Athlete: Ekaterina Tabakova
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat vegetables, eggs, fish and seafood, some beef and lamb, nuts and seeds, berries, some fruit, occasional dairy (mainly in the form of whey protein and yogurt). I love eating anything with coconut. And cocoa nibs. I eat cheat meals sometimes, 1-2 times/week maybe, when the situation calls for it.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I incorporate CrossFit.com workouts
I write my own programming
I record my workouts
I prefer to train and coach for improving physical ability, health, and consistency of active lifestyle. I'm a nerd so exercise is my only way of getting my nose out of that book. And it has to be enjoyable or it's just not worth it to me. I love Crossfit because of the variety if offers and the endless progressions – it ties in with my purpose of continuous improvement and it's never boring. Being a total geek, I rigorously log my training and progress in all fitness parameters to compete with myself. If I cannot currently perform a skill or suck at something, what helps me stay on the ball and optimistic is logging my progress, chipping at it and seeing small improvements occur. I scientifically adjust my method according to my progress, or lack of it, and it makes me feel in control of my improvements. If I train alone or the boys don't mind I put on my favourite music which is a little unusual for WOD music as I like classical, old school, some cheesy tunes and opera. I dance/sing in my rest periods or during wods when catching breath – it really works to keep me going. To me a hard WOD, done to good music and with some dancing thrown in can be an expression of ‘joie de vivre’. Working hard on becoming a physically and mentally stronger human being always warrants a celebration, i think. I design my own mobility programs (more like mobility sequences) incorporating old school Russian gymnastics stretches and yoga poses and transitions.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I had an active childhood, participating in a variety of sports but never seriously: cross country skiing, ice speed skating, springboard diving, ballroom and contemporary dancing. I got bored easily though and liked the variety of many physical engagements. My hero was Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world. I played violin and piano for 7 years and still love classical, orchestral, choral music. However I resented my violin training often because I eventually had to sacrifice my physical sports practice in favor of performances, orchestra and competitions - the hands must be soft and sensitive for such a delicate instrument and my teacher got angry if i got calluses or cuts on my hands. I stopped exercising in high school and got terribly unfit. Then i moved to Israel and started going to a regular gym when i was 18. I was actually inspired by Xena Warrior Princess which was at a time showing in my country. When i moved to NZ i remember not being able to do even one pushup, so I trained at home every day until i could do a couple dozen. Then started going to gym as a uni student, and later became a personal trainer. I started toying with occasional crossfit-style workouts for some 6 months before i joined KiaKaha crossfit gym in may 2011. I have been training mainly crossfit-style since then.. give or take a kettlebell or jump rope obsession. I joined Crossfit HPU in 2012, then LesMills and HPU joined forces and now I have the privilege and pleasure of working and training with the best coaches, athletes and people i have ever met. They inspire me every day. Crossfit is the only discipline so far that has kept my attention for so long. It is the all-encompassing nature of it that speaks to me, the functionality, the transfer into other disciplines, the mental toughness is develops, the community. Love it.
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
I aim to use my physical ability and knowledge of healthy lifestyle in my beginning career of crewing on superyachts from winter 2014 onwards. Meanwhile I have incredible clients, being quite selective who I decide to train. Because the character demands of fitness breed deeper considerations of nutrition, mental health, environment, social relations, life purpose, happiness - i love seeing how my clients evolve mentally and emotionally through their exercise journey. I get a huge kick out of seeing them improve and become healthier more confident humans - the joy, satisfaction and pride in their eyes. I love learning, often reading 4-5 books at once on topics ranging (currently) from natural parasites to biomechanics to life coaching to civil engineering to philosophy. I find that all that knowledge gets integrated into my job and my life and helps me be better at what i do, how much i can be of help, and how i live with purpose.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I do multiple workouts in a day 1x a week
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
since june 2011