Athlete: Valentine Calvin
|Fight Gone Bad||--|
|Clean & Jerk||155 lb|
|Back Squat||225 lb|
GLITTER AND DIRT...!!! "I AM a perpetual motion machine. I AM Newton's first law. Clip my wings and I'll still run on foot. Life is a battle ground of experience. Don't wait, don't stop, and never give up. The world is beautiful and life is short. Live, love, and dream." -Valentine Calvin
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I am consistently on the go! I eat most food cold plain and raw. Keep it pretty simple. I have eaten this way most of my life. Have never liked pasta, burgers, or fried food. Love chocolate and Red Vines though. Sushi is my absolute favorite food on the planet! Grew up in a hunting family and have always eaten substantial amounts of meat. I am blessed with a hyper sense of what nutrients my body is lacking. I am the opposite of a germaphobe. You can often find me eating with dirty/muddy fingers, eating food off the floor, unwashed and possibly kept unrefrigerated for too long. "Eat the dirt and lick the handrails" is one of my mottos. You just need to listen to yourself and your body. I am addicted to apples. A total apple snob. My favorites are Honey Crisp or Pink Ladies. I eat 2 to 3 apples a day and freak out when I run out. Can't live without them and much prefer them cut up. I keep a buck knife in my car mainly for that reason. I am never anywhere without food. I can't eat a lot in one sitting but I eat ALL day long! I have no sympathy for people who say "oh my god I haven't eaten all day!" It's not hard to have simple snacks with you on hand at all times. Don't allow yourself to get to the uncomfortable hunger stage. I eat whenever I wake up no matter what the time is. Even if it is 3:00am I wake up hungry. Don't do a workout on an empty painful stomach. I drink a TON of water and have for several years. Took it upon myself to give up soda in FIFTH grade. My water bottle goes with me absolutely everywhere. Even if I go out to a bar. A huge pet peeve of mine is small water glasses or servers who do not pay attention to your drinking rate. Someone my weight and activity level should be drinking about 90oz of water per day. I drink around 120oz per day. I am hypersensitive to dehydration and get terrible headaches if I don't consume enough water so I have made that a main focus in my life. As for alcohol... Not really my deal. I will have an occasional drink or two but my body simply recognizes it a poison. Externally my body can take a beating but internally my system is sensitive.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I record my workouts
I am a coach at Beaverton Crossfit in Portland, Oregon. I coach here and I train here. This is my family, this is my home! I participate in ANY and ALL physical activities that come my way. I experience the world by DOING. Don't limit yourself to only training at the box. Build your foundation of fitness then get out there and use and apply it! My Fitness Philosophy: I have always thought if it was socially acceptable to simply run everywhere like dogs do then we would all be in immaculate shape! For years I swore when I grew up I would have no furniture in my living room but instead only exercise equipment. Therefore, with no place to sit, if you wanted to watch TV you had to run, bike or hop on an elliptical. As I began to view life on a more holistic level, I realized the big picture is all a matter of balance. Most of us recognize the importance of physical activity and overall health but not all of us take action and many of us don’t know the appropriate action to take. Undoubtedly, in a fantasy world we would all prefer to be snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, hunting, fishing, hiking mountain tops, snowboarding, exploring the beauties of the world, or shopping for countless hours as our form of exercise. The reality of life simply puts you to the test, questioning how much time are you willing to invest in YOUR health? Don’t make daily exercise the most dreaded part of your day. Maintain your physical condition so when you do get the opportunity to do activities you enjoy most, you can experience them to the fullest. Take a moment and ask yourself where on the priority list is your health? Yes, many of us would love to be the biggest, the fastest, the strongest but what are you willing to invest or change to simply be YOUR best? Do not let the fitness images of vanity overcome you, instead think of those most important in your life. How does your health affect both yours and theirs happiness? If you want to be elite and make it to the top great, if you simply want to meet your grandchildren and great grandchildren then you may have some lifestyle feng shui to re-arrange. Recognizing health is not about the number on the scale or how you compare to top models, athletes, and actors, but instead how you view the reflection in the mirror and how you grow to become willing to accept your imperfections. Don’t make physical activity a chore. Find the most motivational factor that drives you to exercise especially on the days you don’t want to. There is always an excuse for everything and people will make time for what they want. Enjoy life, but the healthier and happier you are the more you can enjoy it to the fullest.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played college sports
I regularly play recreational sports
My Background: I come from the middle of no where Oregon. If you think you are from Timbuktu challenge me and I’ll tell you the story. An hour from civilization, generator for power, no TV, no cell service, no phone lines, no phone period. No address, no school bus, no mail service. I still to this day don't have television. Why start now... My father is a wild life biologist and my mother is a park ranger. I have always been active both recreational as well as family labor and don't know anything different. My father always made me work. There was no quitting and there was no crying. His famous phrase is "Go find something productive to do!" I truly believe how and where I was raised shaped my perspective on life, health, and physical activity. Growing up on a lake gave me the opportunity for watersports which are my favorite! I went from tubing (pretty extreme tubing) to kneeboarding, to wakeboarding, and now this past summer a bit of wake surfing. Nothing puts me more at easy than being on or in the water! As far as other sports I was most involved with dance in the forms of tap, ballet, and jazz. After taking about 5 classes per week for 14 years I then taught classes for 5 years. Dance has given me a huge advantage as far as flexibility, spatial awareness, and fine tuning body manipulation. Minor adjustments can make all the difference in sport. In addition to dance, I was involved in track and field for several years primarily as a jumper, hurdler, and sprinter. After no longer being able to tolerate impact on bi-lateral stress fractures in my legs I transferred schools and joined the swim team instead; again, primarily as a sprinter excelling in freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke. Upon entering college at Oregon State University to pursue my degree in Exercise and Sport Science I walked onto the woman’s crew (rowing) team as a D1/PAC 10 athlete. Along side with school, rowing, and working, I continued teaching dance classes and also became very involved in the ballroom dancing community. Experimenting with several styles of ballroom I discovered my favorites to be West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, and Hustle. About this same time I became an active member of the OAHPERD (Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) community. In addition, I also served several years with the United Spirits Association as a High School State Dance Team judge. In 2009 is when I found Crossfit or Crossfit found me. Now I am currently involved in the Crossfit community as well as a certified Crossfit trainer. I wouldn't trade the success of the program or the people I meet for the world!. The simple science of being “constantly varied” allows people to continue experiencing physical gains in addition to not getting burnt out mentally. Bottom line… IT FREAKING WORKS! The gist of the story: don’t let the glitter fool you I love the fluff but that don’t meant I ain’t tough. I’ve danced en pointe and I’ve hunted and gutted. I’m an open-minded spirit wanting to help people change their lifestyles in a holistic way
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 am coming into my fourth year of Crossfit and my third season of competition. My first two years I was in The Southwest Region having moved to Colorado after college at Oregon State University. About a year and a half ago I moved back to Oregon and am now in my second season competing in the Northwest Region. The following are my Crossfit Competition/ Educational Credentials: Degree: B.S. Exercise and Sport Science 3rd Place in the 2013 Oregon Winter Games Women's Rx Division 2012 Northwest Regional Affiliate Team 19th 2012 Oregon Winter Games Rx'd division 2011 Southwest Regional Affiliate Team 65th place 2011 Southwest Open Qualifier Oregon State Pac 10 Women's Rowing 2005-2006
My Work/Rest Schedule
I do multiple workouts in a day 2x a week
The past 6months as I have been working on strength gains (after a knee injury this summer) and have incorporated 2 rest days into my week. One as an "active recovery day" and one as a stretch/yoga/outdoor activity day. I do Crossfit as my foundational training and then any other activities I can get my hands on. I teach 10classes per week as well as work a full time job 40-50hours per week. I am very busy and always on the run but I have to fit in physical exertion or I will lose my mind. My biggest training flaw is my sleep schedule. I never know when or how much sleep I am going to get. Rarely is it ever 8 hours overnight or any given period. I take naps in my car and sometimes sleep on the floor at the box over night. At least I can fall alseep just about anywhere. In a perfect world I would love to not have to work as much so I could focus on my sleep schedule and therefore as a result my training would improve. But then again it's a little thing called life!
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I have always been active and involved in sports and activities but Crossfit specific I am coming into my fourth year of training and my third season of competing.