“GOOD” byes: Jill McLeod

31 May

This is a feature we’ll be introducing to the blog to officially wax nostalgic about the members who will be leaving us this summer. While we are sad to see you go, we are also so grateful for the time we’ve spent with you and all of the things that you have taught us as coaches, and as members. Every “GOOD” bye will be a short exploration of some of the lessons I’ve learned specifically from each person’s passing through CFCC and you are all, of course, welcome to add your own in the comments section. You’ll be seeing a few of these this week as we’ve had to part ways with so many of our students this year!

As I recall, when Jill first arrived at CFCC she had very little experience with any kind of lifting at all and often a lot of difficulty gaining in strength at the same rate as many of our other athletes.  She had bumped up against some shoulder problems and though she was generally one of our most consistent members, some days her performance while using the same percentage of work as others would just seem to be surprisingly different than that of everyone else.

Upon the start of our first Nutrition Challenge, the CFCC BCCC 2010, Jill went from back squatting 135lbs. for a single to back squatting it 5 times.  She also worked up to a personal best of 225lbs. for the sumo deadlift and ended up looking waaaaaay leaner all while getting stronger (yes, the long-sought-after goal of many a CrossFitting man or woman).

The secret?  She was eating WAAAAAAY below what she needed to as a young active woman.  Although it was a little intimidating at first, we asked her to eat more, and she did.  The results were nothing short of incredible.

What Jill taught me as a Coach through this remarkable transition was that you simply cannot neglect the nutrition of your athletes.  Before our first Nutrition Challenge there was not much talk around CFCC about what you should eat while being an athlete.  There were especially no specific directions given based on your size or goals.  On thinking back and on looking forward you can bet that this will start to be an integral part of our welcoming new people into our facility.

Maybe it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that, but while a large proportion of the world (including myself) probably needs to learn to eat a little less – here was a perfectly devoted CrossFitter who simply needed to eat more to feel better, perform better, and be leaner – and it had taken a while before any of us realized this!

I am so glad Jill was not afraid to try something different and I think that her patience is something we could all learn from and try to emulate in her absence.  She is not only dedicated, but especially patient in her approach to her training.  As you can see from Jill’s Workout Log, it has helped a lot.

Jill, we hope that you find all the best in your new life with your husband (!) in Ohio – and that if you’re ever back on the East Coast you’ll stop by and see how CFCC is doing.  Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your life for the last two years.

Love,

CrossFit Center City

We will miss you so much, Jill!
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4 Responses to ““GOOD” byes: Jill McLeod”

  1. resilientrunning May 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Jill! It was so fun to watch your deadlift grow. You were a great part of CFCC, and you will be missed.

  2. shana mac May 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    one of my favs. jill you will be missed…

  3. Anahi June 1, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Wow, this post made me tear up a little. Jill, I haven’t seen you much lately, but you are one of my favorite training partners. Your easy-going personality and great sense of humor will be sorely missed. Best of luck to you!
    Anahi

  4. Patti June 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Same here Jill! You have such a great, patient personality and such a calm manner. Good luck!!

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