Athlete/Transformation Profile: Trisha FordInstagram: @trishaelizabethxo Category: Crossfitter Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: Cody Puls
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
When I was younger I got mixed into a bad crowd. I wanted to step away from drugs and alcohol and better myself and I found my passion for fitness.
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
I was a competitive gymnast in my younger days, when I quit the sport I knew nothing of fitness and dieting so I put on some weight. I went away to college and put on a lot more weight and hated my body.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
I love bodybuilding, crossfit, and power lifting. I do crossfit 3 times per week while the other four days I am in a gym following a plan I made for myself that includes a lot of hypertrophy work and power lifting. I am a fan of all sets/reps schemes. I just love to lift.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I follow a typical bodybuilding style diet. I have my six meals per day (I know exactly what I am eating ie grams and portion sizes) and a cheat meal once a week, I however also know my macros in case I want to swap a clean meal out for a treat. I find for myself I also perform best on this type of diet.
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings (if applicable):
I so far have competed in one crossfit competition and came first for women’s and third over all. I plan to do my first power lifting competition in July as well as my first fitness competition in2016.
How Many Years have You Competed?
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Dhort term goals would be to do well in the crossfit open this February. Long term goals would be to qualify for a national show in figure division.
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
I look to real female students, juggling school , work,and the gym like myself. I can relate to these women, if they can accomplish their goals, so can I.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Last year I wanted to do a bikini competition and on my prep I developed an eating disorder. I came off prep and got back to my regular weight and hated my body. I deleted my Instagram because I was ashamed I wasn’t as fit as I once had been. Currently My weight is back down and I have a much better relationship with food, my body is not built for bikini it is built for figure so in 2016 I will have a much better prep.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
People setting goals and not sticking to them! I get a lot of people asking me for help to reach their fitness goals and then not doing what I say! also the cattyness that comes with competing. Women should empower each other.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Focus on your goals, find your niche and drive for it! do not listen to anyone who doesn’t believe in you. You know what you need to do, so do it.