Athlete Profile

Athlete: Candace Hester

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Northern California
HomeGrown CrossFit
159 lb


Filthy 5025:00
Fight Gone Bad333
Sprint 400m1:16
Run 5k30:00
Clean & Jerk185 lb
Snatch145 lb
Deadlift285 lb
Back Squat245 lb
Max Pull-ups40



How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I eat 3 or 4 meals a day and I don't shy away from the dark chocolate but for the most part, I just eat what I feel like as long as I consider it to be good fuel.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I workout at Crossfit Oakland. I joined there in 2006 and started to train quite seriously pretty much right away. It's taken me a while to get some of my movements up to a high standard, however.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

I swam competitively starting in 5th grade. In college, I left the swimming pool and started playing rugby and I stayed with rugby for about another 4 years after college. I even had a very short stint where I was USA rugby player hopeful which is to say I played at USA camp. However, in 2007 I tore my ACL and had my surgery around the first of the year in 2008. And in the rehab from that surgery, I ended up tearing my Achilles and in the rebab from both those injuries I spent so much time in the CF gym, I just feel in love with CF and couldn't find that same passion in rugby any longer.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

Mike Minium has coached me since the beginning.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I do multiple workouts in a day 2x a week

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

I do about 1 and a half workouts a day. I always plan to take Thursday and Sunday but to be honest, the best tool I have found is to listen to my body. Some Thursdays I'm still ready to push and some Friday's I need off, for example. My goal is to push my threshold while remaining as healthy as possible!

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years


Athlete Coverage

Rory McKernan and Pat Sherwood delve into ten of the most outstanding performances of the Northern California, North Central, and Australia Regional. 
Video, Posted Thu, 05.24.12
  Congratulations to the Games qualifiers.   Team The scores have been tabulated, the cuts have been made and the top 12 teams took the field for the incredible final event that...
Article, Posted Sun, 05.20.12
NorCal is the home to lifting monsters. The sun dawned bright at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds as the final day of the Northern California Regional got under way. The floor of...
Article, Posted Sun, 05.20.12
Games Qualifying Women: Jenny LaBaw, Annie Sakamoto, Candance Hamilton Hester See all Event Summary Videos.
Video, Posted Sun, 05.20.12
While no woman in NorCal could finish Event 6, Annie Sakamoto, Jenny LaBaw and Chyna Cho took the top three spots in the final workout of the Regional. Games Qualifying Women: Jenny LaBaw, Annie...
Video, Posted Sun, 05.20.12
Sarah Hopping set a new world record, besting Lindsey Valenzuela's record, snatching 180 pounds. In 2nd was Candance Hamilon Hester, with Jenny LaBaw and Miranda Oldroyd tying for 3rd.  See all Event...
Video, Posted Sun, 05.20.12
This would be about pain management and simply battling through fatigue. The faithful volunteers quickly took the field to stage the floor for the final event of Day 2. This Saturday...
Article, Posted Sat, 05.19.12
Close races and another world record in NorCal. As athletes entered the arena at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, Calif., on another beautiful...
Article, Posted Sat, 05.19.12
The heavy cleans would prove to be the deciding movement for most in Event 2. After a morning with the fast-paced workout Diane, the field of competitors, team and individual,...
Article, Posted Fri, 05.18.12
Find out who's competing at the 2012 Northern California Regional. The North Central, Northern California and Australia Regions will take on the brutal 2012 Regional workouts May 18-20 for...
Article, Posted Thu, 05.03.12