Athlete: Kelly Clark
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I record my workouts
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played college sports
I was a competitive soccer player most of my life. Halfway through high school I switched to water polo and played for a year at the University of Michigan. I have a long history of injuries with sports, and have always felt like I was fighting my own body to compete. As soon as I found CrossFit my body started to change. All the imbalances from sport specific and repetitive movement training were corrected. I am now stronger, faster, and healthier than I've ever been. As a coach, I now use CrossFit methodology in an injury prevention program for high school athletes. If only I new then what I know now...!
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
I train other people
I came across CrossFit by chance in 2010, looking for something to do to stay fit after college. I loved it right away. The concept, the workouts, the community....it was everything I could ever want in a sport. Still, I was reluctant to try it because of my history with sports related injuries. I was tired of being hurt, and fighting through pain to play. Luckily, one of the CrossFit coaches saw me staring one day and dragged me in. Over the course of my first year my body balanced itself out, and all of my previous injuries faded away. The next thing I new I was competing again, this time from a position of strength and confidence. I began coaching soon after and I've never looked back. During the last 5 years of CrossFit competition I've had some of the best experiences of my life. I'm part of an amazing community and my gym has become a second home with an extended family. My team and I have supported and pushed each other, worked and sacrificed for each other, and accomplished amazing things together. I've long since stopped trying to predict what my body is or isn't capable of, because I continue to surprise myself. I can only look forward to what is yet to come.
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
Rest is important to me. My body does not like to over-train. I take my rest days seriously, and listen to my body. Once in a while I'll even take an extra day off just to recharge.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Just over 5 years now. I've competed the last 4 years at Regionals, 3 years on a team, and one year as an individual.