Athlete: Richard Henson
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week
I don't watch my diet as close as I could. I try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat, primarily chicken, fish, and vegetables and practice portion control. I do cheat with red meat occasionally. I used to drink a lot of soda and energy drinks; however, have stopped both completely. Between my son, (my trainer), and my wife, (the boss), I have a lot of help staying away from sugar drinks, sweets, and other things that I like that aren't good for me. .
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I train daily with my son, (Rich Henson II). He is the reason that I am a Crossfitter and the reason that I competed in the 2012 Reebok-CrossFit Games and placed 10th. He is a personal trainer as well as a Level 1 Certified CrossFit trainer. He knows me better than I know myself. He programs all of my workouts and does most of them with me. He helps me to stay calm and focused. He is a safety fanatic and is constantly critiquing my technique. I respect him and trust him completely to keep me on the path to CrossFit fitness for life.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played all of the main team sports in high school; however, was primarily a baseball player. After high school, I started studying various martial arts with Kenpo karate as my main focus. I studied Kenpo for about 7 years and followed the tournament fighting circut for a couple of years. I have played a lot of raquet ball over the years as well. CrossFit is my sport now. I would be at the box training all day every day if my work, (and wife), would allow it. It is a very difficult, yet satisfying sport.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I strictly schedule my rest days
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
I started working out three days a week. After a short while, I changed to four days a week. I currently work out four days a week with Wednesdays and weekends off. My workouts are totally structured with warm up, stretching, skill sets, and the W.O.D.. Games training requires additional training; however, it varies.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit in August of 2011 when my son opened CrossFit 530 in Redding, CA.