Member of the Month – Leann Melvin

Jan 13th, 2015

Category: CrossFit

Member of the Month – Leann Melvin

Leann - MOTM

Leann – MOTM

***Did anyone mistakenly grab a dark blue Hugo Boss pull over near the water cooler in Southie Orange between 7-8am – If so please return ***

How did you get involved in Crossfit? What was your first WOD/experience?
A friend (Jackie Waugh!) that I worked with 4 yrs ago said, “My friend is opening a gym in a few weeks, want to come help paint it with me tonight”…. It was love at first sight. I have been here since before the beginning! I don’t remember my first WOD, but I do remember the first time I attempted box jumps… I was afraid to jump on the valve box! I actually couldn’t physically make myself jump from the ground onto the green valve box! It took me about 3 weeks to do it. I’m a runner at heart, I think I like my feet on the ground ☺ …

Is this the first Crossfit you have worked out at/how long have you been Crossfitting for?
CF Southie is the only Crossfit at which I have been a member. I’ve dropped in at many other Crossfits in my travels to San Francisco, Breckenridge, Hawaii, Chicago, New Hampshire, Martha’s Vineyard and I truly believe Goose and Amy and their staff have built the best gym. From the times that are available, to the equipment that is available, to the space, to the coaches who never let you slack or injure yourself, and those same coaches who are ALWAYS upbeat, to the community. I actually feel spoiled. I owe Southie a lot- my overall health and wellbeing is the best it’s been and I’ve met some great friends here.

leann1When did you realize Crossfit was right for you?
I realized in the first week Crossfit was my new favorite- I had been used to/able to solve the world’s problems on my training runs for marathons which meant I never shut my brain off. During the first week of Crossfit I realized I was lucky if I could think about anything except what number rep I was on. For the first time, I could work out when working out and think about the rest of my life at other times. Feels pretty good.
I was also the typical “I’m a marathoner, I can do this Crossfit thing”… and as most of us realize nothing is quite like Crossfit☺ At the time I had run 13 or 14 marathons and dozens of half marathons and thought I was in great shape. Well, I realized just how much more fit I was after 7 months of crossfitting when I ran a 3:33 Boston Marathon in April 2011 ( I was on track to run a sub 3:30 marathon in 2012 but it was 90 degrees at the start line that morning).

What are your Short term/ long term fitness goals?
My long term fitness goal is to be healthy through the rest of my working years and well into my retirement. I want to enjoy life by traveling, exploring and (hopefully) having kids to keep up with! I think it is important to be honest with yourself, scale back when needed, take rest days when needed, stretch and recover properly. If you don’t do those things for yourself no one else will and only you pay the price when you don’t those things.
Almost as important as fitness, though, my long term goal is nutrition. I love the way I feel on a regular basis because I eat so well. I think overall health is 70% nutrition and 30% fitness. Everything we eat or drink has an effect on our body- and we have the choice to make that effect positive or negative 

Short term goal- butterfly pull ups. I just need to spend a lot more time practicing them!
What is your Biggest accomplishment?

Since I can’t narrow it down to one… In 2014- I got my first muscle-up, I bought a house in Andover, and I got married to the most amazing guy on the planet, he makes me laugh out loud every single day.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement/WOD?
No question my least favorite movement is the snatch. I hate it so much I don’t even like to type the word. I LOVE thrusters and burpees and I have a love/hate relationship with wallballs.
If I could design an endurance wod it would be called CardiALLogy- thrusters, burpee lateral jumps, wallballs and some 400s. (Involve the whole body for all those movements!)leann2

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit Southie?
When I was a junior in high school I performed CPR on my dad and helped save his life, which lead me to my career in healthcare. I perform cardiac ultrasounds and manage the Cardiac Testing for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates’ 14 sites. I love it, mostly because I have an amazing staff of 13 people.…(shout out to P Bish!)
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
I love to play golf and manage to make time for it at least once a week. I also love to run and ski. When I’m not being active I like to cook awesome dinners for my sweetheart. Otherwise, I fill my time visiting with family (especially my 3 ½ yr old niece and her little brother) and my friends.

Do you eat Paleo or zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?
I tried Zone, it wasn’t for me. We (my wonderful husband and I) eat Whole 30/Paleo during the week and try to keep everything in moderation on the weekends.
Our favorite non-paleo meal is homemade grilled pizzas…I have become quite an expert at grilling ‘zas!

Fun fact?
My dad taught me to drive when I was 13 on an old airport landing strip in Maui.

Rope Climb

Row 1000m
2 Rope Climbs
40 Burpees
2 Rope Climbs
30 Squat Clean Thrusters (115,80)
2 Rope Climbs
40 Burpees
2 Rope Climbs
Row 1000m

Level 2- (95,65), 1 Rope Climb or 2 10 ft climbs
Level 1- (75,45), 4 Pull to stands

Conditioning Class: WOD
Cals on Airdyne
Double Unders x2

Conditioning Class: Core
60 Sec. Hollow Hold
50 Hollow Rocks
40 Sec. Hollow Hold
30 Hollow Rocks
20 Sec. Hollow Hold
10 Hollow Rocks

DISCUSSION 15 Comments

  1. Mike Quigley 01/31/2015 at 9:22 pm

    Congrats Leann!

  2. KA 01/14/2015 at 2:15 pm

    Many congrats, Leeann!

  3. Joel 01/14/2015 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats Leann!
    WOD: 30:27 #65
    Burnt some skin off my left hand practicing legless climbs before the WOD – not a good move.

  4. jason barrow 01/14/2015 at 12:57 am

    Yeah! Congrats Leann!!!

    WOD: 32:46 Rx

  5. Trevor Crean 01/14/2015 at 12:45 am

    26:38 L2 w/ 2 full climbs.
    First climb was on the fat rope, went up just fine, coming down was another story…
    Did normal ropes after that.

  6. Andrea Cooke 01/14/2015 at 12:11 am

    Congrats leann, so well deserved!!


  7. melstec 01/13/2015 at 10:46 pm

    Yeahhh Leann!! Well deserved

  8. Jason 01/13/2015 at 7:21 pm

    Congrats Leann!
    33:00ish on the WOD @75# reminded me how tough squat clean thrusters are. I had nearly forgotten..

  9. Alec 01/13/2015 at 4:22 pm

    Yeah Leann!

  10. Bish 01/13/2015 at 2:35 pm

    Congrats LG!!!!!

  11. Petra 01/13/2015 at 1:06 pm

    Congratulations Leann!! Can’t think of anyone more deserving. Sorry I missed the celebratory squat clean thrusters today.

  12. Brian M. Maser 01/13/2015 at 12:32 pm

    WOD: 24:34 Rx. Congratulations, Leann. Well deserved!

  13. amy 01/13/2015 at 12:19 pm

    ***Did anyone mistakenly grab a dark blue Hugo Boss pull near the water cooler in Southie Orange between 7-8am – If so please return ***

  14. Kara 01/13/2015 at 12:10 am

    Hooray for Leann!!! Everyone should wake up early to work out with Leann! She’s the best!