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November Athlete Spotlight: Josh Levine

Josh has been a Cave athlete almost since the beginning. With a full time job and family obligations, Josh STILL makes it in 4-5 days a week. His dedication and determination are admirable as is his relentless work ethic to get better, staying after class to work on skills and weaknesses.

Say hello to Josh Levine!

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Name: Joshua Levine

Height: 6'4"

Weight: ~240

Age: 42

Profession: VP of Finance

How long have you been a member at Cave CrossFit?

I've been a member for almost 4 years

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

It has completely changed my life. From a fitness perspective, I have never experienced anything like it, and that's a good thing. I have seen such incredible gains in my strength, stamina, and general well being. It has crossed over into my personal life as well. When challenged in a WOD, I realized if you push a little harder you can complete almost anything. The challenge isn't the weight or the reps, it's the voice in the back of your head that says you're too tired or you've done enough. When you conquer that voice in the gym, you realize you can conquer it outside the box as well. I mean that actually and figuratively.

What is your athletic background?

I played sports in high school and college. I had the standard gym membership and I was moderately active before I started Crossfit.

Favorite WOD:

I have not done it in quite some time - Deck of Death.

Favorite Lift/Movement:

A toss up between push press,double-unders, and wall balls.

Least Favorite WOD:

Anything with a girl's name in it.

Least Favorite Lift/Movement:

Snatch and HSPU

What are your proudest achievements?

I was thrilled when I mastered double-unders (it's actually still a work in progress). But some of my proudest achievements are just finishing the WOD, despite my entire body screaming to stop. There is no greater feeling after looking at a rigorous WOD then yelling "TIME!".

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?

10 unbroken pullups without the band.

Any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started?

Crossfit is intense, It's tough, it's no cake walk, but don't be scared away. Like anything, it takes time to improve. Crossift is also what you make of it. You can work your tail off and be the next Rich Froning (or Brian Jaffe or Andrew Warwick for that matter), or you can follow my lead and work on improving your body slightly each day. And while there is a slight competitive spirit during the WOD, you'll always have someone cheering you on when you finish. You won't find that at your local gym.