September 2016 Athlete of the Month Leah “Deadlift” Palmer
Every month, we the coaches of CrossFit Oakland Park get together and decide who should be athlete of the month. Athlete of the Month at CrossFit Oakland Park doesn’t mean that a person runs the fastest or lifts the heaviest… what it means to us is that an athlete has demonstrated that they really care about themselves, have shown commitment to the workouts and programming, and has become someone that others look up to. YES, that is Leah this month. Since she has been here, she continues to push herself. Thru good times and bad times, she never slows down. She has a goal, and she’s kept true to it, and this has not gone unnoticed.
When Leah first showed up, on of her questions to me was: “Do you think I have potential?” Obviously yes!… Potential and much more. As long as Leah continues following her plan and listening to her coaches, I have no doubt that she will achieve her goals! I am happy to be the first to say congratulations on being the September 2016 Athlete of the Month!
Head Coach Eduardo Colón CF Lvl II
Why did you decide to join CrossFit Oakland Park?
Initially, I joined Crossfit Oakland Park simply because I couldn’t find anywhere else that offered powerlifting classes, and CFOP also had strongman classes, which piqued my interest as well!
What has kept you at CrossFit Oakland Park?
The immediate family atmosphere, and welcoming vibe you get from all the coaches, and even all of the members! Sounds corny, I know, and I am definitely not the corny type, so if I’m saying it you know it’s true….haha.
What is your athletic background?
Well, many moons ago…..I played soccer, and tennis, and I rode horses for approximately five years. Think horseback riding isn’t athletic? Search for videos about riding “English” style, it’s not easy!
What are your athletic goals in and outside of CrossFit?
I just REALLY want to compete in powerlifting and strongman events, and possibly, if I get better at it, an Olympic lifting event!
What does CrossFit Mean to you?
This is tough, and my answer might be long, and will be extremely personal. I was diagnosed with bipolar depression at the age of 16, along with chronic anxiety and OCD…..doing absolutely anything social, even going food shopping by myself, is an absolute nightmare and sometimes I can’t even bring myself to actually go. My mental illness literally makes me feel like everyone is mocking me to some extent, it can be absolutely debilitating….then the depression kicks in and sometimes I can’t get out of bed. Crossfit, however, makes me feel as though I’m a part of something much bigger than that, and much more powerful. Crossfit gives me confidence I never thought I’d have, because it challenges you to push yourself and step outside of your comfort zone…..”comfort zones” for people with severe anxiety are the only thing that we have going for us sometimes, so stepping out of it is a necessary evil; for lack of a better term haha…. not to mention the feeling that you just…..*belong* there is so liberating! So yeah, I guess you could say crossfit may have literally saved my life. !
September 2016 Athlete of the Month Leah “DeadLift” Palmer