Running, running and more running. Mostly on a treadmill at 24 Hour Fitness. 5 to 10 miles a day but sometimes much farther on weekends. A little upper body work on machines but nothing consistent - I could never stay focused. That is my background. No other athletic background, even in high school and college - just solo running.
Despite this, both of my sons are Marines. As a father I was very happy and proud of the muscle they added at bootcamp. It made me curious myself and I eventually asked for advice, their recommendation: Try CrossFit as a good way to get into great shape quickly. So I began researching CrossFit - initially only for the muscle adding potential. Once I began I discovered all of the other healthier lifestyle aspects CrossFit focuses on as well - it turn into a real education in overall fitness for me!
My EC programming extends far outside training—nutrition, lifestyle, sleep, recovery, — are all apart of the work I do with my coach, I am living healthier life.
Five months ago we gained a new athlete in our gym. If you came in during group training you would think of her as just the same as all our other athletes. What you most likely would know know is that she is also the head softball coach at The College of San Mateo - she's been there in that capacity for 12 years. She wins... A LOT. But her success doesn't stop on the softball field... She is winning at living life.
She took a page out of her own coaching book by entrusting her training program to her own set of coaches. The same way every softball team has a first and third base coach; she had a support system both in the gym and in the kitchen.
"It's not necessarily about knowing it all but surrounding yourself with the right support system. My coaches mapped out a training and nutrition program that aligned with my lifestyle".
As a fitness instructor herself, the knowledge was there but the application often suffered due to a lack of time."I aligned my schedule with the KURA schedule and haven't looked back since. It is a part of my day that no longer gets sidelined due to other distractions." The coaching and teaching focus has only benefited from the hour she gives herself. She holds herself to the same high standards of her athletes; no cutting corners - attending 3 classes a week consistently and adhering to a clean eating diet - success was eminent.