Athlete Spotlight: Dave T. (2/3)



Since you started CrossFit, have you changed your nutrition? How was it before and what do you do now?
Yes. I basically went from unconscious nutrition to conscious nutrition. I go back and forth between being strict paleo (25 unbroken kipping pull-ups Dave) and not at all strict paleo (5 unbroken kipping pull-ups Dave), but now I’m consciously deciding to do one or the other.

Do you have a favorite exercise movement? Least favorite?
I love heavy-ish hang power cleans in a WOD, American style kettlebell swings and really dig the rhythm of kettlebell snatches. Basically staying in one place and moving heavy things around.

I am not cool with Handstands.

What’s your most recent PR?
I haven’t a proper PR in a while, because I’ve been recovering from some injuries. But my post injury PR’s are happening constantly, latest was an overhead squat at 65kg. Which was huge as my knee is regaining mobility/stability.

Do you check the workout before coming in or do you just show up?
I never used to check, in fact when I started the WOD’s didn’t get posted until after they were done. I liked that, I couldn’t make excuses for skipping something I’m not good at. I started looking after getting hurt last year, so I could use my days in the gym wisely. Also some days, I’ve just got excuses.

If you were to have encouragement or advice for new people trying CrossFit, what would you say?
Trust the process and the programming. Don’t be hard on yourself or compare yourself to your gym mates, just do you. Work hard, be consistent, eat better and you’ll get results. Have fun.

What fitness goals have you set for yourself to achieve in 2016?
2016 was all about getting over injuries. My goal was to not be broken, heal up my knee in order to regain the mobility and strength I lost. Staying motivated has been really difficult so was being smart and stopping a lift when I felt a little wobble in my knee. I’m finally getting back to the point where I can do most movements pain-free, though there are some like the Push Jerk, that I have mental block against.

In 2017, I want to get back to rx box jumps, a routine 100+kg clean and pr a strict press at 95kg.