Athlete Profile

Athlete: Brent Espenship

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255 lb


Filthy 50--
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m--
Run 5k--
Clean & Jerk--
Deadlift245 lb
Back Squat215 lb
Max Pull-ups1


I'm a typical American tale and recent "biggest loser" scenario. With a great family and a desk job for the past 20 years, I hit my mid 40's at 315 lbs and started making small changes that have accumulated to make a big difference. I lost the first 45 lbs with nutrition alone, and then slowly incorporated exercise into the mix. Part of my journey has involved paleo / primal eating which is how I came to learn of Crossfit. I've been with Crossfit for about the past six months - I've lost another 15 lbs to date, and body composition has changed dramatically. I have about 40 lbs to go and I'm here to move from working out to training.


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I follow a general primal (paleo + some dairy) dietary style. I don't do grains (with the exception of rice on my weekly Chipotle steak bowl) or legumes. I do occasionaly (monthly-ish) eat white potatoes. I cook a lot and focus on minimally processed foods. I've also become something of a food snob over the past couple of years, and we get most of our meat and produce (which is most of our diet) from Whole foods and Costco. I do journal my food intake, but only to reset my thinking when I feel like I'm being too lax and want to drive some weight loss.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I record my workouts

I've been with Crossfit Lake Oswego since the beginning for me (6-8 months). I tried another local Crossfit, but I was about 280 lbs at the time, and I was asked to just join into the regular workout. It took me about a week to recover from the workout, and I haven't been back since. As a 45-year old "biggest loser in progress" with significant osteoarthritis in my back and some joint issues, I need a place that understands quality (good form) over quantity. I have recently started journal-ing, but admittedly, it is not habitual yet.

My Athletic Background

I have no athletic background besides CrossFit

I was in the military for 11 years, but aside from that, I have never been into sports and very little competitive nature in my personality.

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

Good coaching has been crucial to my progress so far, and I would recommend against "going it alone", especially in the first year or two.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I strictly schedule my rest days

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

I work out Mon / Wed / Fri and rarely miss a workout. On off-days, I focus on light exercise walking / swimming / running and mobility. I am more flexible than when I started Crossfit, but I am far from bendy, and balance is also not my strong suit. I'll be a happy camper when my elbows stick out properly for my front rack position, and my hip and leg flexibility is at least on par with my (more fit) peers. I am into Crossfit more for general health than competition, and my biggest competitor is me.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

6-12 months