Stacie Tovar: Ask Me Anything

Last week we gave you all the chance to ask CrossFit Games Veteran, Stacie Tovar any question you’d like. Below are her answers!


1.     How much sleep do you try to get each night? – Christopher Galvan

Getting the appropriate amount of sleep is one of the most important things I do everyday. I always strive for 9 to 10 hours of sleep. Absolutely, nothing less than 8 hours. This is essential in for my training and recovery.

 2.     Go-to post workout meal (not cheat meal)? – David Smith

Lucky for me I have a meal plan in place provided by Evolve Paleo Chef Omaha. So it really all depends what’s on the menu that week. If it’s the weekend I’m grilling a steak or picking up some Chipotle. 🙂

 3.     How do you stay aware of and avoid overtraining (physically and mentally)? – Ben Tyler

If you follow my write-ups on the Omaha World Herald’s health and wellness site, LiveWellNebraska.com, you will see that I’ve written about this topic on more than one occasion. I have learned through the experience of overtraining, on more than one occasion, that I have to listen to my body. Usually when you are overtraining your body will give you signs and tell you something. Things to pay close attention to would be loss of appetite, losing weight unexpectedly, sleeping poorly, frequent injuries, and feeling depleted.  

4.     What is your training schedule? – Ben Tyler

 I train Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I usually train for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon on my active training days. Sometimes on rest days I will do active recovery but more often than not I just mobilize and rest.

5.     How do you handle injuries and achy joints? – Erin Elliott-Crist

I get plenty of sleep every night and eat clean food and lots of it, to help my recovery. I also take a sufficient amount of Progenex products to help aid in my recovery. On top of that, I visit a chiropractor twice per week, I get a massage every other week, and I take lots of fish oil, magnesium, and vitamin D daily. I have also found that a daily, 10 minute soak in a warm Epson salt bath, helps with my recovery. Plus it’s a nice way to unwind and relax.

 6.     How many training session per day do you average to get ready for the Games? – trinitygreer

I usually almost always train twice per day.  Each session entails something different. Some more than others so it all really depends what’s on the programming agenda that particular day. Regardless, I am usually training from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and then again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

7.     What one piece of advice would you tell any young girl wanting to get into CrossFit that sees you and others as role models? – dougwcf

First of all don’t worry about what others think. If you’re willing to work hard and set goals you can achieve anything. As far as the way you look and feel. Nothing in the world empowers women more than CrossFit. CrossFit women are breaking barriers every day. Be comfortable in your own skin and be proud of your abilities!

8.     Who inspired you to do CrossFit and why? – Daughter of dougwcf

Nobody in particular inspired me to do CrossFit it was more like being talked into it. What kept me coming back for more was my inability to finish workouts and go prescribed in the beginning. The hunger for the challenge is what got me in the beginning.

9.     How would you suggest someone get ready to start CrossFit as a beginner? – stacicuccio

Find a local affiliate and walk through the door. There is no prerequisite to get started with CrossFit. It’s all about starting the journey and coming back for more everyday.

 10. Favorite show on Netflix? – brian_rouse

HA. N/A don’t have Netflix. As a business owner and an athlete, I probably watch a total of 5 hours of T.V. a week 🙂

11. Is it better to be feared or loved as a competitor? – griffdog70

Both! But I don’t think you necessarily want to be feared as much as you want to be respected. Of course respect has to be earned, but with the respect usually comes the love. Especially if you stay true to yourself and remain grateful along the way. You have to respect others and you can’t be an a-hole.

12. Who do you love more: Dustin or Louden? – heymanitskorie

 I think it’s a toss up but if I had to choose I would probably choose Louden. He doesn’t talk back as much 😉

13. What is something you’re working on in they gym or personally as a goal this year? – samgetstronger

As a business owner I have a lot I want to accomplish this year. I think the biggest goal that we are working towards in our business is surpassing the 200 client mark in 2016.

As an athlete, it’s pretty clear, I want to qualify for my 7th CrossFit Games. If that happens I will reevaluate goals accordingly from there.

14. How tall are you and how much do you weigh? – wyattoa

I am 5’5″ tall and I weigh 143 lbs. Probably not as big as I look on T.V or in certain pictures.

 15. What do you recommend for someone who wants to make it to the Games? – youngsters09

Being as honest as I possibly can you have to be willing to sacrifice. You will not make it to the Games unless you are willing to pay a certain price. You have to be a student of the sport, you have to train hard, and you have to recover well. You have to make training a priority and make time for it. You have to be disciplined with the way your recover. Not partying, no staying up all night, and no eating crap. Most importantly you better have a strong support system because you can’t do it all on your own. Be realistic with yourself and set attainable goals. When you accomplish one goal, scratch it off your list and make a new one. Competing often and gaining experience is always a good idea too.

16. What were some of your challenges when you first started CrossFit? – mr.unobtainable

 Mechanically I was not very good at a lot of the movements. I was able to get by on athleticism for a long time. Now I dedicate a lot of my time to barbell skill work and gymnastics skills so I can be a solid mover.

17. At what age did you start doing CrossFit? – jackielu04

 I was 23 going on 24 years old when I started CrossFit in the latter part of 2008.

18. What genre do you prefer to workout to: country or rap? – stvare01

 Oh, that’s a tough one! If it’s time to throw some weight around and crush a metcon I would probably choose rap & hip hop. If it’s something a more laid back I don’t mind country. I grew up on farm so I enjoy country quite a bit.

19. As you get older, have you found it takes longer to recover or is it about the same as five years go? – jesswrksout

It definitely takes longer to recover than it used to. I think a lot of what our sport is becoming is one’s ability to recover well throughout training and competition. I’m very grateful to have a great team behind me to help aid in my recovery; from supplements, to food, to chiropractic care I have to take advantage of it all to recover as best as I possibly can.

20. How do you find the motivation to continuously live this lifestyle with such intense training? – taylor.squared

I would have to say that my desire to be anything but normal is what keeps me motivated. If you have a gift you better use it and use your power for good. I love knowing that I can make an impact and inspire others. I find great pride in the fact that I am a pioneer of the sport and I’m still going strong. At the end of the day I have the ability to empower women to achieve great things and not be ashamed of their bodies. This includes both young women and older women. I want to leave my mark on the fitness space and for now this is how I choose to do it.

21. Do you ever just lay on the couch and watch TV? – apeyde

I addressed this above but as a business owner and athlete I rarely find time to watch T.V. anymore. When I do have time it’s usually on a Friday night or Saturday night. Dateline, 20/20, movie, or the news. I know, lame, right? 🙂

22. Coke or Pepsi? – Cullen_mccloud

 Neither… I don’t drink soda.  Back in the day I would have said Pepsi though. 😉

23. Why white shorts? Was that you or your fashion consultant? – coryhensch

 Lol… unfortunately I don’t have a fashion consultant. Everything I choose to wear is 100% Stacie. The white shorts have a story behind them as I was the first CF athlete bold enough to wear them at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games. They just kind of stuck from there and became part of my brand after some well recognized photos circled around social media. As long as I still feel sexy and comfortable in them, I will continue to wear them!

24. Have you ever measured your quads? – pearcem7

 I did once, back in college, for a school project. I haven’t recently but I suppose we better go ahead and do that at some point lol.

25. Where do you buy pants? I struggled after three years of CrossFit to find pants that fit! Help! – amandaruni

Believe it or not, these quads can fit most things. It’s the waist that sometimes has issues. Big quads & tiny waste = no bueno! I shop everywhere: malls, outlets, online. Sometimes I think I just get lucky!

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