Libby DiBiase: Crossfit Superstar Talks With Intense Fitness
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with training?
I’ve always loved sports; I grew up in gymnastics and track and field. I continued track and field through high school and into college. Then I wanted a little something different. I started Crossfit back in early 2007. I was running track at University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the strength and conditioning coaches started a little crossfit inside the weight room, it got too big and the coaches quit their job and started their own gym ,Crossfit Omaha, and I’ve been with them ever since.
What is it that you enjoy the most about cross fit training?
I enjoy the variety and functionality of Crossfit. You get a little of everything: Olympic weight lifting, running, rowing, gymnastics, etc. I also love how anybody can do it, young and old. It can be scalable to anybody with all different abilities.
Can you take us through a week of your training routine?
Right not I’m getting ready for regional’s, which is May 18-20th in Chicago. So my training routine is a little different. I am working out Monday through Friday, and doing 2 a day’s twice a week. Sometimes, I will do two workouts right after another, since I Have to take my son to school in the morning.
What does your current diet look like?
When I’m not training for competition I usually eat pretty clean. I try to stick to Meat, fish, vegetables, and a lot of fats: Avocados, olives, coconut oil, cashew butter..etc. Right now, I am zoning. Trying to stick to the zone is pretty hard, weighing and measuring all your food, but doing this your results are outrageous. I am sticking to 16 blocks a day. All meals include equal amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates. I seems like you are eating a lot of food, but you start to get used to it. It can really help balance out hormonal levels.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
My favorite cheat meal would definitely be red wine and dark chocolate.
How often do you change your routine up so your muscles do not adapt to one style of training?
I don’t really worry about this, since in cross fit we do a variety of different things everyday.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about breaking into cross fit?
Just to get in a come try it!! You don’t have to be in shape when you start, you don’t have to be an elite athlete, and girls, you won’t get big! After one class, you will be hooked!
What do you feel is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to be in this sport/ industry?
I’ve defiantly sacrificed a lot of my social life. Especially having a baby at 22, training and traveling, I don’t have a whole lot of time to have a “normal” social life. But, I am so thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way, and try to seize every moment!
How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by seeing all of the members and athletes at Crossfit Omaha continue to improve and get stronger everyday. Also, my son Cruz; I want him to grow up living a healthy lifestyle.
Do you feel supplements are necessary to take your body to the next level and if so, which ones?
I do. Especially if you are training more than once a day; a protein is key. I take the Gaspari Myofusion Probiotic. I take it in the morning and directly after my workout. Also Gaspari’s new product Aminolast is great to take to help reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, and replenish muscle tissue after high intensity workouts. I also add in a little straight kre-akalyn creatine to help further my strength.
What are your future plans or goals in the sport/ industry?
My goals are to increase strength every year and just get more precise with more of the technical moves. Ie: Snatch, deadlift, clean and jerk. My goal is to make it to regionals every year, and hopefully continue on to the World games in Los Angeles at the Hope Depot Center.
What is your favorite motivational quote?
Not really a quote but this is my favorite Dalai lama paradox: It will make you think!
If some wants to connect with you, where can you be found?
On facebook: Libby DiBiase, Twitter: @LibbyDiBiase1, I also do a weekly blog for Gaspari Nutrition, so you can stay updated on everything from training, meals, and family!
Libby’s Gaspari Blog – Click Here
Thank you for taking the time to sit down and do this interview! The best of luck to you on all your future endeavors!