Athlete: Megan Herscher
|Fight Gone Bad||279|
|Clean & Jerk||135 lb|
|Back Squat||190 lb|
Five years ago this month I went to my first CrossFit class, performed a scaled version of the infamous Filthy Fifty, and was hooked! It required the mental toughness I’d learned practicing martial arts; it reignited the individual competitiveness of facing down a batter from the pitcher’s mound; it reawakened my love of sport. Within six months I was in better shape than I’d been in my entire life, even better than age 23 with six hours of collegiate practice daily under the guidance of dedicated strength and conditioning coaches. Wanting to perform better in CrossFit, I started eating better, sleeping more regularly, and finally, for good, quit smoking. From then on I have believed in the capacity of CrossFit to bring health and real, functional well-rounded fitness to everyone, made accessible regardless of physical ability through infinitely scalable movements. I earned my Level 1 certification so that I could contribute to this community that I wholeheartedly believe in. CrossFit has taught me to love and respect my body. As a coach, I feel responsible to other women as a role model, to demonstrate that giving your body the capacity to carry you vigorously through life is beautiful. My hope is that women of all abilities find confidence in their strength, and my dream is that the social paradigm regarding women will shift from objectifying women for their looks to honoring women for their power.
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I don't measure my food on a scale currently, but I did at one point. This gave me the understanding of approximate quantities for a 1 block measurement of a particular food. I do eat meals with close to 1:1:1 block ratio of fats:protein:carbs, sometimes adding more fat and adjusting by reducing carbs.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I record my workouts
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played college sports
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 have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
I train other people
I quit smoking so I could feel better in WODs!