Athlete: Leighton Labuschagne
|Fight Gone Bad||--|
|Clean & Jerk||110 kg|
|Back Squat||190 kg|
Well where to start, life before Crossfit Is one Iâ€™d like to forget but I choose not too as it is one of the main reasons that drives me to move forward, it reminds me of a place I never want to go back too. Iâ€™ve always been â€œthe Fat Guyâ€ well in my eyes at least,
I was chubby from primary straight through to high school but I think I lost the plot once I started working. I work in a call Centre so my Job is a â€œbum on seat â€œ job. I grew Lazy and how can I say let myself go. I started struggling to do simple everyday tasks. I couldnâ€™t climb a flight of stairs without panting like I ran a marathon and sweating buckets. I wouldnâ€™t be able to tie my own shoe laces I dreaded going shopping with my wife as if we had to walk I would get all sweaty and self conscious, which would led me to being irritated and I would feel everyone was judging me you know â€œ Check that Fat guy â€œ, especially when we to eat out as in some places i never fitted into the chairs. It got to the point where my wife Charlene had to go to do everything by herself, I didnâ€™t want to leave the house and everything was just too much effort and if I did go with I would wait in the car.
It got to the point where my friends and Family started telling me I need to do something about my weight. My mom kept on and kept on â€œ Leighton you must do something about your weight, I worry about you â€œ I think this is also due to the fact that my dad passed away due to a heart attack at age 54 he too was a large man. Friends and there families started telling me as well, I recall a friend telling me â€œDude you must start doing something, you always used to be called the big guy now people are calling you the fat guyâ€. My Buddy Ray started Crossfit and he would never shut up about it, he kept on telling me just to come check it out. I kept on putting it off time and time again for about a month or two, until one weekend he made me promise I would check it out during the following week. I did, this is where I met Chad who knew at that moment that he was going to play a key role in changing my life.
So came D-Day I was dreading it, I thought to myself today is the day I die, and where the hell they going to get a coffin to me in, LOL. But yeah I went I saw and I survived â€œ barelyâ€ but I did. I remember the Benchmark workout, thinking there is no way Iâ€™m doing this no way in hell, as I recall it was a 200m run 21-15-9 consisting of squats; push ups and ring rows then another 200m run. I explained my fears to Chad he was open and told me not to stress take it at my own pace and he scaled it for me to a 100m run 15-12-9 and another 100m run. I still didnâ€™t think I was going to complete it but he reassured me all the way. It was hell I stopped every few meters on the 1st run that I walked slowly as I was gasping for air, after suffering through every rep of the 15-12-9, and then thinking to myself Iâ€™m not going to make the last 100m. Did this and all in a record time of 30min +, after which I collapsed to the floor sopping wet gasping for air like a fish out of water. I finished the 12 session onramp and before me stood my benchmark workout again I was dreading it as I knew what torment awaited me, but grinning and baring it I soldiered through hoping the past 3 weeks where worth waking up in pain from muscle stiffness and crawling out of bed. On that last run everyone at the box was outside cheering me in and all I could think was I hope I beat my time, I hope I beat my time, I had set my goal at shaving 2min max off. After running through the door shouting time Chad read me time, I asked him again and to make sure he smiled and said he is sure. I cut 15min off my 1st time and i was hooked.
I canâ€™t compare my life before Crossfit and now. Its improved leaps and bounds since I started. From not being able to do a sit-up, a burpee, a box jump or skipping. To being able to do all this and more (scaled but Iâ€™m a work in progress) with awesome people who are with you through your ups and downs, I canâ€™t explain it. Iâ€™ve been given a second chance, a new lease on life and I would not give it up for anything. Everything is easier, everything is better. Every aspect of my life has improved tremendously including my marriage (if you know what I mean), and this with no real change in diet. Iâ€™m not sure what my weight was before starting Crossfit as there was no scale that could weigh me and I shudder to think what it was as I have to date lost 15cm around my waist. I can start seeing definition in my arms and legs. Big thanks to Chad who organised an industrial scale so I could weigh myself, I currently weigh in at 220kgâ€™s. I recently started Paleo and Iâ€™m looking forward to the road ahead. I know itâ€™s not going to be easy and there are going to be bumps in the road but as I said I know Iâ€™m not alone and I have the backing and support of my Crossfit family.
How I Eat
I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
My Work/Rest Schedule
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
How long have you been doing CrossFit?