Interview with CrossFitter – Dwayne (Discover what a CrossFitter eats during Training)
Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Check out his fantastic photos and interview with Dwayne below. Christina’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo and CrossFit scene.
I’ve always been a very health conscious person. I played sports in high school and college so I know the importance of getting out of your body what you put in. I didn’t start eating Paleo until I joined CrossFit in July of 2013. I had heard people around the gym talking about it so I did my research and gradually got into it, and now with the combination I’m basically in the best shape of my life and I feel great.
How much of your diet would you say is based off of the Paleo lifestyle? Will you ever go 100% Paleo?
It’s very hard to do 100% Paleo. I try my best but when you’re away from home and can’t prepare your meals or if you are at a social event or gathering… I do my best not to isolate myself and go with the flow as much as possible.
What is the best thing about living a Paleo lifestyle? What is the hardest part?
The best thing is the way it makes me feel and the way it’s making me look to be blunt. I sleep better. I also have so many friends at the CrossFit box that are doing it too so we can bounce ideas off of each other and share recipes, and when we get together we’re all in the same situation with our diet. The toughest thing is CHEESE! I miss eating CHEESE!
Can you take us through a typical day of training & eating?
I eat 6 to 7 times a day evenly spread out, probably about every 3 hours or so… small meals… starting around 6am and one last small meal around 7 or 8pm. I usually train/CrossFit once a day after work around 5 or 6pm. I’m usually there for a few hours doing some strength training and conditioning. I usually do whatever our coaches at CrossFit Danbury program for me. They’ve done a great job so far so why stop listening to them?
You’re a CrossFitter and a very fit one at that… how often are you in the gym that keeps you in such great shape?
I crossfit 4-5 times a week and I’m there for 2 to 2.5 hours. I’ve been involved in obstacle course races like Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, and Spartan Race. I play flag football and rugby too, but it is CrossFit that is the constant.
CrossFit and Paleo are continuing to increase in popularity. What advice would you give others that would like to start on a path to Paleo and CrossFit?
I would say to those out there that are curious to give it a try…it can’t hurt. I was super skeptical about both also. I took a small risk and it benefitted me greatly. I haven’t felt this good in years and both are like little communities or what I like to call my little CrossFit/Paleo families.
Since you started this journey, what are some of the major changes you have seen in way you look and feel?
Well I’ve dropped 20 pounds in a year and that may not seem like much, but for a person who’s been trying to lose weight forever it is! I can see my abs again. I don’t ever get sick anymore. I sleep better at night. I have a whole new group of fit and healthy friends, and I’m an all-around happier person.
What is something people would be surprised to hear about you?
I’m extremely modest, extremely self-conscious about my body, and shy. I know I have my shirt off in the photo shoot pics but I rarely, if ever, take my shirt of at the CrossFit box. People say I have a great physique but I don’t see it most of the time.
Interview and Photography by Nate Creamer at www.natecreamer.com