Because coaches can be legends too!
David, or “The Diva” as Coach Maria calls him, joined us when he was only 12 years old.
Ok, maybe he wasn’t actually 12, but check that baby face in the second photo!
We remember well one of David’s first workouts… it was the Spring of 2016 and David and the rest of the class went out for their first 400 m run. They came back in in about 90 seconds, did some work, then headed back out the door for their second run. When they hadn’t returned in nearly four minutes, Coach Maria got worried and headed out to look for them. An exemplar of the CrossFit Community spirit, the class had put their workout on pause and were tending to poor David as he lost his lunch on the side of the road…
In just over three years, David has developed his own trademark moves (his post-WOD ‘Hit by a Sniper’ Collapse is a thing of beauty), trademark clothing (no one can rock booty shorts quite like him) and even a trademark Instagram filter (was he even alive when VCRs were around??) - we couldn’t imagine the box without him!
Read on to learn more about this Legend…
What do you do for a living?
Well, I'm a coach and the gym manager of the best box in London...
How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it?
I have been doing CrossFit for three years and some change. My favourite thing is the constant opportunity to get better.
What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
There has been two: when I PB’ed my max set of ring muscle ups, two years after after my taster session where I couldn't do a ring dip, and when I got my 100kg Clean & Jerk. There were some tears shed later that day.
What are your present training goals?
Keep getting better! I would love to get back to competing but focusing on getting my strength numbers up at the moment (GET BIG SZN BOOOY!)
What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting?
Enjoy every single class and HAVE FUN! Most people focus on their big goals (which is great!), but they sometimes forget to enjoy the daily grind. AND focus on technique....
What nickname did you have growing up, and why?
My family called me (and still does) Didita. I don't know why?
If you could do one job for the rest of your life (and money was no issue) what would you do and why?Refurbish old houses/buildings
What is your secret talent?
I can talk like Donald Duck and I can distinguish types of rices based on smell when boiling. Don't ask questions…
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
Every 3 minutes, for 15 minutes (5 sets):
3 Sumo deadlift
* Start at 75% of 1RM and build
20 Dumbbell walking lunges (at shoulder)
10-15 Dumbbell bench press @ tempo 31X1
10-15 Ring rows @ tempo 31X1
30 Partner wall ball sit-up (15 each)
C) Finisher (if time allows):
6 x 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of:
* Dumbbells or barbell, choose your weapon