Athlete: Daniel Lim
How I Eat
I weigh and measure my food
I am not Paleo because I eat brown rice given the increasing need for carbohydrates for my current training goals. I measure my foods when I am home or packing my food as it makes me feel balanced and actually prevents me from wasting food! I eat the same things almost every day. I eat plenty of healthy proteins including red meat at least 3-4 times a week. I eat 3 slices of bacon and 4-6 WHOLE eggs each morning every morning along with some carbohydrate source. My other carbohydrate source is sweet potatoes. I do not eat fruit, drink dairy or have alcohol. I also have plenty of good fats sourced from fish oil, animal fats, coconut oil, avocados and almond butter. I use hydrolyzed whey protein powder to supplement my protein needs. I eat 5-6 meals each day.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I record my workouts
Lifeworx has some great coaches. You really can't go wrong. I like competitive CrossFit. However, my current goal is increasing my base strength to increase my work capacity as well as significantly improve my Olympic lifting technique and speed. I currently perform 3 days of dedicated strength based workouts with a coach who determines my programming combined with 2-3 met cons performed at my affiliate each week. Skill, core and mobility work is performed 3 days / week on planned days during the week.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played various sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball and ran track throughout high school. I did not play sports at the collegiate level but continued to workout on my own during and after college. It was during that time, I realized that while I enjoyed the sports I had played, it was the training and athletic preparation which I truly enjoyed most.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I started in April 2013 and have never looked back since. From the workouts, the coaches, the people I have met and the community...I couldn't have asked for more. As someone who has always been passionate about training but in a profession where that isn't always the case with others, CrossFit made me realize that there were individuals like me out there! CrossFit fuels my passion and continues to push me beyond my perceived boundaries. I am proud to be a witness to the development and achievements of others at my affiliate. It is also through CrossFit that I stumbled upon Olympic lifting which has also become a great passion of mine.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I do multiple workouts in a day 1x a week
I strictly schedule my rest days
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
Rest is important to me based on my specific needs and goals. I primarily follow a 3 on 1 off 2 on 1 off schedule each week. One of these days is an active recovery day while the other is a non-active recovery day. This way I can strictly schedule my rest days on the same day each week which works best when my schedule is busy. I usually incorporate 16-20 minutes of mobility work each day either at the box or at home for purposes of recovery and to create change in areas lacking the mobility required to execute lifts with the greatest muscle engagement, proper motor-control and the least chance of injury. Be a supple leopard!
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Not long but I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I planned to be involved for the long haul. Even when I can no longer lift, I plan to continue to be passionate about motivating others, possibly coaching, seeing people through change and making a difference in their lives no matter how small that may be.