Athlete: Mark Stewart Jr.
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat lots of meat and have tried many new vegitables recently in order to try and make it to regionals and look better. So I stay away from bread and have stopped drinking so much milk to get rid of the sugar.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I record my workouts
.I am now a brucebarbell athlete. My coaches are very experienced in their different aspects and have come together to form a phenomenal program. Matt Bruce my weightlifting coach has been on the USA olympic weightlifting team and has many more accomplishments that would not fit here lol. My other coach Michael Cazayoux was apart of Hacks pack and has won the CrossFit games on a team with them 2 years in a row, so he brings his knowledge he has gained from Tommy Hackenbruck, his experience at the games and also his different certifications, training, and the coaching experience he is gaining by coaching at LSU. This is one of the best programs I have ever been apart of and has made me grow as an athlete literally every day. I have been able to transform myself and reach heights I never thought of. I thought last year I was in the best shape of my life, and seeing what I can do this year I would completely crush the athlete I was last year.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played college sports
I regularly play recreational sports
I will play and have played most any sport I can get my hands on, from fighting to volleyball and I am endlessly competitive at everything I do. I would try to win at kick the can if i was challenged to do so. I was fortunate to be able to play football on the collegiate level for a couple of years and saw how the level of competition was raised tremendously from high school to the college level. My football career was cut short by injuries to my shoulders, and after i was able to compete at a higher level of competition in college I began to look for other opportunities to push myself. I ended up losing 65 lbs in the next year or so but soon realized that just going to the local gym was not going to feed my hunger for competition. So I walked in my local boxing gym and began to train and was instantly hooked. Boxing/mma may be one of the o=most competitive sports I have ever been apart of, little did I know that 6 short months later I would have my first mma fight. I would continue in this for the next 3 years, which actually helped me find crossFit out of necessity to be in shape to fight in the cage. I ended up liking crossFit so much I quite fighting to try and compete in crossFit.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course
I have attended one or more specialty courses
I train other people
I began crossFit almost 4 years ago and liked it so much I wanted to get better and train people the way I had been trained to change the way they think about fitness and being in shape. I am a level one certified coach and have received my endurance certification through CrossFit which drastically improved my running and stamina ten fold, my fasted mile was right under 6:30 not long after my CrossFit endurance course I pr'd with a 6min mile. My times continued to get better surprisingly and now have a pr of 5:35 on a mile run, and with me weighing over 200 lbs (1/2 of which is how much my head weighs) I never thought that would be possible. I am looking forward to getting more certifications like my lever 2 prep and would love to be on staff with CrossFit and coach around the globe as a level 1 coach.
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 have evolved my training to be able to train more often to handle the load of competition and to be able to practice more movements in a quicker amount of time.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
This will be my 4rd open competition! and hopefully my 2nd individual attempt at regionals and hopefully my 1st trip to the CrossFit games! BOOM