Athlete: Daniel Dixon
How I Eat
I weigh and measure my food
I was eating strict paleo for the last 6 months and grazing on what i felt like i needed. I was managing to keep my body fat below 10% but was finding it hard to put any lean mass on. I have recently started to follow the "zone" diet and am currently eating 25 blocks per day. Since starting zone i have felt like i have a lot more energy, probably due to the s*** ton of food i am now eating. I have found that my energy levels are high throughout the day and i am now starting to see some bigger gains of lean mass. My figures on my lifts are going up and i am also seeing my times improve. Hopefully things will continue so i can start smashing PB's and smash the open wods!
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I record my workouts
Training at Reebok Crossfit Tyneside i follow the Daily WOD as programmed but have also enrolled in their athlete development program. I always try to fit in the 5 wods programmed weekly plus my 3 personalised wods to improve my weaknesses. Sometimes this is a struggle especially due to working a 4 day shift pattern alternating between 12 hour days and nights. The coaches their are awesome and if i struggle to make it into the box they often give me an alternate to do in my works gym.
My Athletic Background
I have always played sport of some sort throughout my school life. I spent a lot of time in my teens pursuing outdoor sports such as rock climbing and kayaking until i found kickboxing when i was 17. 8 years later i graded my black belt and this is where i found my love of working out. I found crossfit in May 2012 through a friend whom i served in Afhanistan with. Since Then i have never looked back and have developed more as an athlete each week. Since starting training at Tyneside i have also been injury free. This is a bonus for as after 8 years of full contact ttraining i hadf a few niggling injuries plaguing me.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
After serving in Afghanistan in 2009 i was focusing on my kickboxing training. this alone was helping but the martial arts community is quite exclusive and clubs tend to keep to themselves. In 2012 a close friend of mine whom i served with put me onto crossfit. We had both experienced PTSD since returning from service and this had helped it through it on an unknown level. Since starting i have found a great bunch of people to tain with with an electric atmosphere. Competing at Divided We Fall 2012 in Swansea was by far one of the best experiences i have ever had. I now know that i am definitely hooked, not just for the training but for the community and friends that are made through Crossfit.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
I follow the daily wod in and around my 4 shift pattern at work. I usually hit 5 of the daily wod's per week and am also programmed cashout work to work on and improve my weaknesses. The coaches at the box do a top job and know how to get the best out of the athletes. I usually rest at least 1-2 days per week. Rest days were something that i never previously paid much attention to, however now that i have started to take them i have seen my performance rise drastically. I now know how important they are and ensure that i do take them, begrudingly though as i hate the feeling of doing nothing!!!