I get a lot of questions on pre-workout, post-workout, breakfast timing, etc... SO I figured "A Day in the Life" shindig could be helpful. I might completely bore you, and I apologize, but here is an average work day for me. I hope someone can get something out of it. :)
There is not a day that I wake up thinking anything but the word COFFEE. I have an amazing French Press and a fantastic relationship with every barista in Denver, so after my cup of Joe, my day begins.
This isn’t exactly a normal “diet” that I will share with you, but trust me, it works. I feel full, happy, alive, and all while keeping my 6-pack abs in check. A few years ago, I took out most of my carbohydrates like oatmeal, quinoa and whole grain bread, and replaced it with FAT. Yes, the dreaded word: FAT. I eat the egg yolks, drink grass-fed butter in my coffee instead of non-fat milk and fake sugar, and I holy crap, I really love my avocados.
My breakfast consists of 4 pieces of well-sourced bacon, 2 pasture raised eggs, and about three handfuls of kale and spinach. I start with the bacon, add the eggs, and top off with the kale so that I can cook the greens in the pan altogether.
Most mornings are a medley of CrossFit coaching at CrossFit Park Hill and my own personal training through Unleashed Fitness. I love the variety I have and the challenge of always mixing it up: I go from a very extreme and intense athlete to a gym newbie in seconds, and I LOVE it. If time allows between clients, I am ALWAYS working on my handstands.
My breakfast keeps me happy for about 3-4 hours, and by the time lunch rolls around I am always prepared with usually grilled chicken breast, broccoli smothered in garlic, avocado, and plantain chips. This is when I try to guzzle a TON of water so that I am hydrating enough with all that coffee consumption.
Another beautiful part of my job is that I work with a company here in Denver called CapLogistics. Three days out of the week I am working with their employees by either teaching fitness classes in their gym that I like to call “The Warehouse” or I am meeting them in a more one-on-one setting teaching them basic things like how to foam roll and get rid of knee pain, or WHAT to eat for breakfast on the run. I rarely have time to go to and from work, so it is absolutely PIVOTAL to make sure I am prepared with food.
Around 3 pm, I am ready for a little more food, or what I like to call my pre-workout. I go to my conveniently located Starbucks, get a tall bold coffee with one butter (they use grass-fed butter!) and I pair it with either a Perfect Foods Bar, Larabar, or RX Bar. I also make sure a big glass of water happens so that I stay hydrated.
At 5 pm is ideally when I get to workout. I drive to a different box then I coach at, Front Range CrossFit, which is rare but fantastic. I have TWO communities that love and support my mission, TO BE A BADASS CROSS-FITTER. The workouts there are NO JOKE, and I usually do a very intense paced WOD (Workout of the Day) at 5, followed by weightlifting and skills at 6. I easily can be there until 7:30, and with that long of training session, I am ALWAYS prepared with food. I immediately drink my Xendurance protein shake at 6 post-WOD paired with a sweet potato that I pre-cooked, and then get right into my lifting.
Before bed, I grab my PurePharma packet of fish oil, magnesium, and D3, all that help me with recovery and better quality sleep, and off to bed I go.
I have a pretty rad life.