Athlete: Ismael Lopez
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat whatever is convenient
I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week
I used to do the weighed and measured route but it became too time consuming and the benefits were not outweighing the time put in. I do a high protein and high fat eating program and limit my carbs to post workout meals. I am not a monster so I do cheat once in a while, specifically when I am in a social setting with family and friends.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I workout at CrossFit Gables and do some skill work at home couple with my own CrossFit Endurance programming. My typical training week involves two-a-days three times a week with skill and endurance in the morning and S&C WOD at my box.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I regularly play recreational sports
I wrestled in high school and I regularly run in half and full marathons. I have recently gotten into adventure racing, most recently competing in the "World's Toughest Mudder".
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
A friend introduced me to CrossFit in 2007 but I completely disregarded it at the time. It wasn't until 2009 when I walked into CrossFit Gables and fell in love with the sport thanks to the awesome coaching staff there. On a personal level, it dramatically changed my approach to life in general, making me more positive and much more driven for any and all challenges. I completed my CF-L1 at CrossFit Rainier in August of 2011 and I also attended the CrossFit Endurance Seminar in July 2011. As a Marine Corps Officer, I frequently have Marines approaching me to help make them fit so I volunteer my time in the mornings to help train Marines utilizing both CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week
I try to get two solid rest days a week with five days of two workouts per day simply because my job affords me the time in the morning to get some endurance and skill work training in which supplements my strength and conditioning in the evening. If I start feeling sluggish during the week however, I am not afraid to take some additional time off to allow my body to recover.