Prototype of the Month: Curran Leahy

Curran and Sabino

1.) Share you CrossFit Prototype experience and fitness journey

I joined CFP just about 1 year ago and genuinely consider it one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  Prior to joining CFP, I was focused on triathlons, marathons, and road races, and was a very content “middle of the pack” runner.  While I had plenty of endurance-based cardio experience, I had no experience with weights or high intensity interval work.  I was pretty intimidated and fearful of “being last” and had heard all of the stereotypes about CrossFit:  “you’ll get hurt,” “they’re cult-like,” “they’ll make you eat paleo!”  I am unbelievably thankful that I ignored the chatter and joined CFP.  Right away, I felt completely welcomed by the early-risers in the 5am and 6am classes.  The coaches made me confident that – with their teaching – I wouldn’t get hurt.  My classmates helped me realize that it didn’t matter who finished first or who finished last.  And, I learned that the reason there’s such a strong following is because CrossFit, and CFP specifically, is deserving of a strong following.  In the past year, I’ve made wonderful friends, felt part of a caring community, and set a ton of PRs.  I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

2.) What is your favorite part about being at CFP?

I love that CFP has made me love “the gym.”  Prior to CFP, the gym was sort of a necessary evil.  It was where I went when I couldn’t be outside.  I still love being outdoors, but now I LOVE the gym.  Even at 5am, I am psyched to show up, see my fellow CFPers, and get after a tough workout.  CFP makes me thankful, each day that I have the ability and opportunity to work hard, get stronger and healthier, and have fun doing it.

3.) What are you hobbies and activities?

Outside of CFP, I love to spend time with my nieces and compete with their mom and dad for the role of best cheerleader.  I am lucky to be able to spend time in the warmer months up at Lake Winnipesaukee, boating, wakeboarding, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  I also love to run with my dog, hike, skate, cross country ski, and skijor.

4.) How has (if it has) CFP helped you outside the gym (in sports etc)?

CFP has enabled me to confidently say “yes” to any activity.  I so appreciate the solid baseline fitness I’ve gained over the last year as it enables me to try, and enjoy, virtually any activity – fitness is not a barrier.

5.) What are you continuing fitness goals to this point?

I have a lot of work to do on all the gymnastics elements.  In the next year, I’d like to get an unassisted kipping pull-up and string together T2Bs.  I’d also love to hit the 100 mark on unbroken double unders.  But, mostly, I just want to keep improving and enjoying my time at CFP!

6.) Favorite Quote

“If you do things well, do them better.  Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”  Anita Roddick