Athlete: Helen Ainsworth
|Fight Gone Bad||--|
|Clean & Jerk||45 kg|
|Back Squat||60 kg|
I joined CrossFit in September 2012 after an injury prevented me from doing what I loved (long-distance running). I have always been big on cardio based exercise and never bothered with weights/strength work....CrossFit changed this very quickly. Cardio based workouts are still by strong point but I am getting stronger with lifting over time.
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat well most of the time and treat myself at least one or two times a week. I eat lots of good wholesome foods - of fish, meat, salad and nuts. I don't count calories or measure my food because that just puts added stress on myself. I am a strong believer of 'everything in proportion.'
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I train at my CrossFit Affiliate an average of 4-5 sessions per week. I will have at least 2 rest days a week where I will just go for a walk.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
In high school I was a competitive long-distance runner and then dropped the ball on my exercise regime until around age 22. From this point I joined a mainstream gym and did the standard Les Mills classes before starting to run again in my mid 20s. I competed in fun runs almost every weekend from this point until I did a major leg injury on my 25th Birthday. Rehab was then my focus. I turned to CrossFit to help build strength so I could eventually start long-distance running again but have now succumbed to the cult and can't stop wanting to lift heavy things.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I love everything about CrossFit and what it stands for. For once I am surrounded by women who train purely for health, fitness and to be strong - it's not about how you look - strong really is the new skinny!