What is Erin Simmons Fitness?


My name is Erin Simmons and I am dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles through proper diet and exercise. I am a former member of the Florida State University Track and Field team where I started as a triple jumper, then competed in the heptathlon (7 events: long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin, 100m hurdles, 200m sprint, and 800m run). I then decided I liked javelin best and converted to a thrower.

I am currently trying to get into fitness modeling, but I also set up this site to help people with their fitness goals as well. This blog is the current “hub” of ErinSimmonsFitness, so be sure to check me out on Facebook and Twitter, as well as continuing to check back for current news on this page! I’ll be posting events, competitions, meal plans, videos, and exercises, to name a few.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment, send me a message, or email me at erinsimmonsfitness@gmail.com! I’d love to talk to you about anything fitness related! And as always, thanks for your support!

Comments
  1. Scott says:

    Funny thing. I have done many things to get into and stay in shape. The only thing I have found to work is CF. While it is true you could have had a bad experience with CF just as some have been injured Running, as I have been, or injured at a local gym, as others have been, or injured boxing, kick boxing, soccer etc. We shouldn’t stop. We shouldn’t discourage anyone from trying to get into shape. 1/2 of America is looking for an excuse for why they’re obese. I suggest to you encourage all types of exercise using personal responsibility. Don’t over due it but please don’t ‘under do it’. You could end up with heart disease, diabetic or just FAT and OBESE. Wow look at the injuries there. Or ‘life span’. Why not promote doing ‘anything’ that keeps you in good shape. We all just need to find out what that exersise is. Could be hiking, biking, running, CF, soccer, basket ball, local gym. You could write a ton of negative articles about all of these sports. Think about it. Promote healthy living. Don’t trash something that has obviously worked to get millions into shape and fit. Promote healthy living. We don’t all do the same things to stay in shape and healthy.

  2. Erik says:

    I just wanted to pile on about your “why I don’t do crossfit” article.
    I was willing to accept your arguments to a degree, as I enjoy crossfit but recognize there are valid criticisms. You just didn’t make any. Your closing statement that ALL of crossfit and boxes are ALL dangerous to anyone’s health is specious.
    I’ve been doing crossfit for over a year, been to three boxes and trained with probably 7 coaches. I’ve never seen anything like what you described, never. My coaches all had backgrounds in athletics and personal training, several were USAW certified for oly lifting, and all of them emphasized safety and good form over speed and/or heavy weights. The mantra at one gym is “do less better”, to re-emphasize this fact.
    So right off, I’ve blown your argument out of the water.
    This isn’t to say there isn’t legitimate criticism of the sport or the business model. Without a doubt, the ease of certification and fly-by-night quality of some boxes is a huge issue. But you didn’t make any legitimate critique; you went a couple times and didn’t like it so you punched out a hit-piece article devoid of any hard evidence.
    I would encourage you to re-visit the sport, either as a participant or at least try to approach the topic in a balanced manner (using facts and actual data, not bitter personal experience and cherry-picked paragraphs) the next time you post on the topic.

    Erik

  3. Tom Mcginn says:

    Amen about Crossfit. Can’t understand why all the Ancestral Health folks jumped onn board. I get paleo. I live paleo. This is not healthy.

  4. Adrian Bellani says:

    Do you have a Twitter or Instagram.
    Would love to follow and stay informed. You seem to know your stuff.
    All the best. And congrats

  5. Adrian Bellani says:

    Great write up you di on crossfit. Very insightful. Nice to see the other side of the coin.
    Good for you for speaking your mind and Informing others.
    Good luck with the fitness modeling.

  6. Paul says:

    Let me state with no uncertainty that Erin Simmons has very little to offer to anyone who is looking to improve their lives. She not only has little knowledge of fitness but her methods are unproven and have no scientific backing. Please do not take this woman’s advice on anything that has to do with fitness or exercise.

  7. Jorge gomez says:

    Hi Erin, I was going through your workout schedule and I just had a question. I want to get more ripped but at the same time gain more strength so I am kind of unsure of how many sets and reps to do in your workout. Can you help me with this. I am 6 ft 190 pounds and in pretty good shape. Have been doing p90x, a little crossfit, insanity and I am looking to change it up and getting back to the basics.

  8. Raj says:

    Hey Erin someone posted a response to your article wanted to see if you’d like to elaborate .. Thanks!

    http://derzfitlife.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/response-to-erin-simmons-why-i-dont-crossfit/

  9. Hey I’m starting up my own website/blog and would love to feature an article on there if that’s okay. I’ve listed my email so you can reach me!

    Thanks
    K-pad

  10. Bob Finke says:

    Great article with some serious documented information on CF !!

    How would I get on your mailing list ?

    Kindest Regards

  11. Jason Allison says:

    No anti-Crossfit article I’ve read recently has struck me with more meaning than yours. I lifted in a traditional way for close to twenty years, never experiencing an in-gym injury. Having done Crossfit for close to three years, I have had two injuries which have kept me from working out–and impacted my real world life negatively as well–twice in less than two years.

    Crossfit is a cult, and the thrill of belonging, of camaraderie, is initially the biggest allure to the entire experience. It’s probably as close to the shared hardship that is experienced by the military, police, firefighters, etc… most people will ever feel. However, as I begin to crest the hill of 40 Years Old, I wonder seriously if the shared hardship isn’t worth the fact that a great deal of it is just that–hardship.

    My fiancé does something called Barry’s Bootcamp twice, maybe three times a week. And she’s ripped. She often remarks to me that I looked better when I was lifting and running a bit. I countered by saying I’m healthier, more flexible, more “fit” now than I ever was.

    As I watch my suspended box membership sit idle while my lower back patches itself up, I begin to wonder if any of what I tell her is accurate. And if so, what do I do now?

  12. Ben says:

    Good on you. I’m from Australia, my partner and I were crossfiters, before we switched to bodybuilding due to my THIRD arthroscope due to injuries sustained during crossfit. I’m writing this to let you know I read your article on crossfit, and totally agreed!

    Very well written, thankyou.

  13. Hello Erin I really admire what you stand for. I started my own nonprofit foundation here in Arizona to help more young athletes participate in sports and activities. We sponsor those young kids that cannot afford the cost of playing sports or activities. We also donate funds and equipment to leagues and schools that do not have the financial resources to improve their athletic programs. And give out scholarships to those young athletes so that they may continue their education for a bright future. Check out my website and tell me what you think. If you like what I’m set out to do with my foundation then I would love the support of a great collegiate athlete like yourself. Thanks Erin.

    Jaime Cañedo
    CEO & Founder
    YOUNG ATHLETES RELIEF FUND

    • Hi Jaime! It sounds like you have a great program going on, but I’m not sure what specifically you’d like my help on. Let me know!

      • I’m sorry Erin! I just wanted to let you know about my foundation. Helping those kids that can’t afford to play sports. And if you like what I’m doing. Then maybe I can gain your support. And have the honor to say that my foundation has great athletes like you supporting it! I just launched this year. I just wanted to make you aware of it. Maybe some day we can have the privilege having you be a guest at one of our future fundraisers. Hope this was more clear. :) love your blog and you definitely have our support with your fitness model in career and promoting a healthy life style. Thanks Erin!

        Jaime Cañedo
        http://www.helpchildrenplay.com

  14. Liz Fontanini says:

    58 tired of 25 extra lbs. I am confused as to how to eat? What to eat? I do not digest dairy or cheeses well and the South Beach style eating use to remove weight for me. I just need it written out the 10 things to do today to start the changes I need to do.

  15. rachelmcl says:

    Erin, what does your diet consists of? Do you use any supplements or post workout recovery drinks?

    • Hi Rachel! My diet is pretty well defined in the Diet and Nutrition section of this blog, but check out my specific meal plans. As far as supplements go, I like Orgain and really recommend raw protein, such as Garden of Life. I do not, however, recommend any other supplement because they are not tested thoroughly and are often found to lead to many health problems. Even protein supplements can have bad ingredients such as artificial sweeteners (see why they’re bad here), which is why I go for organic and/or raw sources.

  16. Heather L says:

    I have always been consistent in my diet and exercise, but am finding I need a little extra motivation. I have never blogged before and I am one of the few people left who do not do Facebook. I thought this might be fun and motivational. I look forward to graining knew information and finding a new form of motivation in my diet and exercise.

  17. Amy Wright says:

    Looking forward to your knowledge in fitness. I can never get enough info!

  18. Mark says:

    You definitely look healthy! I know it is dedication and hard WORK! My thing is this I don’t think there is anything wrong with being a little hungry at times… and yet everyone is like oh no your body thinks it is being starved and it will stop burning fat. I could see that happening after like two days, but I definitely lose the weight with less food! I do not believeI am burning muscle! Your thoughts? Iam

    • I don’t think being a little hungry automatically puts your body into starvation mode, however, I don’t believe in the “fasting” trend that’s been going around lately. Your body will eventually start breaking down muscle to feed itself. It’s always great to keep snacks on you so that if you start getting too hungry you can feed your body!

  19. ana gonzalez says:

    I’m a woman , 33 years old, 5.1″and 196 pounds. I want to be healthy for me and my family. I don’t want to wait anymore.

  20. Gertrude says:

    Hi this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG
    editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  21. rainingsushi says:

    Erin:

    You are my biggest fitness inspiration. Im a lab need too and used to be very athletic. I’ve recently started working out again but fail at eating clean. How can I drop body fat and build my non existent calves?

  22. rainingsushi says:

    Erin:

    You are my biggest fitness inspiration I even have your picture up as my phone’s wall paper (in a very non creepy way). I’d love to drop body fat and most importantly build calve muscles which are pretty much non existent. Any pointers?

  23. Jade says:

    I m having the HARDEST time getting my thighs slimmer n firm. I can not get rid of the fat. Please help!!!!

    Thank you

  24. RJ Morgan says:

    Hi my names RJ and Im a college football player for A&M and i just ended my career as a college player. My question for you is I’m good on working out and knowing what to do there but I’m lacking in nutrition knowledge due to my football diet (eat anything and everything). I’m 6’8 and 255 pounds and want to get down to 230. I can’t seem to loss any weight no matter what I do so I’m thinking it’s my eating habits or “diet”. What diet would you suggest for a fit lean muscular form without lossing a lot of muscle? Sorry to bother but I’m really curious and you’re one of 8 or 9 people I’ve emailed today! Thank you and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  25. Chloe says:

    Hi,
    You look incredible and are a true inspiration to me.
    I was wondering if you could help me with nutrition. I have recently lost 40lbs on a very restricted calorie diet but I still weigh 220lbs. I would now like to up my calories as I have really got into training. I have researched bodybuilding and weight training diets and they recommend eating clean but huge amounts of calories. Is there a way of eating to fuel my body for lifting weights whilst maintaining a healthy loss? Also I’m a vegetarian (I have found loads of info on vegan training diets but not veggie).
    Thanks for any help x

    • Chloe,
      If you are still trying to lose weight, you will need to continue eating less calories than you burn. What is your current calorie intake? You can fuel your body without eating tons of calories. I would suggest Orgain protein shakes (find it on Amazon) for great nutritional value plus protein, and with low fat and zero saturated fat. That is, of course, vegetarian friendly and a great relatively low calorie supplement. If you are still trying to lose weight, I would stay away from protein shakes such as Muscle Milk or Monster Milk as those will be higher calorie. Also, pick complex carbs such as whole grain cereals and breads, quinoa, and brown rice instead of other carbs, as these will better fuel your workouts. Pick other power foods such as eggs (if you eat them), chickpeas, sweet potatoes, black beans, greek yogurt, and natural almond butter. Just don’t overeat them and spread them out during the day. Hope this helps!
      -Erin

  26. Stephanie Elefante says:

    Thank you for sharing Erin. Being a former athlete myself (many moons ago :) ) I love’d to have that athletic physique again. I look forward to learning about your training and diet!

  27. Monica says:

    Hi Erin..your body is amazing..congratulations ! I have a question, I do crossfit about 5 times a week and I’ve been seing good results in terms of building muscle and losing fat but I’d for sure like to speed up my fat loss, do you think I need to incorporate some cardio sessions to my workout ? Thank you very much :) !

    • CrossFit is pretty high intensity cardio as well as strength training, so if you’re wanting to do more to increase fat loss, then try supplementing it with longer but lower intensity cardio workouts (check out my other post on here: ). Let me throw one warning out there about CrossFit: please be careful to do the exercises with correct form. Unfortunately, CrossFit has some great exercises but it tends to stress a time or a number of exercises instead of good form which sets you up for injury. So be careful and good luck!

  28. hub lines says:

    Good taste consists first upon fitness.

  29. Chick says:

    Do you know of any sprint training drills? specifically to be comfortable at multiple 50m sprints throughout an 80 minute game? thanks

  30. mal says:

    how do you stay motivated during the offseason? i tend to only be active when around my teammates..but i need to start being motivated by myself.

    • While teammates are great motivators, you don’t want them to be your sole source of motivation because, as you point out, they are not always around! But you do always have yourself, so it’s important to find that drive within yourself. I usually set multiple goals to be working toward. When I ran track, we would have short term, day to day goals that supported our long term competition goals. This can help you in the offseason to continue to work toward those larger goals, whether you set offseason maxes in the Weightroom or daily nutrition goals. I also used to take about a month off during summers right after track season would wrap up and just take some time to recover. This always helped me not to get burnt out because after a month of not working out I was just itching to get back into the Weightroom or back on the track! So I think you just need to reevaluate yor goals and decide what you’re going to work toward in the offseason that will help you accomplish your goals during competition. Don’t be afraid to take short breaks to give your body and mind both a rest. Good luck!

  31. Felipe Hevia says:

    Thank you for your advices on sport

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