We sat down with Irelands Fittest Female and BLK BOX Brand Ambassador, Emma McQuaid to hear what it's like on the run-up to the West Coast Classic event in California this March. We find out what a day in the life looks like for Emma, to what workouts she is hoping to be tasked with at the event. Enjoy the interview.
I am currently training 6 days a week – training 4 days on my home gym which is a mix of cardio, strength and gymnastics. On a Wednesday I hit the pool for lengths and active recovery (depending on my schedule/week). On a Saturday, I head to CrossFit Berserk for the ‘Saturday Sweat’ workout which is always nice getting to be around people and laughing in between sets.
I see my physio twice a week and get a sports massage once a week which I have found works. I did try to cut back but to one physio session a week but found that the 2:1 ratio is my sweet spot. My swimming session on a Wednesday can and is used as an active recovery session if I feel I need it. Sunday is then taken as a complete rest day for me.
I would love to see some outdoor random workouts and something that I haven’t done before. The event is being held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds which is phenomenal looking, so I’m hoping we can get outside and see it. I have a feeling there is going to be some sort of swimming involved so I’m excited about that one.
I treat my training like it’s a 9 am – 5 pm job and make sure I have a plan. Self-discipline is huge and yes, I can control my schedule, but if I put off my training or work outside of my routine, I end up paying the consequences. I am focusing on eating, training, napping - if I master these and keep to a routine, I find it much easier to stay on track. Everything is saved on my phone in my notes section and I always write up my next day’s training on my whiteboard. This I find, keeps me accountable. If I don’t get that workout done in the day, it will stay on the board until I do it – and if that means working late; il do it.
I shouldn’t say this, but it is 100% the dog. It used to be David, but he knows the truth now.
First up is West Coast Classic event which takes place in March followed by several local competitions. I will be heading to Madrid early May to compete at the CrossFit Championships and then full focus for The Games and requalify for The Open. I am working on a side project too, which I will be disclosing more of in the next coming weeks so stay tuned for that one too.