Let’s get to know YOU!
Name: Kevin Q. Leverence
Any nicknames? KQ
Age: 37 as of July
Hometown: Joliet, IL
Profession: Paramedic (used to be a firefighter, too). I’m the Chief of Emergency Medical Services Training for a local fire department in the Katy area.
Fitness Background: I have been active for a while. Running is my strong suit, and I was good enough to make my own run training plans years ago. I’ve run a couple marathons and was smart enough to incorporate strength training into that. I would research lifting plans to get my gainz in the gym and would get transient improvements, but I’d have no direction after a lifting plan ended. I’ve been doing CrossFit for roughly 10 months now.
Favorite type of music to work out to: Something heavy and sometimes angry; Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, NWA, Tupac. Something along those lines
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? People seemed really surprised to hear we moved to Texas so I could take a job that wasn’t in the oil and gas industry. So, let’s go with that.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? Determined.
Now the nitty-gritty workout stuff…
When did you first try CrossFit and what made you want to try it? My first WOD was 9/11 last year. I didn’t know about hero workouts; I found out the hard way. I had lost motivation to exercise hard or plan workouts. My daily trip to the gym became a two-hour social visit where my heart rate barely got up. I became a slob and needed some new direction in fitness. I heard good things about CrossFit and it seemed very time-efficient to get my ass handed to me in an hour or less.
What makes you stick with CrossFit? Getting strong is awesome but it’s really the people that keep me coming back. The encouragement, the communal suffering, and the trash-talking are what push me harder in workouts. Rest days are tough because I miss the fun I have with my squad.
Favorite movement: Right now, it’s a toss-up between cleans and toes to bar.
Least favorite movement/something that’s hard for you: Any burpee variation. Gross. No, wait! Thrusters. Yeah, definitely thrusters.
What gets you through tough workouts? Discipline. I have a personal mantra for keeping a cool head in emergencies at work and it carries over to the gym. It keeps my head in the right place and focused on success. I even had it written on my whiteboard for Murph.
What keeps you motivated? I strive to make my wife and daughters proud of me. A large factor in many of the decisions I make is what type of example I am setting for my daughters.
Proudest Elevate moment to date? Murph 2018. It was my first time, Rx, and I did it in about 46 minutes. I’m still riding that high. I think I may want to do it again before Memorial Day
Hobbies outside of killing it at the gym: I love being in the water, either for recreation or fitness. I get to the pool as often as possible and the beach is my happy place. I also like to read and do woodwork and build things for the house.
Changes you’ve seen from working out at Elevate: I’m stronger mentally and physically and my energy level in life is higher. I feel like techniques are starting to click, so lifts and gymnastics moves are getting more fluid, and I have been able to increase weight with a few lifts.
How has CrossFit helped you outside of the gym: Elevate has given me quite a bit of personal drive and motivation. A recent schedule change is that I start my day crushing a workout and that sets an awesome tone. I head into work feeling unstoppable and wicked capable. I spend my whole day knowing I got this because of what I earned in the gym first thing.
How do you balance working out with family life? I just bring my family to the gym. My wife belongs to Elevate (and outlifts me frequently) and my oldest daughter is in the kids’ program. My younger kids keep asking when they can join the class, too. Sometimes they get invited to participate in warm ups. It’s not so much a balance as it’s integration.
What’s your favorite part of bringing your kids to the gym? This whole crowd shows my kids that fitness is fun and that’s priceless. I love that my kids see me and their mother putting tons of effort into hard things and earning our results because of it. Things worth doing aren’t easy and I want my kids to buy into that, too. It adds a little pressure when those little eyes are watching, and it keeps me honest.
Why CrossFit Elevate? Elevate is an awesome community. Everyone I meet is welcoming and encouraging, whether I can lift as well as them or not. I also like essentially exercising outside (ask me how I feel about that in a month!) in the fresh air. The schedules, location, and kids’ programming got us in the door and this place has turned out to be more than I could hope. Thanks for being awesome, everyone. Don’t stop.