Congratulations to our December Athlete of the Month, December 2017 - Kayci McLeod!
December 2017 - Kayci McLeod
It is our pleasure to announce that Kayci McLeod has been named Athlete of the Month for December 2017!
In CrossFit we pride ourselves on avoiding set routines and focusing on the “constantly varied”. However when you have been around a gym for almost three years, as Kayci has, one can still fall into a steady rhythm and let yourself get comfortable with current performance. Kayci has been a staple member of the gym for some time now. Her smile, sass, and generally badass-ness are well known to everyone and she has nothing to prove to us as friends or coaches. It would have been easy, understandable even, for her to fall into the routine and continue on her way.
Instead over the past 6 months we as coaches have watched as Kayci has thrown herself whole-heartedly into pushing her limits and becoming a better athlete than she ever was before. She has attempted heavier weight during classes and barbell club, unafraid of the failed reps that come before PRs, and she has attacked workouts with a will. She has sought out instruction from coaches in the gym, as well as taken time for additional instruction outside of Hierarchy.
The results of this intensity stand for themselves. In Barbell Club she has moved weights and done movements she never had before, and she has consistently crushed workouts that would have stymied her a year ago. She has become a smarter, more mature athlete both inside of the gym and outside of it. We are so proud of the progress she has made and can’t wait to see what the future results her incredible commitment bring.
Please join us in congratulating Kayci and read on below for a wonderful interview with her!
When did you start CrossFit?
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
I'm originally from Texas, but moved to Oregon for law school in 2009. My job brought me to DC in 2013 - I'm an attorney for The Humane Society of the United States and a huge animal lover. I have the world's cutest ginger cat, Soco, who has been with me for more than 10 years.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Lifting on my own at LA Fitness and wasting my time on the elliptical.
How did you find CrossFit?
My college bff started a year or two before I did and pushed me really hard to try it. I found Hierarchy through Google, and knew it was in the gym for me when Christine Bald dropped the f bomb like 4 times in the first 10 minutes of us meeting.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
1) How was that ten minutes harder than any hour long exercise class I've ever done??? 2) When can I do it again?
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
Primarily just getting stronger. I really wanted to be able to do a pull up and push up, which I had never in my life been able to do.
Have you achieved any of those goals?
Yes, for multiple reps!
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
I'm having trouble thinking of ways it hasn't! I didn't play sports and was the opposite of athletic when i was growing up, so I'm still somewhat surprised just how much I love it and how huge of a priority it is for me. (Actual quote from an ex: "I think you care more about CrossFit than you do about me." He was right.) My Sundays now revolve around barbell club. My CrossFit life is also totally blurred with my "regular" life because my gym friends have become the people I want to hang out with all the time. Plus, I own more spandex.
What does Crossfit Hierarchy mean to you?
Support and friendship. It's no secret that I can be extremely hard on myself when my performance doesn't live up to my expectations. The amount of people, coaches and members, who have gone out of their way to listen to me bitch, give me hugs, calm me down, or just make sure I'm doing okay is incredible. I don't have words to express how much I appreciate the patience and encouragement that y'all have shown me.
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
The first time I was able to squat my body weight was so cool. And this year I've cleaned that a few times. :D
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Hierarchy?
1) Don't cherry pick your WODs - you have to practice what you hate to get better at it. 2) Come to the parties - they are always super fun. 3) Adopt a dog and bring it to the gym - we need more gym dogs!
(Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)? Can barbell club be my favorite WOD? Partner WODs are a very close second.
Least Favorite WOD?
Running in a WOD for time. At least in an AMRAP no one knows how far behind I am ...
Any lift that lets me move heavy weight, so for me, deadlifts, squats, and cleans.
Least favorite lift?
Jerks. Dropping a barbell on my head at Flex 2016 after failing a jerk certainly didn't make them more popular with me.
Something you might not know about me is…
how to pronounce my last name. It's pronounced muh-cloud. Like cloud in the sky.