Tell us your full name:
Leigh Elizabeth Szucs
Do you have a gym name or nickname?
Not officially, but people probably refer to me as ‘the loud one’
What is your occupation?
2nd year Doctoral Student at Texas A&M University in Health Education, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
What made you decide to workout at BlackBox?
There are several reasons why I chose Blackbox as my home! 1) Prior to moving to College Station, the gym was recommended to me by a close girlfriend who I trained with at Crossift Kyle while living in Austin; 2) my friend’s brother worked out at Blackbox so I figured I would know at least 1 person at first; 3) I tired out 2 other gyms in College Station and both did not align with my fitness goals, and lastly 4) I was so impressed by the professionalism, expertise and fitness consultation I received by Blackbox leadership my first day at the gym.
How long have you been training at BlackBox?
I started training at Blackbox Strength and Conditioning August 26, 2013! It’s already been over a year – time flies when you’re having fun!
What do you love most about BlackBox?
I love lots of things about Blackbox, but my top 3 LOVES for my gym include; the community of members, open/accepting/welcoming atmosphere, and opportunity for quality coaching and programming from expert professionals. Every member of the Blackbox community brings unique and special qualities to the gym. I think the variety of ages, experience levels, interests, personality, and goals allow to me learn something new every day from my peers. Blackbox has the most welcoming and accepting ‘vibe’ I have ever witnessed in a Crossfit gym. Meeting clients where they are and being open to all types of people make the diverse population open and accepting of everyone. I feel fortunate to be afforded expert coaching in fitness, nutrition and life from trusted coaches who care about client success. I have been pushed by my coaches to do things mentally and physically I could have never accomplished by myself. Their dedication and patience while working with me is extremely appreciated and I owe them so many thanks!
What results have you seen so far?
What has been your greatest achievement at the box? I have seen physical, mental and emotional changes in myself since beginning my journey at Blackbox. Physically, I am stronger, faster, more flexible, leaner and healthier now than I have ever been in my entire life. I love the physical progress my body is making every day to reach my fitness and life goals. More importantly are the mental and emotional changes I have seen in myself over time. I feel mentally sharper, more focused and more attentive after training. My moods is energized and strengthen after being with my Blackbox family and I try to share my enthusiasm for fitness with everyone! The confidence I have in myself and my abilities has been increased significantly as a result of the Blackbox training outcomes. My greatest accomplishment to date at Blackbox is definitely getting my first pull-up at the in-house competition last November. I remember practicing kipping pull-ups so many times, with continuous fail, until the competition whistle blew and I repped out 4 pull-ups! I couldn’t believe it! That is a special memory I will always share with Blackbox!! I know my experience and hard-work at Blackbox is continuously improving relationships I have with all the people in my life, as well as the relationship I have with myself. These results and many others are helping me increase my overall heath and improve my quality of life!
What is your fitness background?
I come from an athletic background and have been physically active most of my life. I was a high school athlete and majored in Physical Education in college – so activity and movement are in my blood. However, in college, my fitness levels declined to occasional treadmill sessions, sit-ups and ‘lifting to tone’ (whatever that was, haha). It wasn’t until my master’s program and meeting a now-best friend who coached Crossfit that I became interested in fitness again. I never thought I could do functional exercise or lift weights, until I went to a Crossfit class 4 summers ago and instantly fell in love! I plan to continue exercising and competing as long as my mind and body allow!
What are your training goals?
My broad training goals include, becoming the strongest and faster version of myself that I can. Specifically, I want to master muscle-ups, hand-stand push-ups and a body weight snatch by the end of the spring semester. I also set goals for myself in the kitchen which include, eating a stricter paleo diet and eliminating sweets and diet cokes.
Do you have a favorite workout or lift?
My favorite Olympic lift is definitely the Clean. Some of my favorite workouts are, Nancy, Murph, and the Crossfit Total. Also, anything with Double-Unders is really fun too.
Tell us about your favorite memory at BlackBox:
I have so many memories from Blackbox that are each uniquely special! Hanging out with my Blackbox family outside the gym is one my favorite memories, but those nights always have a great story and weeks of laughs to follow. Additionally, ‘leaderboard status’ competition has provided PRs, first, fails, lessons learned and competitive memories for which I am thankful.
What are your “words to live by”:
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – R. Collier
Work hard, stay humble.
What is your favorite hobby/pastime?
When not doing school work I have few hobbies I enjoy doing. I love exercising, shopping, spending time with friends, family, and loved ones, and going on outrageous adventures!
What’s your next adventure in life?
My current and short-term adventure is to finish my PhD in health education and graduate in May 2016 (WHOOP)!! After that, I will search for a job in academia and hopefully put down some roots to start the next season of my life!
Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I can play the piano.
I have worn glasses since I was 2 years old.
In college I traveled to Morocco, Africa for a service-learning trip.
On my way to Texas in 2011, at the Pittsburgh airport gas station, Troy Polamalu (NFL Steelers Player) bought me a snickers bar and autographed the only piece of paper I had in my purse, an envelope with $1000 cash inside.
4 sets of:
6-10 Depth pushups (use 2-45lbs plate for hand placement, chest must drop below hands/between plates)
4 High Box Jumps
EMOM 12 min
20 m shuttle run