Athlete: Kelly Clark
How I Eat
I weigh and measure my food
I eat Paleo, include dairy, and cheat every now and then. I definitely love my milk, especially right after workouts. I also allow myself to cheat the Paleo diet fairly often, but in small amounts, never in full meals. I stay Paleo because I feel better and perform at a higher level when my body gets what it needs, but my sweet tooth likes a few crackers or some coconut milk ice cream every now and then ;) Just started measuring food. It is actually pretty convenient because I waste less food having exact amounts on hand, and I feel great being more balanced with my nutrients.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I write my own programming
I record my workouts
GO LIFEWORX! I pretty much use a mish-mash of programming. We have some great coaches at Lifeworx, and I tend to write my own program by taking things I like from a lot of different people and places. I am constantly picking up new ideas from my fellow coaches and other area specialists. I take my lifting program from Shaun Eagan. Cat Ramirez can always be counted on for a dirty WOD. My gymnastics training comes from Mike Lorenzen, a former Lifeworx member and gymnastics coach. Troy Stinson is usually up for being a workout buddy and coming up with something fun on the fly. I love our Lifeworx family and I feel like I am always learning something from everyone!
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. It wasn't in my plan (I was a political science major!), but CrossFit slowly just took over my life. I am now a full time coach and trainer and I love it! I can't imagine doing anything different with my life, or being anywhere else but here with the people and the community that I love!
My Work/Rest Schedule
I do multiple workouts in a day 2x a week
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. About once a month I'll even take an extra day off just to recharge.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Just over 3 years now. I've competed the last two years for Team Lifeworx. Now I want to find out what I can do as an individual! I've always been a team sport athlete, so going solo is a whole new game for me. Yikes! :-)