Kristi Eramo is a CrossFit athlete from the United States. Having been an endurance athlete and professional swimmer for most of her teenage years and early adulthood, Kristi transitioned to CrossFit in 2014 – seeing it as a “next big challenge” in her life.
She made her first regional appearance in 2014, placing 16th overall. After her debut, she placed 10th in the following year’s regional competition. In 2016’s regionals, she took 5th place, which qualified her for the Games – the ultimate CrossFit competition.
At the 2016 Games, Kristi took home eighth place in her debut appearance, which was the best result of any female rookie that year.
Since then, she’s broken some personal weightlifting records, become a CrossFit trainer in Kentucky, and started sharing her passion for the sport with her friends, family, and fans online. She introduced her mother, Donna, to Crossfit, who also started competing; taking 10th place at the 2016 Reebok Games in the Masters Women Division.
“It is amazing to think back on my CrossFit journey and for me to realize how far I’ve come!”
Full Name: Kristi Eramo Weight Height Year of Birth Nationality 125 - 135lbs (56.7 - 61.2kg) 5'2" (157.5cm) 1990 American Profession Era CrossFit Athlete 2010 Weight 125 - 135lbs (56.7 - 61.2kg) Height 5'2" (157.5cm) Year of Birth 1990 Nationality American Profession CrossFit Athlete Era 2010
“The most important thing is to keep working hard and always remind yourself where you started and how far you’ve come.”
- Back Squat – 300 lb
- Clean and Jerk – 225 lb
- Snatch – 175 lb
- Deadlift – 335 lb
- Fran – 2:29
- Grace – 1:47
Increasing Strength and Endurance
Kristi has six training session per week, each one lasting from one to three hours. Due to the intensity and length of her workouts, she doesn’t need to do standard cardio sessions.
As a CrossFit athlete, she trains using a structured training program which increases her strength and endurance. Although it’s not specifically targeted for hypertrophy (muscle growth), this program still “packs on” a lot of muscle due to its intensity.
She was able to achieve some impressive personal records thanks to these programs, including 300 pounds squat, 335 pounds deadlift, and 225 pounds clean and jerk.
These are the two variations of Kristi’s workouts – one for strength, and the other for endurance.
- Squats/Snatch, 5 sets of 5 reps
- Deadlift/Clean and Jerk, 5 sets of 5 reps
- Bench Press, 5 sets of 5 reps
- Pull-ups, 5 sets of 5 reps
- Squats/Snatch, 5 sets of 12-16 reps
- Deadlift/Clean and Jerk, 5 sets of 12-16 reps
- Bench Press, 5 sets of 12-16 reps
- Pull-ups, 5 sets of 12-16 reps
“Nutrition is a huge part to performance and recovery.”
Kristi follows a basic diet which focuses on a few principles – she eats unprocessed foods, the only fluid she drinks is water or tea, and she mostly cooks her own meals.
However, even Kristi will break some of the rules once in a blue moon. She says this is a part of life, and that balance is the key to both long-term progress and happiness. As Kristi says; “It’s never good to follow extreme diets. They may give you progress, but they won’t give you that long-term fulfillment.”
In term of supplementation, she takes green tea extract, magnesium, D3 if she doesn’t get enough sunlight, and BCAAs for faster muscle recovery.
When she’s not competing and doesn’t need extra strength, Kristi will have one day every month or so where she doesn’t eat anything; only drinking water.
She believes that this rests the liver and the rest of the organs from constant food consumption, and clears out the toxins that might have accumulated throughout the months of dieting, stress, and competing.