Athlete: Elissa Morello
|Fight Gone Bad||273|
|Clean & Jerk||160 lb|
|Back Squat||230 lb|
I got into the fitness industry almost 6 years ago now, after I realized working at a desk just wasn't for me. Initially I was a Personal Trainer and still love working with people one-on-one. I started CrossFitting in 2012 and knew that was where I wanted to work. I set a few goals for myself and have slowly been able to work towards them in an amazing environment. In 2013 I successfully received my L1 certificate, allowing me to intern as a coach for CrossFit Max Effort. That has lead me to my amazing job working for CFME. I have completed 13 half marathons and have finished a full marathon, one of the hardest things I've ever done. To continue pushing myself from endurance training to resistance training I competed in 2 figure and 2 bikini competitions in 2011. Since then I wanted to incorporate both disciplines and challenge myself even more. Enter CrossFit. I started in the fall of 2012 and have been hooked since my first workout which left me gasping for air and coughing for about half an hour while I tried to sign up for more. :) I accomplished my first goal in 2013 of entering a competition and had an amazing time at the two I did. Since then I still like to enter local competitions, as the camaraderie in Las Vegas is amazing and they always present new challenges.
How I Eat
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I have stopped measuring my food, knowing what my body needs and feeding it appropriately. My goal is to eat minimal processed foods and to incorporate as many fruits, vegetables, clean proteins into my diet with a planned cheat meal every few weeks and some baked goods to keep my sanity. :)
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
I have a coach who determines my programming
I record my workouts
My Athletic Background
I played college sports
I was on a traveling acrobatic/cheerleading team through high school and college as a flyer. During this time I learned discipline, teamwork and the amazing feeling of accomplishing things i never believed I could.
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 attended one or more specialty courses
I train other people
I started in October 2012 going twice a week to a local CrossFit box, knowing I would love it. After the open in 2013 I could no longer go "casually" and regularly went 5x a week. I have since switched affiliates for additional challenges and specialty classes and take my training seriously.
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
My rest days vary in occurrence and type. Sometimes they are completely off, sometimes they are just a workout that is not weight related.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Definitely for me.