Athlete: Alex Ranieri
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week
I eat clean most of the time but feel i get energy kicks when i have little cheats here and there. Icecream and pizza are best cheat meals for me i never feel a negative effect from those 2!
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I write my own programming
I record my workouts
My Athletic Background
I played professional sports
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 attended one or more specialty courses
I train other people
Just the mobility side alone of CrossFit has opened my eyes to a better functioning body and how it can put you in good stead in any activity outside of the gym or in life! I will continue training for the rest of my life.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I do multiple workouts in a day 1x a week
I strictly schedule my rest days
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
Training under fatigue is important for athletes who can handle it and have the background to keep injury free at these times. It is when you learn the most about what your body can do when tired. No one is fresh in a comp after the first workout and this helps build mental toughness. In saying that i rarely do 2 a days and schedule rest periods frequently to recharge the batteries.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit late 2012 after retiring from Professional Rugby League in 2011. After undergoing 9 major operations and reconstructions it was time to move on and pick a new hobby. I feel blessed i am surrounded by good people who have helped me achieve the highest level in CrossFit for my bodyweight given how hard it is to compete at this size and the injuries and rehabilitation that was required from my previous sport.