Athlete: Erica Dahlem
|Fight Gone Bad||227|
|Clean & Jerk||107 lb|
|Back Squat||154 lb|
CrossFit is for fun and fitness for me. I love the supportive atmosphere, the intensity of the workouts, the measurable gains, and all the great people with whom I train.
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I record my workouts
I just show up as much as possible, and I use beyondthewhiteboard, which is great for goal-setting, and correctly remembering previous weights, reps and times.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
Active kid and teenager; lots of biking and running around outside. Was a competitive swimmer as a kid and played school sport in elementary and high school. I adore snowboarding, run if it's all that's available and do yoga sometimes. I like doing fun physical stuff; bobbing in the waves and body-surfing badly in Aus, going on mountain hikes or playing in the snow at home in Canada when I visit. And being able to do baby thrusters with my brother's 10-month-old, 23 lb son turned out to be fun for both of us!
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 love it. The moment I went to my first Crossfit session (just to watch), which it was a muscle-up skills session, I was blown away by what the athletes were doing and I wanted in.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I aim for 5 days per week of Crossfit, often only get to 4, and if I get to 6 that's a momentous and fantastic event. Other exercise happens as it may...
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Jan - Aug 2010, until I dropped a motorcycle on my ankle and proceeded to use that and work as an excuse to not work out for a scarily long time (for the first time in my life, I did nothing, and wow, did I get out of shape). I returned to my senses in July of 2013 and have been a "Crossfit for fitness" attendee since then. Thanks to the 2014 Open, I realised that I could do kipping pull-ups. This past year of training, since the last Open, has been amazing. :D