Dave Durante is a multiple time USA gymnastics national champion. He was on the Stanford University Gymnastics team and went on to coach that team to a NCAA team title after graduating. Dave was the lead coach withe the CrossFit Gymnastics L1 course for two years. He also wrote the curriculum for the CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Course. He leads Team Power Monkey which is comprised of elite level athletes and coaches who help design new equipment, provide gymnastics education to the fitness world and coach at Power Monkey's BI-annual Training camp. Check out their website to register for the next camp!
That might be the longest intro we have given on the 4th Pull. As you can see Dave is one accomplished dude. He is an amazing blend of gymnastics and CrossFit. A hard thing to find in many elite level athletes.
Dave talks about his background as a gymnast and how it lead to CrossFit. He also goes into three of the most common things he saw when touring with CrossFit gymnastics. We have pulled some good advice from guests on the show, but the three actionable points in this episode are amazing.
From there we dive into Power Monkey Fitness. What an epic experience. There are absolutely no short cuts taken with this camp. They have experts in every field from Dave Newman the founder of RX jump Ropes to endurance coach Chris Hinshaw. There are also high level CrossFit Games athletes at camp with you. We have heard first hand that is an amazing experience from Coach Eric. In this episode we hear from the founder about the work and effort they put in to make this one of the best training seminars out there.
In the end we talk about two strategies that helped Dave as an Olympic level gymnast and how they can relate to the sport of fitness. Again Dave takes no short cuts in describing exactly what helped me become of the top athletes in his sport.
He lives in NYC with his wife Sadie and coaches at CrossFit Solace.