Athlete: Alex Ranieri
|Fight Gone Bad||--|
|Clean & Jerk||145 kg|
|Back Squat||210 kg|
Hey guys! Health and fitness has been a part of my life from a very young age. I started soccer at 3yrs old (being half italian lol) and moved into soccer and cricket all the way into my teens. I ate good food but a lot of bad food as well and from 9yrs on starting gaining weight excessively to peak at 112kg at 14. This was a tough time in my life i guess many people who haven't experienced the problems that come with being overweight at a young age (or adulthood for that matter) wouldn't understand what you go through. Teased at school, lack of energy or being active, hooked on "that" sugar fix or bad food like its a drug, no girls like you! haha I decided enough was enough and cut takeaway food and cordial and starting exercising and weight training at 15. This led to a new life fitter and healthier which saw me pursue Rugby League as a sport at 19. Through lots of tough sessions and mental battles and opportunity i entered a career in Rugby League that saw me with first grade squads such as the Penrith Panthers, St George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs. I even played for Italy in their World Cup Qualifiers which saw them qualify for their first ever World Cup appearance in 2013! All great experiences and learning curves for me to develop as a person, athlete and Trainer none the less but unfortunately they came with multiple injuries and operations. These included fractured cheeks bones, Broken Jaw (no food for 10weeks!!), Knee reconstructions, Elbow operations and shoulder reconstructions. The ugly side that people don't often see. Popping my shoulder playing over in Italy and having surgery in December 2011 forced my hand and my career was over. Looking back now this was a blessing in disguise as it allowed me the opportunity to open my own gym, remain in the health and fitness industry which is my passion and begin the path to rebuilding my body for longevity and quality of life now not just a battering ram on weekends. Welcome CrossFit! I love this method as it entails all aspects of Health, Physical fitness and mental challenges that develop you into being a better quality person. I love the tough times in the gym which give me a greater outlook on life and what happiness is to me as silly as it sounds after a WOD when i'm wrecked everything else feels easier! haha In saying that my true passion is using the experiences i have had both negative and positive in a way that helps other people and improves their way of life. I get so much enjoyment out of seeing someone achieve a pullup for the first time, beating their 1k row time trial, back squatting 30kg on a bar when they were not confident in lifting anything at the start. These are experiences that make my career worth while inspiring me to demand the best out of myself and have the determination to enter competition and reach my full potential, regardless of the result... That to me is success, that is what makes me happy :)
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 record my workouts
I own and run CrossFit Wellbeing and do pretty much all of my training there.
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 have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
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 crossfitting 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.