Up Close and Personal: 7 Athlete Journals to Inform and Inspire

Wanna know how the pros train, eat, and compete? Look no further! Our Athlete Journals are written by real life athletes in CrossFit, endurance sports, martial arts, and weightlifting.

Wanna know how the pros train, eat, and compete? Look no further! Our Athlete Journals are written by real life elite athletes who are training for a variety of athletic events, from Ironman Melbourne, to the CrossFit Games, to the 2012 Olympics.

Athlete Journal: Andrew Read, Entry 1 – The Road to Ironman Melbourne (Andrew Read)

Andrew Read is an RKC Team Leader and Dragon Door distributor who is currently preparing for the 2013 Ironman Melbourne. Find out why Andrew plans to do a lot of kettlebell swings and get ups in preparation…and also WHY this race is so important to him.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 1 – Follow a Champion Powerlifter (Chris Duffin)

Chris Duffin coaches at Elite Performance Center in Portland, Oregon. He has the largest powerlifting total in Oregon’s history regardless of weight class and is one of the top deadlifters and squatters in the world, with a 801lb deadlift in the 198lb Class and 1008lb squat in the 220lb class. In his first journal entry, find out how Chris is training to get even stronger.

Athlete Journal: Holley Mangold, Entry 1 – A Little History (Holley Mangold)

Holley was the first girl ever to start in an Ohio High School State Championship football game, and she’s currently preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games. Learn more about Holley’s background in her first Athlete Journal entry.

Athlete Journal: Ingrid Kantola, Entry 4 – 3/12/12 (Ingrid Kantola)

Ingrid Kantola found CrossFit in 2009, after graduating from UCLA, where she was an All-American pole vaulter. Ingrid’s Athlete Journals cover the 2012 CrossFit Games season. In this entry, she discusses what supplements she takes and when she eats.

Athlete Journal: Valerie Worthington, Entry 5 – Losing and Winning and Losing (Valerie Worthington)

Valerie Worthington holds her black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and her Athlete Journals cover her training during the competition season. In this Athlete Journal entry, she describes her trip to Abu Dhabi for the 2012 BJJ World Championship.

Athlete Journal: Travis Holley, Entry 1 – 4/4/12 (Travis Holley)

Travis Holley is a head coach at CrossFit Central in Austin, Texas, and also created his own training program called Simply Strength. In his first Athlete Journal entry, Travis shares with us why he is so passionate about fitness and how simple it can really be.

Athlete Journal: Michael Winchester, Entry 7 – 4/8/12 (Michael Winchester)

Michael Winchester has been a CrossFit coach for three years and currently coaches at the RedBlackGym, an advanced CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting gym in Austin, Texas. In this entry, Michael journals about the common pitfalls he sees that a CrossFitter (or any athlete) runs into as they progress – and his key to success, staying the course.

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