Athlete: Ben Garard
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat whatever is convenient
I try to balance fats, proteins & carbs with every meal. I eat foods high in energy. My focus is on recovery & to have more fuel going in than out.
How I Train
I workout mostly at home, work, or a traditional gym
I have a coach who determines my programming
I record my workouts
I have recently transitioned from a 'freestyle' approach to a somewhat 'structured' approach. I generally do weightlifting/strength in the morning, with a MetCon focus in the afternoon. I believe mobility/flexibility is a key aspect to being successful in the sport.
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I regularly play recreational sports
I have loved competing my entire life. I played a variety of team sports including hockey, touch football & rugby league at representative level. I did time in the Australian Army & that is where I got into Strength & Conditioning. I enjoy motorbike riding, surfing, wake boarding & snow boarding as recreational sports.
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)
I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
I train other people
I started CrossFit in Feb 2012 due to signing up for the Open. My first ever CrossFit competition was AUS/NZ Regionals 2012. That was a life changing experience for me. I signed a lease for 150 square meters in June & have been CrossFitting there ever since. I completed my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. I have strong intentions of becoming an Affiliate owner. My plan as an athlete has been to compete in as many local competitions as my body will allow. I intent to improve on my performance from last year. I love the challenge & it's motivating to compare myself to the rest of the world. CrossFit has allowed me to interact with like minded people & has become a way of life!
My Work/Rest Schedule
I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
I like to listen to my body & ensure there is enough recovery/time between workouts. I stick to a program & typically rest 2 x per week.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Signed up for the CrossFit Games Open 2012 & haven't look back since!