FIT6: CrossFIT Trainer Madison Kleinhenz

FIT6: CrossFIT Trainer Madison Kleinhenz

(Cover photo credit: Jason Morrison)

Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. Sponsored by Baptist Health Sports Medicine, this week’s guest is Madison Kleinhenz. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to

IMG_4410Tell Us a Little About Yourself

I am a CrossFit trainer at CrossFit Bluegrass and currently pursuing an M.S. in Sport Administration at the University of Louisville. I am responsible for coaching CrossFit, weightlifting, and the CrossFit 101 introductory classes with new member orientation.

I am a 75kg weightlifter. Last year, I won the Indiana State weightlifting meet and qualified for the 2015 University Nationals. My involvement in sports changed drastically from team sports to CrossFit and weightlifting after I had a back injury in high school. Fortunately, weightlifting with proper form has kept me pain free in my lower back.

Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health

1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?

I lift 3-4 days a week focusing primarily on the snatch (lifting the barbell from the ground to overhead in one continuous motion) and the clean and jerk (clean- moving the barbell from the floor to a racked position across deltoids and clavicles; jerk- raising the barbell to a stationary position above the head, finishing with straight arms and legs, and the feet in the same plane as the torso and barbell). I do CrossFit about twice a week in-between lifting days.

2) How do you prepare for a workout?

I do a general warm-up to raise my heart rate before I do any specific barbell or CrossFit movement warm-up. The specific warm-up is then customized to whatever I have to train that day.

3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?

I love coffee. I don’t eat a lot after a workout, but for quick energy, I prefer S’mores Pop-Tarts.

4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?

When training, I keep my nutrition consistent. I eat most everything and avoid excess sugar. However, when I cut weight for a meet, I count my macros and raise my water intake.

5) What do you snack on between meals when training?

I like to eat Pine Nut hummus and pretzel chips for a snack. I have to be careful to not make it a giant meal though.

6) What are your fitness & health goals?

I would love to continue as a competitive weightlifter for as long as possible. I know I will always do CrossFit because I can scale it to any ability, even injuries. There is no end to remaining active and fit.