[ ISSUE: 07.2022 ]

“Dave’s list of achievements include four CrossFit Games finishes and one podium”

 

Introduction

We are excited to partner with multiple CrossFit Games athlete, long time coach and friend Dave Levey. Dave brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge from his decade long love affair with the sport of CrossFit.

 

History

After discovering CrossFit in July 2011, Dave went on to complete his Level 1 Trainer Certification and open up his CrossFit Affiliate in November 2011.  Dave represented Africa with four finishes and one podium at the CrossFit Games, going toe-to-toe with some of the greatest names in the sport, including Rich Froning, Mathew Fraser, Jason Khalipa, Ben Smith and Marcus Filly in what can arguably be seen as CrossFit’s golden and most definitive era. He was 2018’s 2nd Fittest Man on Earth (40-45 years).

 

Qualifications

Dave is a Level 2 Certified CrossFit Trainer, Box owner, was the Head Strength & Conditioning coach for the Southern Kings during their 2014 Super Rugby season and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Prof. Marcus Soares (Carlson Gracie Team). He has a Bcomm Human Movement Science (HMS) degree, a Masters in Exercise Science (Cum Laude) and is a qualified Biokineticist.

 

Building the Future

Dave is still competitive as an athlete, however his focus has shifted slightly, now sharing his wisdom and knowledge with the youth in the sport, helping to school and coach his athletes, Games competitors and hopefuls on taking their performance to the next level. He holds over 20 years of programming experience, including programming and coaching Eva Thornton’s 1st place finish at the 2018 CrossFit Games.

 

Games Training

We checked in with Dave at CrossFit Algoa for a session, and he was happy to share a full week’s training with us. Download your free Games Program taken straight out of Dave’s competitive athlete journal and experience what it’s like to train like a CrossFit Games athlete.

 

Personal Reflection

It’s 5:20 on a Tuesday morning in 2013, a crisp winter’s breeze bites the back of my neck as we wait outside the Walmer Country Club in Port Elizabeth. It’s just a few of us waiting for Dave to open the doors to our first ever CrossFit experience. CrossFit is still a relatively new thing in our region, especially in the city located along the southeastern coast of South Africa. Dave had just moved to Port Elizabeth from East London, but he had already represented Africa at the CrossFit Games the previous year. Who better to give us our introduction to the sport at his new box, CrossFit Algoa, we thought. The lock clicks and the glass door squeaks open… the rest was an intoxicating blur that forever changed our outlook on the fitness and training in general.

~ Chris Walton [ DVSN Co-Founder & CEO ]

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