CrossFit Black Diamond’s Athlete profile October
Name: Lesli Jones
Occupation: Makeup artist and Hair stylist
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I first started Crossfit in 2013 at Crossfit Natural State located in Jonesboro, AR.
When did you first start training at CrossFit Black Diamond?: I started training at CBD in July 2014
Favorite type of CrossFit movement or WOD: My favorite Crossfit movement is Hand stand push ups, bc I never thought I would be able to do them. I can actually perform these really well now.
Least Favorite CrossFit movement or WOD: My least favorite movement is pull-ups. I still struggle with them after two years of Crossfit.
How did you first get introduced to CrossFit? Tell us about your first CrossFit workout… what was it, and what kind of impression did it leave on you? I was introduced to CF watching the Games on ESPN, and thinking “I want to do that”. My first WOD was Fight Gone Bad and I remember thinking I was reading gibberish on the white board. The first week I started, I have never been so sore. Years of long basketball practices were nothing compared to this.
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I have always been very active. I have played basketball and softball since I was in 2nd grade. I also did gymnastics for 10 years.
What changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness, since starting CF (before/after)? Since starting Crossfit I am faster, stronger mentally and physically, and generally healthier than I have ever been.
What experiences or changes from CF, have you used in your daily life outside of CF? The biggest change in my daily life I have learned from CrossFit is to have the confidence to have a conversation with people I don’t know. It can be very intimidating to walk into a box alone and meet a group of strangers. I was very shy growing up so Cf has brought me out of my shell.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFBD moments: My favorite moment at CFBD was the first day I started, there were pullups in the WOD and I told Paula I couldn’t do pull-ups just yet. She said YES you can, get up there (I had yet to do a kipping pullup, and hadn’t tried in a month or so.) Next thing I know I get my first pullup! That showed me what a awesome coach Paula was!
Any advice for people just getting started? My advice for anyone getting started is, don’t give up. The first week you will feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, you will be sorer than you’ve ever been, and you will think you will never be able to do that RX workout. But it’s so fun at the same time, you will come back wanting more. It all starts to Click only a short time after starting so DONT GIVE UP!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Hair and Makeup is my passion. I love making women feel beautiful. I love the be outdoors in general. I have found a new love for camping!