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Athlete From CrossFit Loco Ocho

Workouts Personal Bests (Ranking & Videos)

Clean & Jerk135 lbs (top 77%)
Snatch105 lbs (top 75%)
Dead Lift276 lbs (top 68%)
Back Squat195 lbs (top 79%)
Fight Gone Bad248 (top 80%)
500m row1:50 (top 81%)

Fitness And Health Questions & Answers

• How did you start your fitness journey?

I started running in high school because I wanted the cute letter jacket, and I was already strong and fit from lugging around newspapers on my route on foot each morning, starting at the age of 11, delivering the hard-hitting news of the Auburn Journal and Sacramento Bee. In adulthood, I started running longer distances, including a few marathons and about 25 ultra marathons (50K-100K distances completed numerous times, and I earned two DNFs for 100 mile runs). Work travel, parental care, and grad school encroached on my running schedule, and I took up Bikram yoga, then started CrossFit in January of 2015 -- and I earned my CF-L1 in August of 2017.

• Why do you train?

Training is what makes me feel like me, as I thrive on mental and physical challenges. Considering that I feel better after a training session than I do after eating junk food on my sofa at home, the choice is easy. Plus, the CrossFit community is renowned for holding each other accountable and offering genuine support. I love to see fellow members' breakthroughs!

• What do you hope to accomplish with your training/fitness?

I'm an advocate for life-long health and fitness. After having cared for both of my now-deceased parents, I want to mitigate the effects of age and genetic predisposition to disease. One died of colorectal cancer and the other from complications from Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia, so I have both the physical and neurological incentives to commit to life-long health.

• What do you think a healthy lifestyle has added to your life?

It's all about the mind-body connection, so the mental benefits are just as critical as the physical ones.

• Advice to beginners?

For running, just run until it gets too hard, then walk until it gets too easy. Repeat. For CrossFit, be open to coaching and learn the techniques.

• What is your favourite cheat meal?

#24 (breakfast burrito) from El Forastero in Carmichael

• What keeps you motivated?

Seeing results and spending time with my friends from the gym and seeing their results!

• How much time do you spend training per day?

Roughly one hour per day, and once a week, I try to start the day with the prescribed WOD, then take part in our specialized class on Olympic lifts

• What are your 3 favourite exercises and why?

I love deadlifts, any sort of heavy carry (e.g. sandbag run), and pretty much anything else that requires minimal technique but a lot of brute strength and grit.

• What are your 3 least favourite exercises and why?

Pull-ups, toes-to-bar, and muscle-ups -- only because these are areas of opportunity for me!

• What do you find to be most challenging about committing to workouts or a nutrition regime?

Nutritionally, it's a matter of planning ahead and often fending for myself if I'm unsure what the food options will be (like at a meeting where it would be bread and cookie filled box lunches without much in the way of lean protein or vegetables). The commitment is there; however, logistics can be more challenging when I'm always on the go.

• How many hours do you sleep each night?

Seven is my magic number! I have the sleep-wake schedule of someone 40 years my senior.

• Are there any unique training tips you use that you would like to share with us?

Always view feedback as a gift, which can be easier said than done -- and this counts for all parts of life!

• What does your typical meal plan look like?

Combination of paleo, zone, and Renaissance Periodization -- I wish more people would realize that it's not about calories in/calories out! The quality of food and timing of meals is essential. My body composition completely changed, for the better, without counting a single calorie. If I stick with meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar and enough to support exercise but not body fat, I do great!

• What are the 3 words that best describe you?

Genuine, direct, welcoming

• How do you manage the balance in your life and find time for everything?

It's all about choices and priorities; I will gladly make trade-offs to ensure I'm taking care of my mental and physical health.

• Do you have a quote that you live by?

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."


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