Athlete Profile

Athlete: Vanessa Sullivan

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Canada West
Team Taranis
CrossFit Taranis
154 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k0:00
Clean & Jerk155 lb
Snatch110 lb
Deadlift240 lb
Back Squat--
Max Pull-ups--


Co-owner of CrossFIt Taranis. More details below…


How I Eat

I weigh and measure my food

I am mainly dairy, gluten and sugar free. I am grain selective and fruit loving. Some 85% dark chocolate and a glass of red wine are a part of my usual evening routine after a long day in the gym. I love food and am not afraid to enjoy it with abandon for special moments in life. With my recent powerlifting goals, I have gone back to a disciplined approach of weighing and measuring my food.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I incorporate workouts

I record my workouts

We run .com programming and accompany that with a competitor programming of strength bias wods. I was injured with a low back issue in 2013 and 2014 so my training was varied and included very little bilateral squatting or oly work beyond the power position. I have spent 1.5 yrs rebuilding my movement patterns and stability in my pelvis and tspine. It was an ego check for sure!! I am happy to say I am back to moving heavy loads in all the slow lifts and will be doing my first powerlifting competition this spring!! You are never too old to rebuild if you want it bad enough :)

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

A few years ago I started up with ballet and flamenco to balance all the CrossFit! Loving it and finding the ballet worked to help me address imbalances in my body that take away from my barbell work so that was an exciting discovery!

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)

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

In 2012 I was a team member on CFT Thunder at the Canada West Regionals. I have been on the coaching team and/or Head Coach of Team Taranis over the past 5 years. We have been to the CrossFit Games as competitors every year since 2010. I am co-owner of CrossFIt Taranis. I work with people daily on everything from wods, mobility, stability and diet. This life is my passion.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years

8 years ago I did my first wod in a globo gym. It was “Linda” and of course well below rx’d loads. I couldn’t move properly for 2 weeks. 1 year later I opened an affiliate. :)


Athlete Coverage

After competing at the Games for two years as an Individual, Angie Hay decided to compete with the CrossFit Taranis team this year.  "I've had a back injury since Regionals last year and it's just...
Video, Posted Fri, 07.19.13