Athlete: Ekaterina Tabakova
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat vegetables, meat - mostly fish and seafood, some chicken and beef, and lamb as a treat - eggs, nuts and seeds, berries, some fruit, occasional dairy (mainly in the form of whey protein) and cheat meal yogurt, no grains or added sugar. I love eating anything with coconut. And cocoa nibs. And I love apples. 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
Crossfit is FUN for me. I love it because of the variety if offers and the endless progressions â€“ it ties in with my purpose of continuous improvement. Competition training can be a bit tedious for me because of somewhat restricted variety and regimented schedule. I especially like gymnastics, Russian kettlebell and jump rope (Buddy Lee Style) training, so my workouts might be sometimes biased towards that. Lately I have been really enjoying Olympic lifting training. I still sometimes have to talk myself into it, but I always feel amazing hauling those weights around. For a small girl it is a heady and powerful experience to throw heavy sh*t overhead. It makes me feel useful, capable and alive. Training with my affiliate and buddies ensures I do my all the stuff I'm not so good at (like running and rowing). Since often my training buddies' strengths are my weaknesses, they push me to improve in areas I might not naturally gravitate towards, keeping me well-rounded and preventing me from becoming complacent. I get very inspired by my female competitors, they make me feel like anything is possible if you put some â€˜umphâ€™ into it. I rigorously log my training and progress in all fitness parameters, because it makes it more fun 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 adjust my method according to my progress and it makes me feel in control of my improvements. I prefer to keep training session short and fun, because that ensures they fit into my day and therefore I can train more often and more consistently. If I train alone I put on my favourite music (J-pop, Italian, Turkish, techno violin, classical crossover and other international music fires me up like nothing else - not the popular stuff, but it works and I ainâ€™t messinâ€™ with a good thing). I dance in my rest periods or during wods when catching breath â€“ 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 â€˜joie de vivreâ€™ â€“ a joy of life that suffuses my being and makes me feel at one with my body and the world. I often have great fun in my training. I design my own mobility programs (more like mobility sequences) incorporating old school Russian gymnastics stretches and yoga poses and transitions, creating some interesting (according to some people) contortions. I think they are pretty and fun. It really works for me because I enjoy when movements flow into each other. Since I love my routines so much, I do my stretching very consistently and thus Iâ€™m quite mobile. This makes crossfit even more fun. I enjoy slow gradual improvements that inevitably come with continuous lifelong practice. I don't plan to become a professional or ultra-competitive athlete. My passion lies in improving steadily for my own satisfaction and having good fun with my training - it makes me very happy. It is fun to compete and test myself against a WOD, but only insofar as to see that Iâ€™m improving. I love comps, throw-downs and playoffs for their camaraderie, support and because we can push each other to excel.
My Athletic Background
I had an active childhood, participating in a variety of sports but never seriously: cross country skiing, ice speed skating, board diving, ballroom and contemporary dancing. I got bored easily though. I played violin and piano for 7 years and still love classical, orchestral, choral music. However I resented my violin training often because I had to sacrifice my gymnastics practice in favor of it - 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 unfit. then i moved to israel and started going to a regular gym when i was 18. when i moved to NZ i continued going to regular 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.. 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 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 thrive in coaching my athletes for fitness/health, enjoyment of their abilities and progress. Because fitness breeds deeper considerations of nutrition, mental health, environment, social wellness, friendship, happiness - i love seeing how people evolve cognitively by just starting to exercise, love being a part of that evolution. I get a kick out of seeing my athletes improve - the joy, satisfaction and pride in their eyes. I love learning, addicted to it and will never stop. Am a bookworm and a nerd, often reading 4-5 books at once. A Crossfit geek too, always browse the journal, read the specialty books and watch coaching videos.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I do multiple workouts in a day 2x a week
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
since june 2011