Athlete: Kyle Ruth
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
My diet is loosely based on a Paleo frame-work. I definitely consume too much Progenex and Heed to consider my diet "Strict" paleo however, I eat no gluten, dairy (I don't really count the hydrolyzed whey in Progenex as dairy), legumes, etc. I generally eat around 40/30/30 Carb/Pro/Fat throughout the day with most of my carbs in the form of Bananas & Sweet Potatoes.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I write my own programming
I record my workouts
I have written all of my own programming since December of 2011. I follow a general 3 on / 1 off / 2 on / 1 off training structure with an occasional active recovery day on Thursdays. Doubles on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. I work with Drew Dillon from Columbus Weightlifting to program my Olympic work. I track training volume & intensity weekly and follow a perodized training program. There is absolutely NOTHING random about the work that we do.
My Athletic Background
I played college sports
I swam competitively for 14 years, including two years as a Div I college swimmer. I have placed as high as 16th at US Nationals, qualified for World Championship Trials, and set numerous Indiana State records. During my swimming career I also dabbled in power lifting and spent a ridiculous amount of time on plyometrics in an effort to develop explosiveness. Still love the sport of swimming, however I realized at about 26 that I had made it about as far as I could go in the sport without more coaching & support.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)
I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course
I have attended one or more specialty courses
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
I train other people
I started following HQ right after I stopped swimming competitively. My wife, Haley Ruth and I moved to Huntersville, NC in June of 2011 and we decided to join CrossFit LKN so we could start working out together. About a month later we watched the CrossFit games on ESPN and I was immediately convinced that the CrossFit Games were my calling. With the guidance of Preston Austin & Brenden Butler, and the support of my wife I made huge strides 2012 qualifying for the regional after only 8 months of experience in the sport. Since the 2012 games season I have refined my training program, added chiropractic care & soft tissue mobilization with Dr. John Bartemus to my weekly program, and competed in every event I could to gain as much experience as possible. I'm ready to take this all the way in 2013.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week
I strictly schedule my rest days
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
3 on / 1 off / 2 on / 1 off. Double on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday - single on Wednesday. Active rest on Thursday - passive rest on Sunday. I'm a huge believer in recovery modalities and weekly employ: epsom salt baths, contrast baths, massage, chiropractic care, soft tissue mobilization, and meditation.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Started CrossFit in May of 2011, started training to compete in December of 2011.
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