Athlete Profile

Athlete: Stephanie Needham

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Canada West
Team Taranis
CrossFit Taranis
190 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k0:00
Clean & Jerk135 lb
Deadlift293 lb
Back Squat255 lb
Max Pull-ups9



How I Eat

I weigh and measure my food

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

Sometimes I weigh and measure. Sometimes not. It is definitely easier to stay closed to competition weight when I track my intake.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I record my workouts

This past year I have been primarily Powerlifting.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

I played everything at school. Always made the teams but was never a standout player. Out of school I played soccer and field hockey and volleyball, ran, completed some triathalons. When my kids were little I started them in karate. They trained for a few years. I stuck around and hold a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. I have competed in the Highland Games and plan to do so again this year, and now focus primarily on Powerlifting. As a result I have no great expectations for this years Open, but it will provide good information that will inform my training for next year.

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 guess it really is a life changing experience. Starting Crossfit June 2009 and working with my Naturopath on my diet weighing in at 260 lbs was the beginning of a journey that has brought me here.

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

Powerlifting is a whole different beast. 5 workouts a week. No met-cons. Gymnastics once a week and the occasional hike.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years


Athlete Coverage

Stephanie Needham from Victoria, B.C., competed at the CrossFit Games in the Masters 55-59 Division. The former mixed martial artist tell us her journey to the CrossFit Games.  "The Open came along...
Video, Posted Fri, 08.02.13
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Article, Posted Mon, 04.08.13
The Open is proving every rep counts.   The Team competition in Canada West is so tight that any upcoming workout could determine the eventual winner. The teams ranked first, second,...
Article, Posted Mon, 03.25.13