Occupation: CrossFit level 1 trainer at CrossFit Retaliation
Family: Daughters, Olivia, 12, and Layla, 5; son, Keller, 7; Fran, the Great Dane
Where do you work out?
How many hours per week?
Twelve to fifteen
Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:
CrossFit Endurance 1½ hours three times per week; cycling two to three hours per week; CrossFit 1½ hours four to five times per week; and running and swimming when I can.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I have a 50 percent chance of getting Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease. This disease would rob me of a functioning body and eventually kill me. I’m thankful for every day I’m given with a strong body and sound mind. My body is a temple, and I will treat it as so.
How do you make time to work out?
How do you not? Wake up early, be disciplined and creative with your time. I drag my kids to the gym and involve them. It keeps them from sitting in front of the TV all night, and it’s some of the best quality time we spend together. Two birds, one stone.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
In my early 20s when I saw my mother’s body being destroyed by Huntington’s disease.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?
I’ve been doing CrossFit for two years. I have a body composition test every four weeks. My weight fluctuates around 151 pounds, but my body fat percentage is always going down and my muscle mass always goes up. It’s difficult not to get hung up on the number on the scale. However, the body composition testing is more accurate and detailed. I’ve been 125 pounds at 27 percent body fat and 125 pounds at 15 percent body fat and looked like two totally different people.
What’s your favorite exercise?
Cycling. I’ve spent lots of time in the saddle training for triathlons, and my closest friendships have developed with my riding partners. You really get to know a person when you spend 100 miles with them on a bike.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway?
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
Sometimes, I like ’90s alternative, old school hip hop and techno.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I follow the “zone diet,” which includes units of food consumed in the ration of 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. Foods allowable are lean meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. I do cheat on Saturdays. This girl loves ice cream.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?
Every day you are given a healthy body is a gift; you are not entitled. Nurture it, and ask yourself, “Are my habits moving me closer to my target?” Don’t put off practicing a healthy lifestyle. I like the quote by Terri Guillemets, “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.”
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
I take into consideration how hard I’ve been working my body. If I legitimately need a rest day, I take it. Recovery maximizes results. If I’m just feeling lazy, it usually passes once I get into the box (the CrossFit gym). It’s easy to stir up some fire in my belly once I’m around my box mates and they’re throwin’ down.
— By Jennifer Willhite, email@example.com