Compex: Hi there, Lefteris! Great to meet up with you - could you start by telling our audience a little bit about yourself?
Lefteris: Hi Compex! My name is Lefteris Theofanidis. I am 29 years old, born in Athens, and I am working for the Hellenic Air Force.
Since I was young, I have been a track running athlete and since 2011 I have been competing in Crossfit which is definitely my greatest passion.
Compex: What sport do you do and how did you get into it?
Lefteris: In 2011 Crossfit came into my life and since then I am an active individual athlete. I train at Athens Lions Box, coached by Dimitris Kavalarakis. "Competition" and "challenge" have been always my favourite words, so CrossFit became the ideal sport for me right away.
My main achievements from 2015 till today are:
- 2019 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 – Fittest Man in Greece (official Crossfit Games Competition)
- 2019, 4th place worldwide in the Open of the official Crossfit Games (elite, individual men)
- 2019, 1st place in Greece and the 2nd Greek athlete ever competing at Crossfit Games
- 2019, 3rd place in CrossFit Athens throwdown (Elite Division, Team Men)
- 2018, 2nd place in Fall series Throwdown in Monza, Italy (Elite Division, individual men)
- 2017, 2nd place in CrossFit Battle of Stars in Salerno, Italy (Elite Divison, individual men)
- 2016, 3rd place in CrossFit Cyprus Throwdown (Elite Division, individual men)
- 2016, 1st place in CrossFit Battle of Stars in Salerno, Italy (Elite Division, individual men)
- 2015, 2nd place in CrossFit Greek Throwdown (Elite Division, individual men)
Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?
Lefteris: My demanding training sessions made Compex Muscle Stim vital. Recovery is a major factor for me, and literally Compex saves my day. Every day. In terms of training, my coach adds sessions of conditioning, focusing on my weaknesses.
Which program/s do you use?
Lefteris: In between workouts, I use ‘Competition Recovery’ and ‘Reduce Muscle Soreness’. On a daily basis I use the ‘Pain Management TENS’ for my shoulders, to relieve me from intense pain, and prepare me for the next day. ‘Capillarisation’ is also important to me, and for the best warming up I use ‘Overcompensation’.
Compex: Do you use other Compex products?
Lefteris: I use the 5MM CAMO KNEE SLEEVES, they give me great support when lifting.
Compex: Thanks so much for sitting down with us Lefteris!
Compex: Hey Will! Great to see you as always, let the Compex audience know a bit about you. What's your background?
Will: Hey guys, so I am based in Cheltenham but own a gym in Worcester. I train at CrossFit Cheltenham and Bullpen Fitness. I've been competing in CrossFit for about 6/7 years now and became affiliated with the Compex UK team, previously I played national level rugby.
Compex: Thanks! Tell us more about your sporting career and your highlights...
Will: I compete in CrossFit. I suppose a few highlights are: finishing twice top 10 in the European Regionals, winning a regional workout, winning an open workout (in my region) and winning various high level competitions throughout Europe.
Compex: That's a great level to have reached and we've loved being a part of your journey. How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?
Will: For me, every time I squat I use my Compex SP8.0 WOD Edition afterwards. Ideally I'll use it within 3 hours just to get some blood flow through my legs and speed up the recovery process. I have had tendon problems in my knees in the past because of tight quads so the Compex definitely helps to relieve this tightness.
Compex: Which programme/s do you use?
Will: Mainly training or competition recovery after workouts and events.
Compex: (If applicable) do you use other Compex products?
Will: Knee sleeves to provide support when I'm lifting - I can recommend those for sure!
Compex: Tell us about your team training, if you can send a logo too and if you want any offers putting out.
Will: So Team Training is an online programming company. We initially started writing CrossFit/functional fitness style programmes, but are now beginning to expand. We initially offered strength, conditioning and non bias programmes designed to cater for different athletes. These are priced at £10 per month. We now offer a 3-per-week program, a pure strength programme and a 16 week pull up programe=me. The strength and the pull programs can be purchased in blocks so you will start at the beginning of the cycle. All of our other programmes allow people to simply jump straight in. The strength and pull blocks are priced at £30.
Check our website for more details: www.teamtrainingprogramming.co.uk
Compex: Sounds great and really enterprising Will. Best of luck with it and any upcoming events and we hope to see you again soon!