Have you heard about the newest exercise craze called CrossFit? Everyone who’s doing it seems to be healthier, fitter and happier than ever! Kyle Haffajee decided to ask CrossFit coach Tash King a little more about herself and her trade.
When did you develop an interest in exercise and fitness?
I was born with the itch to always be in motion and I have always loved exercise and team sports. I started playing hockey in primary school and continued to play at a provincial level throughout high school and varsity. I played soccer, danced and ran cross-country as well. My focus shifted to CrossFit in 2012 after I sought out something to make me fitter and stronger for soccer.
What made you decide to become a trainer/coach/instructor?
For me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone get healthier, stronger or more confident – all results that stem from living an active healthy lifestyle. I love setting goals with our members and helping them reach those goals. I hope that by getting you to sweat a little, I have made my own positive impact on your day to day life – maybe your next hike is more enjoyable or you can play soccer with your kid for 5 minutes longer.
What’s your response to people who say they don’t have time to work out?
Make some time. Do your best even if the best you can do is a 10 minute walk during your lunch break, then do it! Your body (and mind) will thank you. Working out does not have to be an hour at the gym, there are many things you can do with limited time and equipment. You owe it to yourself to be the best version of yourself that you can be and that includes looking after your body and doing what is necessary to keep it healthy.
What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to sticking with an exercise routine?
Routine – people get bored and then lose interest. You will be more likely to stick to something if you love it and are having fun daily. Do not work out for the sake of dropping a pants size, find something you love and do it consistently, if it’s something you enjoy it will become second nature and lifestyle – not a routine.
How do you stay motivated to keep training?
3 things keep me motivated and the first is that I love my training form. I do something different every day from strength work to high intensity metcons. I run, I squat or I row – no day is the same. My motivation also comes from seeing my progress. I track my numbers so I am aware of how I am improving. I am motivated by knowing that I can lift a heavier weight than I have ever lifted before or that my next 5km run will be faster. I am also really lucky to be able to train with a bunch of really awesome people who make each session a lot of fun.
For people who have never heard of your form of exercise how would you explain it to them?
CrossFit is constantly varied, high intensity functional movements. It is strength and conditioning program that combines natural, full body exercises that mimic humans’ natural movement patterns in various combinations at a very challenging pace. We utilize a variety of disciplines in our training methods some being gymnastics, weight lifting, power lifting, running or rowing.
How important is eating right?
Incredibly important! Nutrition is the basis of fitness. Food is fuel and in order to fuel your body you need to eat correctly, if you aren’t you are selling yourself short. You need to make sure you are eating enough as well as eating nutrient dense good quality natural food to fuel your workouts and help you recover. Our eating philosophy is pretty simple: eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
What is your favourite workout or exercise?
I really love the lifts. My favourite powerlift is the Deadlift and I love the Snatch which is an Olympic lift. My favourite CrossFit workout is probably Helen which is 3 Rounds for Time of: 400m Run, 21 24kg Kettle Bell Swings and 12 Pull Ups.