Member Spotlight: Leslie Zwicker!

I have the distinct pleasure of coaching this week’s featured member each Saturday since she is a fixture at Oly class.  It’s been a real pleasure to watch her progress with these complex and technical lifts.  Let me get out of the way though so she can tell her story.  This week I present to you…

What’s your name?

Leslie Zwicker

Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:

I came in for a free trial class after being a bit dissatisfied with my previous bootcamp-style gym. I needed something more challenging, and I liked lifting so I thought, “I guess I’ll give CrossFit a try…” (best decision ever, btw) momWOD worked perfectly with my schedule. Hooray for child care!!!!! I could tell immediately that I would be challenged by just about everyone there! This place was serious business. Not only the momWOD crew but every person in there looked like they were having fun and busting a$$. I knew that I came to the right place. I felt like the sky’s the limit. The whole experience made me want to come back. I was pretty much hooked right away. I love this stuff. I wish I had found it sooner!

Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?

I had been working out at a bootcamp style gym and felt like I had “maxed out”. Not sure that I had, but it felt like I had – and it’s not a good feeling when I just wanted to work harder, but felt limited. I didn’t think I could get where I want to be at that gym. I needed a change. I needed to lift harder and be pushed and inspired more. I knew it was time to move on. When I came to CFHV, I was inspired…

Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.

My most memorable is tied. 1) I was only a week into coming to CFHV when I showed up for 17.4. I had no idea what I was in for…. Coach Derrick helped me out as my partner that day and was so friendly. He helped me with my form since there was like a million deadlifts. Well, maybe just 50, but it felt like a million. That was pretty crazy going through 17.4 so early in my CrossFit life. 2) Doing Murph this year. I did Murph with a fellow momWOD friend Monica. It was really cool to go to the gym and be part of that, see all the fitness levels and experience it. Can’t wait til next year!

Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!

I’m a MOM!

How has getting in shape changed your professional life?

Thankfully(?) I’m not in the professional world right now. (I kind of miss it though – being a full time mom to 3 little kids is tough!) I have been active most of my life. Running since elementary school, cross country in high school, 5k, 10k, 1/2 and full marathons peppered throughout my adult life, gym memberships abound. I have (almost) always had a drive to push my body and make it as healthy as I can. I’ve certainly gone through spurts of not caring at all…. But, when I am eating crap and not caring about my body properly, I feel awful. And I hate that feeling. So, getting in shape helps me feel better, and is has been very important to me, especially since having my kids.

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage

High Voltage has given me something to work toward and something to strive for, physically and mentally. Making small goals for myself, focusing on form – allowing myself to lighten the load in order to focus on practice… It’s all a mental learning experience that I really appreciate, and to see the physical results is the reward.

When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?

Mental stamina and patience. And just everyday kid stuff.

Who is your most idolized fellow community member?

I think all the 9:30 crew is awesome! momWOD/Progressions and open gym people are so amazing to watch. There is so much to be inspired by. I think I will always look up to Hope Ressler. 🙂 I was thankful to have her in momWOD/Progressions when I started so I could try to keep up!

What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?

I want to add weight to each of my Oly lifts (with proper form), be able to do strict pull ups, and double-unders.

What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?

Least Favorite: Assault bike! It’s so evil. Favorite: Any day we are using the barbell.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Ruth’s Chris!

If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:

CFHV is a friendly, knowledgeable gym for level 0-100.