Athlete Profile

Athlete: Tony Leyland

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175 lb


Filthy 5032:05
Fight Gone Bad266
Sprint 400m1:12
Run 5k19:20
Clean & Jerk165 lb
Snatch115 lb
Deadlift355 lb
Back Squat245 lb
Max Pull-ups35


I have taught conditioning and biomechanics at the university level for 30 years and been heavily involved in competitive sports such as soccer, tennis, squash, and rugby as both an athlete and a coach for over 45 years. I am mainly a competitive tennis player and skier, and still play some masters soccer. I use CrossFit to enhance my sports and complete my fitness regime. Unfortunately, I am injured right now -- hoping to have a go at 13.3, or maybe 13.4!


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I eat whatever is convenient

I eat pretty well but with a family of five it is hard to be strictly Paleo. I appear to tolerate neolithic foods such as grains and dairy quite well. I do not eat a lot of them, but I do not avoid them totally.

How I Train

I incorporate workouts

I write my own programming

I record my workouts

I am all over the map with this. I have to workout with my university students two days a week and do quite a lot of endurance/calisthenic work with them. I do quite a few heavy lifting sessions at home and try to get into my CrossFit affiliate once a week (it is 45 km away). On top of that I ski a lot in the winter and play a lot of tennis in the summer. CrossFit is definitely my GPP program for those sports.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

I regularly play recreational sports

Over the years I have played Soccer, Tennis, Squash, Field Hockey and Rugby at a pretty high levels. Currently, as stated already, I ski lots (about 30+ days a season) and play competitive tennis.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)

I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

I train other people

Been at this for nearly 7 years now. I have written many articles for the CrossFit journal and teach the scientific rational for CrossFit in my first year university course.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I do multiple workouts in a day 2x a week

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

I am not able to do as many traditional CrossFit WOD's as I would like due to my work schedule. I do some exercise (CrossFit, calisthenics, ski, tennis, soccer) 5 to 6 days a week, but at 57 years of age I definitely need to manage my rest.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years

Nearly 7 years.