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for October 2017 is:

Leslie Rigsby!

What led you to CrossFit and CFH?
Well, I was an extremely active kid/teenager. I played softball and danced competitively for 18 years. I was in the dance studio 5 days a week for 4 hours a day, and more during competition season. I stayed fairly active through college, but when I was 21 years old I started working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. I worked there for 8 years, and it was a super sedentary job. I was literally tethered to a desk for 8-12 hours, and I worked evening shift so my sleep schedule was way out of wack. We didn’t have a long enough lunch break to leave, so we would send a person for take out and bring it back. There was a lot of pizza, pasta, greasy sandwiches, etc. During that time, I was also diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is a hormone imbalance that can cause sudden weight gain (along with a bunch of other problems). I also had my son in 2013, and I gained about 30lbs while I was pregnant. Overall, I gained about 100lbs in that 8 year span. I was desperate to lose weight. I tried the Atkins diet, Keto diet, over the counter diet pills, Nutrasystem, Rx weight loss drugs where they put me on an 800 calorie a day diet. You name it, I tried it. I had success with some of them, but I always gained the weight back plus some. I shed so many tears over my body, and the frustration I felt over the scale.

I chose Crossfit because I always loved watching videos of the olympic lifts, but I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to make it through an actual workout. I’ve always loved to lift heavy weights, and I’ve always been proud of how strong I am. When I was little my dad, a police officer, would teach me all these self defense moves because I thought they were so fun and my dad desperately wanted me to be a tomboy. Even then, I would surprise him with how strong I was. I just wanted to be the strongest version of myself, and I knew the only way I could do that was to step out of my comfort zone and try Crossfit.

I chose CFH because I tried a couple of other gyms in the area, and I had some weird experiences. The first class I came to try at CFH, Luke was coaching. I was so impressed by his knowledge, his patience, and his great attitude that I knew those other gyms were seriously lacking in the coaching department. The other thing I loved was that everyone was cheering each other on. I instantly noticed the bond between the athletes, and I wanted to be a part of that.

What is your favorite WOD?
I love anything with heavy lifting. We did Adam Brown a while back with the heavy deadlifts, bench press, cleans, and wallballs. That has probably been my favorite so far. Any WOD without running is also a plus 🙂

What are your goals?
I want to be Wonder Woman strong. If I lose the gut in the process, that’s great, but it’s not my number 1 priority anymore. I would also like to get better at running, but that’s going to take a while.

How has CrossFit impacted your life?
Crossfit has shown me that I am stronger than I think. I’ve gone from a 105lb clean to a 150lb clean since April of this year. I’ve been hitting PR’s on most of my other lifts, and I realized that I was holding myself back for such a long time. Now that I’m gaining more confidence in myself at the gym, it shows up in other areas of my life too. I’m lifting my 47lb 4 year old up over my head, and running around playing soccer with him. My husband and I are not naturally “small” people, so I really want to nurture a healthy relationship with food and exercise with my son.

Joining Crossfit Hixson also introduced me to Eat to Perform. This has been life changing for me. I’m dropping weight and I’m eating over 400g of carbs a day! For a girl who was told “you can’t eat like a normal person” and “carbs are your enemy with PCOS” by several doctors, I am loving this new lifestyle. The next goal is to get my husband to join!

Anything else you want to add?
I am living proof that anyone can start Crossfit. I started as a 30 year old, 270lb woman, who had been pretty sedentary for 8 years. I could barely do a push up on my knees, I could barely run 200m, and even ring rows were hard for me. The workouts are still hard, and they always will be, but I see such a difference in my body. I’m stronger, my back pain is almost completely gone, and I have more energy then I’ve had in a long time.