CFLA Athlete Profile – Jason Levin
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Attorney, Law Offices of Adam I. Gafni (Adam is the one who introduced me and our office to the gym)
When did you first start CrossFitting?: About 1 year
When did you first start training at CFLA?: About 1 year
Favorite WOD: EMOM Burpees and Thrusters, up to 100
Least Favorite WOD: EMOM Burpees and Thrusters, up to 100
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I played all sports growing up. I was never into fitness, more sports, fitness was just something I did because we had to in sports. In high school I was on the JV tennis team and basketball. I fell in love with basketball. Adam and I played at Harvard-Westlake, winning the CIF title and making it to the state semi-finals where we lost by a point. I played at Trinity College in CT, a small school where we made it to the D3 Elite 8 my senior year. After, I tried out for several clubs in Germany, getting offered one contract. While back in LA deciding on whether or not to accept it, Adam convinced me to take the LSAT (entrance to law school exam). Fast forward almost 20 years and here we are….
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel Adam took me on a weekend. I thought it was overpriced and weird. Where are my mint scented towels I get an Equinox? Really enjoyed it, though thought it a bit cultish for my taste. We played the pizza delivery game in warm-up, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
By the way, what I have learned is it is EXTREMELY cultish and I am all in. I hope the next step is not disavowing my friends outside of CrossFit and giving up all my worldly possessions to Kenny Kane, but if I must–hey it was nice knowing my brother. If this is our last communication Matthew, I love you and wish you the best.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Some people at the gym know I used to weigh 330 lbs. a few years before I started CrossFit. The changes in my body are vast, but not nearly as important as the changes in my mind and spirit. Having ab muscles is great, but having the outlook that anything is possible and having the energy to get up every single morning with that belief is so much more important. And cool-looking biceps in a tank top is nice, too.
I love that CrossFit takes on the whole body. If you can run and jump and skip and all that but can’t lift up a toothpick, you will be exposed in a workout. Likewise, if you can lift a car but can’t run to the corner of Berkeley and back, you are going to be in trouble. I am a pretty big guy for CrossFit, and I love that it gets me out of my comfort zone, and challenges me to do things that I would not do on my own.
Finally, I wear the same crappy clothes, but friends and family comment how nicely dressed I am in those same crappy clothes since I have gotten myself into good shape.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I met Clint, and he and I became best friends.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Over Xmas I was out of the country. I found a nice gym with a rower. I decided, as it was the first proper gym I’d seen in a while, I was going to row 5k. Did it with a 2:08 split, and I was very pleased. I gave it my all and I was completely gassed. Unbeknownst to me the next week at gym was “testing” week, with a 6k meter row. It was only one week later, so I was not in any better shape. Likewise, I did not know that workout was coming so I did hotdog it or intentionally lay an egg on the first one. The result, with over 1k more meters in distance, was so much better. My split dropped 9 seconds to 1:59. That is purely a testament to the power of the room, and why I love the gym.
Any advice for people just getting started? Give it a shot, it may not be for you but I can personally say it is one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? None – I’m only interested in CrossFit. I coached middle school boys basketball for years. I play in a few men’s bball leagues at night, and am attempting my first triathlon thanks to the coaching and inspiration of Mr. Jamie Silber. My girlfriend Lauren and I love walking our puppies Layla and Baxter, and I am involved with numerous charitable organizations, with a keen interest in helping the homeless and those children who are in the foster system with no real other family or support. If anyone has similar interests and want to discuss ways or places to get involved please hit me up at the gym.
“CF Open 16.4”
55 deadlifts (225/155)
55 wall-ball shots (20lbs 10’/14lbs, 9′)
55 handstand push-ups
55 deadlifts (135/95)
55 wall-ball shots (20lbs 9’/10lbs, 9′)
55 hand-release push-ups
20 Overhead Plate Lunge (45/25)
24 Sit Ups
-2 min rest –
10 Ground to Shoulder (95/65)
30 Double Unders
-2 min rest –
10 Shoulder to Overhead
20 RKBS (28/20)
– 2 min rest/or done-
A) 2RFQ @ 22-26 s/min
1min Row (R leg)
2min Row (Both legs)
1min Row (L leg)
2min Row (Both legs)
B) Handstand walk bonanza
C) 4 RFQR on the 3:00
6 Squat cleans (45-50%)
Max sit to stands
–2min Cap each round–