One of the Herd: Meet One Fellowship Athlete LeeAnn Maxwell
Leading the herd on what it means to be a happy athlete, LeeAnn Maxwell shares her story of finding her own happiness, forming the Maxwell Adventure Team and doing it all with her signature smile.
What is your story?
I’m originally from West Virginia but, have been in Atlanta since 1986. I’m the mother of two twin boys, who are now 37, and I have four grandchildren. I recently turned 60 years old but, I still feel like I’m 26. I married the love of my life, Philip Maxwell on 2/12/12. We work together in real estate, and together we make the Maxwell Adventure Team. In my spare time I own a vodka company named Vixen Vodka. So, I’m a real estate rockstar by day and a Vixen Vodka superhero by night.
When we aren’t helping people on their own real estate adventure you can find us at St. Simons Island drinking Vixen Vodka while sitting on the beach.
I’m a heart attack survivor. In 2012 I had a heart attack that was initially diagnosed as a gallbladder infection/attack. Since we thought it wasn’t serious I was given medicine and flew to New York for business. I went almost a week continually having heart attacks until finally I had to be rushed to the hospital because I was going into shock. Fortunately we figured out it was a heart attack before it was too late. Thankfully at this point I had been CrossFit for a few years and my cardiologist told me that it was CrossFit that saved my life.
What brought you to CrossFit Remnant now One Fellowship Fitness?
I started CrossFit back in 2009 at CrossFit North Fulton. I initially found CrossFit because, back then CrossFit was marketed as “this is the training regiment that your EMT, Police Officers, Firefighters are doing” and I found that very exciting. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. I did CrossFit off and on for a few years. What really got me to stick was when I found the great community of people that I became friends with. It was at CrossFit Remnant that I became hooked. I came for the excitement of hard workouts, heavy weights and getting super sweaty but what I stayed for was the community.
What have you gotten out of your experience with One Fellowship?
So, so much. A great sense of accomplishment, especially after one of those super tough workouts that make you feel like after finishing it you could take on anything. I never considered myself an athlete until CrossFit. CrossFit showed me what I was truly capable of.
Thanks to this gym, I’ve met wonderful people and made great friends. From those great relationships I’ve earned great nicknames like, “Bad Girl Lee Lee”. Thanks Allie.
I loved the accountability all the way from the great coaches to your fellow classmates working out next to you. The level of support goes all the way from the bottom to the top.
To the One Fellowship Community, you are a prime example of what it means to be happy – Tell me about that drive to better and what motivates you?
I really owe a lot of what makes me Happy to CrossFit and Philip. After my divorce from my first husband, I felt I only deserved peace but not happiness. It was when I found Philip that I knew I deserved to be happy.
One of my life’s mottos is “Life’s too short to be mad” so I might not like or agree with something but, it’s not going to change what I do and how I behave.
With Philip by my side and after surviving a heart attack it’s very easy to love and appreciate life.
Come see what being Happy is all about with a free class at One Fellowship Fitness in Roswell.