How do you transform into an athlete?
February 3, 2012 7:11 PM Subscribe
How do people take fitness to the next level? How do you become an athlete? I need tips on reducing body fat % and becoming really, really strong, and I need perspective on the kind of effort I should be putting in.
posted by carmel to health & fitness (26 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
22, female, 5'3", around 147lbs. I recently started Crossfit. Crossfit is great, I love it - I love working out with other people, I love the community, I love that others are pushing me, I love that I get to socialize. What I love the most is how alive it makes me feel. I also cycle (although it's the winter now, so rarely when it's cold), and I want to run a 5k every once in a while. I would like to get back into rock climbing as well.
Anyways, some of the people in my Crossfit box are extremely athletic - a few of the female trainers are just incredible. I'm talking minimal body fat %, toned, beautiful, pullups are no problems, walking handstands, crazy lifts, muscle ups, etc. It seems like most of them have athletic backgrounds - one was a dancer, the other played sports growing up, etc.
So what about me? I want to get there too. But how? Can I? Can any person get there? I was not athletic growing up. I lost a good amount of weight during college, and started working out on and off. Now at 22, I'm the most active I've ever been in my life (which is not that active in comparison to these athletes) - but I feel like I have these 20lbs on my body that no matter what will never ever go away. I want to be a better Crossfitter, a stronger person, I want to start racing my bike (and that also requires a lower body fat %), and I want to be able to do kipping pullups like I was born doing them, do muscle ups, walk around on my hands and lower my goddamn body fat %.
What makes these incredible athletes different from me? What do I need to do, so that I can eventually get there? I get easily frustrated and want to give up when I see how all these people are so much better than me and I'm struggling so much. How many hours a week should I be working out? How strict does my diet have to be?
Food wise: currently not eating strictly paleo but mostly eating eggs, greek yoghurt, chicken and red meat, a tiny bit of cheese, lots of veggies and fruit. Will sneak a cliff bar here and there. I rarely drink anything but water. I track my food intake.