Athlete: Karen Hawley
|Fight Gone Bad||277|
|Clean & Jerk||135 lb|
|Back Squat||0 lb|
Gymnastics was a huge part of my life and when that was over, I had a hard time finding something I truly loved that also kept me in shape. Rock/ice climbing and whitewater kayaking have taken the place of gymnastics now, but Crossfit is really what's gotten me back into shape and allowed me to improve my skills in those sports. I am currently and ENT resident in Cleveland and when I'm done, I hope to build a pediatric ENT practice focusing on children with craniofacial abnormalities.
How I Eat
I eat mostly Paleo, but give myself a reality check every once and a while. I love fish and have an obsession with kale chips and brussel sprouts.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I incorporate CrossFit.com workouts
I had been doing CrossFit workouts on my own for the last year and a half mixed in with cross training. I have an amazing friend (DeEtte Kozlow: CrossFit Mountain Division) who had essentially been my trainer via email, text messages and phone conversations. I recently joined CrossFit Cleveland West and now can enjoy being a part of a team and having an experienced trainer. I also spend a lot of time outside, using kayaking, ice climbing and snow shoeing for training when I can.
My Athletic Background
I played college sports
I was a gymnast through college and competed at the University of Illinois...absolutely loved it! GO BIG TEN! When I "retired," I needed a new sport, and fell in love with rock and ice climbing. I ran a few marathons over the following several years, but my knees started to dislike running such long distances. CrossFit became a great niche for me to stay strong and get a bit more competitive.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)
I'm terrible at recording my times/weights...
My Work/Rest Schedule
I work a lot of hours with my job (I am a resident... like "Grey's Anatomy," so my rest time varies. Over the last year I've worked out anywhere from 3-6 days/week.