Athlete: Gareth David
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I started doing CrossFit in May 2010 and since the first mind blowing workout I was hooked! In September 2011 I successfully completed my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification and passing it with 96%. My goals for 2013 is just to have fun training and helping others achieve the same success. If I can qualify for the regionals again, it would be awesome, otherwise it's all about the experience and improving myself.
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I generally try and follow a paleo/primal lifestyle by staying away from grains. I do however on occasion enjoy 'n cookie/biscuit every once in a while and do still consume dairy in the form of cheese, milk and butter when cooking. Throughout the day low carb, high fat and high protein is the way to go, but in the evening in which I trained heavy or hard, I eat some more carbs.
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I write my own programming
I record my workouts
What can I say, I train CrossFit, one workout a day less than an hour worth of work. That's it.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I played college sports
I've been involved in various sports throughout my youth, which included boxing, wrestling, rugby and running, and have never taken any of them professionally even though at the time I was given the opportunity to do so. I do love being active and CrossFit rekindled that spirit.
My Experience With CrossFit
I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
I train other people
CrossFit has change my life, when I got introduced to CrossFit I used to weigh 133 kg (or 294 lbs) with a 44" waist. I kept training hard and I'm almost down to a size 38" waist again but I do still weigh around 116 kg (or 255 lbs) which makes me one of the heaviest athletes in our region. CrossFit has taught me so much about true fitness and I enjoy teaching or showing others about it to help them improve their quality of life.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
My work and rest schedule is very relaxed, I train approximately 4 - 5 times a week and rest on average 2 - 3 days a week. I only train once a day and humbly believe that through intensive training sessions and enough recovery you will gain enough. I follow the Chris Spealer mantra, and I quote: "Gotta have recovery if you want to have intensity. Gotta have intensity if you want to see results.". So if I'm able to keep up or get close to people training multiple times per day, then why are they training so hard? Train smart, not hard.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Got introduced in May 2010 to CrossFit training and it's been a turning point in my life as at the time I was probably in the worst shape in my life. The first workout got me hooked and I have never looked back.