Name: Erin Bonett
Gym you train at and location: CrossFit IOM (Isle of Man)
Q.1 Why did you start training and did you have any goals of competing to begin with?
I started CrossFit/weightlifting in summer 2012 when I moved back to the Isle of Man to open CrossFit IOM with my husband Dan. I didn’t have any plans to compete initially as I didn’t know much about CrossFit competitions and how they worked – also being new to the sport I wasn’t sure whether I would be good enough!
Q.2 Were you into sport growing up? If so which ones?
I was very sporty throughout school but never specialised in one particular sport. When I was 15 I started playing ladies football and represented the Isle of Man at the Shetland Island Games. When I got to university I stopped playing football and started going to the gym and also doing a bit of long distance running.
Q.3 What is your current training schedule like? How does it differ between pre-contest and off season? Do you do much cardio work?
I train hard 5 days a week with at least 4 of the days having an AM and a PM session (AM is usually cardio and PM is usually weightlifting/gymnastics with an short and intense conditioning session). I rest on Thursdays and Sundays although one of these days is usually active recovery where I swim/do mobility. I am currently in “gains season” trying to get stronger and put on some timber. Compared to my fellow CrossFit athletes I quite petite – this is ideal for the gymnastics movements but not good for powerlifting events. I try and peak my strength/fitness for March which is when the CrossFit open season starts.
Q.4 How long have you been competing?
Just over 2 years. My first competition was The London Throwdown 2013 – 4 months after starting CrossFit.
Q.5 What are your main competitive achievements?
First place at the Northern Open 2013 Weightlifting competition. Also 6th place at the 2015 British Championships and 1st place at the Wild West Fitness team competition with Team GLC2000. Picking up sponsorship has also been a great achievement for me and is a reminder at just how far I have come in 3 years.
Q.6 Who are your main sources of inspiration in your training and whose physiques do you most admire?
The adaptive athletes – those who are smashing out pull ups and muscle ups in wheelchairs and snatching ridiculous amounts with just 1 arm. CrossFit is for anyone and those guys prove just that #noexcuses
Q.7 What are your current competitive goals?
To qualify for the CrossFit regionals in 2016, however, longevity in the sport in the most important thing and I aim to be competing competitively for a very long time.
Q.8 Why do you feel you have been able to make continuous gains over the years? Primarily patience – doing things properly and not rushing/taking short cuts. Also having an awesome coach helps!
Q.9 What supplements do you use?
Q.10 How much do you feel supplements and sports nutrition help your training? Massively. I had to stop taking my supplements once when my suitcase got lost on the way to a training camp in Marbella. I could definitely feel the difference without them! Nutrition is everything – I eat very clean 95% of the day with everything cooked from fresh and of course the odd treat. I prefer to have treats little and often rather than a big binge at the weekend.
Q.11 What is it that motivates you through a hard session?
I imagine that my competition are training with me and they’re just a few reps ahead. That pushes me to keep moving throughout a tough session.
I’d like to thank: My coach & husband Dan Bonett. I wouldn’t be where I am without this guidance and support. He is my world!
I would also like to thank my sponsors and followers who help inspire me.
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