Five-time CrossFit Games champion Tia-Clair Toomey has recently been taking on a different kind of physical challenge, throwing herself into a rigorous bobsled training regime as part of her bid to qualify for her national team and represent Australia at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. A key part of this process involved Toomey gaining 20 pounds.
“The whole intent with putting on the weight was to help with my bobsled,” she says. “The heavier I was in my body weight, the lighter the shed I was pushing, and that was only going to help my pilot and I have a really nice push, which obviously allows us to go down the track faster.”
Despite qualifying alongside teammate Ashleigh Warner, Toomey was not selected for Team Australia, and as she explains in a new video on her YouTube channel, her next goal will be to lose the “bobsled weight.” Firstly, she will be switching up her training, having done minimal cardio in recent months. “When it came to bobsled, I was really just focusing on strength in the gym, a lot of power movements… I did a lot of plyo and explosive work, and I never did a MetCon, I never did endurance or any kind of training like that.”
The biggest impact, however, will come from the nutrition side. Toomey will be tracking her macronutrients, a process she is familiar with due to her experience in dropping weight classes in CrossFit. She is starting out with a macro split of 130 grams of protein, 250 to 280 grams of carbs, and 60 to 70 grams of fats, which she will increase if she finds that it’s not giving her enough energy, or decrease if she’s not noticing any weight loss.
While leaning down, Toomey’s diet will consist of clean, whole foods totaling a lower number of calories than she is expending each day, following a period where she says she was more lax with her diet due to travel and convenience.
“I’ll be able to have nice cooked meals at home where I have the ability to have fresh vegetables, fruits, and really great proteins and carbohydrates,” she says. “Having that balance of fats, carbs and proteins, that’s going to be crucial throughout this whole process, and it’s really important that I’m not just going to starve myself to lose this weight. I have to make sure that I’m eating consistently, I’m fueling the body, and making sure I have enough to provide that energy required for my training.”
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