Athlete Profile

Athlete: Darnley Etienne

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Central East
Eleventh Element
CrossFit Hilliard


Filthy 50--
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m--
Run 5k--
Clean & Jerk195 lb
Snatch165 lb
Deadlift515 lb
Back Squat405 lb
Max Pull-ups41


My name is Darnley Etienne and I started Cross Fit in September of 2013. After my very first class, I was hooked. In the beginning, Cross Fit was a supplement to my strength training. Its now the reverse where strength training is a supplement to Cross Fit. I personally struggle with some of the movements regularly because I have always focused strictly on strength training. Things like mobility and endurance was never anything I had to maintain. Honestly speaking, I am more interested in building strength than anything else and my body responds very quickly to strength training. Since I started Cross Fit, I have leaned out more than all of the years doing strength training. As a result, my muscle mass has slightly decreased. For the next few months, I’ll be placing more emphasis on strength while stepping up on Cross Fit.


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I recently changed my diet plan to improve performance.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I workout mostly at home, work, or a traditional gym

I have a coach who determines my programming

I record my workouts

For most of my life I've strictly worked out with free weights. As a result, I never practiced any mobility or took endurance seriously. I'm slowly working through endurance and mobility problems. As much as I am committed to Cross Fit, I will never give up free weights. I am a firm believer in strength and I will bet the house on it. I try to make it to the gym about twice a week to maintain my incline/decline/flat bench strength. I also focus on leg strength as well. To sum it up, my training needs to get much better so I can be a better competitor.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I only played sports in my freshman year of high school.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

I have attended one or more specialty courses

I take a Olympic class once a week to practice snatches and clean & jerk techniques.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

6-12 months