TYSON TAKASAKI, 25
coach at CrossFit 204, University of Manitoba student, faculty of kinesiology
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Tyson Takasaki is one of just 47 men from across the world who have earned spots in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games this weekend in Los Angeles.
A former receiver with the Manitoba Bisons football team (2010 and 2011), Takasaki had tried twice before to qualify for the CrossFit Games (international finals) and missed by one point in 2011. This year, he took his best shot and hit the mark at the Canada West regionals in June in Vancouver. In CrossFit, he's learned non-football skills such as handstand pushups, and even recently got back on a bicycle, taking some ribbing from his friends for picking one up for just $99. His 2013 CrossFit journey started in March at the open level with 138,000 competitors worldwide. On the men's side, that was reduced to the top 48 in each of the 17 international regions. Takasaki is one of just four men from Canada who will compete in L.A. Watch it live: http://Games.crossfit.com
Coming from a football background, I do love any workout with a short sprint in it, or something involving a snatch or overhead squat. "Nancy" (CrossFit workouts are named) is my favourite: five rounds for time of 400-metre run and 15 reps of 95-pound overhead squats.
Favourite workout song?
No particular favourite song but I tend to favour rap/hip hop, such as Eminem and Rage Against, when working out. Anything with a high energy. At our gym, the members always joke that they can tell who's coaching before they walk into the main gym just by the music that's playing.
Consistency is key when it comes to health and wellness. A solid plan and sticking to it will give you your best shot at any success. I find most people who find they aren't getting what they had hoped from a fitness program, don't give it a long enough shot or effort to see true results. Most programs will work in one way or another, but a full effort is required to make it happen.
What's in your fridge?
I've eaten the same breakfast for the past four years and still look forward to it:
3 eggs and 2 egg whites, kale, broccoli, spinach, some hot sauce and a scoop of peanut butter in a food processor. The one odd item may be the amount of peanut butter I go through. Literally a 2 kg tub of the stuff is gone within a week. With the amount of working out I do during a week, it's tough to get enough calories from broccoli, so things like nut butter seem to cover it.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Mrs. Fields white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.