Athlete: Michelle Heatherly
How I Eat
I eat strict Paleo
I practice 80/20 Paleo most of the time and strict Paleo several months throughout the year, when it matters most (competition time, my b'day month, the first of the year and Abtastic April, of course). ;) I believe in enjoying life. I do work hard (but I play some too!).
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I follow the programming of my affiliates (CrossFit Duval and South Orlando CrossFit). I find the coaches at both boxes to be excellent and feel confident their workouts have prepared me well for the games.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played college sports
I feel fortunate to have been raised in a family that valued healthy nutrition and proper exercise. My parents were both great examples and practiced what they preached. I've always enjoyed moving/ staying busy and grew up active, played sports and have always exercised regularly. I played volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, soccer and danced. Primarily dance and soccer in high school, and then I was on my college dance team. After graduation I began running competitively - half marathons and marathons - along with shorter distance races too. I've played in an adult soccer league (BASL co-ed) for years and used personal trainers for years too.
My Experience With CrossFit
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
I'm the type of person that never wants to stop learning and growing - I never want to become complacent. I started to crave more of a challenge in the weight room. That's when a friend introduced me to CrossFit, and I've been hooked ever since. Being around like-minded people who are constantly pushing themselves (and each other) to improve, get better, come up higher and challenge their pre-existing limits creates an environment full of amazing energy and encouragement - definitely makes you want to come back for more. It also has a competitive element which I love as well. Yes, you're kind of putting yourself out there and vulnerable, but everyone else is as well - we all have days we fall or fail, but that breaking point and pushing past that threshold is what gets you gains, and to a PR. You eventually get addicted to it, and start to crave it. I really get bummed out if I have to miss a WOD or can't go.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
Whoa, yea - usually only 1 WOD a day! If you're giving all out effort each WOD, I'm not sure how I could do more than 1! Only exception for me would be more cardio, and only if I'm training for a race (like the 30K trail run I did in November). I practice skills independently on my own, outside of the daily workout too - push ups, pull ups, DUs, ring dips, muscle ups - whatever is on my goal board for that month. ;) I try to rest 1-2 days per week (sometimes 3 depending on how harsh the WODs were that week). I listen to my body on that and kind of play it by ear.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started as a closet CrossFitter because I was heavily involved in a traditional gym/ health club. I still have a regular gym membership and supplement my WODs with some cardio or other activities there during the week, when I need an easier day, but don't necessarily want to rest (like treadmill work, stepmill, spinning, etc.).