Lea Anne joined Bellum through a free community day workout that we ran about two years ago, and through the encouragement of her daughter, an avid CrossFitter, and being made to feel “at home” by members and coaches, she started classes and has been attending consistently ever since. Her workouts went from walking to wallballs, and she’s been crushing them and seeing results!

Lea Anne’s adventurous spirit, bright smile and willingness to be coached (it must be a teacher thing, ha!) make her a joy to have in class. She’s gotten creative with her “home gym” set-up during our time spent at home (case of water for deadlifts, anyone?), but is still doing what it takes to stay moving, and to keep her mind and body working hard! Lea Anne, thanks for always impressing the coaches at Bellum with your positive attitude, your teachability, and the way you are always willing to encourage others. We love having you as part of the Bellum fam!

Name: Lea Anne Devereaux

Age:57

Occupation: Special Education Teacher at Gloucester City Middle School

What type of workouts did you perform before coming to Bellum?: Before joining Bellum, I was doing a lot of walking but that was about it.

Why were you looking for a new style of workouts?:  My daughter, Kaitlyn, was doing CrossFit and loved it. She encouraged me to give it a try and I am very thankful she did.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement or workout?: I love lifting and trying to push myself to become better at it. I don’t like running so much Lol

What is your biggest accomplishment since starting at Bellum? My biggest accomplishment in the gym is going consistently and taking that time for myself. My biggest accomplishments outside of the gym are my children. I have been a single mom since they were babies.  They are both college graduates and have successful careers. My son purchased his first home last summer and my daughter moved to Philadelphia. It is wonderful to watch them living their best lives!

You’re getting close to your 2 year anniversary with Bellum, congratulations! How would you say that Bellum has affected your life since you started with us?: I feel like I am a much better version of myself. I feel less stressed and I feel like I can handle anything that comes my way.  It has helped me become more confident.

What made you choose Bellum and CrossFit, as opposed to other styles of workouts?: I first went to a free class that you offered and thought “I can do this”. The coaches are the most wonderful and encouraging people I have ever met and the members are the best!  It is a place that you feel at home and encouraged from the moment you walk in the door.

What is your favorite out-of-the-gym activity?: I live to travel, cook, read, and go to the city to shop and try new places to eat.

What’s your “Why?” My “why” is for my kids and myself. I want to stay healthy and active for as long as I can. Thank you Bellum!

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