Occupation: Public Health Research Analyst
How did you work with your trainer over the stay- at-home order? Debbie switched entirely to Zoom workouts. She and the other coaches scheduled live workouts over Zoom, so they could see our form in the movements and motivate us, and I could see them and other members working out in class. I also texted with coaches on a daily basis.
Did your workouts change at all? One of the blessings of CrossFit is that you really don’t need much equipment to do it, so most of the workouts didn’t change at all. We were mostly using dumbbells or kettlebells at home, so there was a slight switch of lifting those instead of barbells. I modified jumping rope by doing a movement called dot hops and pull-ups into another type of lift that used the same muscle groups. I personally had to change the overhead lifts, because I’m so tall that I kept hitting the light fixtures in my living room — ha!
Did you use items around the house, or were you able to borrow equipment? Both. Debbie encouraged me to take home a 50-pound dumbbell, and that is what I used for almost all my lifting movements. But I also used my kitchen chair for box step-ups, a backpack filled with books as a medicine ball substitute, and there was a brief moment where Debbie tried to convince me to use my cat as a weight for front squats, but my cat wasn’t going to let that happen!
How often did you join virtual workouts? Nearly every day. I usually did a Zoom Crossfit workout every weekday afternoon, sometimes a Saturday morning Zoom workout, and a “Sunday Stretch” Zoom workout. I also attended most of the social events Debbie scheduled on Zoom, such as nutritional clinics, happy hours, and a weekly Friday morning “Coffee with Coach.”
Did your trainer give you any suggestions on how to keep from snacking at home? I think the suggestion that set me up for success with that was given before the pandemic. As I’ve been on this weight loss journey, Debbie and Aaron have both taught me about food preparation, where you schedule your meals out for the week and prepare them all at one time. You avoid overeating because you know exactly what you are going to eat each day.
Initial vs Current InBody Results:
Weight: 290.4 lbs. > 256.1 lbs.
SMM: 124.8 lbs. > 121.5 lbs.
PBF: 25.7% > 17.4%
BMI: 37.3 > 32.9
The CrossFit Unstoppable Trainer:
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting