Athlete of the Month: Jake Levin


Congratulations to our March Athlete of the Month, Jake Levin!
Jake has been one of our most consistent members for the past 3.5 years, and he continues to improve as a result of his hard work. With a heavy dose of sarcasm, Jake shares with us why he started Crossfit over three years ago, his greatest Praxis achievement since, and his biggest motivator.

How did you get started with CrossFit?

I ran out of excuses 3.5 years ago: “I would only get hurt, it’s a cult, would lead to nothing but bad form, just a fad..”

How long have you been an athlete at Praxis?

3.5 years

Did you have prior athletic experience?

4yrs at Penn. Jewish All-American and I have the yellow piece of parchment paper to prove it.

What is your favorite/least favorite type of WOD?

I told Noah that I liked on the minute tempo weightlifting…big mistake.

What has been your greatest improvement and/or achievement since joining Praxis?

Is this a trick question? Athlete of the Month.

What advice do you have for Praxis rookies?

The more accessories you wear, (belt, wraps, straps, etc) the better you are at Crossfit. Also, don’t talk about Crossfit to your friends that don’t do Crossfit.

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What is your fitness diet like? Favorite “fun” food?

Lots of milk…much to my girlfriend’s dismay. Also a big fan of the breakfast burritos at Pica Taco.

What do you like to do with your “free time” outside the gym?

Nothing better than coming back from the gym on Saturday and napping.
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What motivates and pushes you to continually improve?

I value the competition and find that it was a great thing for my self esteem when Matt Winans started working out in the small room. I also recommend setting achievable goals; if you stick with Noah’s programming, you will hit them.