With a continuously running clock, do one 115 Pound thruster the first minute, two thrusters the second minute, three thrusters the third minute... continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets each minute as needed.


CrossFit Santa Cruz is like my extended family. Yet it bothers me that I've been training here for over two years and still don't know everyone as well as I'd like to. This is understandable. We all have busy lives with jobs and obligations to attend to. Our famous holiday parties are a great way to get to know your fellow CFSC athletes a bit more. But those are few and far between. In the mean time I will be conducting "Get To Know..." interviews like todays about Dave Leys.
How does it feel to be a legend?
Um, I don't know if I would proclaim myself a legend, but, uh, if you want to do that that's fine. I like that.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Since fall of '99.
After all these years, what keeps you more motivated than the rookies who come in here?
I don't know if I would proclaim myself 'more motivated.' Um, but what motivates me, I'll frame it that way, is ... it's boring if your not trying hard ... Life is not interesting unless things are challenging. (Training) is boring if it's not challenging.
You're like the James Brown of CrossFit: "the hardest working man in show business." What keeps you training so hard?
Um ... Well there's definitely ... more ways that I want to improve. That's what it is. I don't know, that's a really good question. I have to dig deep. Maybe it's because it's just me. I mean, that's what it is. It's just who I am. If I wasn't being who I am I wouldn't be happy. It's just who I am, it's kinda hard to explain. It's just what I do.
You do some extraordinary shit with the weights, but I think you found your CrossFit kryptonite a few months ago with the bar muscle-up. Have you conquered that yet?
Uh no. Bugs the hell out of me that I can't do it ... Messes with your head if there's something you can't do.
Did it mess with your head that you couldn't compete in Regionals this year?
Oh yeah. It was tough. I'm still trying to find that extra motivation that I was able to juice out of the Games. It's a little bit more of a challenge, actually, to be motivated if I don't have the ultimate venue to test my fitness like I did before.
I've heard your cheat days are pretty epic. What goes on during a Dave Leys cheat day?
It depends. Um, if I'm at a party, if I've been good, you know, if I've been eating healthy, feel like I deserve it, I'm gonna let it all go. To be honest, it used to be a lot more epic when I first started ... I would see how many doughnuts I could eat.
What time do you work out?
Usually in the morning.
Reebok or Inov8?
Haven't tried Inov8, so all I know is Reebok.

Vampires of Zombies?

Um, uh, vampires. Don't know why.

Blondes or Brunettes?

Cats or Dogs?

Uh, do ... Uh, ooo. Hm. Dogs.
Daniel Tosh or Louis C.K.?
Daniel Tosh, 'cause that's the only guy I know.
Books or E-readers?
Books definitely.
Verve or Santa Cruz Roasting Co.?
Santa Cruz Roasting Company

Diane, Elizabeth or Fran?
Gin, Rum or Tequila?
What's your favorite T.V. show?
Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations."
Do you like to cook?
Um, yes and no. Usually no.
Besides CrossFit, do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I have a big interest in set design. Um, I don't know if this counts, but I went to design and build a playground for orphans in Zambia. And I'd really love to do that again.
When did you do that?
That was in 2009 ... And I got word from the orphanage that they need another playground.
Is this through an NGO?
I went to a church in L.A. that has a lot of creative talent within the church ... There's dancers, there's singers, there's poets, there's entertainers, there's designers. And I was going to school for set design ... I just love the challenge of communicating a message through the visual set.
What's one thing you like about Santa Cruz and one thing you don't like?
I love the chill attitude ... One thing I don't like, uh, it can kind of be an island, like island fevers. You're kind of stuck in Santa Cruz. It's so easy to be too lazy, not to go anywhere. You can easily lose track of time, that you've been in the same place, same spot on this planet, and there's other worlds to be explored.
What do you think about the coaching staff at CrossFit Santa Cruz?
My first impression of them, before I moved here, was they really seemed to truly care. They really seemed to care about your success. They really, um, it was very attractive to me to want to work out here because when I first met Hollis, 2009 Games, when I was competing, or 2008 Games, he was telling me about how much, he was just giving me advice. I just really picked it up, his vibe; that he would do whatever he can to help me. He just simply seemed like he really cared about your results. Not just in the gym, but outside the gym, too. That was important. Made you feel like you belonged.