Leander – CFGB Member Spotlight

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I’ve served in the Army for over 13 years now, and deployed three times for a total of 30 months combined in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m the father of the sweetest and kindest 4 year old little boy – who happens to love going to the gym with me. I’m here now [Maryland] because I thought I would get my education by joining the Army and having them pay for it. I’ve ended up staying in because I love the work I do, and being a part of something bigger than myself.

Q: If you were out with a group of your best friends — the people closest to you — how would they describe you?

I think they would say I’m trustworthy, honest, a little untactful, and genuine.

Q: What does CrossFit mean to you?

I get excited about CrossFit because of the community – I really enjoy how passionate and supportive everyone gets about you beating yourself. Every workout gives me a feeling of accomplishment for the day – and so I can walk away knowing that I’ve done at least one thing that is amazing that I’m not bashful bragging about.

Q: What is something that most people would be surprised to know about you?

I was paid as a professional Jazz musician in college, I’ve been in an Army commercial, and I am an Eagle Scout.

Bonus Question: If I could pick one super power what would it be?

It would be invulnerability – then I would be able to save anyone and everyone that was in my reach without risking death. I wouldn’t want to be a superhero without knowing I can be there for my son – there’s nothing super about leaving the ones closest to you behind.

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