This month’s Male of Athlete of Month goes to one of our favorite people at the box, David Lee! The enthusiasm and energy David brings to the box is infectious and pushes you to work harder. If you have ever taken a class with David, you will realize 1 of 2 things– either you are trying to keep up with David or you hear him yell, “How bad do you want it!” during the class and push yourself harder. Either way you can’t help but feed off his energy. David does not stop when he calls time, but continues to push others around him until they are done. He will often do more rounds with others until they are done – he doesn’t leave you behind.
David hails from Los Angeles where he wrestled (119 lb. Weight class) and played baseball (2nd Base) growing up. He joined the Marine Corps and decided to stay in San Diego after being stationed here. David’s desire to protect and serve did not end as he is currently a Police Officer. David is clearly an exemplary human being and we are happy that he is part of the CrossFit 619 Family. Take some time to learn more about David and even read what his idols in the box have to say about him!
How did you get involved in Crossfit?
I heard about Crossfit and decided to give it a shot. I had been going to a regular gym and tried several different CrossFit boxes before I found CrossFit 619. I decided to stick with CF619 because it was the most affordable and after nearly passing out after the first day, I knew there was something special here. The people make it great and that is the reason I keep coming back. I jump around from class to class and regardless of the class time, I am able to jump right in because of the comradery in the gym.
What was your first WOD/experience?
Helen. It was good work out, but it hurt a lot. I thought I was in good shape, but after the WOD I had to go outside and run to the nearest dumpster in the ally.
How long have you been Crossfitting?
A little over 2 years.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Getting more comfortable overall with all the movements. Moving from a strict pull-up to a kipping pull-up and finally a butterfly pull-up. You know, little accomplishments like that.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite would include thrusters or pull-ups, which are fun for me. My least favorite would be anything with rowing or wall balls…CARDIO Sucks.
Which is your favorite girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
Lynn…5 Rounds of Body Weight Bench Press and Pull Ups.
What do you do a profession outside of Crossfit?
I’m a Cop – for a little over 3 years.
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
As you can see, I love tattoos. I’m also a big fan of local breweries.
A fun fact… or two…
1. Aleks is my motivations for everything CrossFit.
2. Love Country Music
It depends on my shift. If I am pulling graveyard shifts, I will stick to Paleo. In the summer, I did Coach Chris’ Trader Joes Nutrition.
Do you have any Fitness Goals?
Getting better at everything Crossfit and be like Aleks and Jaime!
“David is definitely a dedicated individual. He comes in everyday even if he doesn’t feel like it. He is always pushing himself. I’m happy to hear I’m his idol and one day he’ll be like me. David – keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll accomplish wonders. Oh! Make sure to stretch every day.” – Coach Alekandrs Nehajenko (Aleks)
“Dave has been such an inspiration in the gym. He’s an awesome athlete with a great sense of humor! You’ll always have a good laugh! Honored to call him a teammate and friend.” – Jaime Howe, 18th in SO CAL Region for CrossFit 2014