Member Spotlight
David L. 
Member at 5280 CrossFit
David Levia

How old are you? 

When did you begin doing CrossFit? 
June 2018

How long have you been with 5280 CrossFit? 
6-7 months

Why do you CrossFit? 
I am currently a Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Department at Boulder Community Hospital and I deal with an enormous amount of stress so.........
#1. Relieve Stress!
#2. Stay healthy for me and my family.
#3. Competitive spirit.
#4. I like pushing my limits!

Are you married, single, in a relationship? Do you have any children (“furry” children included)? 
I am happily married to the love of my life Jackie with two beautiful boys Logan 8yo and Wyatt 4yo. We also have a hamster named Cute Buddy and a white rabbit named Carrot.

What is your favorite activity to do outside the gym? 
Rock climb, Mtn bike, swim with my boys, ski, and camp.

How do you make time for CrossFit in your weekly schedule? What’s helped you stay committed? 
I usually work three 12 hour shifts a week so I have four free days to come in. 
I stay committed by making myself come in no matter what. I don't like to procrastinate when it comes to fitness.

How has 5280 made your life better? 
I feel stronger and more secure when I work out frequently. I like mixing heavy lifting with cardio/metcons/WODs and so CrossFit has changed my outlook on how to stay fit. I work in a stressful busy career, I am busy at home with my family and everything I do can sometimes be unorthodox. Whether I am wrestling with a homicidal psych patient at work, swimming in the mountains with my boys, backcountry skiing with my friends or on moutain bike excursions I never know what might happen. I am a jack of all trades.

What is one CrossFit goal you are currently working on? 
Anything on the pull-up bar. I just bought some gymnastic hand grips.
I want to deadlift >400lbs.
I want to strict press 205lbs, currently I am at 170lbs.
I want to back squat 315lbs.
I am trying to learn double unders. My rope broke so I ordered another one from Rogue.
Eventually I want to improve my snatch and clean and jerk.
There is always something that I am working on.

Share one CrossFit story… (funny, cool, inspiring, etc) 
I haven't been there long enough for any cool stories but I will say that I am inspired every time I walk in the door at 5280. The coaches work really hard at making WODs interesting and always have some kind of feedback to constantly make improvements, adjustments, etc. always striving to make us better, faster and stronger.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting CrossFit? 
Define your goals on a gradual trajectory toward the distant horizon. Don't rush it.

Tell us something most 5280 CrossFit members don’t know about you. 
I used to be a professional bike messenger in Pittsburgh, PA.
I almost lost my leg in a mountain bike accident. 
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania on a horse farm.
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